Among books designed to help people discern their reason for living, this one is exceptional for its interfaith perspective and its clear text readily accessible to people of all backgrounds and education levels. Rev. Poos-Benson mines the wisdom of the great spiritual heroes—Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, Lao Tzu—to reveal the pattern for how God works in the world. He believes God has sent each of us to fulfill a unique destiny; in order to find meaning in life, we must understand why we have been sent and then fulfill that purpose. Having been one of the first responders after the Columbine school shootings, he is well-qualified for his focus on the thorny issue of great trauma and accident. Using teachings from Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and contemporary New Age philosophy, Rev. Poos-Benson empowers readers to become aware of how the Divine is moving through their lives in spite of tremendous suffering and evil. He also provides questions for individuals and groups to ponder. The result is a vibrant text that leads to healing and self-transformation.
Sent to Soar is a creative, honest, humorous, and challenging pathway to deep personal and spiritual transformation. The Rev. Dr. Poos-Benson brings his years of experience with real life and real people face to face with a complex array of ancient and contemporary faith perspectives. This book is a breath of fresh air in an atmosphere often choking from religious ego and easy answers. Read Sent to Soar and risk divine intervention!
— Rev. Michael Poage, MFA, MDiv, has served United Church of Christ congregations and now teaches English to international students.
I had been a member of Rev. Poos-Benson’s Columbine United Church for six years before the Columbine shootings. Immediately after the tragedy Steve, the CUC congregation and our nearby rehabilitation hospital became close partners. We were wounded communities within a wounded community, doing the best we could. Together we established a temporary crisis center at Craig, and for months worked to rehab and heal the catastrophically injured and their families, and ourselves at the same time. Sent to Soar is an insightful and helpful book. I highly recommend it.
—Kenny Hosack, M.A., Craig Hospital
Drawing on religious traditions worldwide and his real-life experiences as a pastor, Rev. Poos-Benson inspires us to identify and commit to our higher purpose in life. You don't have to be a Christian to embrace his message. As a longtime Zen practitioner, I can incorporate his perspective into my own spiritual practice.
—Jane "JoHo" Koerner, Zen teacher
In a world of lost souls looking for some purpose beyond earning a few more dollars, Sent to Soar invites us to claim a larger perspective. It’s not just about me but us! Steve gives us a wakeup call written in a compelling style that encompasses the world’s great religions to get the reader in touch with deep possibilities waiting to be unleashed. Read this book and expect transformation.
—Jim Symons, CEO of Towards a Millennium of Compassion
In the summer that my surgeon said that “this is my life’s work” prior to removing my own brain tumor, I read Sent to Soar. This book rekindled my belief in a purpose-driven life. Steve’s empathetic and knowledgeable reading of multiple faith traditions combine with decades of pastoral experience to give substance to his challenges to the reader. My insight into my own faith tradition was deepened while my knowledge of connections to other faith traditions was strengthened.
—Dr. Mike Charles, Professor, College of Education, Pacific University