Tender contains 60 non-fiction stories, epiphanies of the beauty, sorrow and holiness arising in locations like the bank, the park and the pool with the invitation to notice kindness.
[from the Introduction to Tender, stories that lean into kindness]
Tender in this sense is a disposition, a way of being in the world in relation to others…There is nothing sentimental or self-promoting about this kind of tender…Tender is gentle yet risky attentiveness. These are stories that truly ‘lean into kindness’. In an audacious phrase she borrows from a friend, Julie suggests ‘the Kindness’ is really just another word for the Kingdom of God.
from the Introduction to Tender, by Jan Morgan and Graeme Garrett co-authors
“Julie’s writing is awake to the fragile joy and honest grief of being here in the sacred ordinary.”
Sally Douglas, author and theologian.
Julie’s stories bring to mind the Celtic notion of ‘thin places’ where the distances between heaven and earth seem, for a moment, to be but a film. Hidden within this collection of stories are hints or lessons for living – none didactic, just there for the taking. There are insights on how to be present for a person who has suffered trauma, how to respond when a friend dies or what surprising inner resources might be found when a when a person finds they have parented a child with a serious disability. Tender, stories that lean into kindness is a compelling collection of tales from everyday life, eminently recognizable and totally captivating.
Digby Hannah, songwriter
Julie Perrin folds many layers into her stories: layers of love and layers of hurt; layers of humour and layers of surprise; layers of how language can sometimes shock us and sometimes save us. For her, the whole world is a parish of story, and in her writing, she opens the door to this parish, she lays the table, she invites us in, she sits us down, she tells and she listens.
Pádraig Ó Tuama, theologian, poet
Through 60 stories, each no more than three pages long, Julie Perrin traverses topics as diverse as opening oneself to kindness rather than fear, choosing a life of radical simplicity, the humour of finding her dog in the compost bin, and the delight that Earth Hour elicits in rediscovering the practice of learning poetry by heart.
Reviewed by Cath Connelly for The Melbourne Anglican
In this writing, every word, every punctuation mark, every turn of phrase has been considered in order to draw the reader into the human reality of a simple action, to share the writer’s compassionate regard, and finally to embrace a question that ripples out into widening circles.
Andrew Hamilton, consulting editor, Eureka Street.
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