Beloved and award-winning Catholic writer Brian Doyle called himself a story-catcher. Stories he might find on a barstool, bus stop, or church pew were holy moments. In Brian Doyle: Finding God in the Ordinary, Shemaiah Gonzalez follows Brian’s life from a large, Long Island, Irish-Catholic family to the literary publishing world of University of Portland’s Portland Magazine to find the stories behind the stories. His life, like ours, might seem ordinary, but through Brian’s lens of joy and wonder, he showed readers how to see God’s presence and miracle in the mundane.
Shemaiah Gonzalez writes for Catholic and literary publications. Her work has appeared in America Magazine, Image Journal’s Good Letters, Ekstasis, Dappled Things, Catholic News Service, U.S. Catholic and Loyola Press, among others. She holds degrees in literature, ministry, and writing but mostly spends her life looking for glimpses of God’s glory. A Los Angeles native, she currently lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons.
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