This memoir chronicles an embodied spiritual life lived robustly. Through its conversational style and self-effacing wit, The Many Lives of a Country Preacher pulls the reader into face-to-face encounters with the folks who populate the book. Its greatest gift to us as readers is to see these people as Jesus would see them. Bud Dixen's hope clearly is to inspire us to live boldly and humbly, to see other people for their goodness and not for their stations in life. By being open to the struggle of others, we are changed. It is hard to imagine someone putting down this chronicle without feeling a boost to live more compassionately. Perhaps this country preacher's next life will be lived through the person you help in your community today.