Writing With a View of the Graveyard – the Book!

My new book, “Writing With a View of the Graveyard: Life, Loss, and Unruly Grace” – is now available on Amazon. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response and also with how strange it feels to have this thing I wrote out in the world. It’s exhilarating and scary and great. I’m incredibly grateful for all the encouragement and support. Thank you!

Here is the link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-View-Graveyard-Unruly-Grace/dp/1985634112/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519611096&sr=8-1&keywords=ruth+hetland

The Power of Place and Story in Preaching

The places we spend time affect us. A home, a piece of land, a church, a camp, a certain time or season of life – every place we encounter helps to shape us and our experience of faith. What might the preacher learn from paying close attention to his or her own past and current surroundings? What stories do the location, landscape, history, and even building structure of a congregation have to tell?

This book was written as my final project for my Doctor of Ministry degree. Both my mother and father died, and both my children were born over the course of the years I was working on this book. The end result is a labor of love and deep reflection on this clergy life, the congregations I have served, and the stories we tell as people of faith. The book can be ordered through Amazon: