The Early Series
Publication Date: October 19, 2001
Springtime in Autumn is a collection of poems about a man’s rebirth and self-discovery in his latter years. Read this inspiring adventure about John Chuchman growing up to be a kid again.
Publication Date: April 5, 2002
A Collection of Wisdom encountered by the Author, John Chuchman,on his path of Spiritual Growth. It is his hope that some of these may be helpful to the readers on their life journeys. David armed himself with a few small pebbles and used one to slay the giant Goliath. Would that one of the Wisdom Pebbles contained in this work can be used by you to slay whatever Goliath is blocking your path to Spiritual Wholeness.
Publication Date: September 18, 2002
One man’s journey up the Mountain of Life with many of the Treasures discovered along the way.
Publication Date: November 25, 2002
“This is a book of poetry in the truest sense: life experiences recollected in tranquility and expressed in striking, creative ways.” Ernest E. Larkin, O. Carm. Kino Institute,Phoenix, Arizona
Publication Date: January 26, 2005
Biking, Sailing, Climbing and Crawling, Gallivanting, Traipsing, and A Winter on Torch Lake
In ” . . . Journeying through Life . . .” John shares experiences, observations, lessons, insights, and his personal growth and transformation.
Publication Date: February 10, 2006
John Chuchman’s book “I Love My Church, BUT, OH MY GOD” is about religion, specifically the troubled contemporary religious culture of the Roman Catholic Church, which includes within it elements of deep spirituality and high institutionalism. Formulated in John’s characteristic free-line formatting, some selections read as mystical poetry and others as direct confrontation – all contest for institutional and hierarchical reform.
Publication Date: April 26, 2007
Expressions of frustration at the lack of accountability and transparency on the part of church hierarchy. A sharing of feelings that institutional church has lost sight of the original mission seeking now only to protect the institution as it exists and the hierarchy’s control of it. Expressions of resentment of the attempts to reverse the great work of Vatican II with hope that church will become all it can be for people on life’s journey. A plea and hope that people take back their church.
Publication Date: December 27, 2007
Some humorous, yet sad aspects of institutional religion.
Publication Date: October 22, 2009
Moving Beyond Religion’s Secure Boundaries
One man’s venture out from the apparent security of religious boundaries in order to seek Spiritual nurturing and personal growth. His experiences along the way–frustrations with institutionalized religion and excitement in discovering life’s wonderful gifts–all expressed in free-form poetic style.
Publication Date: September 15, 2008
Human Experience; The Very Stuff of Spirituality The place you and I stand every day of our lives is Holy Ground because God is present.
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Institutional Church as we know it is dying. The Prophetic Call is for us to Hospice our Church, being Honest about its approaching demise, treating it with dignity and respect, while helping those grieving its loss. We are also called to be purveyors of Hope recognizing that death of the old brings New Life, New Church.
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Rather than being stuck in the Guilt, Grief, and Anger occasioned by Institutional Religion, the author describes his journey in Spiritual Growth and Nurturing towards a personal Transformation/Metanoia in Love.
Publication Date: June 28, 2007
A Resource for Grievers and Caregivers
John Chuchman, Pastoral Bereavement Educator and Companion shares his Grief and Caregiving workshop and seminar materials and background information hoping to help anyone experiencing a loss in life and anyone wishing to improve his/her basic caregiving skills.
Publication Date: February 3, 2011
Trying to Define Spirituality
Human Experience is the very stuff of Spirituality; Don’t try to escape life’s everyday experiences and don’t worry about trying to define Spiritually. Just live life to the fullest and be aware of the guidance all around us. Awareness, Awareness, Awareness!
Publication Date: February 8, 2012
The first letter of John, 4, 7-16, touched me deeply with the words, God is Love; When we live in Love, we live in God and God in us. The restrictive, biased, inadequate view of Our Creator as a white-haired old man sitting in judgment of us simply no longer worked for me. Indeed, it seems we have envisioned the Divine in our own image. Perhaps a better idea of God is Source of Love, Embodiment of Love, and Love in Action. God (as Verb) IS Love and I AM only because (God as) LOVE IS. Join me here in exploring this notion.
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Divine Incarnation is not merely some historical event that happened 2000 years ago. Incarnation and Creation are One in the Same each and every Moment. As Creation Evolves so does Incarnation. As we evolve, our notion of the Divine evolves.
Publication Date: March 5, 2014
Human beings . . . how often have we heard those two words without a thought to what they mean? Oh, we could define “human”, but what about the word “being” or better yet, “Being.” Vaclav Havel, Czech writer, dissident, and finally, peaceful liberator of his country searched for the true meaning of Being in his series of essays written while in prison. Havel described Being as the state of one’s heart, the key to life and one’s orientation to it.
Publication Date: January 15, 2015
It has been very hard for me to learn not to need to know.
I don’t mean just simply being OK with not knowing,
but learning not to need to know.
It requires my admitting, accepting, embracing my limits.
I realize that God cannot be known by the power of intelligence.
In coming to the realization that God ’s very Being is Love,
I have only been able to glimpse, taste, pursue the Divine
in my heart which constantly longs for Love, for my Creator.
The terms I have used to speak of God
are never clearly intelligible, watertight and hermetically sealed.
God can never be seized by my rational analysis.
I am invited into Love by my Creator Who is Love
and Love is a mystery, as am I.
Accepting that I don’t know, and that I do not need to know,
has allowed me to get out of my mind
and move into my Heart
where being in love unites me with the