John’s Books

The Early Series

springtimeSpringtime in Autumn

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.


Pebbles of WisdomPebbles of Wisdom

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.


Quest:  The Journey is the TreasureQuest; The Journey IS the Treasure

Publication Date: September 18, 2002
One man’s journey up the Mountain of Life with many of the Treasures discovered along the way.                                        


Sunset AwakeningSunset Awakening

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


Journeying Through LifeJourneying Through Life

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.


Church Series

I love my church, but oh my God!I Love My Church, But Oh My God!

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.


We Are ChurchWe Are Church

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.


Is God Laughing or CryingIs God Laughing or Crying

Publication Date: December 27, 2007
Some humorous, yet sad aspects of institutional religion.                                                                                                                                                                


In Search of Spiritual HorizonsIn Search of Spiritual Horizons

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.


Spirituality and Spiritual Growth Beyond Hierarchical ChurchSpirituality and Spiritual Growth Beyond Hierarchical Church

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.


Let's Hospice our ChurchLet’s Hospice Our Church

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.


Movin' On - No Longer Stuck in Guilt, Grief, Anger Movin’ On – No Longer Stuck in Guilt, Grief, Anger

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.


Grief/Caregiving Handbook

Sacred Quest:  Growth Through Loss and LoveGrowth Through Loss and Love:
Sacred Quest

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.


Spirituality Series

Nailing Honey to a Tree: Trying to Define SpiritualityNailing Honey to a Tree

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!


I AM because LOVE IS: God as VERBI AM because LOVE IS: God as Verb

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.


Incarnation is Creation is Evolution is IncarnationIncarnation is Creation is Evolution is Incarnation

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.


Being:  Our DestinyBeing: Our Destiny

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.



Unknowing - The Fullness of Being

Unknowing – The Fullness of Being

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



4 Responses to John’s Books

  1. Jim Tackes says:

    I’ve enjoyed a number of John’s books. I find them particularly helpful for my daily hour of meditation. I read one or two of John’s poems each day and then spend time in contemplation on how they relate to my own personal spiritual path. I find them insightful and great nourishment for my spiritual life.

    Looking forward to John’s new book Movin’ On.

  2. Suzanne Straebel says:

    On “Pebbles of Wisdom”
    Some are two-liners, others flow to the next page. These “Pebbles” are like walking a beach searching for a perfect stone. Each holds a beauty of its own, as it is in this book.
    I have my favorites and one has become my morning prayer. You will find yours too, maybe in John’s interpretation of the Beatitudes, or in how God and the sun relate, or
    on becoming an artist. Perhaps one will stick with you, like a pebble in your sock — can’t get it off your mind.
    Something in this collection will be with you forever.

    Anne Marie

  3. Suzanne Straebel says:

    In John’s newest book, there is an extraordinary poem titled, “Things Are Coming to an End; Things Are Being Created Anew”. What hit me personally were the traps of nostalgia and despair we face in the challenges of our Catholic faith. Nostalgia especially was undeniably a block for me. John’s words, his candor, made me examine my conscience. Why was I holding on to childish remnants no longer relevant?

    John’s use of Hospice to bring his points across is presented with tenderness. The relationship to the dying and a dying church is luminous and, in its simplicity, is a remarkable force. One can feel the hope and light John offers.

    This poem was an emotional jolt for me.

    – Elizabeth Anne

  4. Merna says:

    Really liked what you had to say in your post, John Chuchman Books | Sacred Quest, thanks for the good read!
    — Merna

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