Rev. Jon Swanson has been talking with God for nearly six decades. Although he has a PhD in rhetorical theory, he’s pretty sure that persuading God is neither possible nor preferable. He’s an  ordained pastor with 15 years in church ministry. He’s spent more than 20 years in higher education, teaching communication, management, and spiritual formation, and working as an administrator. Most recently, he’s worked as a hospital chaplain in a Level II Trauma Center, and adjunct professor, and a consultant with churches and non-profits.

Nancy and  Jon have been married since 1983 and have two married children and a daughter in heaven. They’ve walked regularly since 2006, and he started running in 2014.

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Also by Jon Swanson

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Anticipation: An Advent Reader (2012)

Learning A New Routine. Reading the Sermon on the Mount a Little Bit at a Time (2012)

Lent for Non-Lent People: 33 Things to Give up for Lent and Other Readings (2013)

A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works (2013)

Saint John of the Mall: Reflections for the Advent Season (2017)

Giving a Life Meaning: How to Lead Funerals, Memorial Services, and Celebrations of Life. (2020)

Before You Walk In: A Devotional Primer for Chaplains and Pastoral Visitors (2020) at

Blogs – I write six days a week about following God. Each Sunday is a prayer, just like the prayers in this book. – I write regularly about caring for others, particularly in hospitals.


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