Published OCTOBer 2016
Just days after turning fifty, Martha Maddux, a spirited mother and civic activist, is told she has Alzheimer’s disease. She and husband Carlen feel as though they’ve been shoved out of a plane 10,000 feet up, with nothing to grab but themselves.
But A Path Revealed is not about the fallout from an insidious disease. It is, in Carlen’s words, “The story of a path emerging during our darkest hours, a path that we neither planned nor foresaw. In the beginning there was no blueprint for us … no map … no instruction manual. There was only a desperate impulse to get out of this thing NOW!”
Encouraged by a Protestant minister friend, Carlen traveled with Martha to the backwoods of Kentucky, where the quiet presence of a Catholic nun revealed a hidden path. They stepped tentatively on to the path, not knowing where it would lead. A magazine editor and publisher, Carlen was forced to slow down as he traced the twists and turns of this path halfway around the world to Australia, retreated weekends to a monastery, embraced meditation, and landed all alone in Thomas Merton’s cabin.
A Path Revealed echoes accents heard in Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies, Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward, and Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark.