Praise for Chelem Papers, Short Stories by Grant Spradling
“In Chelem Papers, Grant Spradling steps out of his quiet writing retreat on the Yucatán peninsula and invites us into graceful face-off with the inevitable. Not simply an old man’s reverie, the stories in Chelem Papers are an exploration of the issues we all face: the need for intimacy, the search for purpose, the call to love, the frailty of the body, the dazzling possibilities of the divine in us. Spradling grabs us happily by the hand and pulls us into his extensive travels as a young man, his years as a pastor, his stint in New York as a professional singer and more. He dares to ask what the meaning of a life might be. Working often at the intersections of religion, art, and sexuality, Spradling’s stories have a clear message for readers of any age: In the end, it’s about love.” — Chris Strickland, PhD.
“Grant writes from the heart and soul. His stories bring you right to the table. . . . And to see life through the point of view of a dog, gives one another look at one’s life and how fragile and absurd it can be.” — Kenneth French
“Moving, funny, and intelligent! Reading his collection of short stories is like chatting with an old and trusted friend on a rainy afternoon.” — Chloe Pacheco
“I spend a lot of time in Chelem. I can’t say everything that Grant writes about Chelem is gospel truth. But amazing things happen on that beach. Read the Chelem Papers and experience the miracles in your own life!” — William Auth