Roncalli math teacher Jeff Small has written a book about building relationships with God, and the author says there are several special people in his life who would benefit from reading “The Pilgrim Way.”
“If I can get those people to read this book – even if others don’t – then for me the book is successful, Small said.
“The book is about our spiritual journey here on Earth, of which I refer to as ‘The Pilgrim Way,’ as we strive to live our lives as the children of God.”
In his work as a teacher, a reflection day coordinator and a youth minister, Small has encountered a number of students and adults who question their faith and have a hard time answering “the great questions of life.”
The book is designed to offer guidance on answering those inquiries: Who am I? What am I worth? Where did I come from? Why am I here? and Where am I going when I die?
“I explain how to build a relationship with God because we are walking with him throughout life,” Small said. “And just because you have a relationship with God, that doesn’t mean everything in your life is going to be perfect. God is not your divine butler who comes in and cleans up everything to make it right.
“He knows the way, and it’s up to us to follow him. We should walk on this Earth the way the Creator intended us to.”
Small said writing the book wasn’t that much of a chore because he has always been a writer. “I wrote some of the chapters a while back and just had to clean them up some. Then I pieced them together with the new chapters. I have a Christian library of more than 200 books, so when I write I pull ideas and support from many directions.
“That being said, this is a book about faith, and I took many of my support pieces from the Bible, the catechism of the Catholic Church and the writings of the Saints.
“Writing a book is something I have always wanted to do so that I could leave something behind for my children to learn from and reflect upon.”
He and his wife, Sara, reside in Noblesville with their children, Eli, 10, and Katelyn, 7, both of whom are active in soccer.
Although Small incorporates a spiritual side to his classroom, his students won’t be reading his book as part of their studies. “With that said, a portion of the book has been used a few times during the year at Roncalli.”
Small has received positive responses from those who have read the book, which is available through iBooks and Barnes & Noble.