The Well-Tempered Center of Arthur Boers (encore of part II)
(Note: This is an encore of John’s interview with Arthur from the previous episode, including only Arthur’s discussion of his newest book, Shattered: A Son Picks Up the Pieces of His Father's Rage.)
The word, "temper" can be understood in different ways. Our first thought is usually related to anger, or the effects of anger. But something can also be tempered when it's been made stronger or more stable by things like pressure, heat, or the passage of time. Both understandings are closely linked with the formation of writer, priest, and pastor, Arthur Boers.
In John's fifth interview in the Unto Life series—Arthur shares how his life-experience and the influence of God have shaped him into who he is today.
In his earliest years, Arthur was the victim of his father's temper. In his newest book, Shattered, Arthur interweaves this trauma—along with stories of his Dutch immigrant heritage and faith formation—with the metaphor of glass. The way glass shatters when broken. The way glass—through exposure to pressure, heat, and time—can be formed, or tempered, into something strong and beautiful.
And so, while sometimes still brittle along the edges, the center of Arthur's life is well-tempered. Out of severe family trauma, he has discovered understanding and healing. Arthur's hope is that through his story and wisdom, others might strengthen their center, too.
(Music courtesy of Coma-Media and Ashot-Danielyan from Pixabay.)
ARTHUR BOERS INFO:
Pre-order Arthur's new book (releasing May 2023): Shattered: A Son Picks Up the Pieces of His Father’s Rage
Learn more about Arthur and purchase his other books: arthurboers.com
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