Praying with Our Feet

Pursuing Justice and Healing on the Streets

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At age twenty, Lindsey Krinks thought she had her life figured out. But a devastating injury and an unexpected encounter with a homeless organizing group disrupted her plans and opened her eyes to the immense suffering and injustice around her. Awakened to a fierce pursuit of justice and a faith that called her to "pray with her feet," Krinks plunged into the underside of American society, where she found both staggering loss and astounding love.

As a street chaplain, activist, and cofounder of Open Table Nashville, Krinks takes us on an unforgettable spiritual journey to tent cities, alleys, slums, and the front lines of movements for justice. Praying with Our Feet challenges preconceptions about people who live on the streets, calling us to move from charity to justice and to get our hands dirty in the struggle for a better world.

Readers who are dismayed by the world's suffering but don't know where to start will find much inspiration in this intimate and moving book. Includes end-of-book discussion questions for each chapter.

Author's Note
1. Upstream
2. Descent
3. Broken Soil
4. Downhill
5. Burning Hearts
6. Wilderness
7. Emergence
8. Accompaniment
9. Wick
10. Tending Wounds
11. Another World
Discussion Guide


"I took up this book expecting a study of the integration of action and contemplation. What I was delighted to find was a superbly written story about the life-forming experiences that brought Krinks to such integration."

Paul Quenon, Abbey of Gethsemani; author of In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir and Amounting to Nothing: Poems

"Praying with one's feet changes everything--not only religion and spirituality but also lives and communities, and even words spoken or written. Lindsey Krinks takes her readers on a journey in which this insight continues to deepen on every page. She brings together the personal and the political, with a hint toward economic possibilities."

Joerg Rieger, distinguished professor of theology, Cal Turner Chancellor's Chair in Wesleyan Studies, and director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

The Author

  1. Lindsey Krinks
    Jessica Risinger

    Lindsey Krinks

    Lindsey Krinks (MTS, Vanderbilt Divinity School) is a street chaplain, activist, and nonprofit leader who has worked for over a decade on the front lines of social justice movements. She is the cofounder of Open Table Nashville, a nationally acclaimed...

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