The Mushroom Farm is offered as nourishment and inspiration for personal spiritual growth. Each carefully woven story in the book stands alone, and is intended to provide strength, solace, comfort and reinforcement, particularly to Christians, asMoreThe Mushroom Farm is offered as nourishment and inspiration for personal spiritual growth. Each carefully woven story in the book stands alone, and is intended to provide strength, solace, comfort and reinforcement, particularly to Christians, as they experience similar challenges and events in their own lives.The stories are based on the authors life experiences just as they happened and they are stories that have been used in the authors sermons for more than fifteen years.
Each of Rev. Dolans stories has been woven into Holy Scripture selected for that day. The cross referencing to scripture allows the reader the opportunity to explore their own stories in relation to God’s word.
Through this sharing of experiences, the book’s purpose is to offer hope and strength in troubled times and enhance one’s joy in those special moments in life.The stories selected for the Mushroom Farm purposely follows Dolans age in life.
The stories travel through his early childhood in England and growing up in Llandaff, Wales. They continue through his life studying and working in London and ultimately his life here in the United States, taking taking the reader through 52 stories to the present day…The stories contain the experience of a growing awareness of the Holy Spirit from more than fifteen years preaching experience as a Deacon, the combined effect of these timelines is to reveal a forward movement in Dolans ability to discern the Divine in his life.God is always present and available to us, but we as human beings have the opportunity for a growing discernment of that presence if, as Bishop Griswold describes it, we just watch, listen and learn.After reading “The Mushroom Farm”, the reader will be able to relate these stories to their own spiritual journeys and be more sensitive to the presence of the Holy Spirit on their own journey through life...About the author:The Reverend John Richard Dolan was born in Oxford, England, and was raised close to the ancient Cathedral in Llandaff, Wales.
John has lived and worked in the United States for 40 years. John is a British Chartered Accountant (CPA) and is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church USA. This unlikely combination and his having lived in two very distinct cultures has given John the opportunity to discern his spiritual journey from differing perspectives.The Mushroom Farm is John’s first book and the stories are based in large part on sermons given over nearly fifteen years service as a Deacon...John has been married to his wife Karen for more than 34 years.
They have a married daughter Michelle and son David. The Dolans have three grandchildren.