The facts are simple.
Larry is a writer, teacher, painter and pastor. He is grateful for his education at Beloit College, Johns Hopkins University and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. But it is life that gives him words, a love of learning that brings him to classrooms and congregations, and a call to healing that guides his ministries.
Larry is a survivor. He has lived with Type One diabetes for over 50 years, has survived two heart attacks and not one but two strokes. Each disability became a new teacher, provided a new occasion to find life, and a new call to heal.
He has written two books, Journey of a Diabetic (1983, Simon and Schuster) and, with Gary Gunderson, the Leading Causes of Life (Abingdon, 2008). His newest book, Thresholds: Connecting Body and Soul after Brain Injury was released in April 2012 by Ruder and Finn Press. Written with Dr. David Gumm, a neuropsychologist, tells the story of God’s disappearance, and powerful reappearance after his strokes. His next book, entitled the Geography of Healing, notes that while we assume people heal in hospitals, they actually don’t. We heal with our families, within our churches, and in our communities. Its interviews with doctors, hospital administrators, pastors and “regular people” help us pay attention to that simple fact.
Larry has been married to Connie Pray for 41 years. They have four grown children–Tim, Ben, Andy and Emily Jane. He and Connie live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org