Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood

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When the screams of innocents dying engulf you, how do you hear God's voice? Will God and God's people call you to life when your breath is being strangled out of you? For people of color living each day surrounded by violence, for whom survival is not a given, vocational discernment is more than "finding your purpose" - it's a matter of life and death. Patrick Reyes shares his story of how the community around him - his grandmother, robed clergy, educators, friends, and neighbors - saved him from gang life, abuse, and the economic and racial oppression that threatened to kill him before he ever reached adulthood. A story balancing the tension between pain and healing, Nobody Cries When We Die takes you to the places that make American society flinch, redefines what you are called to do with your life, and gives you strength to save lives and lead in your own community.

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Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is a Latinx practical theologian, educator, administrator, and institutional strategist. He currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Doctoral Initiatives at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).

Informed by his experience with gang-affiliated, marginalized Latinx farm-working communities, and administration in higher education and private industry, Patrick consults, speaks, and advises leaders on institutional capacity building for faith communities seeking to embody their vision of justice and peace. Informed by his home community of Salinas, California, Patrick has published research focusing on the intersection of religious practice, community capacity building, social action, and theological education. Patrick holds degrees from Claremont School of Theology, Boston University School of Theology, and University of California, Sacramento.

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Nobody Cries When We Die is an outstanding journey. Reyes's collection of stories offers an eye-opening window to Latinx life in the US. Written in a beautiful prose, the author recounts his experiences in a community forced into violence and finds a common thread in the permanent struggle for justice and healing. It is his Christian vocation that makes him keep strong in his convictions in front of heartbreaking stories. This is a must read for anyone who trusts we can build a better world. 
-- Dr. Santiago Slabodsky, Florence and Robert Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies, Hofstra University, New York 

With a riveting writing style, Reyes's memoir invites readers to explore their own inner labyrinth of Christian vocational discernment. At each twist and turn on the journey, questions abound. How am I going to live? Who is calling me to life? Can anything good come from my neighborhood? His approach to examining the depths of wisdom in lived experience of ordinary, often overlooked people is a breath of fresh air for theological writing and a gateway for readers to encounter the divine in the seemingly mundane.
-- Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and Founder of Fearless Dialogues

Patrick Reyes has given us a beautiful witness to the power, creativity, and resilience at the heart of Christian community. This is a book that every young person needs to read to be encouraged and enlivened in their call, and every leader in churches, theological education, and non-profits must listen to if they are going to adequately create space for the future generation of leaders.
--Dr. Brian Bantum, Seattle Pacific University, Author of The Death of Race

A compelling narrative, practical theology and vocational formation book all in one. Reyes is a scholar who courageously intertwines the reality of his life with deep and serious theological and theoretical reflection with the purpose of guiding one in vocational discernment. It is about time that a scholar need not leave his life aside to do theology and theoretical work which comes from the core of one's life.  Now this makes sense and will make sense to every generation reading it as mentors and prodigies, ministers and parishioners or just people sharing deeply about faith matters around their coffee. This brings a full community around the table to discern, to heal and to know God more profoundly. I will use it for my Christian ministry students for sure.   
-- Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Dean of Esperanza College, Eastern University, and Author of Listen to the Children

Walter Benjamin once said, 'It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.' This book is the best interpretation of this saying to our days. Patrick Reyes writes about 'the world and himself,' showing the inside and the outside world in which the Latin@ community lives. There, without hope, we learn what hope is all about. This is a book to cry, rejoice, and ponder with at every page. I will read it to my students, to my community, and to my family.
-- Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

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