Grace in the Maybe

Instructions on Not Knowing Everything About God

Grace in the Maybe

Written with honesty and humor, this delightful collection of essays will stimulate your thinking, stir your heart, and nurture your soul.

In Grace in the Maybe author Katie Savage beckons you to join her as she embraces the mystery of faith and gently eases into the sometimes turbulent waters of contemplative exploration. She writes with honesty and humor about the uncertainty and doubt that is inherent in the life of the growing believer, finding that even in the midst of questions, bold assurances of faith emerge.

You’ll find yourself falling into step with Katie as she meanders through the liturgical calendar of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, as this insightful book weaves ordinary stories and surprising insights into satisfying reflections of the spiritual life, relationships, and life as we know it.

This delightful collection of essays will stimulate your thinking, stir your heart, and nurture your soul.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451689280 | 
  • August 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Katie Savage. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


For many people, going to church is routine, much like going to school or work, and often it seemingly has no connection with the other six days of the week or “real life.” In Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times, Katie Savage connects the reality (and humor) of her life with the seasons of the church calendar and reflects on how these seasons provide a big-picture framework for living each day. Whether readers have grown up in a liturgical tradition or not, Whirlybirds is a collection of delightful personal reflections on the intersection of real life and faith.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. Did you grow up in a faith tradition that was ordered around the liturgical church calendar? If so, how did it impact you? If not, what is your initial response to reading about life within the church calendar?
2. Do you relate more to a faith rooted in certainty or mystery? Describe what factors and influences in your life ha see more

About the Author

Katie Savage
Photograph (c) Stephanie Wilson

Katie Savage

Katie Savage was born into the Protestant Evangelical Christian tradition and has been writing about it ever since. She has a BA in Creative Writing and English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. After college, Savage spent time teaching high school and junior high English and earning her MFA from the University of Kansas. She and her husband, Scott, now live in Kansas City, with their two children. They are members of Redemption Church, where Scott is the associate pastor.