Graceful Virtues: A Reflection on the Grace of Yes by Lisa M. Hendey


It is a gift to discover a companion on the spiritual journey from a tradition different from one’s own. Lisa Hendey is a Roman Catholic; I am a Presbyterian Protestant. Yet in reading her book called The Grace of Yes, I found that there were many places where our paths were similar, if not identical. [Read More...]

Hopes for Mother and Daughters: A Reflection on Love Will Steer Me True by Jane and Ellen Knuth


As a mother of an adult daughter who does not share my spiritual practices, I am deeply comforted and delighted to read a book, such as this, in which both mother and daughter seek to keep their love whole while diverging in their trust in and practice of the spiritual traditions in which each of [Read More...]

Notes from the Mainline: A Reflection on the Mainliner’s Guide to the Post-Denominal World


Notes from the Mainline: A Reflection on The Mainliner’s Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World As a Christian who has morphed in my spiritual journey from a fundamentalist to an active participant in a mainline congregation, I welcome any perspective that can help me navigate this time of sea change in the Church of the [Read More...]

Finding a Sacred Rhythm: Response to The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski


As a spiritual director, I am always pleased to encounter a book that describes and encourages practices that deepen one’s journey of Spirit. Among seminary students I often found impatience with my stress on the necessity of grounding one’s self in spiritual practice as a starting place for ministry of any kind. One pastor of [Read More...]

“Give Me Jesus:” A Reflection on Benjamin L. Corey’s Undiluted


As I read Undiluted by Benjamin L. Corey, I kept hearing an old African-American spiritual in my heart:               Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,               You can have all the rest,               Give me Jesus! This book written with passion and intensity is one that evokes and echoes that longing of Spirit that followers [Read More...]

Prayer for the Senses, a Book Review of A Bead and A Prayer by Kristen Vincent


  I sit with people in a practice we call spiritual direction, in which a central question is “How can I pray?” I am by character a “Word” person, one who responds well to spoken liturgy, to written prayers, and to words that come from within my own heart ad mind. However, I sit with [Read More...]

Wrestling with Desire–A Book Reflection


A Reflection on Teach Us To Want by Jen Pollock Michel I am always delighted and challenged when an author struggles with the question of desire. A superficial reading of sacred texts and theological writings give us at best a mixed message—our desires are God given AND our desires are likely to get us into [Read More...]

A Long Loving Look at Slow Church

A Long Loving Look at Slow Church, by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison I am welcoming the arrival of this new book, Slow Church, to my library, to my thinking and to my prayer. The two authors, lay people from two different parts of the United States, have thoughtfully and deliberately presented a model of being [Read More...]