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

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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

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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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...]

Ignited by SACRED FIRE: a Book Review

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What a gift to discover this book in the middle of Lent! Ronald Rolheiser, Roman Catholic writer in spirituality and theology, has written a book that covers new and evocative ground for those who have been on the journey of Spirit a long time in this book, Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human [Read More...]

An Invitation to Stillness: Book Review of Be Still and Know

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An Invitation to Stillness: Book Review of Be Still and Know by Norris J. Chumley No one can dispute the 21st North-American need to encounter silence with as much noise as most of us live with and in today. In his book Be Still and Know: God’s Presence in Silence, Norris Chumley investigates one slice [Read More...]


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