Finding Common Humanity with an Outlaw Christian

“Do you ever feel mad at God? Filled with doubt and questions?” So begins this compelling book trailer for Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith By Breaking the “Rules.” Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie, director of the Forum on Faith and Life and Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, follows up her Trinity Prize [Read More…]

“Where is the Motherbody?”

Many good things can be said about Terry Tempest Williams’ 1991 spiritual memoir, Refuge.  Its subtitle reveals that it is in part about the intimate connection between people and the natural world: “An Unnatural History of Family and Place.”  I’ve heard people talk about and praise this book over the decades since its release, and [Read More…]

Back to School Book List

It’s the first day of Fall 2012 classes!  This semester, I’m teaching a Religion & Literature seminar shaped around contemporary autobiographies. Here’s the reading list: Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, The Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, by Eboo Patel The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley [Read More…]