From the Secular to the Sacred, Christopher Literature is Powerful in Its Simplicity

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I usually use this space to share with you the stories of people who I’ve interviewed on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show, to comment on different aspects of popular culture, to post Christopher News Notes, or to highlight inspiring stories that are making the rounds online or in the news. Today I’m changing my approach [Read More...]

Deal with Troubles, But Don’t Lose Track of the World’s Beauty: An Interview with Dean Koontz

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“The dark makes the light stuff brighter.” Not only is that a comment made by a character in Dean Koontz’s latest novel “The City,” it’s a truth that the author learned first-hand while growing up. In “The City,” eight-year-old African-American musical prodigy Jonah Kirk is blessed with a mother and grandparents who selflessly love and [Read More...]

In Every Ending, There’s a New Beginning: A Story Inspired by 9/11

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(The following post was originally written in 2008. An update appears at the end of the story.) Within a few weeks of her birth in 1990, Shannon Hickey was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease. Doctors predicted she wouldn’t live past the age of two. Shannon’s mother Kelly found support in family friend Father Mychal [Read More...]

How Jennifer Fulwiler Found God, Joy, & an Intellectual All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

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Most people don’t confront their own mortality until they’re in their 30s or 40s. For Jennifer Fulwiler, it happened at age 11 – and it seriously unnerved her for many years, especially because she wasn’t raised to believe in God or an afterlife. The incident that set off Jennifer’s crisis occurred during a fossil-finding trip [Read More...]


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