Every Friday, I post a link to a blog post, sometimes written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality, and sometimes by another blogger whose work I admire. I encourage my blog readers to click through to read these posts, comment, and if you like what you read, follow these bloggers as well.
In my own recap of the Festival of Faith and Writing, I included a few of the memorable zingers that came out of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson’s mouth when she spoke about our culture of fear. Robinson’s talk was one of those rare perspective-changing speeches that causes listeners to rethink how we see just about everything of importance—our faith, our relationships, our assumptions. So it is no surprise that over the past two weeks, many writers lucky enough to hear her talk have been ruminating on and dissecting it.
A particularly fine discussion on Robinson’s Festival talk, writing, and overall message about fear and faith comes from my friend and colleague Rachel Stone, writing for Her.meneutics, the women’s blog for Christianity Today. Rachel expands on Robinson’s remarks about fear, and also includes brief discussion of Robinson’s new book of essays (which is near the top of the teetering pile of books on my nightstand).
Read Rachel’s post (along with a remarkably thoughtful and relatively troll-free comments section) here.
And because I’ve read a number of excellent posts from actual Patheos bloggers this week, here are a couple that I particularly recommend:
Elizabeth Nordquist’s Practicing Resurrection is a meditation on my favorite poem, Wendell Berry’s Manifesto: The Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front, and how we can “practice resurrection” in this Easter season, despite there being much to mourn and fear.