My Defining Moment Led to this Patheos Blog – and My Book.

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Patheos is asking bloggers to write about a defining moment. Here is one of mine, excerpted and abridged from my book.Begrudging WisdomThe fearsome, yet somehow oddly thrilling words jumped right off the page, crept stealthily past the obviously snoozing hogwash detector in my brain, and spoke directly to my heart: “Stage IV men and women will enter into religion in order to approach mystery…” I grasped the book a bit more tightly, reread the words, then threw it down. A prickly se … [Read more...]

Les Misérables – Spiritual Types in Valjean and Javert

I recently saw the movie musical Les Misérables, and I could not help noticing the clear spiritual typecasting in two of the main characters – Jean Valjean and his nemesis Javert. Author Victor Hugo wrote the original story long before the spiritual stages were recognized and appreciated. But he must have somehow understood them intuitively, as these two characters he created almost perfectly exemplify the Mystic and the Faithful stages, respectively.Valjean was released after a ni … [Read more...]


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