“The god of the church had been made small and placed in a box…”

My new book is now in bookstores. Barnes & Noble has stocked it in big numbers. So have many smaller stores. Please help me spread the word! Please check your local store. I want to help my book find new readers and also help bookstores! I’m working my butt off traveling and speaking—for FREE—to audiences all over the US and Canada. In response I’m getting email and FB messages by the hundreds like this one:“For the first time in two decades I felt that I was listening to someone who unde … [Read more...]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to my Execution for Heresy…

I’d been writing novels and literary nonfiction for twenty years before I dared to write a memoir about my flight from my evangelical past. That book became the bestselling CRAZY FOR GOD: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. I’d been so out of touch with the evangelical world that I’d lost track of the players. Put it this way: I’d never heard of Rob Bell.I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I’d wo … [Read more...]

Who Needs This God Nonsense?

And yet, here I am telling my four-year-old granddaughter Lucy that God made the rock she just asked about. We've climbed up on this granite outcropping surrounded by water and reeds on the marsh overlooking the Merrimack Bay near my house. We've brought chalk to draw on the rock. Her arms are around my neck. It's low tide and the small of the mud flats is wonderful, so alive! I say “and yet” because there’s this internal conversation. “You don’t know anything,” I say to myself, “why … [Read more...]


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