Book review: Noah Primeval

We've turned a story of a flesh-and-blood man standing apart from his own decaying culture into a nursery decoration.Brian Godawa has torn the cutesy pastel version of the Noah story off of the nursery wall in an attempt to help modern-day readers remember that Noah and his family were three dimensional people struggling to live counter-cultural, obedient lives in the years leading up to the flood. Noah Primeval: Chronicles of the Nephiliim (Embedded Pictures Publishing, 2011) is definitely … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 1

I'm blogging through Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Click here to read the first post in the series.In the first chapter of his book, Father Rohr seeks to help his readers understand the nature of those two halves of life. If the first half of life is to create a container for our life that answers questions of identity, security and relationship, the second half of life is a journey toward learning "what the container is meant to hold and … [Read more...]

Falling Upward – Introduction

There are some books that demand a re-reading, even before you've finished reading the book the first time through. I believe Father Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Jossey-Bass, 2011) is such a book.Rohr, a Franciscan priest and internationally-known author and speaker who may perhaps be best known for his groundbreaking book A Christian Perspective on the Enneagram, offers readers a deep, shimmering and sometimes-upending perspective on the spiritual … [Read more...]

The lessons of 2011

2011, it's been an interesting trip `round the sun with you. Before you turn into something that's so last year, I thought I'd review some lessons I learned while I was in your classroom during the last 365 days:  (1) Shoulder surgery IS as bad as they say. Everyone kept warning me that last winter's rotator cuff repair was going to hurt, be awful, be a ridiculously long recovery, yada yada yada. I've survived reconstructive knee surgery, and lived through a six-month rehab in a two-story … [Read more...]

What does it look like to travel light?

A true disciple of Christ travels light, right?We've all heard messages about how Jesus sent 72 of his first disciples out in his name with instructions that included traveling with only the clothes on their backs. We have Paul's impassioned description of what his life as a follower of Christ was like in 2 Corinthians 11 to underscore the fact that following Christ may be filled with challenge and difficulty, not comfort.I ran across this passage a few days ago. I've never heard it … [Read more...]

One sweet tradition

Twenty-nine Christmases ago, our first child was a little baby girl just about able to sit up by herself for the first time. In the days leading up to Christmas, my husband and I knew it was time to think about one thing we could begin doing that would mark our own Christmas as a family.At that time, my husband and I had been married for four years, and had created a couple of scrappy holiday traditions out of the meager ingredients we each brought to the marriage. I brought a menorah and … [Read more...]

In those days at this season

When I was a kid, Chanukah meant eight nights of presents, wrapped in shiny blue and silver paper. It meant treats of Chanukah gelt, foil-wrapped waxy coins of chocolate, and playing the dreidel game while each night’s candles burned. The game featured a four-sided top with Hebrew letters on each side that were meant to remind us of the “reason for our season”.I was told the reason for these December festivities was to celebrate the miraculous story of brave Judah Maccabee, who hid out in the r … [Read more...]


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