Archives for November 2012

Spirituality for the Second Half of Life: A Q&A with Paula Huston

How do we learn to gracefully embrace aging? That is the question spiritual director and author Paula Huston contemplates in her new book, A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life.  Huston, a 60-year-old grandmother and caretaker for her mother and in-laws, shares the wisdom gleaned from her [Read More…]

Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a lovely new book called Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old & New, edited by Colleen M. Griffith and Thomas H. Groome. At 157 pages, this accessible and practical guide for living our faith today makes for a wonderful Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for the devout Christian [Read More…]

Heaven on Earth: A Q&A with Author Josh Graves

Heaven… I’m in heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. And I seem to find the happiness I seek, When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek. The first lines of this popular Fred Astaire song playfully capture the desire we all have to experience the sublime joy of Heaven in [Read More…]

The Hindu-ness of Rob Bell

By Padma Kuppa, columnist at the Patheos Hindu Channel As a Hindu lay person, I am probably an unlikely candidate to jump at the chance to read about Rob Bell in James Wellman’s book about him and “a New American Christianity.” But I have been exposed to Christian thought and writing for decades, have been [Read More…]

Santa Claus Training, Part 2

[This is the second in a series of posts on the real Santa Claus by Adam English, author of the new book The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] When I stepped off the plane for the first time in Bari, Italy, I was only vaguely aware of what I was doing. I [Read More…]

The Key to Christmas

By Catherine Wiecher Brunell, author of Becoming Catholic, Again Most of my parenting mistakes fall into two broad categories. Sometimes I am overzealous, other times I am inexperienced. The worst is when both of these categories apply: I throttle into a situation for which I am unprepared. This combination has resulted in the worst of [Read More…]

Giving Thanks for the Saints

By Chris Haw Author, From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism I give thanks here not for a person, but for a beloved ritual at my Church. The month of November, in the Catholic tradition, is the month of remembrance. Beginning this month, on All Saints Day, we kneel while our [Read More…]