Archives for May 2013

Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: A Q&A with Christine Valters Paintner

In my new book, Eyes of the Heart, I explore the Christian practice of lectio divina, which means sacred reading, and is an ancient contemplative way of reading scripture, practiced by the very early monks of our tradition, as a way of framing the practice of photography as visio divina, or sacred seeing. [Read more…]

Strange Gods is a Thorough Reality Check

Yes, open this book, and prepare to feel, perhaps momentarily, panicked that all of your life is an unexposed idol minefield, fraught with spiritual missteps that you can never avoid. But, YES, take courage! [Read more…]

Becoming the Son: A Q&A with Author C.D. Baker

Now Featured at the Patheos Book Club Becoming the Son: An Autobiography of Jesus By C.D. Baker An Interview with the Author Why should someone read this book? Jesus Christ changed the world, and not just for Christians. Knowing who he could have been can make a great difference in the way any of us [Read More…]

Animate: Coming Out as Apophatic

By Lillian Daniel, author and contributor to animate.Faith Gathered in a cozy living room, our little church group watched the Animate DVDs over eight weeks. We dug into the deep theological questions as we got to learn more about God, each other and the vagaries of our host’s temperamental toilet. In the first DVD, the [Read More…]

Help Us Remember Who We Are: A Review of Strange Gods

By Laurel Dalrymple When I first looked at Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life, by Elizabeth Scalia, I thought, “Oh no, another book to make me feel guilty.” That wasn’t the only thought I had; I was also excited to read something (even if it was going to be convicting) by someone whom [Read More…]

What is God’s Favorite Place on Earth? A Q&A with Author Frank Viola

This week, one of Patheos’ favorite bloggers, Frank Viola, releases his new book God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Recommended by some 47 top Christian leaders, Viola’s book is a creative retelling of the stories of Bethany, told through the eyes of Lazarus. The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the [Read More…]

8 Lessons Concerning Mental Illness

I hope we’ll also take a moment to learn a little more about the pervasive and serious nature of mental illness–and perhaps begin to speak more freely and surround suffering people with loving community. [Read more…]