Five Reasons There’s No Getting Past Religion

By David Dark Author, Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious Five Reasons There’s No Getting Past Religion 5. The universe is made of stories. So says the poet Muriel Rukeyser. One person’s guiding story might involve sprinkling water on babies while speaking particular words in the presence of others. Another’s could require an [Read More…]

Becoming a Recovery-Friendly Church: A Q&A with Jonathan Benz

“The truth is people are already suffering from addiction in our pews. The issue is whether we will move out of our denial and respond with grace, healing, and unconditional love.” — Jonathan Benz, author, ordained minister, and certified addictions professional This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring The Recovery-Minded Church, a timely and [Read More…]

Fractured Not Broken: A Q&A with Kelly Schaefer

Reading the new memoir Fractured Not Broken is a practice in humility and compassion. I’ve walked by dozens of people in wheelchairs in my life and never once stopped to wonder what it felt like to be in that chair, really. Author and quadriplegic Kelly Schaeffer changed that. She pulled me into her everyday world of living with a disability [Read More…]

The Vulnerable Pastor: A Q&A with Mandy Smith

“When so many are disillusioned by a manipulative or dogmatic church, how refreshing will it be to find the church lead by those who know how to listen and don’t need to control? When women lead in these ways, it not only encourages women, it also frees men to lead in new, whole ways. I’ve [Read More…]

Happiness: A Book Review

[Editor’s Note: This post is part of a conversation at the Patheos Book Club on the new book Happiness, by Randy Alcorn.] I have a confession. I really didn’t like two songs that everybody else pretty much loved: Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry. Be Happy” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”. The secret of the last tune lies in the [Read More…]

On Dying Well: A Q&A with Author Janet Wehr

“Perhaps the best gift of all that has come to me in my hospice work is that I have no fear of dying myself, and I have had numerous opportunities in my life to test this. My fervent hope for this book is that, by reading it, others may find a greater level of comfort in [Read More…]

Where Jesus Prayed: A Q&A with Danielle Shroyer

“I wanted people to see this book as a way of imagining the Lord’s Prayer as a pilgrimaging practice that you could do anytime, not just in the Holy Land.” — Danielle Shroyer, author, Where Jesus Prayed Author and pastor Danielle Shroyer didn’t intend to write a book about her first trip to the Holy [Read More…]


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