Rock-Bottom Blessings: A Q&A with Author Karen Beattie

In the new book Rock-Bottom Blessings: Discovering God’s Abundance When All Seems Lost, Karen Beattie faces serious challenges: she loses her job, experiences a miscarriage, and encounters heart-wrenching difficulties in adopting a child. Her faith journey through her grief, loss and disappointment is at the heart of her book, now featured at the Patheos Book [Read More…]

Frank Schaeffer Reads From His Latest Novel: And God Said, “Billy!”

Over on Frank Schaeffer’s blog, this famous former Evangelical-turned-Progressive-Christian-son is reading excerpts from his newest book, And God Said, “Billy!” It’s a real treat to hear Frank read from his funny and poignant work. The book has been warmly endorsed by the likes of Brian McLaren and Kevin Miller. And God Said, “Billy!” is a darkly comic [Read More…]

The Global Public Square: A Review

Not getting along is nothing new. We’ve been doing it for centuries and we’re getting better at it all the time. The only major difference lies in that through most of human history up through the Cold War of the late twentieth century, we didn’t care all that much. We wanted to get along as [Read More…]

Slaying Giants, Again and Again

Confession time here – I came to Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants set to dislike it. As I unpacked it, I thought, “Fine. Another book on how I’m supposed to solve my life by a formula devised by some ‘personal trainer’ who smears their face with tofu and is the expert on this kind of stuff. [Read More…]

Conquering Our Giants: A Q&A with the Authors of Five Stones

“My name is Shane Stanford, and I am a giant killer.” So begins the first chapter of a new book by United Methodist Minister Stanford, and his friend and former CEO of Saks Inc. R. Brad Martin. In Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants, Stanford and Martin engage the well-known biblical story of David and Goliath, along with their [Read More…]

Finding Freedom On Our Family Vacation

By Mark Scandrette Author, Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most Lisa and I and our daughter are all of average height, but my sons, who are 6’3” and 6’7”, make me feel like a little man. We look like clowns piling out of a clown car as the five of us emerge [Read More…]

Appreciate Your Assets of Abundance: An Excerpt from “Free”

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new book on faith and money called Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, by Mark Scandrette. The following is an exercise excerpted from the book.  Appreciate Your Assets of Abundance Life can seem scarce rather than abundant when we hurry or forget [Read More…]