Grace Unplugged: A Review

I couldn’t help but think of Miley Cyrus and her own troubling journey of late as I read the new young adult novel Grace Unplugged, based on the upcoming movie by the same name. Written by Melody Carlson, Grace Unplugged tells the story of the talented and pretty 18-year-old Grace Trey, growing up in a conservative Christian [Read More…]

Laying My Grief to Rest: A Review of The Geography of Memory

By Paula Huston If I had to name a role model in my life, it would have to be my Grandma Martha. Not only was she born and raised on the Minnesota family farm, homesteaded in the mid 1850’s by her Norwegian immigrant forebears, but — loving the farm life and marrying a farmer — [Read More…]

Coming Undone: A Video Interview with the Rev. Laura Sumner Truax

I’ve been there. Laura Sumner Truax has been there. And I imagine you’ve been there too. That moment where everything you knew to be true about yourself and your life comes crashing down, and the world turns upside down, and you come face to face with the reality that there is no hiding from this [Read More…]

Yes, Faith Does Change the Alzheimer’s Journey

Some of us care for a parent whose faith we have rejected. [Read more…]

Unseen: A Video Interview with Dr. Jack Graham

In so many ways, the supernatural has either been relegated to the world of fantasy or ignored entirely. Zombies and vampires may rule in Hollywood, but Dr. Jack Graham argues that the unseen—angels, demons, heaven, and hell—pervades our lives in real ways, though we may be unaware. Dr. Graham—pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and founder [Read More…]

Living Conversion: A Q&A with Judith Valente

When religion journalist Judith Valente traveled from her home in Chicago to the sleepy town of Atchison, Kansas to lead a retreat for busy professionals at a 150-year Benedictine monastery, she never expected to be the one schooled in the power of silence. But sitting in the choir chapel the morning before her first presentation, she [Read More…]

The Geography of Memory: A Q&A with Jeanne Murray Walker

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring the new book by award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker, The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer’s (Center Street/Hachette Book Group). Described as “one of the most elegant, tender, and intelligent memoirs of Alzheimer’s I have read,” by New York Times best-selling author Bret Lott, the book offers [Read More…]