The Invitation of the Beatitudes: A Video Q&A with Josh Graves


Are Christians returning back to a Jewish notion of Heaven? That’s one of the many questions Josh Graves, the lead minister for Otter Creek Church in Nashville, TN, discussed with me in our recent Skype interview about his new book Heaven on Earth: Realizing the Good Life Now. Graves contends that Jesus had “a very Jewish [Read More...]

Walnut Boats and Fur-Ball Mice: The Real Gifts of Christmas


By Paula Huston, author of A Season of Mystery Years ago, when our blended family of four little blondes between the ages of three and eight was still so new that Mike and I were making at least one significant parental mistake a day, our first Christmas together came roaring in like a freight train, [Read More...]

Jews, Christians and Muslims? Do Any Two People Worship the Same God?


By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield Don’t you love it when great minds think alike?  I am not referring to the five contributors to Do Jews, Christians, & Muslims Worship The Same God?, though they are great minds, and in some regards they do think alike. I refer to Robert Hunt and to myself, in that we [Read More...]

Santa Claus Training, Part 3: St. Nicholas in a Violent World


[This is the third 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.] From March to April 2002, Israeli military forces carried out “Operation Defensive Shield” in the West Bank, performing a systematic sweep in search of terrorist suspects, [Read More...]

An Ecology of Blessing: A Review of Heaven on Earth


You can have heaven on earth. You can live the good life now. So write Chris Seidman and Joshua Graves in their new book, Heaven on Earth: Realizing the Good Life Now. The good life they imagine is not the result of self-interest or lifestyles of the rich and famous but living in accordance with [Read More...]

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...]