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...]

Heaven on Earth: A Q&A with Author Josh Graves


Heaven… I’m in heaven, And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. And I seem to find the happiness I seek, When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek. The first lines of this popular Fred Astaire song playfully capture the desire we all have to experience the sublime joy of Heaven in [Read More...]

The Hindu-ness of Rob Bell


By Padma Kuppa, columnist at the Patheos Hindu Channel As a Hindu lay person, I am probably an unlikely candidate to jump at the chance to read about Rob Bell in James Wellman’s book about him and “a New American Christianity.” But I have been exposed to Christian thought and writing for decades, have been [Read More...]

Santa Claus Training, Part 2


[This is the second 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.] When I stepped off the plane for the first time in Bari, Italy, I was only vaguely aware of what I was doing. I [Read More...]