Freedom and Resolve: A Q&A with Spiritual Teacher Gangaji

“It is essential to surrender our ideas of who we are to discover the truth of who we are. It is essential to surrender to the unknown, radiant truth of incomprehensible being. Then we know somehow what we have always known though it has been unacknowledged until that moment.” — Gangaji, author of Freedom & [Read More…]

When Grace meets Maya: A Postmodern Tale

By Ramesh Rao Indeed, it is rather rare to find a Christian minister married to a Hindu monk in this world, and it is also quite possible that they are the only such couple in the world, making the book Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk written [Read More…]

Sharing a Common Faith: Reflections on Saffron Cross and Interfaith Marriage

My endorsement of Rev. Dana Trent’s wonderful new book, Saffron Cross, appears on the book’s back cover, so I’m not going to praise the book or encourage you to read it other than to say this is a great book and you should read it. Nor am I going to critique the book, because there [Read More…]

Saffron Cross: An Interview with J. Dana Trent

This month at the Book Club, we’re featuring a new book by Baptist minister J. Dana Trent called Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. We invited the Rev. Trent to reflect on some questions about the gifts and challenges of her interfaith marriage for us here. Tell us [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…]

Stunning New Illustrated Ramayana from Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel

{Sanjay Patel. Ramayana: Divine Loophole. Chronicle Books 2010. $29.95} Reviewed by J. Ryan Parker Lost in the never-ending debates about biblical inerrancy and infallibility is the recognition of the Bible’s worth as a great work of literature. Lost is the focus on how it has inspired countless translations and interpretations, both written and visual. If anything, we [Read More…]