On Justin Bieber’s Arrest in Miami Beach


Thank God no one was hurt in the alleged drag-racing incident in Miami overnight that led to the pop star's arrest.  But Justin IS hurt. He's been injured in a way that's worse than what could have happened in a car wreck.I had hoped he'd avoid taking this path, the one far-more-traveled-by than the one he should have taken. He can change course, right the ship, and carry on paying it forward. But he's going to need help (divine and human). It's going to take time.And he's … [Read more...]

Roger, We Will Miss You

Roger Ebert died today. He was 70.I will miss him and I am grateful to have crossed paths with him along the way.From a piece I wrote about Roger and his memoir Life Itself a few years ago:“To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts,” Ebert said. “We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try...I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to … [Read more...]

God Girl’s Got News: My Happy Return to Fourth Estate

It is with great delight that I share some (personal) breaking news: At the end of the month, I will be joining the staff of the Orange County Register as its Faith & Values Columnist.I'll be on sabbatical until then, but I am thrilled to be joining the Register in this new era, with a publisher, Aaron Kushner, who believes in the power and necessity of excellent newspaper journalism. In the last few months, the Register has hired more than 70 new reporters, columnists, editors,  and … [Read more...]

CH-CH-CH-CH CHANGES: News from God Girl

It's easier telling everyone this kind of thing at the same time.This is a good thing. But it's time for me to be going...Below is most of the note I sent to my colleagues at Sojourners earlier today:+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?~ (From Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day")Dear Sojourners friends and colleagues,I have some news to share with you that is difficult (for me at least) but wanted you to … [Read more...]

Belieber! Book News

   Now available through iTunes – two brand-spankin’ new FREE apps for iPodTouch, iPhone and iPad that will keep you up-to-date with all the Belieber! news you could possibly want. Find out about upcoming events before they’re announced elsewhere, hear about contests and Belieber! swag, get the inside scoop from author Cathleen Falsani and the latest news from Belieber Nation right on your phone, iPod or iPad.And the best part: It’s FREE! thanks to the awesome folks … [Read more...]

Book News: GG gives an inside peek at Belieber! (a work in progress)

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Osama bin Laden in dead. Obama’s Remarks to the Nation.

The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate ReleaseMay 02, 2011Remarks by the President on Osama Bin LadenEast Room11:35 P.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.It was nearly 10 years ago that a b … [Read more...]

Coming to a bookstore near you 9/27/11: BELIEBER! The Book.

No, this isn't a joke.Yes, this is a real and a serious book.As the ad copy in Publisher's Weekly this week says:COMES WITH ITS OWN FAN CLUB...Are you a Belieber yet? Cathleen Falsani explores the heart and humble faith behind the famous hair and screaming fans.Whether you're a fan, a Belieber or not, Justin is a remarkable young man with a compelling story, one that has captured the imagination of millions of kids around the world. As a culture watcher, the phenomenon of his … [Read more...]

Two Thumbs Way Up: Pre-order “Love You More” by Jennafierce Grant today on Amazon!!

This is Jen and Mimi (given name Mia Claire) her youngest daughter.They are two of my favorite people on the planet.Jennafierce (as she is known in these parts) has her first book (WOOT!!) coming out after the first of the year. It's called Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (Thomas Nelson, 2011).It's available for pre-order on Amazon right now.I wouldn't steer you wrong, dear readers. This book and this story are treasures. Jen is a beautiful, … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Not so fast on that whole Bonfire of the Insanities thing …

Five minutes after I posted the below "Today...in God," The NYT.com and CNN.com are reporting that:Florida Minister Cancels Burning of Korans on 9/11, A.P. ReportsPlease hold ...UPDATE #2:Florida pastor calls off Quran burningBy the CNN Wire Staff//September 9, 2010 5:15 p.m. EDTSTORY HIGHLIGHTSNEW: Florida pastor says he's called off Quran burningWebsites associated with the pastor and his church are taken downThe Obama administration … [Read more...]