November 8, 2017

A woman in crisis, Lily Burana had tried everything to cope with the debilitating depression and anxiety that plagued her on a daily basis. Therapy, medication, meditation – you name it, Lily had tried it but nothing was giving her the relief she so desperately needed. Fearing she was on the verge of death, Lily tried her remedy of last resort: faith. In her latest book, Grace for Amateurs, Lily details her own unique path toward a trusting relationship with God… Read more

July 21, 2017

I’m a lawyer and a novelist. In response to the events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014 (and many other places since then), I decided to write a story. In doing so, I looked in the mirror and saw a sixty-one-year-old white man raised in the South. Read more

July 19, 2017

Movies are Prayers is one of the best books that I’ve read this year, and I’m a graduate student with a side-job of writing books reviews. What Larsen has done in this brief book is tremendously impressive. Larsen has created a new way of discussing films, a “film theory” in which readers are invited to ask what a given film has to say to and about God. Movies are Prayers taught me much about movies and much about prayer, to… Read more

June 29, 2017

A chart featured in The Myth of Equality compares the amount of time that slavery and segregation have been legal realities in the United States to the amount of time they have not. Slavery existed in America for 246 years, including the time before the United States achieved independence. Segregation existed legally for another 99 years following the abolition of slavery, meaning that minorities, especially African-Americans, have had full rights in the United States for only the last 53 years…. Read more

June 28, 2017

 Movies have a transformative power that’s perhaps unmatched by any other medium. But can movies actually be religious experiences? That’s what Josh Larsen eloquently makes the case for in his thought-provoking new book, “Movies Are Prayers.” Recently, Larsen answered a few questions about faith, film and his new book How do you think movies challenge our typical ideas about prayer? I like to think that the movies can work alongside our typical ideas of prayer. I know what it means… Read more

May 16, 2017

Tom Muzzio’s story is one that rings all too familiar in the nonreligious community. But it is still one worth telling. Born into a post-WWII era modernist home, Muzzio was captivated by the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s in college and converted to a fundamentalist strand of evangelical Christianity. His spiritual journey led him to become an evangelical minister and missionary. But something changed in the 1980s. As the Religious Right rose to prominence and brought it’s political… Read more

May 11, 2017

Scripture instructs us in Psalm 127:3 that Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward for Him.” As parents, it is our obligation to teach our children to follow Christ and to call Him “Lord.” This is where books geared towards children can be a vital tool in this journey. Sheila Walsh’s “The Bible is My Best Friend” initially appears to be a contender for my child. But there is a hesitation as the stories and illustrations… Read more

May 10, 2017

Whatever the current state of organized religion, most Americans still believe in angels—a full 72 percent, in fact, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. And it’s no wonder. Numerous are the tales of those who have been miraculously rescued from impossible situations, only to speak of mysterious strangers or indescribable beings afterward. These stories inspire us to believe that there might just be something out there that we don’t yet understand, and that it’s looking out for us. Over two… Read more

May 10, 2017

What does it mean to truly love someone? Is it possible to still love someone — even if they don’t remember who you are? These are the tough questions that Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade addresses. Most couples will experience great challenges, changes, joys and regrets throughout their lives together. Till death do us part, right? But what’s often not anticipated is the unthinkable: Alzheimer’s. Perhaps there’s nothing out there that can shake a marriage (or familial relationship) more… Read more

May 9, 2017

Is it more important to be happy or comfortable? Is comfort and happiness the same thing? Comfort feels good. On the surface, comfort might seem like a good place to be. Many of us worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get there. But when we stop reaching and growing in life–can comfort actually be a bad thing? Comfort sometimes will masquerade as happiness. Once you’ve attained comfort–then what? We focus too much on keeping what’s making us comfortable–more money,… Read more

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