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The onset of my son's emotional problems changed the trajectory of my life. Despite receiving professional help, uncooperative behavior continued at home and at school. Hearing negative feedback from teachers and other mothers caused feelings of helplessness and shame. Acutely aware of the fragility of life,...

My shocking, radical turn towards Christianity proved to be the single most practical decision of my life. In discerning the sacred meaning of sorrow, in its struggle and redemption, I learned that no world-weariness, desolation of spirit, or grievous remorse is ever wasted in God’s...

Annie Dillard said that Barbara Brown Taylor's writing is "wonderfully intelligent, moving, and direct." In the tradition of Kathleen Norris and Anne Lamott, Taylor gives an account of her journey. From city to country, from full time parish minister to college professor, from urban dweller...

If you were to ask me who I would rather spend an evening with—-my spiritual friends or my religious friends, I would definitely  chose the spiritual ones (ideally it shouldn’t be a contradiction in terms). Immediately, one of my favorite movies, Chocolat comes to mind. The refreshing newcomers in the...

"The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space free from outside pressure which is the incubator of the spirit."   Marya Mannes, author and critic After my informal...