Grace in Small Acts and Wherever You Are in Life

Last April I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing, a conference held every two years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and hosted by Calvin College. It’s a Mecca for writers, publishers, and publicists/agents, and I went to hear several of the speakers as well as spend afternoons in my hotel room, working on my own…
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The War Prayer

When I was an undergraduate at Indiana University (Bloomington), Religious Studies was my “outside minor.” And during my senior year in 1970 (in the midst of anti-war protests sparked by the misadventure in Viet Nam), one of the assigned readings in a religious studies class was Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer.” I thought about that…
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All in the Family

These days much is written about the nature of family – what it means to be family in today’s world. But stories like Haruf’s and lives like Judy’s bring alive what is at root the basis of family life: love, friendship, the sharing of life’s hardships and joys, and commitment to stay the course with…
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The “Unfairness” of Life

I have some dear friends, John and Isobel de Gruchy. John is a South African theologian and philosopher – a well-known scholar and writer of books. Isobel is a trained botanist and poet. Recently, Isobel sent me a poem she wrote in response to a passage of mine in my latest book, Flourishing Life. On pages…
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Conversation: The Making of our Minds

I have a dear friend. She is as close to me as a sister. She lives in another state, and we see each other when we can. And we talk on the phone at least every other day. When something good or bad drops into my lap (so to speak), or some interesting event surprises…
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