Stories That Had Meaning: A 2021 Reading Project

In January 2021, I decided to take on a unique reading project in which I would choose twelve narrative works of fiction that I found had influence in my adolescence. That is, I re-read twelve novels that guided, channeled, disposed, and otherwise began to shape my spiritual, moral, and theological self in adolescence (between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five). Needless to say, this was a deeply formative period of exploration, growth, and expectation that coincided with intense schooling that included high school, undergraduate university, and, for me, the first years of seminary training. This was, indeed, a time in which I was becoming more autonomous in my spiritual journey, more cognizant of my moral personhood, and very aware of a newly beloved theological acumen. … More Stories That Had Meaning: A 2021 Reading Project

BOOK REVIEW – The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain is a compelling adventure story in which Merton emerges as a sort-of modern Odysseus, a lost soul searching for a home, redemption, and freedom. Merton was certainly a heroic figure in my early years as a seminarian. As I heard Merto’s own bout with spiritual confusion, I felt that Merton was writing about me. … More BOOK REVIEW – The Seven Storey Mountain

BOOK REVIEW – “Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife”

“What happens when we die? Most Americans believe in a literal heaven and hell to be the age-old teaching of the Bible. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Old Testament, and they are not what Jesus and his earliest disciples taught.”

So where did these ideas come from?”
(from the inside flap of the jacket cover) … More BOOK REVIEW – “Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife”