BARBARA’S BOOK

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"Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith" book cover with photo of author Barbara Falconer Newhall

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

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An Episcopalian Says Kaddish for Her Jewish Aunt

Brookside Cemetery in Amber Township, west of Scottville, MI. Headstones in foreground, farmland and busy Highway 10 in background. Photo by BF Newhall

 

My Aunt Grace, who died in January, was Jewish. Most everyone else in her family had remained Christian or had moved on to atheism, secularism or indifference. The question was, how does a bunch of Christians and agnostics say a parting prayer for a Jew? Read more.

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Book Openers: I Still Haven’t Figured Out How to Pray — But I’m in Good Company

“I am a failure at prayer,” author Barbara Brown Taylor confesses . . . Now there’s a woman after my own heart.

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Why Pray? — Some Thoughts from Karen Armstrong

Why pray? Karen Armstrong, one of my favorite authors, has some answers for the skeptical.

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Book Openers: Simone Weil on Prayer — First, Pay Attention

Simone Weil’s Waiting for God is a dense, highly politicized book. But Weil’s startling insights into the nature of God and God’s relationship to humanity are truly worth stuggling through this imposing text.

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My Rocky Spiritual Journey: Sister Barbara Hazzard — How to Pray Without Words

What is prayer anyway? I haven’t a clue. These days, when I go to pray, I often find I haven’t a thing to say to God. Every tradition I’ve come in contact with in all my years as a religion reporter and writer recommends — no, insists upon — prayer. Yet right now I don’t know how to do it. I don’t even know why to do it.

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