Everyone's raving about Nadia Bolz-Weber's book, which I'm sure is awesome... or maybe I should say "f***ing amazing" since it's Nadia. But here are three books and a blog I hope you'll check out, written by friends and colleagues: Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk, by J. Dana Trent. The particulars of Dana and Fred's story are unlikely, but the larger issue of interfaith marriages is quite common and becoming more so. This would be a great book to help couples (or even just groups of friends) navigate an increasingly pluralistic world. I also learned a lot about Hinduism. Dana has a self-deprecating humor and it was fun to follow them through the world of dating, courtship and marriage. Mutual respect, lightheartedness and devotion (to one another and their respective paths) seem to be the key to their success.
Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith, by Judith Valente. Judy was the reporter who put together the story about the Sabbath book for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. I haven't read this yet but I look forward to this memoir about finding a "spiritual home" among the Benedictine sisters at a monastery in Atchison, Kansas:
The first time Judith Valente arrived at Mount St. Scholastica monastery, she came prepared to teach a course on poetry and the soul. Instead, she found herself the student, taking lessons from the Benedictine sisters in the healing nature of silence, how to cultivate habits of mindful living, and the freeing reality that conversion is a lifelong process.
I breathe more deeply just reading the description!
Who's Got Time? Spirituality for a Busy Generation by Teri Peterson and Amy Fetterman. The title says it all. This is going to be a great resource for young people and the church leaders who work with them. (Heck, what generation isn't busy?) Teri and Amy are both friends from seminary and beyond and I am so excited at this, their first book. I'm anticipating good theology, straight talk and lots of sassy humor. This is the latest title from the Young Clergy Women project through Chalice Press, and I'm so thrilled the imprint is continuing.
As for blogs, check out Michael Kirby's new blog, 250 to 50, in which he writes toward the impending half-century mark... but his blog promises to be about all kinds of great and fabulous things. Michael is a dear friend for many decades now, and a gifted minister to boot.