Cover Story: Rozella Haydee White urges us to ‘Love BIG,’ if we hope to heal the world

‘A JUST AND EQUITABLE WORLD …’

Click on her photo to read about Rozella.

‘AND A FULLNESS OF LIFE’—Need a heaping helping of encouragement in these troubled times? In our author interview this week you’ll meet the remarkable Rozella Haydee White. We asked her to help us summarize her new book, Love BIG, and she explained:

“This book asks: How can we engage with a God who lavishes such love on us? I would tell readers: This book is not about feeling good. This book is about going deeper. I’m asking uncomfortable questions here. You might not have ever discussed some of these questions in your Sunday school class.

“Ultimately, the purpose of loving your neighbor is to bring to bear a fulness of life, an abundance of life, a just and equitable world—so while it sounds simple to talk about love, there’s a whole lot we need to talk about before we understand what that means.”

Please, read our profile of Rozella and her new book—and share this news with friends.

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Speaking of Powerful Women …

CELEBRATING WITH WISDOM and LITTLE PINK HOUSES of HOPE—Two organizations led by powerful women have their books freshly recommended by the Pretty Progressive online magazine under the headline: Powerful Women Studied These 49 Books In Detail.

The magazine then recommends the list of 49 titles, including books by Tina Fey, Oprah Winfrey and even J.K. Rowling—plus books by WISDOM women (Friendship and Faith), as well as by Jeanine Patten-Coble (Struck by Hope), founder of Little Pink Houses of Hope.

On Friendship, the recommendation says in part: “crossing lines of religion, race and culture is worth the effort, often forming some of life’s deepest friendships.”

On Struck by HopeJeanine’s “vision led her to found Little Pink Houses of Hope and a way for cancer patients to find hope in week-long family retreats. In this book, she invites us along on this journey toward becoming ‘ridiculously present.’”

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… and Speaking of a Just World

VICTOR BEGG APPEARS IN DC—The author of Our Muslim Neighbors is coming ton Washington D.C. for a Tuesday, June 25, appearance at the popular progressive gathering place Busboys and Poets. The landmark was established 14 years ago as a center of anti-Iraq-War activism by artist, activist and restaurateur Andy Shallal. Will you be in the DC area next week? Stop by the 450 K St NW location at 6 p.m. and see what Victor has to say about the state of our nation today. The name Busboys and Poets was chosen in 2005 to honor Langston Hughes, who once worked as a busboy. Over the years, the venue has become known as “a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.”

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Solstice, Midsummer and Litha

THE LONGEST DAY—Americans have been talking about “The Longest Day” a lot more this year because of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, which often is described with that phrase echoing the title of the 1959 Cornelius Ryan bestseller and the 1962 hit movie. In fact, astronomers pinpoint the moment of the solstice in 2019 as 11:54 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday June 21. Stephanie Fenton has the story about worldwide festivals with colorful variations in many different lands.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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A Love Story for the Ages

A TRUE LOVE STORY—This week, GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman brings us the remarkable love story of adman Fred Yaffe and his wife Kathy who literally circled the globe over their long life together, before Fred’s death. Michigan readers will recognize their last name as part of one of the region’s most famous advertising agencies. Kathy also has been in the news over the years. In this fun tale, Suzy shares some of the more over-the-top ways they celebrated their love.

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‘Real-Person Insight’ into Spirituality

PUBLISHING NEWSIn this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, David Crumm reports on four news items our team spotted recently in the publishing industry. First is an interview with a long-time expert on religious books who is heralding what he calls the rise in popularity of “real-person insight” into spirituality. We certainly welcome that, because both ReadTheSpirit magazine and many of our Front Edge books are written by men and women with inspiring stories from everyday life. That includes our books by photographer and journalist Rodney Curtis.

Among the other three news items, David reports on the growing popularity of offensive language in book titles. If you have suggestions on that issue, read the column and send us an email.

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of The Biggest Little Farm.

Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Marc Bekoff invites us into the amazing world of dogs

‘CANINE CONFIDENTIAL’ and ‘UNLEASH YOUR DOG’

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A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL—Marc Bekoff, the internationally known expert on animal behavior, returns to our online magazine this week to talk about his two new books that invite all of us into the worlds of our dogs.

To be clear: Marc is a research scientist and author with little personal interest in religion. However, throughout his career, his work has echoed the spiritual reflections on animal life that run through many of our global religious traditions.

So, this week, Marc talks with Editor David Crumm about the importance of exploring more deeply the lives of our dogs. “The more you understand about your dog’s life, the more the relationship is a win-win for all,” Marc says.

We have links to both of his books as well as a third book—an inspiring collection of statements about the compassionate care of animals from many different religious groups, published by the Humane Society of the United States. Please, enjoy this week’s cover story and share this news with friends in your small group. This is a great opportunity to plan a popular discussion series on a timeless spiritual theme.

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Are You Ready for Father’s Day?

POPULARITY IS BOOMINGStephanie Fenton has the story. Although American Father’s Day is not yet half a century old, Father’s Day is gaining every year toward the popularity of Mother’s Day, at least according to spending patterns as analyzed in Fortune magazine. Plus, Stephanie has lots of info-packed links to Father’s Day recipe ideas, gift ideas and even a list of the most popular Dads at the movies!

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And, speaking of fathers …
Here’s a Tribute to a Special Dad

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SUZY FARBMAN—Over the years, Suzy’s profiles of hopeful men and women have inspired countless readers around the world. She has always called her column God Signs, the same title as her book-length memoir of overcoming a dire cancer diagnosis—along with lots of help from husband Burton as her principal caregiver.

Now, it’s Suzy’s turn to share a true story of hope and resilience as Burton grapples with his own health crisis. His approach to coping—”You do the best you can with what you’ve got”—is a model for all of us.

SUZY ON VIDEO—Visit our new Front Edge Publishing YouTube channel and you’ll find a new, brief video version of Suzy’s story. While you’re enjoying that minute of inspiration, you can also opt to share Suzy’s story with friends on social media. And, you can subscribe to future Front Edge videos, as well.

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June is Pride Month

REACH OUT TO A FAMILY YOU KNOW in June to mark Pride Month. The summer timing was chosen years ago to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, which took place in late June in New York City in 1969—making this the 50th anniversary. Millions of families nationwide include LGBTQ members and Pew Research shows an ever-rising tide of public support for inclusion, now well over half of all Americans. However, there is strident push-back in many part of the world and, within the U.S., the United Methodist church is struggling with this issue nationwide. Earlier this year, Editor David Crumm published a special Cover Story in our online magazine about the importance of inclusion for families. We’ve also got a list of recommended books. In June, choose one you’d like to read—then tell a friend about it.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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What happens when publishers find errors?

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING—Ever spot an error in a book? It’s more common today than it once was. Our Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok explains how publishers evaluate errors and plan to fix them. Plus, there’s a fascinating sidebar to his story involving the “worst typo in publishing history.”

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Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: As 3 Faiths Celebrate, We Share 4 Hope-Filled Stories

Muslims pray outdoors in Somalia on Eid al-Fitr. Photo by Abdi Dagane, courtesy Wikimedia.

Muslims pray outdoors in Somalia on Eid al-Fitr. Photo by Abdi Dagane, courtesy Wikimedia.

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EID al-FITR, SHAVUOT and PENTECOST

HOLIDAYS IN ALL 3 ABRAHAMIC FAITHS—What a remarkable convergence! Jews, Christians and Muslims all are celebrating major holidays this week. The Christian and Jewish celebrations have a historic connection. Shavuot is an ancient harvest festival that falls 50 days after Passover, a holiday that celebrates God giving the Torah to the ancient Israelites. Christians celebrate Pentecost as the birthday of their church, because, 2,000 years ago, Jesus’s followers were celebrating Shavuot when they experienced the Holy Spirit descending on them in a powerful way.

Then, because the Muslim lunar cycles move throughout our solar calendar—the fasting month of Ramadan has moved into the springtime (in the Northern Hemisphere). Coincidentally, then, the world’s 2 billion Muslims are also celebrating this week. The last fasting day is Monday June 3, 2019. The morning of Tuesday June 4 will dawn with vast gatherings for Eid al-Fitr prayers, followed by lots of sweets and big family dinners throughout the day. Look for news photos from around the world. In some countries, Muslims gather for Eid prayer in the streets and open-air fields.

To mark this hope-filled week, this week’s issue of ReadTheSpirit is dedicated to hope!

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A Dose of Hope, Part 1 …

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GIRL SCOUTS PROMOTING DIVERSITY—Want to be inspired? Read this story about author and peace activist Brenda Rosenberg’s work with the Girl Scouts—and watch the 4-minute video included with this story featuring many of the girls making pledges about ways they can improve our world. For many years, Brenda has used photography, theater, documentary filmmaking as well as books and online columns to teach about peace. Now, her work is officially a part of a new Girl Scout interfaith initiative in Michigan. Know a family involved in scouting in your part of the world? Read this story and follow Brenda’s example!

MEDIA MARKETING TIPS YOU CAN USE—Our Marketing Director Susan Stitt, then, dedicates our Front Edge Publishing column this week to explaining how a good-news story like this one about Brenda Rosenberg was developed. If you’re an author—or a media professional trying to expand awareness of your organization—read this column by Susan for her Tips on amplifying what we call Media Mentions.

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Hope, Part 2:
‘Pursuing Life with Love and Resolve’

SUZY FARBMAN—Over the years, Suzy’s profiles of hopeful men and women have inspired countless readers around the world. She has always called her column God Signs, the same title as her book-length memoir of overcoming a dire cancer diagnosis—along with lots of help from husband Burton as her principal caregiver. Now, it’s Suzy’s turn to share a true story of hope and resilience as Burton grapples with his own health crisis. His approach to coping—”You do the best you can with what you’ve got”—is a model for all of us. You’re likely to want to share this column with friends and family. Thank you Suzy for such a heart-felt story, this week.

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Hope, Part 3:
‘Struck by Hope’

ZAK PARKER, the Australian journalist, returns with another roundup of best books—this time focusing on the theme of hope. In his introduction, he writes, “Hope. What is it about that particular word that pushes people to give it all and then some in pursuit of whatever they are looking for, no matter how foolish or hopeless it all might seem? Hope is something that has kept people going since pretty much the beginning of humanity and it will not stop anytime soon.” And, thank you Zak for including our friend Jeanine Patten-Coble’s uplifting true story: Struck by Hope.

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Hope, Part 4:
Pride Month

REACH OUT TO A FAMILY YOU KNOW in June to mark Pride Month. The summer timing was chosen years ago to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, which took place in late June in New York City in 1969. That makes this year the 50th anniversary, so expect to see lots of news headlines this year. Millions of families nationwide include LGBTQ members and Pew Research shows an ever-rising tide of public support for inclusion, now well over half of all Americans. However, there is strident push-back in many part of the world and, within the U.S., the United Methodist church is struggling with this issue nationwide. Earlier this year, Editor David Crumm published a special Cover Story in our online magazine about the importance of inclusion for families. We’ve also got a list of recommended books. In June, choose one you’d like to read—then tell a friend about it.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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Faith & Film

Click to learn more about the May issue of Visual Parables.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: A Spring Walk and an Old Oak Pew—The Call of Memory and Reflections on JFK and W.S. Merwin

A MEMORABLE MEMORIAL DAY

‘DISTANT VOICES STILL HOPING TO FIND US’Some readers may recognize this famous line from the poetry of W.S. Merwin who the world lost this spring, at age 91. To mark the week of Memorial Day, our special cover story is a collaboration between contributing columnist Martin Davis and Editor David Crumm. The two began a dialogue this week about the love of walking, the allure of sacred places, the timeless pull of memory—and our hope, against all odds, that we may all somehow discover a healthy community emerging in our world, once again. Please, read our cover story and share it with friends via email or social media. You’re also free to print out our story and share it with friends to spark conversation.

MEMORIAL DAY, 2019—So, what is this national holiday that historians argue helped to redefine Americans’ sense of our nation’s history? Is it really a memorial anymore? Is it the starting shot to vacation destinations? Or one of the biggest “blowouts” of the year for retailers? Stephanie Fenton’s Holidays & Festivals column covers all of those questions.

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WHAT’S NEW IN DETROIT? A TINY HOME RAFFLE

BOOMING WITH HOPE—Regular readers know about the historic milestone in the heart of Detroit surrounding a visionary “tiny homes” community sponsored by Cass Community, which has produced the popular book Tiny Homes in a Big City. If this is news to you, then you’ll want to jump back and read our cover story headlined: What’s Detroit Building Now? A community of tiny homes that could change the face of poverty in America. The nationwide excitement over this experiment led to a donor giving a full-scale tiny home—on wheels—to Cass for a raffle to raise funds for the ongoing project. (After all, Cass homes are permanent neighborhood structures, so this “tiny mobile home” fits the project best as the prize for a raffle.) Here is Cass Community’s home page with an article about the raffle, simply scroll down to find that headline news. Then, here’s a Crain’s Detroit Business magazine story about the raffle. And, here’s the story as reported by Channel 2 TV news in Detroit.

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‘THE GOOD MANAGER’

BOOKS ON THE MOVE, aka BOOVE—The UK-based book-lovers website BOOVE is a mash-up of Pinterest design and social media links designed to recommend new books to readers. James, aka Jimmy, Jackson is a TV critic for The Times in London and is as voracious in his reading as he is in video viewing. Occasionally, James sends lists of favorite books over to BOOVE—and we are celebrating that he selected two of our authors to feature in this BOOVE column headlined Become the Good Manager Everyone Loves by Reading These Books. Among James’ 17 recommendations are Robert Pasick’s Balanced Leadership in Unbalanced Times and William Donohue’s Critical Conversations as Leadership. Thanks for honoring our authors, James!

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RAMADAN MUBARAK!

OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS are fasting during the month of Ramadan. As 2019 dawned, we made a commitment as a publishing house to help combat bigotry by reaching out to our Muslim neighbors in a friendly way. Please consider buying a copy of the new book Our Muslim Neighbors and become a positive model of change in your community.

This week, author Victor Begg was featured in an online interfaith dialogue in Florida. Here’s a link to that inspiring conversation.

Want to see all the holiday stories? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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Faith & Film

Click to learn more about the May issue of Visual Parables.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Researcher Harold Heie Shows How Christians Can Move from Conflict to Conversation

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A HOPE-FILLED GUIDE TO ‘REFORMING AMERICAN POLITICS’

LET’S HANG UP THE BOXING GLOVES! In one front-page confrontation after another these days, “Christians” play a role as an angry and sometimes downright hateful force. Now, scholar and online researcher Harold Heie is urging Christians to stop allowing themselves to be co-opted by political activists as cannon fodder in the current culture wars. On the contrary, Heie argues after a year of research, Christian men and women can take part in cooperative and constructive conversations with people whose viewpoints are dramatically different. The keys to unlocking healthy conversation, Heie finds, lie in the often-overlooked core values of Christianity.

This week, our cover story is divided into two fascinating perspectives on Harold’s work:

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MSU Bias Busters:
Helping Chaldean Americans Tell Their Story

NEAR MICHIGAN? Stop by on Tuesday evening May 22 for the launch of a new book by the team at the Michigan State University School of Journalism. This timely volume in the Bias Busters series uses 100 Q&A exchanges to tell the story of Chaldean Americans—Iraqi Christians—who have fled to the U.S. to escape persecution in their ancient homeland. Right now, however, hundreds of Chaldeans are in federal custody, caught up in harsh new rules limiting refugees. Here is the Bias Busters’ own announcement of the launch event, expected to be attended by many Chaldean-American leaders. And here is our earlier ReadTheSpirit Cover Story about the importance of this new book. Want to help spread the word about this endangered minority? Get a copy of the book, learn more and then talk to friends. Right now, the greatest threat to these Chaldean refugees is lack of national awareness about their plight.

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Click this photo of Derek Black to read Suzy’s column.

A CHANGE OF HEART IS POSSIBLE

THE STORY OF DEREK BLACK is the heart of Suzy Farbman’s inspiring column this week. You may have heard about this young man, who was considered the royal heir to the white supremacy movement in the U.S. Instead of following in his family’s footsteps, however, Derek turned 180 degrees and now actively promotes diversity and speaks out against racism.

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‘WHY-OMING?’

RODNEY CURTIS writes about a cross-country odyssey to drop his daughter off at her new home. If you’re a parent, you’ll especially enjoy Rodney’s story.

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‘THE BLACK KNIGHT’ TALKS WITH SOLDIERS NATIONWIDE

CLIFF WORTHY ON RADIO—This week, retired Col. Clifford Worthy, author of the memoir The Black Knight, appeared on the military news and talk radio show Frontlines of Freedom, which is produced by veterans to raise awareness about issues faced by military families. The show is carried on more than 180 radio stations. You can listen to the interview on the Frontlines website here. The audio clip begins with some military music, then the host introduces Cliff—and Cliff then shares some of his stories and insights as they talk.

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RAMADAN MUBARAK!

OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS are fasting during Ramadan. First, Stephanie Fenton has the story in her Holidays & Festivals column. It’s also timely to remind you about our 2019 commitment to help combat bigotry by reaching out to our Muslim neighbors in a friendly way. You can say: “Ramadan Mubarak!”

Want to do even more? Buy a copy of the new book Our Muslim Neighbors and become a positive model of change in your community. That new book just got a glowing review in the Midwest Review of Books, which said: “An exceptionally well written and absorbingly personal story of an immigrant life in America today, Our Muslim Neighbors is an extraordinary, timely and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections.”
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Faith & Film

Click to learn more about the May issue of Visual Parables.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Richard Rohr Urges Readers to Expand Our Spiritual Universe

Click the photo to read our story with Richard Rohr.

ENLARGING OUR VISION OF ‘CHRIST’—Here’s why men and women nationwide love reading Richard Rohr, the best-selling Franciscan author and teacher: He continually pushes us all to expand our spiritual vision! That’s why many avid followers even cross the country to learn from him—as Ken Whitt and his wife did recently. This week’s cover story features a new interview with Rohr about his 2019 book, The Universal ChristAs Rohr himself says in our interview: “I’m trying to show readers that Christ is much bigger than what they are envisioning.” This is story we know you’ll want to share with friends.

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Click the image to read Henry’s column.

Expanding Our Concepts of Weekly Worship

HEARD OF DINNER CHURCHES? Pastor, author and contributing columnist Henry Brinton reports this week on the nationwide movement of congregations who gather around meals as a form of worship. Included in his column is a great example from United Methodist churches in Florida—as well as news about We Will Feast, a spring 2019 book from Eerdmans that reports on these dinner churches nationwide. Please, consider sharing Henry’s newsy story with friends to spark a discussion—and, who knows? Maybe a great meal, as well!

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An Open Letter to the Royal Family

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ON BEHALF OF PARENTS OF BIRACIAL CHILDRENAuthor Anni K. Reinking, whose memoir Neither Black nor White tells the story of her multiracial family, writes an open letter to the royal family, including: “We—parents of biracial children—are overjoyed to have the royal baby, a biracial baby, be in the spotlight, showing the world that children come in all colors. What matters most? Love.”

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Click the photo to read Ben’s story.

‘I Know Why Abraham and Sarah Laughed!’

A PAPA IN MY 70s? Beloved columnist Benjamin Pratt returns this week with a true story of how he became a father again in his 70s—that is, papa to a family of endangered Eastern Bluebirds. It’s quite a tale—complete with photos. Of course, given Ben’s love of scripture, he is reminded of the ancient story of Abraham and Sarah laughing when they were told they would become parents. You’ll definitely want to share this story with friends.

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Click to read Debra’s column.

From the American Southwest

DEBRA DARVICK responds to Martin Davis’s cover story last week about the need to remember our calling to be compassionate to our neighbors—as Martin put it, to those on our right and on our left. Author and educator Debra Darvick took Martin’s challenge to continue this national conversation with a true story from her travels in the American Southwest. Please, read Debra’s column and think about responding yourself to this challenge to spread a message of compassion.

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RAMADAN MUBARAK!

MILLIONS OF MUSLIM NEIGHBORS are fasting during Ramadan. First, you will want to read Stephanie Fenton’s fact-filled story in her Holidays & Festivals column. It’s also timely to remind you about our 2019 commitment to help combat bigotry by reaching out to our Muslim neighbors in a friendly way. You can say: “Ramadan Mubarak!”

Want to do even more? Buy a copy of the new book Our Muslim Neighbors and become a positive model of change in your community. That new book just got a glowing review in the Midwest Review of Books, which said: “An exceptionally well written and absorbingly personal story of an immigrant life in America today, Our Muslim Neighbors is an extraordinary, timely and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections.”

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Committee to Protect Journalists chart of journalists killed since 1992.

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WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

A DANGEROUS PROFESSION—Hundreds of journalists around the world remain in prison, even after the two courageous journalists in Myanmar were freed recently, and every year journalists are killed while pursuing this profession. To mark World Press Freedom Day in early May, ReadTheSpirit’s David Crumm spoke with Welton Gaddy on the radio-and-internet broadcast State of Belief about these challenges. David also works closely with the International Association of Religion Journalists and posted, on the IARJ website, this fact-filled overview of current threats to journalism—as well as several good-news items about the expansion of religion reporting. Want to hear the entire interview with David Crumm about the many challenges religion writers face, today? Here’s the direct State of Belief link.

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In the Beginning …

WHY FIRST WORDS MATTER—In our Front Edge Publishing column this week, David Crumm writes about the timeless wisdom of master storytellers: The opening lines are the gateway to any great story! Drawing on examples from the Bible, novelists, famous preachers, The Moth and TED Talks, David explains why writers and editors often spend as much time on the opening and closing of a book as they do on the rest of the chapters.

Want to know more about publishing? Sign up for the free weekly email reminders (via a form at the end of David’s column).

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Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: What a timely reminder! ‘It’s not about you. It’s about the people …’

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5 Writers on Our Urgent Need to Remember Others

JOIN THE CONVERSATION …
And now for something completely different …
This week, contributing columnist Martin Davis welcomed four other writers to respond to his personal story about a startling reminder that stopped him in his tracks. He heard the words: “It’s not about you. It’s about the people …” You’ll be surprised to learn the setting where Martin heard this ringing appeal. The words set him to writing this week’s Cover Story. Then, following Martin’s brief story, our four responses include popular writers Benjamin Pratt, Rabbi Bob Alper and Stephanie Fenton. Please, join this national conversation—and share this cover story with friends.

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RAMADAN MUBARAK!

MILLIONS OF MUSLIM NEIGHBORS are starting the fast of Ramadan today, as this new issue of our magazine is published on May 6, 2019. We’ve got a broad range of coverage: First, you will find a Ramadan story as one of the four responses within our Cover Story (above). Then, you will also want to read Stephanie Fenton’s fact-filled story about the fasting month in her Holidays & Festivals column. It’s also timely to remind you about our 2019 commitment to help combat bigotry by reaching out to our Muslim neighbors in a friendly way. One friendly greeting you can share with Muslim neighbors or co-workers is: “Ramadan Mubarak!”

Click the News logo to read Victor Begg’s profile.

Want to do even more? Buy a copy of the new book ‘Our Muslim Neighbors’ and become a positive model of change in your community. The author of that book, Victor Begg, was just featured in an in-depth Detroit News profile by reporter Mark Hicks.

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Click on the image to read Suzy’s column.

And Speaking of Inspiring Friendships …

SUZY FARBMAN shares a delightfully twisting-and-turning true story about caregiver and Motown music fan Fayez Hammoud. At first glance, he seemed an unlikely caregiver for Suzy’s husband, but he has turned out to be a delightful friend. Part of the fun is Fayez’s fondness for celebrities, and their enjoyment of his enthusiasm. This story will make you smile!

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Celebrating Mothers—and Fathers

Click on this image of Anna Jarvis to read Stephanie’s column.

ARE YOU READY FOR MOTHER’S DAY? Although people have been celebrating motherhood since ancient times, the modern American version of Mother’s Day began in 1908 with Anna Jarvis. Determined to bring awareness to the vital role of each mother in her family, Jarvis began campaigning for a “Mother’s Day,” and finally was successful in reaching the entire country in 1914. However, Jarvis’s concept differed considerably from corporate interests in the holiday. Stephanie Fenton’s column explains how you can mark the holiday as Jarvis intended.

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How do we measure up to our Dads? Rodney offers a different perspective.

AND, DON’T FORGET DAD—Now’s the time to plan ahead, because Father’s Day is just a few weeks away on June 16. This year, author and photographer Rodney Curtis already is thinking about his father—because Rodney just passed a father-related milestone that should make all of us stop and think.

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Click the image to read about Linda’s fun with fourth graders.

Just 1 “Screen Free Week”?

THE IDEA IS VALUABLE ANYTIMEespecially now that the World Health Organization has issued global guidelines urging parents to limit their children’s screen time. What is fascinating about that WHO report is the responses from the families of the inventors of our cutting-edge “screens.” They’re telling journalists now that they have always limited their own children’s use of these devices. Here’s a link to read more about that WHO report and responses from tech gurus. Linda Jarkey, a veteran educator and author of the children’s book Sadie Sees Trouble, just observed the annual Screen Free Week with fourth graders in Michigan. Here’s a link to read more about her—and her work with these kids. Plus, that web page about Linda tells you how to contact us if you would like to arrange an appearance. We all think that “screen free” should not be limited to a single week each year!

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Click Victor’s image to read Susan’s column.

Show Your World on Amazon

AUTHOR VIDEOS—This week’s Front Edge Publishing column by Marketing Director Susan Stitt describes how authors can add great videos to their Amazon Author Pages. Amazon’s online author pages are valuable resources for showing potential readers more about your work as an author. You can upload as many as eight videos—as long as you follow Amazon’s rules. Among the gems in Susan’s column is a link to Victor Begg’s video, shot along the shoreline, as he plays his Native American flute.

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Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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