ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Kent Nerburn returns from Indian country with A Liturgy of the Land

Click this book cover to read our interview with best-selling author Kent Nerburn.

‘THIS IS INDIAN LAND’

‘NATIVE ECHOES’—Beloved, best-selling author Kent Nerburn invites all of us back to Indian country in this beautiful new series of two dozen stories, called Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land. In his new interview with David Crumm, Kent explains that there’s a whole lot more to this tour full of tales and spiritual reflections than meets the eye at first glance. As he has done in his earlier classics, especially Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent’s invitation to travel through Indian communities quickly triggers questions and a host of reflections about the typical Euro-American approach to progress in this country. In fact, as Kent often does, this twisting tale moves in circles and becomes what Kent describes as A Liturgy of the Land. It’s a beautiful book that we highly recommend, this week.

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Click the shamrocks to read about St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE—As Stephanie Fenton writes: St. Pat’s Day may be a secular bash in many communities, but it also has deep religious roots that matter to millions. In fact, after 11 years of publishing holiday stories, our posts about the prayer known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate rank among our most popular columns ever published.

All the Holidays

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

Click to learn more about Our Lent.

LENT for 2 BILLION—As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, 2 billion Christians around the world are now in the midst of the reflective period that leads to Easter. Western Christians began with Ash WednesdayEastern Christians with Clean Monday. Eastern and Western Christians will travel through most of Lent together, but will diverge as the calendar turns to April. Western Christians celebrate Easter on April Fools Day (no kidding). The Orthodox wait for their Pascha until April 8.

 

L RON HUBBARDScientology members celebrate their founder’s birthday this week.

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NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING—Plan ahead to take part in a campaign to reduce our “screen time.” ReadTheSpirit fully supports such efforts, as you will read in our column about Screen Free Week. We also provide a link to the website that can connect you to other folks joining these efforts.

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Click this photo of Mark and students in Tobago to read this column.

Making a Difference:
1 Country at a Time

GOD SIGNS—Columnist Suzy Farbman specializes in introducing our readers to men and women who make a huge difference in our world—even if you’ve never heard of them until you discover her stories! This week, she introduces Mark Francis, whose passion for helping students with significant mental and physical challenges has sent him circling the globe. There’s a lot of helpful wisdom in this story about life’s possibilities—and our potential to shape the future. Enjoy this story—then share it with friends on social media—and make this world a little better because of your voice in sharing this good news!

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Front Edge Publishing

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to read this week’s column on publishing.

MAKING THE MOST OF GOODREADS—This week, marketing expert Susan Stitt offers an overview of Goodreads author pages. If you are an author yourself, Susan raises some helpful questions as you polish your author profile. Plus, some of the Goodreads rules have changed, especially on its Giveaways program. Susan explains how that program now works and provides helpful links to learn even more about these options. Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM

Click the image to read Ed’s review of A Wrinkle in Time.

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: Bart Ehrman and the surprisingly un-controversial ‘Triumph of Christianity’

REDISCOVER THE ENERGY OF THE EARLY CHURCH

Click the image to read this story about Bart Ehrman.

SOCIAL NETWORKS MATTER—Best-selling Bible scholar Bart Ehrman regularly appears in national media, talking about scholarly conclusions that seem threatening to some Christian traditionalists. He questions the accuracy of some Bible stories, for example. So, it’s headline news when he publishes a new book that is likely to be welcomed by leaders of church groups who like to discuss new books. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart’s major conclusions could help Christians today to rediscover the energy of the early church. Enjoy David Crumm’s interview with Bart and please share it with friends this week.

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Click the photo to read Suzy’s column.

Envisioning Better Foster Care

GOD SIGNS—This week, Suzy Farbman introduces us to the remarkable Graci McGillicuddy who dreams of a new kind of center for foster kids, especially those who have experienced trauma. Working with professionals from Johns Hopkins, Graci and her husband Dennis hope to transform many lives. Suzy tells the story of Graci’s life-long passion for education.

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Holidays & Festivals

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

 

Click to learn more about Our Lent.

LENT for 2 BILLION—As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, 2 billion Christians around the world are now in the midst of the reflective period that leads to Easter. Western Christians began with Ash WednesdayEastern Christians with Clean Monday. Eastern and Western Christians will travel through most of Lent together, but will diverge as the calendar turns to April. Western Christians celebrate Easter on April Fools Day (no kidding). The Orthodox wait for their Pascha until April 8.

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NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING—Plan ahead to take part in two national campaigns to reduce our “screen time,” especially among children. ReadTheSpirit fully supports such efforts, as you will read in our column about these two observances. One of these campaigns even has a direct religious connection, drawing on ancient wisdom. Plus, we provide links to the two websites that can connect you to other folks joining these efforts.

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Our Role in the Immigration ‘Crisis’

Click the image to read the column on immigration.

CALMING FEARS—This week, the Berlin-based journalist María-Paz López reports for the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) on efforts spearheaded by European journalists to clarify the global challenge of displaced persons. In Europe for several years, waves of migrants and refugees have sparked outrage among extremists and a wide range of news stories—from balanced and helpful reporting to extreme voices sparking fear. María-Paz advises media professionals on helpful roles we can play—and she links to some helpful research on journalist trends in covering immigration.

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Front Edge Publishing

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to read this week’s column on publishing.

WHERE ARE PEOPLE GATHERING in 2018? This week’s new Front Edge column reports on the first 2018 snapshot of trends in social media. Are there surprises? Yes, we think so—including a cautionary note about the role Twitter plays in American life. Care to learn about the wide range of publishing options today? Perhaps you’re an author—or know an author. Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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What has Rodney Curtis written now?

YES, IT’S … Rodney’s annual “Best Movies” column and, based on many years of this annual tradition, our readers are likely to change their moviegoing plans as a result. Can you guess Rodney’s favorite film of 2017? Find out here.

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FAITH & FILM:
Let’s Talk about CBS’s ‘Year of Living Biblically’

Click to read Ed’s review of the 1964 Parable.

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 Stories: Billy Graham on Racism and Let’s Talk about ‘Year of Living Biblically’

Taking Down the Ropes of Segregation

Click on the image to read the story and watch the videos.

BILLY’S COURAGE—Billy Graham lived so long that millions of Americans today have forgotten his courage in the 1950s in confronting and combatting racism. “America’s Pastor” lived so long that his legacy now is shaped by the next generation in his family, who seem eager to double down on bigotry—eclipsing the direction Billy seemed to be leading evangelicals in the middle decades of the 20th century. In our Cover Story this week, ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm reflects on Billy’s life and legacy—and shares a series of short videos of Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is remarkable, inspiring viewing! Please, take a moment to read our story, watch these brief videos—and then share this story with friends.
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Public TV Confronts Racism in 2 Ways

Click the image to read about ‘Rat Film.’

‘RAT FILM’—If you’re so frustrated with complacency about racism that you really want to feel the outrage, then tune in Theo Anthony’s provocative documentary about … Well, what is this film about? That’s the question Anthony poses as he begins with disturbing scenes about the rat infestation in Baltimore’s impoverished neighborhoods. Is this documentary disturbing? Yes! Will it spark discussion? No question! Check out our review of Rat Film, which includes information about tuning in the documentary.

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Click the image to read about the new ‘American Creed’ series.

‘AMERICAN CREED’This new series is truly a PBS landmark, so don’t miss it! We say that, in our review today, partly because American Creed asks viewers to spend time watching stories that are heart-felt and compelling—but do not have the kind of high drama we expected from the Olympics, from top-rated police shows or even from provocative programs like Rat Film. With this debut program, PBS is committing itself to a multi-year project that will lift up grassroots stories that show ways we can be united as Americans. The debut is co-hosted by Pulitzer-prize-winning historian David Kennedy and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Purim, Holi, Lent—and all the Holidays

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

Click the image to read about Purim.

PURIM—The story of Purim is found in the pages of the book of Esther in the Hebrew scriptures, writes Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton. To mark Purim at sunset on February 28, fruit-filled cookies are served, outrageous costumes are donned, plenty of wine is consumed and comical skits entertain jovial audiences. And, yes, Stephanie includes links to recipes for triangle-shaped Hamentaschen cookies.

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A BAHA’I FASTThe Baha’i community around the world begins a fast, this week, as one year comes to an end and the faithful prepare for a new year, coming later in March.

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COLORFUL HOLI—In India and around the globe, on March 2, the thrilling Hindu festival of Holi begins. Termed the “Festival of Colors,” Holi calls all participants to set aside castes and manners for the day so that young and old, rich and poor, men and women can all gather to welcome the joy of spring. Stephanie Fenton reports on the festival and also points out some regional variances—plus, she includes a news item on the alternate Sikh observance Hola Mohalla.

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Click to learn more about Our Lent.

LENT for 2 BILLION—As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, 2 billion Christians around the world are now in the midst of the reflective period that leads to Easter. Western Christians began with Ash WednesdayEastern Christians, began Great Lent with Clean Monday. Eastern and Western Christians will travel through most of Lent together, but will diverge as the calendar turns to April. Western Christians celebrate Easter on April Fools Day (no kidding). The Orthodox wait for their Pascha until April 8.

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NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING—Plan ahead to take part in two national campaigns to reduce our “screen time,” especially among children. ReadTheSpirit fully supports such efforts, as you will read in our column about these two observances. One of these campaigns even has a direct religious connection, drawing on ancient wisdom. Plus, we provide links to the two websites that can connect you to other folks joining these efforts.

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Front Edge Publishing

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to read this week’s column on publishing.

JOIN US ON GOODREADS! Are you a part of the Goodreads online community? Well, in this week’s Front Edge column by Susan Stitt, she explains why that’s a great idea. Susan also provides direct links to connect with her (and with David Crumm), if you’re new to that online community and want to make a couple of new friends right away. It’s pretty easy—and its home, now, to 65 million book lovers! Care to learn about the wide range of publishing options today? Perhaps you’re an author—or know an author. Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM:
Let’s Talk about CBS’s ‘Year of Living Biblically’

Click the image to see Ed’s Discussion Guide.

ED McNULTY is introducing a weekly discussion guide for the debut of the new CBS series, The Year of Living Biblically.

Among Ed’s other free reviews and columns are:

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ReadTheSpirit cover story: Tracking Down the Spirit in Times of Conflict and Tragedy

PILGRIMAGE IN PRINT WITH BISHOP FRANK GRISWOLD 

Click the cover to read our interview with Frank Griswold on ‘Tracking Down the Holy Ghost,’ a title taken from Flannery O’Connor.

TRACKING THE SPIRIT—Why do we need this wisdom from former Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold right now? Because, at the heart of his newest book is an invitation from a survivor of conflict to walk along with him through various dramatic encounters and discover, in the end, that Spirit can guide us not only to our own individual solace—but toward re-establishing ties in a deeply divided community.

Griswold knows what he’s talking about. He’s most famous as the man at the helm of the Episcopal church when Gene Robinson was elected as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and the entire denomination threatened to implode. But that particular story is not the main point of Tracking Down the Holy Ghost. The main value in this pilgrimage-in-print is to explore Griswold’s larger faith in the potential to heal our divided world. And, isn’t that a message we all could use right now? Please, read David Crumm’s interview with Griswold with an overview of the timely nature of this new book.

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Click the image to read Ben Pratt’s column.

Spiritual Discernment: ‘Training to Say Goodbye’

BENJAMIN PRATT—Our popular contributing writer returns with his own personal look at spiritual discernment—also the theme of Frank Griswold’s conversation above. Ben writes, this week, about a journey he and his wife took to visit an old friend, at a point in life when farewells are in order. Does that sound somber? While it is, there is a gracious wisdom in this encounter that you may want to take to heart as you face similar meetings.

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Click this photo to read Suzy’s story about Days 4 Hope.

Making a Difference—One Life at a Time

GOD SIGNS—This week, columnist Suzy Farbman brings us the story of Pam Hawn, a woman who found herself in the midst of anxiety about her own family’s future—and transformed that fear into a program that has served thousands of needy families. Suzy not only tells the story of that courageous effort—she also links to the program so you can see for yourself what this one community is doing to assist parents and children.

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Lent—and all the holidays

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

Click the image to learn more about Our Lent.

ALL TOGETHER NOW—As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, 2 billion Christians around the world are now in the midst of the reflective period that leads to Easter. For Western Christians, the period of reflection began with Ash WednesdayEastern Christians, this year begin Great Lent with their traditional Clean Monday on February 19. Looking ahead? Eastern and Western Christians will travel through most of Lent together, but will diverge as the calendar turns to April. Western Christians celebrate Easter on April Fools Day (no kidding). The Orthodox wait one week longer, this year, and mark their Pascha on April 8.

Black History Month

WHAT IS THIS MONTH? Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton gives us an overview of this observance honoring African American milestones.

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Front Edge Publishing

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to read this week’s column on publishing.

HYBRID PUBLISHING—Through the turbulent changes in the publishing industry over the past decade, promising new models are emerging including one that we embrace here at Front Edge Publishing. The model is widely called Hybrid Publishing. Read this new column by David Crumm to find out more about this model. Care to learn about the wide range of publishing options today? Perhaps you’re an author—or know an author. Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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He’s Saved You a Seat

Click the image to read Rodney’s column.

RODNEY CURTIS IN KEY WEST—Are you cold yet? Tired of winter? Well, then, journey with writer-photographer Rodney Curtis to Key West this week! Beyond the enticing prose, you’ll love the gorgeous image, including—yes—a photo of the famous Sloppy Joe’s, supposedly named by Ernest Hemingway himself and definitely mentioned by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. Come on along!

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FAITH & FILM

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of Ferdinand.

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 Journala 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 latest free movie reviews are:

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Cover Story: How will Lent shape your life—and your community?

DAY1 Radio’s Peter Wallace Introduces Jesus (Again)

Click this book cover to read our interview with Peter Wallace.

RE-DISCOVERING LENT—What does Lent mean to you, these days? An opportunity to try kick a bad habit? Maybe to stop swearing? Or give up chocolate and shed a few pounds? As popular Day 1 radio host Peter Wallace tells it, there’s so much more to the centuries-old observance of Lent than those typical options. Lent is an opportunity to move closer to a “life of learning and giving and sharing and growing,” he says. If you are among the 2 billion Christians starting Lent in this new week, Peter says, then making Jesus your daily companion is the best way to step toward that “life you can’t wait to wake up for in the morning.”

This week, Peter Wallace talks with ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm about rediscovering the spiritual riches of the Lenten season. This invitation couldn’t be more timely!

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Ready for Lent? For Valentine’s Day?

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

Click the image to learn more about Our Lent.

STRANGE CONVERGENCE—As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, soon 2 billion Christians around the world will be in the midst of the reflective period that leads to Easter. For Western Christians, the solemn observance coincides with Valentine’s Day! So, in Stephanie’s Ash Wednesday column, she has a news item about how some church leaders are urging followers to schedule their celebrations of love earlier this week. After all, this week brings Fat Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras)! And, yes, Stephanie has an array of delicious holiday-related recipe links you’ll want to explore.

Eastern Christians, this year begin Great Lent with their traditional Clean Monday on February 19. Stephanie also reports on the February 11 and 18 preparations for Eastern Orthodox Lent in the celebrations of Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays, when the faithful begin to pare away major elements of their daily diets for the fast that start on Clean Monday.

Click the hearts to read the Valentine’s column.

VALENTINE’S DAY—Of course, in the midst of her Lenten coverage, Stephanie devotes a special column to Valentine’s Day as well. She’s found some great links for DIY crafts, including one for kids from Disney.

READ ALONG WITH THE SEASON—This week, we hope you also will consider ordering ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm’s book, Our Lent: Things We CarryThis is a 40-day, 40-chapter invitation to enjoy a combination of faith and self-guided reflection. Each chapter shares a biblical story from Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, insights from our daily lives today—and then stories from the lives of pop culture stars, including the spiritual writer Thomas Merton, the actress and singer Judy Garland, the country musician Merle Haggard and even the beloved Cat in the Hat.

Click this image to learn more about Jesus Christ Movie Star by Ed McNulty.

And, for movie lovers? Many of our loyal readers visit ReadTheSpirit for our faith-and-film columns, mainly written by film critic Ed McNulty. If you love movies, then you’ll be inspired throughout Lent with Ed’s book, Jesus Christ Movie Star. This is a great choice if you want to invite friends, or your small group, to join you. McNulty provides everything you need to spark spirited discussion from the best film clips to show your group—to dozens of questions you could ask about each featured film. You’ll explore hits like The Passion of the Christ and Jesus Christ Superstar. And some surprises, too! Can you find Gospel themes in Cool Hand Luke and Broadway Danny Rose?

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Black History Month

Click this cover image to read about Briggs and Emerson.

WHAT IS THIS MONTH? Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton gives us an overview of this observance honoring African American milestones.

MICHAEL EMERSON ON BRIDGING OUR DIVIDESReligion correspondent David Briggs talks with sociologist Michael Emerson, a leading expert on racial divides in American religious life, about the state of our deep divisions in 2018—and the potential of “humility research” to lead us closer to reconciliation.

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Click the image to read Stephanie’s column.

AND FROM INDIA—Indian families around the world turn their thoughts to Lord Shiva this month in observance of Maha Shivaratri, which means “Great Night of Shiva.” On this holiday, many Hindus believe that Lord Shiva performed the Tandava—the cosmic dance of creation, preservation and destruction. So, some of the faithful observe an all-night vigil. Stephanie Fenton has the story and has even spotted a fascinating news story with photos about a 7th-century temple in India dedicated to Shiva.

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Click the image to read Suzy’s column about Julie Taubman.

Remembering Julie Taubman

GOD SIGNS—Suzy Farbman’s column this week recalls the creative life of Julie Taubman, who used her many talents and advantages to promote a renewed interest in Detroit and the fine arts. Julie loved spending time with Detroit greats like novelist Elmore Leonard—as well as folks she met in many of the city’s neighborhoods.

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Front Edge Publishing

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to read this week’s column on publishing.

MARKETING—”How often should you check in on social media?” In workshops and other gatherings of media people, this question always is raised. So, this week in our new Front Edge Publishing website, Marketing Director Susan Stitt shares some valuable data and advice about best practices with social media. Care to learn more about publishing options today? Perhaps you’re an author—or know an author. Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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Coming: Awakening Soul 2018

FRAN McKENDREE—Long-time readers of our magazine will recall singer-songwriter, retreat leader and peace activist Fran McKendree. He occasionally sends us videos and other columns to post. Fran just alerted us that plans are set for the November 2018 Awakening Soul retreat, so we’ve got details for you.

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FAITH & FILM

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of “Hostiles.”

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 Journala 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 latest free movie reviews are:

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Cover Story: Dr. Karlene Stange on ‘The Spiritual Nature of Animals’

Click the image to read about veterinarian and spiritual storyteller Karlene Stange.

‘Creatures Great and Small …’

A PILGRIMAGE FOR ALL—If you love animals, you’ll want to meet Dr. Karlene Stange, a vet and a remarkable writer in the tradition of James Herriot and Joseph Campbell. Sound like a crazy pairing? Then, please read our Cover Story this week, an interview with Karlene as well as an overview of her unique new book.

Early in the book, she actually evokes Herriot and invites us all along for this sometimes suspenseful and sometimes inspirational pilgrimage. She explains that she has spent years charting these realms: “Creatures great and small dragged me down a rabbit hole and through sacred tunnels …” And she would like us to join her as she digs even deeper. There are some great stories between these covers, including what happens when a newborn horse suffers from a disastrous fall within its first few days of life—and what unfolds when a self-described “Catholic Buddhist” woman suddenly has a crisis with her beloved dog. Intrigued? Read our Cover Story.

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PLAN FOR LENT (and Valentine’s Day)

Click the image to learn more about Our Lent.

STRANGE CONVERGENCE—As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, soon 2 billion Christians around the world will be in the midst of the reflective period that leads to Easter. For Western Christians, the solemn observance coincides with Valentine’s Day! So, in Stephanie’s Ash Wednesday column, she has a news item about how some church leaders are urging followers to move up their celebrations of love.

That also means Fat Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras) is coming soon! And, yes, Stephanie has an array of delicious holiday-related recipe links you’ll want to explore.

Eastern Christians, this year begin Great Lent with their traditional Clean Monday on February 19. Stephanie also reports on the February 11 and 18 preparations for Eastern Orthodox Lent in the celebrations of Meatfare and Cheesefare Sundays, when the faithful begin to pare away major elements of their daily diets for the fast that start on Clean Monday.

Click the hearts to read the Valentine’s column.

VALENTINE’S DAY—Of course, in the midst of her Lenten coverage, Stephanie devotes a special column to Valentine’s Day as well. She’s found some great links for DIY crafts, including one for kids from Disney.

READ LONG WITH THE SEASON—This week, we hope you will consider ordering ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm’s book, Our Lent: Things We CarryThis is a 40-day, 40-chapter invitation to enjoy a combination of faith and self-guided reflection. Each chapter shares a biblical story from Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem, insights from our daily lives today—and then stories from the lives of pop culture stars, including the spiritual writer Thomas Merton, the actress and singer Judy Garland, the country musician Merle Haggard and even the beloved Cat in the Hat.

Click this image to learn more about Jesus Christ Movie Star by Ed McNulty.

And, for movie lovers? Many of our loyal readers visit ReadTheSpirit for our faith-and-film columns, mainly written by film critic Ed McNulty. If you love movies, then you’ll be inspired throughout Lent with Ed’s book, Jesus Christ Movie Star. This is a great choice if you want to invite friends, or your small group, to join you. McNulty provides everything you need to spark spirited discussion from the best film clips to show your group—to dozens of questions you could ask about each featured film. You’ll explore hits like The Passion of the Christ and Jesus Christ Superstar. And some surprises, too! Can you find Gospel themes in Cool Hand Luke and Broadway Danny Rose?

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ALL THE HOLIDAYS

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

Click the image to read Stephanie’s column.

FROM INDIA—Indian families around the world turn their thoughts to Lord Shiva this month in observance of Maha Shivaratri, which means “Great Night of Shiva.” On this holiday, many Hindus believe that Lord Shiva performed the Tandava—the cosmic dance of creation, preservation and destruction. So, some of the faithful observe an all-night vigil. Stephanie Fenton has the story and has even spotted a fascinating news story with photos about a 7th-century temple in India dedicated to Shiva.

Click to read about Black History Month.

BLACK HISTORY MONTHFrederick Douglass and a host of other famous African Americans are remembered in our Holidays & Festivals column about the observance. In Stephanie Fenton’s column, she also previews an important book that can help you respond to racism you might encounter in daily conversations—with accurate information, courtesy of young journalists.

LOVE FILMS? Consider purchasing the February issue of Ed McNulty’s Visual Parables Journal, which includes a special column about films that are perfect for marking Black History Month. (See the news item below.)

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Front Edge Publishing’s new website

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to read this week’s column on publishing.

MYTH BUSTING—”Books are dead, aren’t they?” You may have heard this myth, but quite the opposite is true. Ink-on-paper book sales continue to rise. This week in our new Front Edge Publishing website, our column on trends looks at the future of books after half a millennium since moveable type revolutionized the world.

Care to learn more about publishing options today? Perhaps you’re an author—or know an author. Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM

Click the image to learn about the February 2018 issue of Visual Parables Journal.

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 Journala 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 latest free movie reviews are:

Click the image to read Ed’s review of ‘The Post.’

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Cover Story: Introducing our new Front Edge Publishing website

‘GOOD MEDIA BUILDS HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES’

Click this image of Front Edge’s new front page to visit the website right now.

COVER STORY—That’s a founding motto we still live by more than a decade after the launch of this ReadTheSpirit online magazine and our associated publishing house, now known as Front Edge Publishing. This week we are proud to unveil Front Edge’s new website, designed for us by Becky Hile of Radiant Punch.

First, please visit the website and look over the new front page, which welcomes authors to explore Front Edge’s flexible options for book production in all formats: including hardback or paperback, black-and-white or color printing, and all of the popular e-book formats. Perhaps you’re an author—or know an author. Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

Then, dig deeper and you’ll discover other resources:

Click on the image to read our new Front Edge columns.

LEARN MORE about publishing and marketing books. Each week, you’ll find a short, newsy column from either founding Editor David Crumm or our Director of Marketing Susan Stitt. We will be offering tips about techniques and trends in book publishing. Already, we have two columns you might enjoy: David Crumm’s Welcome to Our New Website, which includes a recap of our 10 founding principles for good media in this new millennium, and Susan Stitt’s Do You Need Social Media? In her first column, Susan looks at trends in social media and offers some valuable tips for marketing in general. Once again—please share these with friends. The direct web address for our new publishing columns is: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com/blog/

Click this logo to visit our new bookstore.

EXPLORE OUR CATALOG. This new website also includes a bookstore listing books we have published over the past decade. You can purchase a copy of any book directly from this new online “Catalog.” Over time, we will add more books, including books by authors we recommend in the pages of ReadTheSpirit online magazine. The direct web address for our new Catalog bookstore is: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com/catalog/

Want to do a good deed for your community this week? Share some news from Front Edge with friends!

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Click these images of Frederick Douglass to read about Black History Month 2018.

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH—Throughout February, we will add resources you’ll want to explore as you mark this nearly century-old observance, which is more important in 2018 than ever. In our Holidays & Festivals column about the observance, we begin with a basic question: Why is Black History Month in February? Yes, it has something to do with Frederick Douglass, but the way this historical connection played out may surprise you. Then, we turn to the organization associated with the founding of this traditional month and list the many issues the group hopes will be highlighted in the 2018 theme: “African Americans in Times of War.” Finally, we preview an important book that can help you respond to racism you might encounter in daily conversations—with accurate information, courtesy of young journalists.

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Click the image to see the entire calendar.

EXPLORE OUR CALENDAR—Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton recently published the entire 2018 array of festivals and observances. If you spot something missing in her calendar, please alert us! Holidays are a wonderful opportunity to reach out to friends, neighbors and co-workers from other traditions. Simply remember: www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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Standing in a long (muddy) line of helpers!

Click this muddy image to read Suzy’s column.

GOD SIGNS—What a mess! The fire and mud in California dislocated countless families. Thank goodness for people like Karen Schloss Heimberg, who regards helping others as a core mission in life. In this week’s column, Suzy Farbman writes about Karen’s tireless efforts on behalf of needy people. And, Suzy explains the roots of Karen’s passion in the kindness of an early American movie pioneer who saved Karen’s father from the Nazis. It’s quite an inspiring story!

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Click this image of Elvis to read Rodney Curtis’s tribute to the late Leonard Falce.

Remembering the Man who Photographed …

RODNEY CURTISAuthor, columnist and photographer Rodney Curtis provides this wonderful portrait of photographer Leonard Falce, a man who balanced classic, hard-nosed newspaper journalism with a kind heart and the spirit of a true mentor. And, by the way, he was a pretty great photographer, too! Yes, Leonard took this early photo of a youthful Elvis. (You’ll see the entire photo with Rodney’s column.)

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FAITH & FILM

Click the image to read Ed’s interview with a real-life hero behind the story in ’12 Strong.’

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 Journala 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. In the January 2018 issue, Ed provides discussion guides on the new Star Wars film, The Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water, Roman J. Israel, Esq.—and many more.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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