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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