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

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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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