New today: Katherine Willis Pershey reviews Lauren Winner, Brian Doyle on three spiritual writers, the ups and downs of Lincoln's legacy

April 15, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 4; Daniel 9:1-191 John 2:18-25

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Mary (Molly) Brant (Konwatsijayenni) (Episcopal calendar), Fructuosus of Braga, Bernadette Soubirous, Benedict Joseph Labre, Iqbal MasihRay Davey

New today from the Century

Katherine Willis Pershey reviews Lauren Winner's Wearing God. I read Winner's new book with the sort of joy one feels when watching someone utterly hit their stride.

Glimpses of the holy, by Brian Doyle. A pet peeve of mine is the pigeonholing of authors—especially the label "nature writers" inflicted on certain writers of immense spiritual power.

Discerning desire, by Marilyn McEntyre. I was 29, agonizing over a decision, when I came upon a little book by Robert Ochs.

The ups and downs of Lincoln's legacy, by Edward J. Blum. It's easy to think that Lincoln became a beloved martyr immediately after his death 150 years ago. But history shows that national love came later, much later.

Grounded, by Beth Merrill Neel. It’s rare that my chiropractor and my spiritual director offer me the same advice, but when they do, I think it’s a sign that I’m supposed to pay particular attention.

In the news

Canadian Supreme Court rules against prayer at city council meetings

Loretta Lynch supporters hold ‘pray-in’ on Capitol Hill to urge a vote on her confirmation

Report counts sharp spike in global anti-Semitism

In the CCblogs network 

Open eyes, by Rich Simpson

Pothole season, by Amy McCreath

Surrender, by Paul Toms


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