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Speaking to the Soul: Clearing the decks

One of my on-going projects has been to encourage people to get their estates in order. As part of the work I have done on that topic I have learned how little our personal possessions mean to the friends and family we leave behind.

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Popping collars #44: It is written

It’s a special show to celebrate the second anniversary of Popping Collars. Betsy, Burl, Cara, Greg, and Liz give their top three book recommendations for summer reading. What makes a great summertime book and what do we look for from the written word that we don’t ask of other media?

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“The Good Death”: what does it look like? How ought we die?

“The Good Death”, out on February 16th, is the first book by writer Ann Neumann, a visiting scholar at The Center for Religion and Media at NYU, who has also been a hospice volunteer, tending to the dying as they approach the end of their lives.

Neumann’s exploration of dying has been called “a work of fierce empathy” and “profoundly compassionate”. The book has been informed by her work on a monthly column, “The Patient Body“, which investigates the intersection of religion and medicine, and also […]

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New book by Pope Francis relates his views on mercy

“The Name of God is Mercy”, the first book by the pontiff since he became pope, recounts a conversation between Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli and Pope Francis on mercy.

Michiko Kakutani is positive in her review for the New York Times, noting that the Pope seems to live in accordance with the principles of mercy, humility, and love expressed in the book. Peter Stanford, former editor of the Catholic Herald, is less laudatory in his review for the Guardian, noting that the Pope’s […]

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The state of reading in the USA

When electronic devices such as the iPad and the Kindle Reader were introduced there was a prediction of the death of the physical book. However, reports of the book’s demise have so far been premature. But it is interesting who it is that is reading the books, Barna Group wanted to know.

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“The Moral Bucket List”-David Brooks on character

David Brooks, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, has just written “The Road to Character“, a book about the path to living as a moral person. Writing in the Times, he gives a few examples of the virtues he believes moral people possess, presenting a sort of ‘moral bucket list’.

Oliver Burkeman interviewed him in the Guardian for his book release, and the two spoke about the contradiction in his authorship on a book about humility and morality.

From the article:

David Brooks is aware […]

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Matthew & Monte Vine interviewed on biblical support for same-sex relationships

Matthew and Monte Vine talk with Diane Rehm about the difficulties their family experienced when Matthew told Monte and his mother that he was attracted to other men. Together, the father and son started studying the Bible together, and the results of their study led Matthew to write and publish a book, “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships”.

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