Not Just for Books

October 4, 2017

While I often write about books in this blog space, I see the practice of Soul Reading as being about so much more. Reading, in its broadest definition, is about taking in and making sense of new information. And like other contemplative activities,

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Good News!

May 17, 2017

Something very exciting happened recently and it came about unexpectedly and quickly. A new position called a Connections Coordinator was created at my church and I felt a call. I entered a period of discernment and tried to convince myself it wasn’t the right “fit”

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Soul Reading Goes to the Movies

February 26, 2017

I would like to invite you to consider using the Soul Reading process and perhaps the Soul Reading Journal for films…

While the journal is presented as a tool for book readers, its essence is to help you appreciate and learn from all stories. So give it a try and see if it’s a tool you might want to use to gain more meaning from the films

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Change is Coming

January 7, 2017

So many of us use the changing of the calendar to try to make changes in our lives. I am trying to make some important ones this year to improve my health and my energy level. There is so much I want to do and I need to give my body a better opportunity to hang in there with me for more years than its current trajectory.

I made this playlist

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November 2016 Poem: From Christian Wiman

November 18, 2016

This blog is ultimately concerned with the hard hard work of love. Part of this hard word is uncovering and seeing, really really seeing, the truth. Related to this is the hard work of stretching to see things in new ways. Poems give us alternate perspectives through which to view the world

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Soul Songs: Four-Songs for Facing Change

September 22, 2016

Facing change, whether self-initiated or in response to circumstances can be hard. We need motivation and energy to keep us on track and to keep up our hopes. Sometimes we might even need to channel anger or fear. Music can help when we need these boosts.

Here is a four-song playlist for facing change.

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August 2016 Poem: From Rabia

August 12, 2016

This month we are celebrating the ability of stories to expand our worlds. One way stories expand our worlds is by helping us shift perspectives and see things through different eyes. Poems also give us alternate perspectives through which to view the world and they often do so in order to help us touch the emotional

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Soul Librarian Art: A Note

July 1, 2016

If you’ve been following this site you know how tickled I am with the design help I’ve received from the Meyocks Group in West Des Moines. What they do is amazing and makes me proud to show off whatever I am working on.

What might surprise you is that the art work that has inspired the designs for Soul Librarian is actually my own.

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Soul Reading the News

June 12, 2016

Like many others, I was taken in this week by the story of convicted rapist, Brock Turner. Like others, I was angered and outraged that someone convicted of crimes facing a potential sentence of 14 years, could get off with so light a sentence of six months.

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Soul Songs: Four-song Quick Chill Out

May 14, 2016

When you’re not feeling so soulful, how do you calm yourself down? One of my best tricks is music. There’s almost no stress in my life

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The Soul Reader’s Stance as a Traveler

May 14, 2016

The travel season is starting for many of us and if you’re like me, you appreciate air travel, car travel, and beach time as good opportunities to plow through some books. But as soul reader, there is another way to look at travel.

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