Reading Should Change You

February 1, 2018

My late summer/fall series focused on the practice of taking a contemplative stance toward our reading. In other words, how to be a Soul Reader. This article will focus on the fruits of soul reading or the ways in which soul reading should change you.

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Best of 2017

December 28, 2017

Another year is coming to a close and it’s a good opportunity to review the reading highlights for 2017. (You can review 2016’s list here.) I have to admit that I spent much of my year in a reading dry zone, especially as I took on a new professional opportunity, got turned on to podcasts,

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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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Soul Reading as a Way of Life

September 20, 2017

Part I of this series explored what it means to live a soulful life. I ended that post suggesting that Soul Reading can be viewed as a contemplative and active stance in the world and not just a way to approach reading

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Living a Soulful Life

September 5, 2017

This is Part I of a series exploring the highlights of the past year while also taking stock of what this blog is all about. If you have a friend who is a soulful reader, this series would be an inviting place to join the conversation.

What does it mean

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Faith Practiced Through Friendship

June 26, 2017

If you’ve been following these pages, you know how important Brian McLaren’s book, The Great Spiritual Migration was for me. In trying to breathe new life into Christianity, he beautifully articulates this important difference between faith and beliefs:

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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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The Stance of Oneness

March 19, 2017

The soul quality I’d like to explore this month is Oneness. This is the idea that we are all interconnected, that we live in union with one another. It’s a big concept and it can be hard to wrap one’s mind around it, let alone live into it as a soul quality day after day.

For me, oneness asks me

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Compassion for Self and Others

February 17, 2017

In Krista Tippett’s lovely TED talk on compassion she attempts to resurrect the concept. She views compassion as a “spiritual technology” that is in desperate need today. But she also talks about compassion not as a solution, but as a set of signs that signal

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Soul Quality: Kairos

January 10, 2017

One of the soul qualities I’m striving for is Kairos.

The ancient Greeks were so attuned to the various aspects of time that they created two words for time in order to differentiate types of time.

There is chronos, which is how we normally think of time, marked hour by hour, day by day, year by year, using calendars and other measurements to do so. And then

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Soul Reading is a Weaving: the Best of 2016

December 29, 2016

As I talk to more and more people about Soul Reading, the most common question that I get is about what types of books to read. The first impression my project gives some people is that Soul ReadingTM should only be focused on spiritual books.

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Waiting and Preparing

December 12, 2016

I cannot lie. This past month since the presidential election has been rough. The divisions that were exposed in the weeks leading up to it and in the immediate aftermath have been painfully revealing. And they are everywhere. We are divided in our churches. We are divided in our communities. We are divided

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Reading and the Soulful, Political Life

November 13, 2016

My friends and even my readers who have only been following this blog for a few months know how much I love plans. But sometimes plans get in the way of letting me be in the moment. This blog is about reading and the soulful life. And right now, the zeitgeist of America’s

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The Soul Qualities I’m Striving For

October 4, 2016

It can be incredibly challenging to live a soulful life in a world that seems to be constantly telling us that we should be striving for money, status, power, certainty, and perfection. Our world is a 24/7, competitive, globally-connected place where it can be hard to hear oneself think and nearly impossible to get in touch with our deepest

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Change is in the Air

September 14, 2016

It is September, a time of change. We start to feel summer slip into fall with shorter days, cooler temperatures, changing light, and changing colors. Kids go back to school and many of us still feel that old rhythm of the school year with the itch to buy pens and notebooks and learn something new.

The Desire

As the easy and more carefree days of summer give way,

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Being Caught Up is a Good Place to Be

July 23, 2016

Well, I’ve come nearly full circle since I wrote Dryness in the Reading Life. I am currently racing through the Inspector Gamache series. I started Still Life on July 10th and I’m trying to read
the first 11 books in the series

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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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Beyond Outrage: Questions for My Violent Heart

June 12, 2016

So one week after I read the account of the victim in the Stanford Rape Case and followed the public anger and outrage during the week on social media, how do I make sense of this story? Can it change me?

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Reading and Our Soulful Lives

May 27, 2016

Why did I feel the need to create a whole new platform about reading and soul seeking?
The short answer is that reading has brought meaning and transformation to my life.

From my earliest memory of reading picture books like

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