Some American evangelicals have engaged in vociferous hand-wringing about the spiritual dangers of Halloween. By contrast, Mormons seem to adore the holiday. What gives?
I didn't have readers for a very long time. As in, I didn't have readers for *years*. So thank you for spending time with my book, and for being kind enough to let me know about it. I appreciate you more than I can say.
Elizabeth Smart did not lose faith, despite crushing circumstances. “The human spirit is resilient,” she says. “God made us so.”
People don't assume that accountants will do their taxes for free, or that a doctor will diagnose them for free. Why do we ask writers to give advice for free?
It's that time of year again. Find the worst Christian book covers of 2013 (stylistically awkward, theologically bizarre, or just butt-ugly) and win a prize.
What does the Book of Proverbs have to say about money, generosity, and wealth?
Mormon community service tends to be a series of one-offs: a tornado swoops down, and then so do we, lending support to the victims of a disaster. Or we head to a soup kitchen one day a year to serve people we don't take the time to get to know.
"And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?" (Matt. 6:27)
Considering that Facebook offers so many options (friend or acquaintance? Some or all updates?), the stark alternative -- "I don't want this person's voice in my life anymore at all" -- can be hurtful.
Mormon Studies books tend to perform as well as, or often better than, other academic books. How dramatic is that difference, and what accounts for it?
Perhaps it is true that Mormons unconsciously use the words of the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for prayer, but somehow I don’t think so, especially because most Mormons are never taught it. In fact, the manual for the Gospel Principles class, which teaches new members the foundations of a Mormon spiritual life, not only omits mention of the Lord’s Prayer in its lesson on prayer, but goes out of its way to caution against repeating “meaningless words and phrases.”
I was delighted to interview Philip Gulley about his latest book, "Living the Quaker Way." It’s about slowing down, finding simplicity . . . all the things I need to do.
"Think before you pink!" we're told before we hit the mall. It's good advice about how to "shop for the cure." Even better advice may be not to shop at all.
Some readers know that there is a history of mental illness in my family, as I’ve written about before. This includes but is not limited to my father, who died ...
In today's General Conference, LDS apostle Dieter Uchtdorf addressed the question of "If the gospel is so wonderful, why would anyone leave?" His compassionate approach was a breath of fresh air.