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December 2010 Archives

Attention Publicists, Authors, and Bloggers: Opportunities to Guest Post

posted by Jana Riess

Friends, as many of you know, I am going to be teaching part-time during the spring semester at Miami University of Ohio. I’m excited about this opportunity, but since this is in addition to my regular job as an acquisitions […]

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Ingalls Gone Wilder: Tania Rands Lyon on Three “Little House” Tell-All Memoirs

posted by Jana Riess

For Christmas this year, my daughter received a two-episode DVD of Little House on the Prairie Christmas shows. We watched one yesterday, and I was all a-blubber. Thanks to guest blogger Tania Lyon for reminding me of why I loved […]

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Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Week 5

posted by Jana Riess

Merry Christmas! Our devotions from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God Is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas have passed through the waiting and mystery of Advent to the joy of Christmas. Much of that joy, at least for me, comes […]

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The Princess Diaries: This Week in the Twible, The Book of Esther

posted by Jana Riess

Fun Facts About Esther: • Esther is the only book in the whole Bible not to speak of God. • Esther is the only book in the Old Testament that’s not also in the Dead Sea Scrolls, because lots of […]

RIP, Christmas Cards. Sniff.

posted by Jana Riess

Every year I have a little white box for that year’s Christmas cards. When we decorate the house for the holidays, I label a new box for that year, and as the cards arrive throughout December I read them and […]

Ira Craddock, Victorian Sex Therapist and Spiritual Seeker: A Q&A with Biographer Leigh Schmidt

posted by Jana Riess

When I was a graduate student in American religious history, I had the privilege of taking a couple of classes with Leigh Schmidt at Princeton University. Now at Harvard Divinity School, Leigh has continued his stellar career with several more […]

Advent and Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Week 4

posted by Jana Riess

God becomes human. How weird is that? We are so accustomed to the sweet baby in the manger, the innocent and non-threatening infant. But according to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and others, there’s more going on here. Frederick Buechner once wrote that […]

Why Do Mormon Men Want Women to Have the Priesthood More Than Women Want It for Themselves?

posted by Jana Riess

By Grant Hardy Here’s your chance to be a sociologist. The next time you meet an LDS male over the age of 18, ask him this: “Do you think Mormon women should hold the priesthood and share equally in the […]

Invisible Walls: This Week in the Twible, Nehemiah 7-13

posted by Jana Riess

So it turns out the reconstructing a community is a lot more work than reconstructing a temple. Stones are more flexible than people. Did we know this? While the first half of the Book of Nehemiah was taken up with […]

The Secret of Happiness: Dan Buettner’s Research Sheds Light on How to Thrive

posted by Jana Riess

Dan Buettner made headlines with his book The Blue Zones, which looked at the longest-lived cultures in the world and the kind of life that contributes to living past 100. He noticed during that research that many of the world’s […]

From Holy Day to Holiday: A Q&A with Donald Heinz about Christmas

posted by Jana Riess

In his new book Christmas: Festival of Incarnation, Donald Heinz argues that for all its commercialism, Christmas is still best understood as Christianity’s key holy day. I’m so pleased to welcome him here for a Q&A. You can also watch […]

Advent and Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Week 3

posted by Jana Riess

Redemption is not a theme we normally associate with Christmas, but with the heaviness of repentance and Lent. The cross is where Christians believe our sins were forgiven, so the Lenten and Easter seasons are the times we reflect on […]

Why Are Mormons the Third-Most-Hated Religious Group in America?

posted by Jana Riess

Everyone is talking about the sociology of religion doorstopper American Grace by David Campbell and Bowling Alone author Robert D. Putnam. I read it this summer and am re-reading parts of it now. It’s a great book that will be […]

The Engineers’ Bible: This Week in the Twible, Nehemiah 1-6

posted by Jana Riess

Big picture: Another wave of exilees is retuning to Jerusalem. Under the guidance of Nehemiah, the governor, they work furiously to rebuild the city walls. And I do mean furiously. The Bible claims the walls were reconstructed in 52 days. […]

Slowing Down: Five Ways to Reduce the Stress of Christmas

posted by Jana Riess

It’s Thursday, and I am now finished with my to-do list. The one for this past Monday. It’s probably true that with two jobs and a family and a writing career and a church calling, my life is busier than […]

Advent and Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Week 2

posted by Jana Riess

I hope you’re having a quietly joyous Advent. Last week on Flunking Sainthood, our Bonhoeffer theme was waiting, a condition that Bonhoeffer knew all too well — waiting for the war to end, waiting to be released from prison, waiting […]

Shiksas Go Home: This Week in the Twible, The Book of Ezra

posted by Jana Riess

This week we begin exploring Ezra-Nehemiah, which was a single document back in the day, but which we have divided into two because our attention spans are very, very short. Ezra was a scribe, priest, and acting mayor who led […]

WJK Radio Podcast: The Pain of Miscarriage

posted by Jana Riess

I know I have blogged–okay, bragged–about Elise Erikson Barrett’s book before, but I wanted to provide a link to the most recent WJK Radio podcast in which she is interviewed about her new book, What Was Lost: A Christian Journey […]

Saved by Depression: Guest Blogger Eric Wilson on How Darkness Saved His Soul

posted by Jana Riess

If you’re unlucky enough to be depressed, our society tells you to pop a pill and put on a happy face — anything to avoid wallowing in sadness. But today’s guest blogger, Eric G. Wilson, suggests in his new memoir […]

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NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
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Writing Retreat
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Fun with the Book of Lamentations
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