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Why is it life that we want? A potentially simple question has dramatic repercussions in Mary Gordon’s novel of faith and forgiveness, “Pearl.” Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss issues like forgiveness, the act of witnessing and […]

Faith vs. intellectualism. Screamers vs. Silents. The world of faith is full of contradictions and questions. Owen Meany, protagonist of John Irving’s spririted novel, dares to ask the tough questions. Listen as Alice and Lori navigate the answers! LISTEN NOW!

This view of the Holocaust through the eyes of a howler monkey and a donkey will challenge your moral perceptions. What is repentence? How can a person achieve it? And how can we discuss — even honor — the horrors […]

What would you do to handle all of the anger, rage, hurt and betrayal you feel if you lived through the Nazi death camps? Is there even a category for believing in God anymore? What has changed about God for […]

In “Manifesto,” poet and farmer Wendell Berry provides plenty of fodder for thought about environmentalism, free thinking and living a moral life in a consumerist world. Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton for their take on right relationships, losing ones […]

Ever wondered what America would be like if you were one of the few who survived an apocalyptic event? Would you know who to trust? Who would take care of you? Would you still have faith in God? Would anyone […]

C.S. Lewis takes the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche and gives it a whole new message! Join Lori and Alice as they discuss God’s will for us and why it can often be difficult to discern. Here’s a couple […]

Imagine spending a year living among the poorest of the world’s poor: the African farmer. That’s what award-winning journalist Roger Thurow did beginning in the winter of 2011. He wrote the awe-inspiring book: The Last Hunger Season: A Year in […]

How can we be judged as sinful when we are what we were created to be? Is it a bad idea to be too assertive with God? Does mercy really come?  Join Lori and Alice today as they discuss the […]

Despite what you might think of Woody Allen as a human being, his work is almost uniformly hilarious. Often, he deals with his struggles with religion, God, and spirituality in a playful way. But “many a true word is spoken […]