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Open Book: Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next Books

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Imagine a world where Shakespeare is so revered, his plays are stilll staged to standing-room-only crowds…where books are so dear they are guarded by librarians with guns…and where time travel is as common as dodos (yep, theyre common, too)! Enter […]

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Open Book: Quotations from Richard Rohr

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Are God’s rules less important than your relationship with Him?  Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton are calling this week “hodge podge”!  Author Franciscan Father Richard Rohr has written so many books that they couldn’t settle on just one for this […]

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Open Book: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

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Spiritual and children’s book writer C.S. Lewis wasn’t always the faith-filled person he so brilliantly displayed in his works. In “Surprised by Joy,” Lewis tells the story of of his life, from his mother’s death to a series of soulless […]

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Open Book: Annunciation by Denise Levertov

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How do you respond when an angel of God appears to you and asks you to be the vessel which brings God into humanness as a man? Join Alice Shelton and Lori Strawn as they discuss this remarkable work by […]

Open Book: Ash Wednesday by Marjorie Maddox

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Most people know Ash Wednesday as the beginning of Lent, a time of preparation leading up to Easter Sunday. But what does it all mean? Why ashes? What does it say about the human condition? Join Lori Strawn and Alice […]

Open Book: “Bone” by Mary Oliver

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How can you find God in a book or a poem? Through inspired reading and thoughtful discussion, you can discover the godliness in literature. Try it! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they explore another poem, “Bone”  by the […]

Open Book: An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

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Where can God be found in a mystery novel? Perhaps everywhere, as He is the greatest mystery in our lives. Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton discuss quotations from Iain Pears novel “An Instance of the Fingerpost” and try to discern […]

Open Book: John O’Donohue’s “For Longing”

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How can longing make our lives spiritually richer? What do you long for and how can you best achieve it? Tune in and listen to Lori Strawn and guest host Sue Bradford Edwards discuss the blessings of a longing heart […]

Open Book: Daniel Berrigan’s “Zen Poem”

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Who wouldn’t want to work miracles and have supernatural powers? Daniel Berrigan’s poem “Zen Poem” will make you think twice! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss such matters as the basics for a good, blessed life, the […]

Open Book: Disgraceland by Mary Karr

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This week, we have a lively discussion of poet and author Mary Karr’s edgy poem “Disgraceland”. Topics are sure to include the role of doubt in spirituality, the human soul and the level of God’s activity in our salvation journey.  With […]

Open Book: “Part of Eve’s Discussion” by Marie Howe

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It’s possible that you just now happen across poet Marie Howe! There is no way this poem can be read only once! Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton look forward to discussing what might have REALLY been happening in Eves head […]

Open Book: Thomas Merton’s “Seven Storey Mountain”

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How does a man go from atheist to cloistered monk? What makes an ordinary person a saint? Lori and Alice discuss Thomas Merton’s best-selling biography of his spiritual journey, with reflections on suffering, human nature and lots more. If a […]

Open Book, “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes

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Are we a product of the stories we create about our own lives? Do our memories change over time? Are we active participants in our own lives or do things just happen to us?  Join Lori and Alice’s discussion of […]

Open Book: Flannery O’Connor’s “Wise Blood”

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What can a man who claims to believe in nothing tell us about faith? Why do people want religion spoon-fed to them? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton tackle these and many other topics as they explore the dark world of […]

Open Book: In Flanders Field by John McCrae

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In honor of veterans, Lori and Alice selected the well known and loved poem by John McCrae,  “In Flanders Field”. The imagery and structure of this work provide lots of opportunity for discussing and questioning! LISTEN NOW!

Open Book: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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It is easy to see God in nature — the beauty, the intricacy. Now consider: 10% of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. They live by causing death and sickness to other creatures. What kind of God resides in […]

Open Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving

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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!

Open Book: C.S. Lewis “Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold”

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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 […]

Book Review: The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow

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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 […]

Open Book: The Short Stories of Woody Allen

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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 […]

Open Book: “Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers”

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Fred Rogers, beloved children’s TV host and Presbyterian minister, spent a lifetime expressing his philosophy of love, acceptance and neighborly care. This little book, subtitled “Things to Remember Along the Way,” offers plenty of spiritual nourishment to people of all […]

Open Book: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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“The safest path to hell is the gradual one” writes Screwtape to his lesser-demon nephew Wormwood in this fascinating book by one of the great Christian writers.  Do you agree?  Does this make you nuts as you think about it?  […]

Open Book: A Vocation and a Voice – Kate Chopin

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What is it about nature that drives our spirituality? Can laziness be a good thing? What is Providence and how can we understand it in light of tragedy? Alice and Lori will cover all this and more as they delve […]

Open Book: Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke

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Can advice imparted from one poet to another have resonance for the rest of us? Yes! Join Alice and Lori as they delve into Rainer Maria Rilke’s seminal “Letters to a Young Poet.” We’ll talk about faith, emotion, and self-doubt. […]

Girl Meets God – Lauren Winner

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See Advent from a wondrous, new point of view! “Open Book” hosts Lori and Alice discuss quotes from Lauren Winner’s poignant memoir about religious conversion. Eye-opening faith talk is sure to ensue.  

Of Gods and Me – Xavier Beauvois

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Join hosts Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton of “Open Book,” for smart God talk on Prayables radio this week as they discuss “Of Gods and Me” by Xavier Beauvois. This powerful story talks about living in true community, prayerfully discerning […]

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