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Open Book: Advent Poetry

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Contemplate the season of Advent with poetry by Jessica Powers and William Butler Yeats! Lori and Alice will discuss two poems that cast Mary in a very different light. How would you respond in her place? LISTEN NOW!

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Open Book: Thomas Merton’s “Life and Holiness”

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How does a person become holy in our modern world? Thomas Merton, one of the Catholic Church’s greatest modern thinkers, has answers that might surprise you! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss holiness in married life, how […]

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Open Book: “To God the Father” by Katherine Mansfield

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Where is God in our 21st century world? Why do we call on Him? And why do we insist on making Him so small? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton tackle these questions and more as they try to plumb the […]

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Open Book: The Prayer of Saint Francis

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What an impact this diminutive friar born in 1821 in Assisi, Italy continues to have on our world!  When it comes to peace and living in right relationship, Lori and Alice agree that if he didn’t write the whole book, he […]

Open Book: “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire

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What is the nature of evil? Find out from someone who knows something about it, Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West! Join Lori and Alice as they question what makes someone evil and the effects of evil on the […]

Open Book: The Uses of Sorrow by Mary Oliver

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It is hard to go through times of sorrow in life, but they are necessary and perhaps even important to our overall growth and well-being.  Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss Mary Oliver’s short but jam-packed poem […]

Open Book: Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler

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Take a look at salvation through the eyes of Bird, an abused child, in Connie May Fowler’s “Before Women Had Wings.” Lori and Alice will discuss such topics as: the God of the Old Testament versus the God of the […]

Open Book: Sarah Orne Jewett’s “The Country of Old Firs”

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Lori and Alice discuss the importance of simplicity in daily life as they share quotations from the lovely novel “The Country of Old Firs” by Sarah Orne Jewett set in nineteenth century Maine. LISTEN NOW!  

Open Book: Not Me – Michael Lavigne

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Is any person capable of fully repenting after committing the ultimate evil? What shape does repentance take? And is it possible to forgive —and even love — those who have caused us the deepest pain? All these questions and more […]

Open Book: “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen

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What does our brokenness reveal about us? Are we really unique in our own suffering?  Lots to discuss today as Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton talk about  a paragraph from this complex and often-struggling author’s book “Life of the Beloved”. […]

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. […]

Open Book: Cutting for Stone -Abraham Verghese

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Does the vocation you choose in life and the work that it brings you to do have any bearing on healing the woundedness in your life? Join Lori and Alice as they explore this question and several others in their discussion […]

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