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“Amazing Grace” by John Newton

An unlikely author writes one of the most popular Christian hymns of all times

My grandmother was a sweet, gentle soul. She never lived in a town with a population greater than 2,000 people. She was awed by the progress she saw in her life. When she was little, most people used horses and … Continue reading

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”Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies” Could Hurt as Much as Help

Advice for grieving adults is mixed bag of useful insights and misleading comforts based on Christian beliefs

Richard Gilbert, an Anglican priest and the author of “Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies: Hope for Grieving Adults,” has the very best intentions. In the introduction to the book, he is clear about breaking free of proscribed ideas … Continue reading

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Classic Book Review: “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy

A 19th century novel reflects on timeless themes of life and death

Arguably one of the greatest writers of all time, Count Lev (Leo) Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born to a wealthy Russian family in 1828. His entire body of work, from the highly regarded novels “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” to his … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Faith Link” by Max Fleury, MD

A doctor explores the influence of spirituality on one’s health -- and even one's lifespan

“The Faith Link: Scientific Proof That Your Belief Determines Your Health” (Charisma House, 2016) offers insights into the fascinating effects that one’s religious beliefs and spirituality can have on one’s health. The book’s author, the French Dr. Max Fleury, offers a valuable … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on aging, Christianity and the mysteries of life and death

There’s too much to praise in Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead. Such luminous beauty and spiritual verve, as always sought but rarely seen, rewards the reader who opens this story based in Gilead, a small, fictional town in Iowa. A novel … Continue reading

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Buddhism and the Eastern Middle Ground

In Buddhist tradition, our death falls into a plane of existence that continues even after our final breath

The relation of life to death, what happens after the end, what we do with the years we have and what we leave behind, remains perhaps the most consistently affecting and important issue plaguing human life. Religions throughout the ages … Continue reading

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