Deconstructing Your Faith without Losing Yourself

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Are you wrestling with questions about your faith that seem too daunting to voice? ‘Deconstructing Your Faith without Losing Yourself’ by Angela J. Herrington offers a profound exploration into the heart of faith deconstruction, a process that may already be unfolding in your life. This review delves deep into the transformative power of questioning long-held beliefs, showcasing how such inquiries can lead to a more authentic and fulfilling spiritual path. Through personal reflections and critical insights, we invite you to see that questioning is not only permissible but essential for growth. If your faith feels more like a series of unanswered questions, let this review reassure you that you’re not alone in your search for truth. Discover how embracing your doubts can illuminate the way to a faith that truly aligns with who you are and who you aspire to be.

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A Heart on Fire by Danielle Coke Balfour

Book Review: A Heart on Fire by Danielle Coke Balfour

Finally, a picture book for grown-ups! If you’re looking for an uplifting and insightful read that can change the way you see and exist in this messed up world, check out my latest review of Danielle Coke Balfour’s “A Heart on Fire: 100 Meditations on Loving Your Neighbors Well.” It’s not just a book, it’s an invitation to become a better, more empathetic person. Dive into vivid art and powerful words that make big issues easy to understand and tough action easy to take. Click to discover why this book is a must-read!

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From Masks to Mastery: Navigating the Midlife Journey of Self-Rediscovery

From Masks to Mastery: Navigating Your Midlife Journey to Self-Rediscovery

Have you ever felt like there’s a version of yourself hidden beneath the surface, waiting to be rediscovered? The journey towards uncovering our true selves is a powerful one, and it’s a concept I first encountered a few years ago. It all started with a lecture by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr on ‘True Self, False Self.’ Since then, these terms have resurfaced in various contexts and teachings, resonating deeply with the idea that each of us is born with a soul – our true essence – which can become buried under layers of a false self. Join me on a transformative exploration as we delve into the realms of the true self, false self, and the neuroscience that supports this fascinating journey.

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The Real Story of Thanksgiving (& Native American Heritage)

Thanksgiving: The True History - A guest blog post by Courtney YellowWolf Graham-Wilson. Features photo of author with her fist raised under her chin as if she is contemplating something really important.

Delve into our compelling guest blog post , “The Real Story of Thanksgiving.” Written by Courtney YellowWolf Graham-Wilson, this will open your eyes to the holiday’s true history involving the Pequot tribe. Then supplement this insightful read by listening to my insight-full interview with Krista Beazley, White Mountain Apache Regional Director. Krista offers her perspective on the history of her Tribe as well as a sneak peek into Indigenous cuisine around this time of year.

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