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"Lessons in Belonging," by Erin Lane: A Book Review


Erin was giving a book reading when we first met, from her chapter in Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith

I was in my final year at Duke Divinity School at the time; she was just a year out of the same program. We soon realized that we shared a number of things in common: we'd both recently traded a PR career for theology and we'd both lived in the Pacific Northwest (Erin works withParker Palmer and the folks at the Seattle non-profit Center for Courage & Renewal).

When I noticed Erin also had a book releasing in early 2015, I suggested swapping book reviews, crossing my fingers she'd think it was a good idea. She was generous enough to agree. Thanks, Erin.

Frederick Buechner on Calling: Your Deep Gladness & The World's Deep Hunger

As I noted in a recent postParker Palmer has some rich thoughts for those asking questions about vocation and calling in his bookLet Your Life Speak. As much as I appreciate Palmer's work, I think the Presbyterian minister, novelist, and memoirist Frederick Buechner helps move the conversation forward.

Parker Palmer on Calling: That Which You Can't Not Do

Parker Palmer on Calling: That Which You Can't Not Do

I was a freshman in college when I first read Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak, which is as good a time as any to think about questions of vocation and calling. As the book's leaflet puts it, Palmer's book is aimed at "illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives."