In the Presence of Wounded Healers

A “wounded healer” leverages their own experiences of pain and tragedy to help others heal from theirs. Originally coined by psychologist Carl Jung, the term was further popularized by theologian Henri Nouwen in his 1972 book of the same name. Working on a book project for most of 2017-18 put me in the presence ofContinue reading “In the Presence of Wounded Healers”

American Nations – Book Review

Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Penguin, 2011) was late to get on my radar. The 300-plus page historical synthesis has suffered no loss of vitality almost a decade after publication – like any good work of history, it helps readers better understand the current day.Continue reading “American Nations – Book Review”

Light Scattering Darkness

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on June 13, 2020 Darkness and light. Their daily and seasonal dance mirrors our own movements in and about the two realms. This past December in our South Austin neighborhood, some of our neighbors wrapped holiday lights around tree trunks and others draped overhangs with icicle lights. My wife placedContinue reading “Light Scattering Darkness”

The Completion of a Great Idea

Note: It’s been a year since Balm came out. For those who haven’t read this account just prior to the book’s release, I alternatively call this the book’s “Fourth Epilogue.” Enjoy. Inside a fellowship hall of a church in Austin, Texas, twenty-five people sit upon folding chairs arranged in a horseshoe pattern around a woodenContinue reading “The Completion of a Great Idea”

Mom’s Dresser and Writing

The phone rang interrupting the morning quiet in our family’s suburban Chicago home. It was my mom on the line: Would my brother and I drive over the van to retrieve an old dresser that she had seen at a garage sale? Sure, I said. She was at work; my brother Mark and I were hangingContinue reading “Mom’s Dresser and Writing”

Reading & Writing

During my adult years, I’ve been a reader. I had a lot of assigned reading while in seminary – most (but certainly not all) of which I completed. Upon finishing graduate school, I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of reading what I wanted. This freedom lasted for some twenty years. While I do read fiction, I’m an incorrigible non-fiction devotee. Taylor Branch’s PartingContinue reading “Reading & Writing”