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”

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”