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The Story Behind The Man Who Walked on Water
By Jacob Beaver

It’s morning. I am sitting at my desk, with leaves falling brightly outside, just as they do in the book. The Man Who Walked on Water is my first published novel, and I wrote it in a year. I wrote … read more »

How Liberals Win, Even in the Trump Era

The longer I have struggled to figure out what people want to read, the more I have become fascinated by what we want to avoid or ignore or forget. One would think Christian books on homosexuality would be all the … read more »

Remembering Huston Smith, Religion’s Unassuming Revolutionary

As if 2016 could not end without one more shot in the gut, we learned on December 30 that longtime HarperOne author Huston Smith passed away. He was 97. The world’s foremost expert on world religions, Huston Smith was one … read more »

Has Jesus Failed?

In college our religious conversations centered on, “Is Christianity true?” My answers evolved from “Of course not” to “Maybe” to “Oh my gosh, yes.” (That “gosh” is a direct quotation—I’m a Midwesterner.) Over the years I have grown suspicious of … read more »

Cherishing Deep Teachers in Trump Times

As part of my election recovery, I decided to try to take time to contemplate and be grateful for seemingly ordinary things. For instance, I am much more grateful for leaders who are embarrassed and ashamed over their bad behavior. … read more »

The Story Behind Dallas Willard’s
Renewing the Christian Mind
An Excerpt from Gary Black Jr.’s Introduction

The original kernel of an idea for publishing a Dallas Willard anthology surfaced in 2009. It came during the first of what would become several visits I made from the United Kingdom to Southern California to conduct research interviews with … read more »

N. T. Wright’s Passion of the Christ by Mickey Maudlin

Years ago at a Christian book show, attendees were treated to a special preview of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, which my colleagues and I were eager to see since there was already a tremendous amount of buzz surrounding … read more »

Sue Monk Kidd and the Lonely Walk of Faith
By Mickey Maudlin

One of the many surprises of being a Christian for thirty-six years is how lonely that journey can feel at times. I remember that special feeling when I first called myself a Christian after some mystical experiences and a string … read more »

“PLEASE HELP” By Shane Claiborne,
Author of Executing Grace

I will never forget a note I got from a man on death row. It had two words in bold writing: PLEASE HELP. And along with those two words was a letter sharing his story. The man writing me was … read more »

Celebrating the World’s Most Famous Albanian
By Mickey Maudlin

The strangest aspect of the canonization of Mother Teresa is how natural it seems. Most people have thought of her as a “saint” ever since they first heard of her. And considering she lived during the age of the 24/7 … read more »