ON WRITING AND THE WRITING LIFE
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The Book-Tour Blues: Misadventures of an Accidental Evangelist
Care and Feeding of the Work-in-Progress
The Cultural Power of Storytelling
Faith and Fiction: Literature as Revelation

Feminism and Memoir
Four Noble Truths for My Writing Groups
Where the Absent-Minded Mind Goes: Neuroscience and the Writing Process
Six Steps for Creating Conflict
Looking for Trouble: Useful Insights from Negotiators & Social Scientists
Looking for Trouble: What the Craft of Argument Teaches about Resolving Conflict
On Saying "I'm a Writer"
"Only a Story": A Gift from the Gods
"Only a Story": Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Recommended Reading for Writers
Storytelling, Doctrine, and Spiritual Formation
An Unabashedly Bookish Introvert


INQUIRIES AND  ESSAYS ON VARIOUS TOPICS
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Academic Blood Sport: Behind the Polemics over Child Care
Call Waiting: The Comic Incompetence of Gideon
The Courage That Compassion Requires
The Cultural History of Biblical Literalism
Friendship: For Better For Worse
Gay Marriage @ LaSalle Street Church
Good Books about Women's Lives
Healthcare Costs and Human Rights
Laughter and the Presence of God
Miracles, Cures, and Healing: A Montgomery Lecture to Medical Students
Not Politics as Usual: Why the Church Is Not a Democracy
On Listening to Children and Other Hazards of Parenthood
What Parents Can Do about Predators and Bullies
Rowling as Moralist: Harry Potter and the Bullies
The Song of Mary: A Reading of the Magnificat
A Sexual Ethics for My Children (1992)

SERMONS TO CHRISTIANS
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[Seven Reasons Why Pastors Might Invite Me to Their Churches]
[The Poetics of Preaching]
Beyond Success and Failure
Dandelions and the Kingdom of God
Drowning
Evelyn Underhill, Creativity, and God
The Experience of God and the Inclusivity of the Church
The Faithful Departed
Getting a Grip on Hope
God's Answer to Job
Martha, Mary, and Laughing at God
No Excuses
On Being Afraid
Psalm 19: The Law of the Heart
Psalm 27 and Wordsworth's Spots of Time
Rearranging the Zoo
The Sheep and the Goats
What Is Success?
What Are You Doing Here?
Why Me?

SUNDAY TALKS TO UNITARIANS
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Empathy and the Common Good
Intuition and Morality
Having a Soul That's Not For Sale Of Miracles and Metaphors
Of miracles and Metaphores

 

READING AT INTERSECTION OF FAITH & CULTURE
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Books for the Spiritual Seeker: A Book Review Essay

Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats
Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer
In Ordinary Time: Healing the Wounds of the Heart
Clergy Wellness and Mutual Ministry
For Those We Love But See No Longer: Daily Offices for Times of Grief

MissionStClare.com (a prayer website)
My Soul in Silence Waits: Meditations on Psalm 22
Praying With Body and Soul: A Way to Intimacy With God
The Relaxation Response
Still Listening: New Horizons in Spiritual Direction
Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Books for the Unchurched: A Book Review Essay

Visions: The Soul's Path to the Sacred
Spiritual But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America
Dematerializing: Taming the Power of Possessions
The Truth about God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life
Preaching to Skeptics and Seekers
The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies
Raising Faith-Fill Kids: Ordinary Opportunities to Nurture Spirituality at Home
Broken Tablets: Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves
Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives
Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remarking of American Religion

Consumerism and Christian Community: A Book Review Essay

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Luxury Fever: Money and Happiness in an Era of Excess
Dematerializing: Taming the Power of Possessions
The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies

Life, Death, and Compassion: A Book Review Essay

Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper
When the World Breaks Your Heart: Spiritual Ways to Live with Tragedy
Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies
Act of God/ Active God: Recovering from Natural Disaster
Sorrow's Company: Writers on Loss and Grief
The Healing Companion: Simple and Effective Ways Your Presence Can Help People Heal
When Suffering Persists: A Theology of Candor
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith

The Marriage Debates: A Book Review Essay

Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage, and Feminism
The Demoralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values
One Nation, Two Cultures
The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially
Sex in America: A Definitive Survey
The Social Organization of Sexuality
God, the Evidence: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World
The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History
The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25 Year Landmark Study
The Divorce Culture
Life Without Father
The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap
A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values
More Lasting Unions: Christianity, the Family, and Society

The "Spirituality" of Work: A Book Review Essay

The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work
Living on the Border of the Holy: Renewing the Priesthood of All
Life in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work
In Good Company: The Church as Polis
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
The Managed Heart: The Commercialization of Human Feeling
The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home
The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work
My Job My Self
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life
The Oxford Book of Work
Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits

The Synapse and the Sacred: A Book Review Essay

How the Brain Works
The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotions in the Making of  Consciousness
The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind
Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less
The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience
The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions

The Varieties of Critical Thinking: A Book Review Essay

Hearing Gesture: How Our Hands Help Us Think
True to Life: Why Truth Matters
Four Cultures of the West
Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World's Best Poems
Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats,

Wisdom and the Second Half of Life: A Book Review Essay

The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger as Your Brain Grows Older
The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain

Why Bother with Belief? A Book Review Essay

Freedom Evolves
Seeing with Their Hearts: Chicago Women and the Vision of the Good City, 1871- 1933
God against the Gods: The History of the War between Monotheism and Polytheism
Reimagining Christianity: Reconnecting Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind
The Real State of the Union: From the Best Minds in America, Bold Solutions to the Problems Politicians Dare Not Address
The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations
Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture

Women, Midlife, and Leadership: A Book Review Essay

Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide
Midlife Spirituality and Jungian Archetypes
Necessary Dreams: Ambition in Women's Changing Lives
Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America
Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership
The Postmodern Life Cycle: Challenges for Church and Theology