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Simplifying the Soul: Paula Huston

by Anna Blanch on October 2, 2012

On one hand it is far from lent and so the timing of this review might seem odd, however, now is as good a time as any to share a resource in advance of next lent. ____________________ Huston, Paula. Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2011. There […]


Why I don’t read “Christian woman” self-help books

by Anna Blanch on September 27, 2012

I’ve read more of the “how can you be a godly Christian woman” in today’s world books than I care to admit. I acknowledged approaching this book with cynicism blooming. I admitted then that i’ve pretty much given up reading the “Christian woman self-help” kinds of books in light of realising that the women around […]

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I’ve been hearing some rumbling about the selection of book lists and library holdings at parent-led charter and Christian schools. What i’ve been hearing has given me pause and I’d like to offer some humble thoughts on developing curricula and making decisions about the reading material made available to students. Let me begin by acknowledging […]

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Today I want to share a couple of interviews. The first is with Terence Nichols on how and why religion has become so privatized in America, the second was  Peter Augustine Lawler on “Bobos” and the end of history and the third with John W. O’Malley, more on Four Cultures of the West. Terence Nichols is […]


Joseph Pearce on Myth, Lewis and Tolkien

by Anna Blanch on April 24, 2012

I wanted to bring you some links today to a series of interviews with Joseph Pearce, from some talks he gave at the Southern Baptist theological Seminary. Joseph Pearce is the Writer-in-Residence at Ave Maria University and Associate Professor of Literature. He previously taught at Ave Maria College in Michigan. Pearce has published numerous books […]


Adolescents, parenting, and music

by Anna Blanch on April 23, 2012

Today I want to share a couple of interviews. The first is with Leon Kass, on how new technologies have changed the assumptions many people have about their children. The second is with Julian Johnson on music and the expectations of immediate gratification and the third is with Murray Milner, Jr., on how the choices […]


Today I want to share a couple of interviews. The first is with D. H. Williams, on the excluding character of Christian conversion and the second is with James A. Herrick on Mormonism, gnosticism, and the significance of Luke Skywalker. Williams is a Professor of Religion in Patristics and Historical Theology. He has written a […]


The Severe Mercy of a Lump of Coal

by Dr Rose Bexar on December 6, 2011

Today is St Nicholas Day. I’m glad to welcome back Dr Rose Bexar, who has been a semi-regular contributor to Goannatree for the past couple of years. Here is a full list of her posts. ___________________________ Johnny wants a pair of spurs, Susie wants a sled, Nelly wants a picture book, yellow, blue, and red. […]


Bearing witness with words

November 6, 2011

I don’t usually post on Sundays, but given my commitment to NaBloPoMo, I thought I would share a passage which has challenge me anew this week. John 5: 30-47: 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but […]

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Imagining the Kingdom: N.T. Wright’s Inaugural University of St Andrews lecture

November 2, 2011

The lecture theatre was full to overflowing for Professor N.T. Wright’s inaugural lecture as a University of St Andrews Professor. Many people have asked whether a copy of the text is available or whether it was recorded. Unfortunately, it wasn’t recorded – it was delivered in a wonderfully fluid oratorical style – which is a […]

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