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Reflections in the Silver Cup

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP


This piece first appeared in The Gallup Independent on August 13, 2016. Reprinted with permission.

NEEDING HOME



Nelson Willy (not his real name) became a convert to Christianity while my father was a missionary in the Navajo Nation. After becoming a church member, Mr. Willy lived as a Christian for more than fifty years. Not long after he passed away, I had a conversation with Nelson Willy’s nephew. Robert told me, “Near the end of his life, Nelson started singing the old songs again.” He meant traditional Diné songs.

When I was growing up, Protestant mission churches had a definite policy that Navajo ways and Christianity could not mix. I don’t see that embracing Navajo traditions needs to be incompatible with being a Christian, and that rule is even changing in the church of my youth somewhat. In his case, however, Mr. Willy had gone against Read More 
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BOOK REVIEW
MY RESPONSE TO GENEROUS SPACIOUSNESS




Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church. Wendy VanderWal-Gritter. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2014.

I hesitate to call this a review, as it is really more a heartfelt response to a life-altering book. First of all, don’t you just love the title? Generous Spaciousness. It evokes images of wide open, welcoming arms; bowls of delicious, hot, nurturing soup and homemade crusty bread; love unlimited. Hospitality. In fact, hospitality is one of the cornerstones of what Wendy Gritter has termed generous spaciousness.

Generous Spaciousness is one of those books that I—yet again—wanted everyone in my family to read. There have been a few over the years—ones I thought could ease their minds and hearts, ease things among us—not just between them and me but between them and others in the family because there exists a great divide in my family over the rightness or wrongness of living one’s life as LGBTQ. Within the family, I stand in one place, for many years alone. Now there are some Read More 
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BOOK TOUR JOURNAL 4
A PEARL IN THE STORM



To Drink from the Silver Cup is about a journey—an inner journey, although it also passes through physical places: the Navajo Nation, the Midwestern Bible Belt, forests and farm country of Sweden, California Dreamin', New Zealand, and more. Now, as I set out to bring this book to readers, I have embarked upon a physical journey.

Books have a way of falling into my hands at the most suspiciously Read More 
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USING A FACEBOOK PAGE
TO PROMOTE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE



Both of my books (Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living, To Drink from the Silver Cup) have had their own Facebook Pages, although I haven’t posted to the Viktor Frankl page in a long time. In case you don't know, a Facebook Page is different from but connected to your personal timeline and is dedicated to the purpose of letting people know about products, concepts or services you’re offering. You can also sell from your FB Page, although I haven’t tried that. Yet. The FB instructions for setting up a Page are pretty easy to follow, so this post is about what I learned about using my Page after setting it up. If you are promoting a book or a service, there might be something useful here for you.

When you post to your Page, you get Read More 
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