David Crumm

David Crumm is a journalist and publisher specializing in religion and cultural diversity. For more than 30 years, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. In 2007, David left newspapers and co-founded http://www.readthespirit.com/ a collection of online magazines covering religion, values and global culture. ReadTheSpirit also has published more than a dozen books on related topics and consults with groups nationwide that want to encourage cultural diversity in their communities. 

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David Crumm: Malick's "Tree of Life" Is Award-Winning Film on Prayer

Friday May 27, 2011
David Crumm, editor/reporter for ReadtheSpirit.com, takes a unique position regarding the controversial new film by director Terence Malick: It's about prayer.

David Crumm Interview: Matthew Fox on "Christian Mystics"

Friday May 27, 2011
Matthew Fox prefers to be called just “Matt”””perhaps because his full name in news media usually comes with “Provocative” or “Controversial” attached like it’s his first name. There is some truth to those labels: Matt doesn’t suffer fools lightly and throughout his career in preaching and teaching, his activism has stirred fiery reactions.

David Crumm: Richard Rohr & Brian McLaren on Aging

Friday May 27, 2011
In an unusual author interview today, we’re welcoming both Brian McLaren and Richard Rohr to talk with us about Richard’s new book, "Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life."

David Crumm Interviews Marcus Borg on "Speaking Christian"

Friday May 27, 2011
Marcus Borg’s latest book ranks with his earlier volumes, The Heart of Christianity and Embracing an Adult Faith, as inspirational efforts to renew and rebuild Christianity by healing long-standing wounds and welcoming millions of alienated men and women. David Crumm of ReadtheSpirit.com interviews Borg.

David Crumm: Norway Tragedy Is Grim News on Eve of Ramadan

Friday May 27, 2011
Norway's worst armed attack since World War II is grim news in the week before Ramadan, which starts August 1 for more than 1 billion Muslims around the world.

David Crumm: A Conversation with John Philip Newell

Friday May 27, 2011
Journalist David Crumm of ReadtheSpirit.com talks with author and Celtic spiritual leader John Philip Newell about his new book, "A New Harmony."

David Crumm Interviews John Dominic Crosson on The Challenge of Jesus

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadtheSpirit.com's David Crumm talks with theologian John Dominic Crosson about his new curriculum, "The Challenge of Jesus."

David Crumm Interviews Paul Franklyn about the CEB

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadtheSpirit.com editor David Crumm talks with Paul Franklyn about the new Bible translation pitched toward mainline Christians: The Contemporary English Bible (CEB).

David Crumm Interviews Jana Riess: "Flunking Sainthood"

Friday May 27, 2011
David Crumm interviews Jana Riess””the well-known journalist and author””who spent a year discovering and now is sharing the experience for the rest of us in a delightful new memoir "Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor."

David Crumm Interviews Benjamin Pratt: New Guide for Caregivers

Friday May 27, 2011
Caregiver duties and responsibilities dragging you down? Keeping your spirit healthy begins with simple steps. David Crumm talks with Dr. Benjamin Pratt about his new guide for caregivers.

David Crumm: John Philip Newell's Prayer for Peace on 11-11-11

Friday May 27, 2011
Here is the prayer John Philip Newell is sharing across the Internet, inviting like-minded men and women to pray in solidarity with this movement on 11-11-11.

David Crumm interviews Sarah Arthur: A literary guide to prayer

Friday May 27, 2011
David Crumm of ReadtheSpirit.com interviews Sarah Arthur, author of "At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer."

David Crumm Interviews N.T. Wright on "Simply Jesus"

Friday May 27, 2011
Former Bishop N.T. “Tom” Wright is a best-selling Bible scholar and one of the most popular figures to appear on ReadTheSpirit over the years. Today we recommended his two new books and also highlighte a special Christmas passage that Wright doesn’t want Bible readers to miss.

David Crumm Interviews Parker Palmer: Healing the Heart of Democracy

Friday May 27, 2011
In 2012, Parker Palmer is using the considerable authority of his voice and pen to push us toward a whole new perspective on what we typically call “politics.” Instead of polling and political horse races, he is pushing us to focus on “the heart of democracy.” David Crumm interviews.

David Crumm Interviews Bishop John Shelby Spong

Friday May 27, 2011
In an interview with ReadtheSpirit.com's David Crumm, controversial retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong discusses his new book, "Reclaiming the Bible for a Nonreligious World."

David Crumm Interviews Hymnwriter John Bell

Friday May 27, 2011
David Crumm, editor of ReadtheSpirit.com, interviews John Bell, who is personally responsible for a long list of hymns and anthems sung in churches around the world, and is a popular teacher on Iona-Celtic-Christian approaches to prayer, worship and work with the world’s most needy communities.

David Crumm: Church Growth Is About More Than "The Marrieds"

Friday May 27, 2011
Church leaders nationwide should consider a New York Times front-page report about unwed mothers a wakeup call to rethink so-called church-growth strategies.

David Crumm: Jimmy Carter on How the Bible Can Help Us Find Peace

Friday May 27, 2011
President Jimmy Carter is releasing a new devotional edition of the Bible packed with hundreds of excerpts from his own writings about inspiring and challenging passages of scripture. David Crumm interviewed the former president last week--here is part one of their conversation.

David Crumm: Jimmy Carter on How the Bible Inspire Caregivers

Friday May 27, 2011
Jimmy Carter’s publication of his own Bible study reflections and prayers is a treasure trove of inspiration and wisdom about the challenges we face in the world today. One theme that runs through Carter’s writing is: caregiving. In Part 2 of our interview with the former president, ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm asks about caregiving.

David Crumm: Jimmy Carter on How the Bible Shapes Peacemakers

Friday May 27, 2011
The Bible is full of violence from bloody battles in the opening books of the Bible through Jesus’ own death at the hands of the Roman empire, yet former President Jimmy Carter opens this book and finds great insight shaping his own worldwide work as a peacemaker. In the third and final part of our interview with Carter, David Crumm asks about these connections Carter sees in scripture.

David Crumm Interviews John Dominic Crossan on the Power of Parable

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadtheSpirit.com's David Crumm interviews noted biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan on his new book, "The Power of Parable."

David Crumm Interviews N.T. Wright on "How God Became King"

Friday May 27, 2011
David Crumm of ReadtheSpirit.com interviews the popular Bible scholar N.T. “Tom” Wright on his latest book, "How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels." Tom himself refers to the message of this book as “explosive.”

David Crumm Interviews Diana Butler Bass on Growing Healthier Churches

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadtheSpirit.com editor David Crumm interviews noted author Diana Butler Bass on her new book "Christianity After Religion," and explores how to grow healthier churches.

David Crumm Interviews John Ramsey on Surviving Tragedy

Friday May 27, 2011
Read the Spirit editor David Crumm interviews John Ramsey, father of Jon Benet and the author of the new book The Other Side of Suffering about his experiences in the aftermath of personal tragedy.

David Crumm Interviews Bart Ehrman on "Did Jesus Exist?"

Friday May 27, 2011
Read the Spirit editor David Crumm reviews and interviews Bart Ehrman, the controversial Bible scholar who's written a compelling new book: "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth."

David Crumm: Another Great Reason to Join a Congregation

Friday May 27, 2011
Thanks to Times columnist Tom Friedman and famous Harvard scholar Michael Sandel, here’s a message that I know leaders in congregations will say: “That’ll preach!”

David Crumm: The Best of Ray Bradbury Remembrances

Friday May 27, 2011
He expanded our dreams by expanding the possibilities in our own back yards. He was an artist as much as a technician and, wielding that great talent, he reminded us of the sacred value of the word. David Crumm assembles some of the best remembrances of his life and work.

David Crumm: 13 True American Stars We All Should Know

Friday May 27, 2011
For July 4, we celebrate Americans who are devoting their lives to strengthening our communities in creative ways. CLICK THE LINKS in each of these 13 mini-profiles to read a wide range of creative, inspiring stories. Enjoy!

David Crumm Interviews Brian McLaren: Interfaith peace begins at home

Friday May 27, 2011
In his 19th book, the prophetic evangelical author Brian McLaren is publishing his first interfaith book. As you will read in our interview, the best-selling writer argues that this new book is far from the typical appeal for interfaith understanding that other writers are producing these days.

David Crumm Interviews Marcus Borg on His New Reorganized New Testament

Friday May 27, 2011
Marcus Borg's newest book is unusual: It’s not so much a book about the Bible as it is an actual Bible as reorganized by Borg to present the New Testament books in the order that the ancient world first received them. Here's David Crumm's interview with the renowned scholar.

David Crumm: Welcoming and Hospitality Are More Than Shaking Hands

Friday May 27, 2011
The nation’s biggest religious celebration of the year is coming soon: Are you ready? More importantly for millions of American Christians: Is your chuch ready?

David Crumm Interviews Henry Brinton on Church Hospitality

Friday May 27, 2011
THIS WEEK, AS AMERICANS HEAD toward the biggest religious celebration of the year, we are featuring insights from columnist and author Henry G. Brinton on hospitality in churches.

David Crumm on Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural

Friday May 27, 2011
No one expected that March 4, 1865, would become a memorable occasion for its inspiring vision of healing across a tragically wounded America.

David Crumm: New study shows forces driving church growth and loss

Friday May 27, 2011
WHAT IS THE U.S. CONGREGATIONAL LIFE SURVEY? The largest and most representative profile of worshipers and their congregations ever developed in the U.S. Here's what it reveals.

David Crumm Interviews Richard Rohr on His New Book 'Immortal Diamond'

Friday May 27, 2011
RICHARD ROHR inspires you””even if you don’t recognize his name. From his base in the American Southwest, this Franciscan priest has become a master teacher of other famous teachers. Richard wants to reach ordinary men and women like you and me. Ask your friends to list writers who have moved them and you’re likely to hear Richard’s name.

David Crumm Presents Edward McNulty's Top 10 Spiritual Movies of 2012

Friday May 27, 2011
Movies are a global language that speaks to the head, the heart””and the spirit. Today, faith-and-film author Edward McNulty shares his own list of Best Pictures””focusing on films with spiritual themes.

David Crumm Interviews Day1's Peter Wallace on His Book, The Passionate Jesus

Friday May 27, 2011
For years, ReadTheSpirit has recommended both Peter’s work and the Day1 network. Currently, our websites share a popular columnist, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Pratt. This mutual encouragement includes our recommendation of Peter’s newest book, The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically.

Ed McNulty on "The Bible" Miniseries - ReadtheSpirit.com

Friday May 27, 2011
THE BIBLE””As Seen on TV. Those six words capture what faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty describes as a “spectacular new series”””great for individual viewing and small-group discussion””if we watch with a bit of skepticism.

David Crumm interviews Bishop Spong on the Gospel of John

Friday May 27, 2011
Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong certainly is one of the world’s best known religious leaders. Now, in his 24th book, Jack Spong tackles his namesake book in the Bible””hoping to guide his readers in thousands of congregations to a greater appreciation of this sacred text while avoiding its lethal dangers.

Sorting Fact from Fiction: Martin Davis on Social Media for ReadtheSpirit.com

Friday May 27, 2011
TWO HEADLINES compelled us to help readers sort fact from fiction concerning the popular myth that church growth depends on widespread use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the like). The myth of explosive growth is perpetuated, we both agree, by a new report in the online Christian Post, headlined: Top 5 Churches That Use Social Media Best. Some truths, we think, come from a second new headline out of the Pew Research Center. Here is our report …

David Crumm: Seamus Heaney: Treasures of his life that we may have missed

Friday May 27, 2011
Seamus Heaney’s death at age 74 leaves the world with one less spiritual hero in tangible form and a fresh new voice in the chorus of saints all around us. His voice is rising already in the current celebration of his life on front pages and TV broadcasts around the world. Rather than echo the familiar themes we see in news media, ReadTheSpirit is bringing readers some treasures from Heaney’s work that you may have overlooked.

David Crumm: The Nadia Bolz-Weber interview on ”˜Pastrix’ and spiritual treasures

Friday May 27, 2011
Do not dismiss the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber and her book’s quirky title, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, when you encounter them this week. And, you will encounter her, most likely in multiple sightings. Nadia is debuting as a major Christian author, this week, thanks to Jericho Books””an imprint of the world’s second largest publisher, Hachette.

David Crumm: The Sacred Art of Hospitality: Interview with Nanette Sawyer

Friday May 27, 2011
Hospitality is all the rage in communities coast to coast this year, in part because we are approaching the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s declaration of a national Thanksgiving. But what is hospitality? Emily Post? Serving tea? A suite at a convention with mixed drinks? Where do we turn to rediscover the spiritual core of hospitality?

David Crumm: The Shirley Showalter interview: So much beneath this bonnet!

Friday May 27, 2011
Every American knows something about the Amish. However, few Americans know much about the Mennonites, a major branch of the centuries-old Anabaptist movement that today is known for its courage and generosity in peacemaking and community building. 'Blush' is a welcoming doorway into that world””a world that Shirley Showalter herself still proudly represents.

David Crumm: C.S. Lewis interview with HarperOne Publisher Mark Tauber

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm interviewed Senior Vice President and Publisher of HarperOne Mark Tauber about all of this news””and C.S. Lewis’s enduring popularity.

David Crumm: The Jane Wells interview: How a Hunger Games Bible study can fire up your congregation””and help others

Friday May 27, 2011
In Jane Wells’ new book””a Bible study for congregations, called Bird on Fire””Jane explains why The Hunger Games is such a hit with readers and moviegoers. Themes in this series of novels and movies tap deep into biblical history, including the lives of Esther, Gideon and David. The main symbols in Hunger Games echo powerful images established hundreds of years ago when mainline congregations first were sweeping across the American landscape.

David Crumm: The N.T. Wright interview on the inspiration of Paul and Psalms

Friday May 27, 2011
N.T. Wright is writing like a man on a mission, now that he has left his role as bishop to devote his remaining years to producing books that he hopes will inspire individuals and strengthen congregations. At the moment, he is publishing his longest book (1,700 pages bound into two volumes weighing in at 5 pounds) and one of his smallest books (a mere 200 pages, less than 10 ounces and small enough to tuck into a coat pocket).

David Crumm: The Brennan Manning Interview with Greg Garrett

Friday May 27, 2011
BRENNAN MANNING is the reason we’re talking with Greg Garrett this week. Since ReadTheSpirit online magazine was founded in 2007, Greg Garrett has been a frequent guest. But, The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story is unique among Greg’s long list of titles. In the months before Brennan Manning’s death on April 27, 2013, Greg collaborated with Brennan to fulfill a final wish: to write a novel embodying Brennan’s central theme about Grace.

David Crumm: 4 Things You Need to Know about Kay Lindahl

Friday May 27, 2011
If you take 1 thing away from this profile of Kay Lindahl, it should be this: She’s the woman behind The Sacred Art of Listening. As Editor of ReadTheSpirit, a well-thumbed copy of Kay’s book has been a part of my own collection of essential reading for more than a decade.

David Crumm: The Adam Hamilton interview on ”˜Making Sense of the Bible’ while growing the church

Friday May 27, 2011
Adam Hamilton wants to help congregations grow. Within his United Methodist denomination, he already has proven himself a master of church growth. Now, he is breaking out to a wider audience in his first book for HarperOne. And he wants to show congregations nationwide how to fuel revival and outreach””by starting with the Bible.

David Crumm: Interview with Barbara Brown Taylor on ”˜Learning to Walk in the Dark’

Friday May 27, 2011
But when a new Barbara Brown Taylor book arrives, this is an occasion for individual reading, small group discussion, quoting from Barbara in Sunday sermons and homilies. And for the editors at TIME: It’s a national news event.

David Crumm Interviews Bart Ehrman on "How Jesus Became God"

Friday May 27, 2011
In his new book, "How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee," Bart Ehrman asks provocative questions--the fresh approach that has made him a best-selling author.

David Crumm: The James Martin SJ inteview on ”˜Jesus: A Pilgrimage’ to Jerusalem

Friday May 27, 2011
That idea of Jerusalem as a life-changing destination runs through the popular Jesuit author James Martin’s latest book, 'Jesus: A Pilgrimage.' Read our interview with Father Martin.

David Crumm Interviews Marcus Borg on His New Book, "Convictions"

Friday May 27, 2011
Marcus Borg is back with a new book that feels like a follow up to 'The Heart of Christianity.' It’s called 'Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most' and, in this case, although the book rests on Marcus’s considerable scholarship, this book mainly explores the roles of 'experience and memory' in our spiritual journeys.

David Crumm: The Carrie Newcomer interview on ”˜A Permeable Life’

Friday May 27, 2011
Restless this summer? Eager to roam? Hoping to discover something that will energize and motivate you all year long? Then, don’t wait: Get Carrie Newcomer’s latest collection, A Permeable Life, and start singing along. Here is my interview with her.

David Crumm Interviews Brian McLaren on 'We Make the Road by Walking'

Friday May 27, 2011
While a year-long Bible study may seem like a heavy-duty return to Brian McLaren’s evangelical roots, readers quickly discover that he remains steadfastly committed to his original message all those years ago: The Christian journey is always about change.

David Crumm interviews Dr. Robert Wicks on Restoring Perspective

Friday May 27, 2011
Psychologist Dr. Robert J. Wicks is known around the world for helping to restore lives traumatized by such conflicts. He has served in the wake of massive tragedies, such as conflicts that swept across Rwanda and Cambodia. He regularly helps aid workers, medical professionals as well as men and women serving in the U.S. military.

David Crumm interviews Matthew Vines on 'God and the Gay Christian'

Friday May 27, 2011
Think of Matthew Vines as a young Gen. George S. Patton. At 24, Matthew Vines is organizing a tough, smart, highly trained force of young evangelicals who are prepared to go toe-to-toe with traditionalist Christians on the issue of whether the Bible allows LGBT inclusion.

David Crumm: The Charles Marsh interview on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and ”˜Strange Glory’

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadTheSpirit online magazine recommends Charles Marsh’s new biography, 'Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer' published by Knopf. Marsh compellingly tells the story of Bonhoeffer’s deep Christian faith, but he also more clearly describes Bonhoeffer’s life-changing experiences while studying for a year in the U.S.

David Crumm: The Bud Heckman interview on building interfaith relationships

Friday May 27, 2011
BUD HECKMAN is an interfaith Frank Lloyd Wright. This pastor, scholar and author is a global architect designing the structures we all will need””if we are to transform religious conflict into interfaith cooperation that can benefit communities worldwide. You may be meeting him for the first time because the majority of Heckman’s work takes place behind the scenes.

David Crumm: The Kurt Kolka interview on ”˜Bullying Is No Laughing Matter’

Friday May 27, 2011
Millions of American children are heading back to school””and many of them are dreading that first day, wondering: Will I be bullied? Do you know one of these kids? Be honest: Were you once one of these kids?

David Crumm: The Matthew Fox interview on Meister Eckhart and connecting peacemakers

Friday May 27, 2011
Wake up your spiritual life with best-selling author, theologian and educator Matthew Fox. In his newest book, Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times, Fox inspires us by connecting dots between the medieval German mystic Meister Eckhart””and the lives of visionary men and women in our times who we, at ReadTheSpirit, would call Interfaith Peacemakers.

David Crumm: The Naomi Schaefer Riley interview on growing your congregation

Friday May 27, 2011
Anxious Christians, watching young adults slip away from congregations by the millions, have built an entire industry around “church growth.” So, this new book by journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley is both eagerly awaited news””and a startling surprise. What's the big surprise in 'Got Religion? How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back'? Riley's extensive research, backed by the Templeton Press, shows that the advice hawked by a lot of would-be church-growth experts simply isn’t worth the money.

David Crumm: Phyllis Tickle interview: How The Spirit is transforming religious life

Friday May 27, 2011
Journalist and scholar Phyllis Tickle has written a fascinating history of how Christians have come to understand the movement of God’s Holy Spirit. Her new book (written with Jon M. Sweeney) is called 'The Age of the Spirit: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church.'

David Crumm: The Marcia Falk interview on ”˜The Days Between’

Friday May 27, 2011
Whatever your faith and whatever the season, Marcia Falk has blessings, poems and spiritual guidance to help you through a time of reflection and renewal. Her new book is called 'The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.' It's a series of reflections, readings, blessings and prayers appropriate to each day from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. But this book also is full of timeless spiritual wisdom.

David Crumm: The David Gushee Interview on ”˜Changing Our Mind’

Friday May 27, 2011
News already is spreading that America’s leading evangelical Christian ethicist, Dr. David P. Gushee, has reversed his traditional opposition to LGBT relationships in a landmark book called, 'Changing Our Mind.' ReadTheSpirit.com editor David Crumm interviewed Dr. Gushee about his new book.

David Crumm: Rob Bell and Kristen Bell bring ”˜The ZimZum of Love’

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm interviewed Rob and Kristen Bell about their new book on marriage, The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage.

David Crumm Interviews Amy-Jill Levine: Rediscovering Jesus

Friday May 27, 2011
From childhood, Christians grow up hearing the parables (the stories told by Jesus) so frequently that mentioning 'the Good Samaritan' or 'the Prodigal Son' is more likely to prompt a yawn than an inspiring reflection. But today, we promise you this: If you read this new book about Jesus’s parables, you will close the back cover with far more questions than you dreamed possible.

David Crumm: Ellen and Jane Knuth talk about ”˜Love Will Steer Me True’

Friday May 27, 2011
Whatever we thought our relationships were as we first nurtured them as children, they might someday surprise us in wondrous ways. That’s the magic of 'Love Will Steer Me True,' which Jane and Ellen Knuth have subtitled, 'A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Life, Love and God.'

David Crumm: Remembering Bible scholar Marcus Borg (1942-2015)

Friday May 27, 2011
ReadTheSpirit.com's David Crumm writes a personal reflection on the death of America’s sometimes beloved (and sometimes controversial) Bible scholar, Marcus Borg.

David Crumm: The Barbara Mahany interview on ”˜Slowing Time’

Friday May 27, 2011
After decades of writing for the Chicago Tribune, Barbara Mahany now is sharing her wonderfully engaging insights with the rest of us in Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door. As we have often found, veteran journalists understand their relationship with readers and have polish their craft until their writing feels like a conversation with a good friend.

David Crumm: The Greg Garrett Interview on our love of angels and demons

Friday May 27, 2011
An intrepid explorer of the connections between popular culture and the spiritual realms invites us to travel with him as Dante did with his guide Virgil 700 years ago into Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso””a classic tale that we know as The Divine Comedy. Our guide is Greg Garrett, a noted scholar at Baylor University and author of 20 previous books. He calls his book, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination.

David Crumm: The Benjamin Pratt interview on ”˜Short Stuff from a Tall Guy’

Friday May 27, 2011
"You hold in your hands a human heart," writes Day1 radio host Peter Wallace in the preface to Benjamin Pratt’s new book, Short Stuff from a Tall Guy: Wisdom Gleaned from Life’s Daily Journey. "It is the heart of a minister. A caregiver. A storyteller. It is the heart of a fellow sojourner on the path to a richer, fuller, more meaningful life."

David Crumm: The Doug Pagitt interview: Why do we need to be ”˜Flipped’?

Friday May 27, 2011
Doug Pagitt's new book is called 'Flipped: The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything We Know About God.' In 200 pages, Pagitt lays out his vision of a religious community that focuses far more on the way God unites us””than on our own individual claims about the little pieces of God we may own.

David Crumm: The Ragan Sutterfield interview on ”˜This Is My Body’

Friday May 27, 2011
ASHAMED of your body? Overweight? (Millions of us are.) Not attractive? Not athletic? Addicted to chocolate or cigarettes or worse? Are you wondering: Who could love such a body””including you yourself? If so””then here’s good news. Ragan Sutterfield has written a book just for us: This Is My Body””From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith.

David Crumm: The Adam Hamilton interview on ”˜Revival’ of John Wesley

Friday May 27, 2011
Much like today, the mid 1700s was 'a perfect seedbed for the revival in which [John] Wesley would play so prominent a part,' Hamilton writes in his new book, Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It. Wesley’s life parallels many religious trends today...

David Crumm: The Bob Alper interview: ”˜Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’

Friday May 27, 2011
Every day in America, someone chuckles at Bob Alper. Sometimes, hundreds laugh at him. On purpose. Alper is the world’s only practicing rabbi who also is a full-time standup comedian. Alper also is a wise teacher, a sought-after rabbi, and this is the time of the year when the vast majority of Americans””millions of Christians and Jews””are marking treasured holidays.

David Crumm: Best-selling author Rachel Held Evans on ”˜Searching for Sunday’

Friday May 27, 2011
A new book by best-selling author Rachel Held Evans is a clarion call to Christians to reclaim the great treasures within their tradition. In our new interview with Rachel, she says that too many “Christians” seem to have forgotten about the core of their faith, especially those conservatives pushing for legalized bias against LGBT men and women. The truth is: Christianity is a spiritual treasure trove, if only Christians would remember and reclaim the best of their tradition. Rachel’s interview is both provocative and filled with hope!

David Crumm: The Eileen Flanagan interview about her memoir ”˜Renewable’

Friday May 27, 2011
An early sign of spring’s renewing power is the rise of common violets, pushing heart-shaped green leaves through even the thickest thatch of winter-mottled lawns and fields. And just in time for spring, Quaker writer and activist Eileen Flanagan sends us all Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope.

David Crumm: The Martha Spong interview about her book and RevGalBlogPals

Friday May 27, 2011
What’s so delightful about Martha Spong’s new book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, is that she lets a little girl make the case in the book’s opening chapter written by the Rev. Ruth Everhart. Indignant at the injustice of her family’s church leadership refusing to ordain her mother””or any woman””young Hannah Everhart declared to her mother: "Even a first grader knows you’re a good minister. Stupid-heads!"

David Crumm: Best quotes from the Pope Francis environmental encyclical

Friday May 27, 2011
An encyclical is the highest level of teaching any pope can hope to issue from his own pen. It’s a book””in this case more than 180 pages. Today we are publishing some highlights of this enormous letter to the world””with the hope that Pope Francis’s spirit will touch you and encourage further dialogue.

David Crumm: New book from Iona’s Wild Goose invites us to recommit: ”˜We Will Seek Peace’

Friday May 27, 2011
Announcing an important new book, We Will SEEK PEACE and Pursue It, edited by Iona’s Neil Paynter and featuring contributions from authors around the world, including our own Benjamin Pratt.

David Crumm: How ”˜Changing Our Mind’ changed thousands of lives, starting with the author

Friday May 27, 2011
One year ago, Dr. David Gushee’s life changed””and so did thousands of lives he began to touch all around the world with the publication of his startling book Changing Our Mind.

David Crumm: Peacemaker Daniel Buttry publishes his best inspirational true stories

Friday May 27, 2011
Dan sometimes describes himself as a 'peace warrior.' One meaning of that phrase is Dan’s ongoing struggle with perceptions of global threats and violence from Hollywood, TV networks, newspapers and magazines. He’s not a media basher, but he says, 'So much of what we see and hear and read, these days, is governed by fear and is trying to set people up in adversarial situations.'

David Crumm: Interview with Bill Tammeus: Can Jesus bring Catholics and Protestants together?

Friday May 27, 2011
The joke in this new book’s title is funny. But, the point of the book is earnestly serious: This is a historic moment when Pope Francis and Protestant leaders might finally complete the mission of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s and link hands as Christians. The new book says: If our leaders aren’t ready to do that, then we as ordinary men and women can start the process of making friends across the great divide of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago.

David Crumm: 10 years in research, 2,000-page ”˜Study Quran’ is a religious milestone

Friday May 27, 2011
For years, millions of Christians have opened their thick “study Bibles” for personal inspiration and for discussion in the millions of Sunday School classes and small Bible-study groups nationwide. Now, an equally substantial Muslim volume, The Study Quran, joins the groaning shelves of “study Bibles” as a resource for Muslims””and for Christians who want to learn more about this closely related sister faith.

David Crumm: Debut of ”˜Jesus Christ, Movie Star’ by Edward McNulty

Friday May 27, 2011
ONLY ONE FIGURE rivals Sherlock Holmes and Santa Claus as the longest-running characters in world cinema. As veteran-faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty points out in his new book, that unique, history-spanning figure is Jesus Christ, Movie Star.

David Crumm: Diana Butler Bass on ”˜Grounded: Finding God in the World’

Friday May 27, 2011
If you are familiar with Bass’s long and distinguished career as a historian, then you know that she has been a specialist in the history of Christianity and has adapted those insights into consulting with congregations. Compared with her past volumes, this book unfolds in a powerful new blend of prose and personal reflection. She moves seamlessly from scholarly observation””to active participation in finding spiritual awakenings in everyday life.

David Crumm: Journey through Lent with inspiring guide James Martin SJ

Friday May 27, 2011
After publishing many very popular, longer-format inspirational books, James Martin is publishing a short, small volume for Lent 2016: Seven Last Words””An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus.

David Crumm: The Bart Ehrman interview on ”˜Jesus Before the Gospels’

Friday May 27, 2011
Our memories of our greatest heroes change all the time. Whether Jesus as divine has ever changed is a question for Christian theologians. But the truth is””our human memory of Jesus has changed a lot through the last 2,000 years.

David Crumm: Retired bishop John Spong on rediscovering Matthew’s Jewish roots

Friday May 27, 2011
Spring is the perfect season to explore John Shelby Spong’s new book, Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy. First, look past the book’s title””those words are a publisher’s way of reminding readers of the controversy retired Bishop 'Jack' Spong has sparked throughout most of his career. Yes, this new book is a provocative re-interpretation of gospel stories and some Christians will disagree with Spong, as usual. But, there’s so much more than mere 'controversy' in this book!

David Crumm: Ken Wilson adds a P.S. to his influential ”˜Letter’ on LGBT inclusion

Friday May 27, 2011
'Third way'””the phrase is buzzing through religious groups where members are searching desperately for some graceful and faithful way to welcome gay and lesbian members after a long history of condemning them. The Rev. Ken Wilson is widely regarded as the man who turned the 'third way' idea into a national movement.

David Crumm: Dr. David Gushee: Why ”˜none of us can walk away.’

Friday May 27, 2011
After the Orlando shootings, Gushee says, he feels compelled to remind Americans that people of faith bear a collective responsibility to speak out””because religious traditions themselves are at the core of anti-LGBT attitudes.

David Crumm: The Peter Enns interview on ”˜The Sin of Certainty’

Friday May 27, 2011
Peter Enns is content, much like the late Marcus Borg, in affirming the value of Christianity””while focusing on changing traditionalist concepts about how to read the Bible within the church.

David Crumm: Get ”˜Grounded’ this summer for spiritual renewal

Friday May 27, 2011
This summer, ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm and Christian educator Debbie Houghton invite readers to get a copy of Diana Butler Bass’s new Grounded: Finding God in the World and read along with us. For five weeks, David and Debbie will offer five reflections on Bass’s book with questions to consider. Here is Part 1 …

David Crumm: Share Your House of Worship with the World

Friday May 27, 2011
Can you find your house of worship in Wikimedia Commons? If not, you could upload one or more photos and make your community more notable to the rest of the world.

David Crumm: Get ”˜Grounded’ this summer, Part 2: Dirt, Water and Sky

Friday May 27, 2011
This summer, ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm and Christian educator Debbie Houghton invite readers to get a copy of Diana Butler Bass’s new Grounded: Finding God in the World and read along with us. For five weeks, David and Debbie will offer five reflections on Bass’s book with questions to consider. This week, Debbie offers Part 2, looking at the sections of Diana’s book on Dirt, Water and Sky...

David Crumm: The Richard Beck interview on the need to recognize the Devil: “Reviving Old Scratch”

Friday May 27, 2011
Not everyone has dismissed what Richard Beck describes as “Old Scratch” in his new book, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted. Beck is not alone in talking seriously about Lucifer.

David Crumm: Get ”˜Grounded,’ part 4: Can we see the forest for our trees? - Diana Butler Bass - Day1.org

Friday May 27, 2011
This summer, ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm and Christian educator Debbie Houghton invite readers to get a copy of Diana Butler Bass’s new “Grounded: Finding God in the World” and read along with us. For five weeks, David and Debbie will offer five reflections on Bass’s book with questions to consider. This week, David offers Part 4, looking at the sections of Diana’s book on Neighbors and Commons …

David Crumm: Glenn Wagner - God is alive and well and calling all of us

Friday May 27, 2011
A startling Pew Research Center report arrives just as thousands of congregations nationwide are gearing up for the busy autumn season.

David Crumm: America’s Father James Martin on saints, silliness and a serious need for civility

Friday May 27, 2011
Father James Martin, SJ, is one of America’s most famous Catholic priests””known for such a hearty sense of humor that he wrote an entire book about holy mirth and appeared several times on The Colbert Report. But in late 2016, Martin is deadly serious about one thing: the need to restore civility and balance to our public discourse.

David Crumm: Carrie Newcomer interview on ”˜The Beautiful Not Yet’

Friday May 27, 2011
Rising from the heart of our nation, central Indiana, comes the voice of Quaker singer-writer Carrie Newcomer in the form of a new album and a book of essays and poetry, collectively called: The Beautiful Not Yet.

Kent Nerburn: Timely Voices from Indian Country

Friday May 27, 2011
As an author, Kent Nerburn’s fingertips have been on the pulse of Indian country for three decades. Now, he has just published with New World Library, Voices in the Stone: Life Lessons in the Native Way.

David Crumm: Rediscovering pioneering women in American religion: How much do you know?

Friday May 27, 2011
To this day, the two largest religious denominations in the U.S. bar women from full ordination: the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. But that stained-glass ceiling obscures a deeper truth: Women have always been the backbone of American religious life.

David Crumm: Dave Schmelzer on the revolutionary new Blue Ocean Faith

Friday May 27, 2011
Five hundred years ago, Reformer Martin Luther nailed a manifesto for religious freedom on a church door in Germany and touched off a worldwide revolution in faith. In 2017, as we have reported, Germany is drawing pilgrims from around the world who are celebrating that anniversary. This is a timely moment for a new network of American men and women to follow Luther’s example””by publishing a manifesto calling for an end to barriers in religious life. That’s the hope of Dave Schmelzer and leaders in growing congregations from New England to southern California.

David Crumm: Greg Garrett on Crossing Myself: A spiritual pilgrimage through chronic depression

Friday May 27, 2011
Depression affects millions of men and women each year. While it is a psychiatric disorder that needs treatment, as Greg Garrett points out in Crossing Myself, depression also can be intertwined with spiritual crisis. In addition to therapy and medication, recovery can often draw on religious disciplines””and the embrace of religious communities””in restoring one’s balance.

David Crumm: Diana Butler Bass asks, ”˜What if we’ve got the story wrong?’

Friday May 27, 2011
What if we’ve been getting the story wrong? That’s the most provocative question historian, author and educator Diana Butler Bass asked a crowd at the First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, across the street from the University of Michigan’s main campus.

David Crumm: Barbara Mahany on ”˜Motherprayer: Lessons in Loving’

Friday May 27, 2011
This is a memoir spanning many years of maternal experiences by Barbara Mahany, perhaps best known from her earlier life as a beloved Chicago Tribune columnist. Even if you don’t live in the Chicago area, you may have enjoyed her columns via wire services or the Internet.

David Crumm: ”˜Never Long Enough’ helps families honor loved ones’ lives

Friday May 27, 2011
This year, the CDC reports that more than 2.6 million men, women and children will die in the U.S.””leaving tens of millions of family members grieving the loss. Year after year, this is a sad truth about life in America that most of us tend to overlook.

David Crumm: ”˜Changing Our Mind’ and finding the courage to stand with vulnerable minorities

Friday May 27, 2011
A June 1, 2017, report in The New York Times on the 'Scope of Hate' explored the collective impact of nearly 2,000 incidents of hate and bias in the U.S. in recent months. The next day, the Times reported again on the rise of roving groups of angry right-wing protesters that 'recruit battalions of mainly young white men for one-off confrontations.' While much of this fury swirls around President Trump’s actions toward Muslim and Latino minorities, millions of LGBTQ allies are on alert as well.

David Crumm: Master translator Willis Barnstone unveils ”˜Poets of the Bible’

Friday May 27, 2011
Enter the master translator Willis Barnstone, now 89 (and we may all pray for his good health to continue his work for many more years). Granted, he’s not a household name among American readers like J.K. Rowling or John Grisham, but the world’s literary treasures are grander and richer because of Barnstone’s work over many decades.

David Crumm: Justin Dillon urges us to join in ”˜A Selfish Plan to Change the World’

Friday May 27, 2011
Justin Dillon practices precisely what he is preaching. His 'riot' was a gut-level passion for combatting human trafficking””and he launched a simple, global challenge that has made a huge impact on the darkly shrouded infrastructure of modern-day slavery.

David Crumm: Robert Wicks on the enduring power of our stories in ”˜Night Call’

Friday May 27, 2011
'Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World' is Wicks' subtitle for this new book””no surprise to his regular readers. He’s been writing about resilience from this perspective for years.

David Crumm: Auden, the Psalms and Me: A hot new book about liturgy?

Friday May 27, 2011
We are recommending an intriguing new book on this often-ignored topic. And, we admit this may seem like an eccentric idea. After all, when was the last time you spontaneously started discussing 'liturgy' with your friends? Perhaps … never?

David Crumm: Peter Wallace on Getting to Know Jesus Again in Lent

Friday May 27, 2011
The global trend may be toward secularization in many regions, but certain populations are drawn toward some of the spiritual disciplines, Peter argues. 'Some of the mysterious, powerful, spiritual practices that the churches observed for centuries are being rediscovered particularly by young adults who are seeking a depth to their lives that they are not experiencing in today’s culture.'

David Crumm: Episcopal Bishop Frank Griswold on ”˜Tracking Down the Holy Ghost’

Friday May 27, 2011
Why do we need this wisdom from former Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold right now? Because, at the heart of this little book is an invitation from a survivor of conflict to walk along with him through various dramatic encounters and discover, in the end, that Spirit can guide us not only to our own individual solace””but toward re-establishing ties in a deeply divided community.

David Crumm: Remembering Billy Graham’s Crusade against Racism

Friday May 27, 2011
As a journalist, specializing in religion and diversity for more than 40 years, I’ve reported my share of stories about the Graham family. Since his death at age 99 on February 21, I have mourned Billy’s passing. As I read the coverage of his life by my colleagues nationwide, I was struck by one thought: Billy’s legacy would look a brighter if his son Franklin Graham hadn’t doubled-down on the family’s earliest bigotry.

David Crumm: Bart Ehrman on the surprisingly un-controversial Triumph of Christianity

Friday May 27, 2011
The publication of Bart’s latest book, 'Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World,' certainly is notable because it is unlikely to spark controversy. In fact, from the perspective of many traditional churchgoers who have shunned Ehrman””this new book is likely to be very popular for some its basic conclusions...

David Crumm: John Dominic Crossan on ”˜Resurrecting Easter’ and re-envisioning our relationship to Jesus

Friday May 27, 2011
How do you envision the Resurrection? It’s a timely question as 2 billion Christians around the world soon will mark the most important global holiday in this 2,000-year-old religion: Easter. (April 1 for Western Christians and April 8 for Eastern Christians in 2018.)

David Crumm: Jana Riess on re-discovery of the Christian Prayer Wheel after it was lost for centuries

Friday May 27, 2011
Do you remember the headlines about this discovery? Sara Griffiths of The Daily Mail in the UK was among many journalists around the world who reported in 2015 on the mysterious chart, which turned up when a medieval illuminated book of Gospels was placed on the auction block. In the front of that set of Gospels was a strange chart for a kind of spiritual discipline no one could decipher.

David Crumm: Stanley Hauerwas on The Character of Virtue, Letters to a Godson

Friday May 27, 2011
Would you invite Stanley Hauerwas””the famously 'angry' theologian””to become your child’s godparent and agree to write a series of letters to your son or daughter? That is what the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells and his wife did two decades ago, fully aware of the famous theologian’s 'happy anger,' as Wells describes it.

David Crumm: Jon Sweeney on the remarkable life of Phyllis Tickle

Friday May 27, 2011
Jon Sweeney’s fascinating new biography of Phyllis devotes two pages to a list of her books, but admits to readers that this is 'not a complete bibliography.' If someone eventually lists all of her publications, including manuscripts she edited plus her own ever-flowing river of journalism””the result would fill another book!

David Crumm: Rediscovering the Tree of World Religions with John Bellaimey

Friday May 27, 2011
Meet John Bellaimey””a veteran educator at the prestigious Breck School, an independent preK-12 college preparatory school in Minnesota. Breck is known for producing more than its share of Merit Scholars and sending students to Ivy League schools. Bellaimey developed The Tree of World Religions to help students understand the religious foundations of our world’s diverse cultures and nations.

David Crumm interviews Diana Butler Bass: Diana Butler Bass: Why should we feel Grateful?

Friday May 27, 2011
Nearly everyone feels grateful””or so we’re told in a national study by Pew researchers that Diana Butler Bass describes in the opening pages of her new book, 'Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.' So, if you don’t feel grateful most of the time””do you find yourself feeling like a failure? Diana admits that’s how she feels sometimes””like 'a gratitude klutz.'

David Crumm: David Finnegan-Hosey invites us to meet ”˜Christ on the Psych Ward’

Friday May 27, 2011
“Let me tell you a story.” Those are the first words in the Rev. David Finnegan-Hosey’s memoir, Christ on the Psych Ward, an inspiring book that should be read by anyone who cares about the future of congregational life in America. The personal narrative is David’s struggle to overcome his crisis with mental health. Along the way, he invites us to look at how churches can respond more appropriately to the millions of families facing these issues every year.

David Crumm: Matthew Kaemingk invites Christians and Muslims to envision a table as the core of healthy community

Friday May 27, 2011
Humility is the first value trampled into the dust of America’s stormy political conflicts these days. So, we start our coverage of Christian ethicist Matthew Kaemingk’s thought-provoking new book by pointing out that Matthew identifies true humility as a foundation for healthy interfaith relationships. If you are among our readers interested in the promising new findings emerging in humility research””then this is a a book you need to add to your bookshelf.

David Crumm: Marianne Borg on Rediscovering Marcus Borg through ”˜Days of Awe and Wonder’

Friday May 27, 2011
To borrow a couple of Marcus’s own earlier titles, this newbook could have been appropriately titled: "Meeting Marcus Borg Again for the First Time””Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary."

David Crumm: Solus Jesus: Emily Swan and Ken Wilson are following Jesus into a world where everyone feels safe

Friday May 27, 2011
Just imagine: A world where everyone feels safe. Everyone is loved. That alone is an astonishing vision in this era when each morning’s front-page headlines chronicle yet another crushing confrontation between our nation’s leaders. And then imagine: In this world shaped by Jesus’s vision of compassion and justice, everyone is invited to explore God’s goodness””because everyone recognizes that a loving God continues to remains active in our world.

David Crumm: Reviving Our Soulforce: Reesheda Graham-Washington and Shawn Casselberry Distill Dr. King’s Wisdom into Seven Pivots for Courageous Communities

Friday May 27, 2011
“Soul force is where the Spirit of God and our human resilience meet. The Spirit doesn’t override our will, nor does it bypass our humanity. The Spirit works in concert and collaboration with our ingenuity gifts and grit,” Reesheda and Shawn write in the introduction to their new book, Soul Force: Seven Pivots toward Courage, Community and Change.

David Crumm: The Original ”˜Outlaw Christian,’ Jacqueline Bussie Leaps from Despair to ”˜Love Without Limits’

Friday May 27, 2011
Based on the success of her first book, What Jacqueline Bussie did not realize is that her 'outlaw' idea was edgy and popular with her evangelical editors””until she revealed the next steps she wanted to take in her spiritual journey. In writing this new book, Bussie simply assumed that her editors would follow her lead in calling for loving relationships with actual 'outsiders'””including Muslim and LGBTQ friends.

David Crumm: C.S. Lewis Is Alive and Well! Why an Oxford-Cambridge Professor who Died 55 Years Ago Remains a Best-Selling Author

Friday May 27, 2011
Clive Staples Lewis is back! HarperOne has just released two new C.S. Lewis books that fans of the prolific Christian author should regard as magical wardrobes””literary doorways that open into the world of Lewis’s creative mind and heart.

30 Days With Abraham Lincoln: Help Us Launch a Whole New Way to Bring Americans Together

Friday May 27, 2011
Now you can join in this call to spiritually reunite our nation by becoming part of the first wave of readers of 30 Days with Abraham Lincoln—Quiet Fire. This inspirational book collects 30 stories along with links to listen to the original broadcast of each daily story as well.

David Crumm: David Gushee's ‘Changing Our Mind’ now is changing the world, one family at a time

Friday May 27, 2011
What’s so important about this world-changing book? After circling the globe and talking with families both in the U.S. and abroad, Gushee says the answer is very, very simple. “The most important thing about this book is that it helps parents love their children more,” he said in our interview this week about the release of the book’s hardback edition.

David Crumm: Greg Garrett Invites Us on a Pilgrimage through the Bible and Other Great Books

Friday May 27, 2011
Got a book lover on your holiday shopping list? Inspirational writer Greg Garrett has two wonderful books of interest to a wide range of readers interested in spirituality.