Skeptic’s Guide

The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Practices: Prayer

Last week I started watching Netflix’s new adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. I was skeptical. Having been raised on the 1980s version starring Megan Follows, I couldn’t fathom another actress embodying the iconic role of Anne Shirley in quite…

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Direction: Lament

In middle school I went on a summer wilderness trip at Bible camp. At the end of the two weeks of canoeing and backpacking through the buggy Wisconsin woods, I spent twenty-four hours on a “solo”—a time of prayer, fasting,…

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Practices: Spiritual Direction

Mary’s house is clean. She has no laundry piles on the couch, the floor is free of Legos, and a white pillar candle is always burning on the coffee table when I creak open the front door. It’s a peaceful…

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Practices: Retreat

Last month I arrived puffy-eyed and haggard at a writers’ workshop on Whidbey Island, just north of Seattle, Washington. The emotional whiplash from the presidential election a week prior, combined with work and at-home stress, had left me feeling crunched…

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Spiritual Practices: Introduction

This spring marked ten years since I graduated from a conservative evangelical college. It is where I met my husband back when he still believed in God. Friends I haven’t seen since graduation, the ones whose faces I remember only…

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