Out of Orthodoxy

New books map the space between Chasidism and the outside world.


The Niagara River

An excerpt from the novel High As The Horses’ Bridles, published this week by Henry Holt.

by muffinbasket, via Flickr

Acts of Faith

I’d think to myself, this time I’ll thank her for taking the leap of faith that led to my birth. But always within a minute of our meeting, she’d say my boots were clunky and I had a bad haircut.

Killing the Buddha

Six-Word Journey Goes Viral

Last week, we invited readers to share their spiritual/religious journey/testimony of faith/belief/disbelief/beyond belief, etc. (Even we can’t even settle on the proper language. They all seem inadequate.) But, inspired by…


The Rosary

Bringing it down to earth.

No Kissing Sign

No French Kisses

There is a transcendent and overarching God at work. His kisses taste like chocolate.


Cartwheels in a Sari

When you grow up cult, you learn to keep your mouth shut.

By W. David Powell


This is what you do when you love someone. Not just like. Only if you’re in love.

By ashley.adcox via Flickr

Silver Trumpets

The rise and fall of a cussin’ campus Christian rock star.

Fight Scenes


To be a lover and a car thief on a Saturday morn


When Hunger Can’t Be Fed

Remembering to eat, and live, when the stuff of life becomes unpalatable.

Andre mural from Fellowship Place, painted by Erin Drake.

The Real Truth About Alien Abductions

The over-drugged and under-loved make their own way in the world, even when the FBI tries to make them forget.

Saint Nicholas

Behind the Santa Suit

Lost in Yonkers with Old Saint Nick.

"When I finally recognize his costume, I smile, shake my head, and say, 'Look at you!'"

Prime Directive

This Halloween, how about wearing a truly monstrous costume? A haunting excerpt from A Good War is Hard to Find

"I mopped thin stripes along the floor, careful to let one dry before beginning another."

The Word Made Strange

How does the son of fallen clergy rebel? He tries to become a monk. An excerpt from Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and their Son, now available in paperback.

"They don't preach, they just play
the hell out of their set..."

God and Guitars

Christian rock might not have all the answers, but for one fan and one band, it’s the questions that matter.


The Mucus

Catholics. Sex. Insert punchline here.