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A spiritual director, contributor to Huffington Post Religion, and associate of an Episcopal monastery, John Backman writes and speaks about contemplative spirituality and its surprising relevance for today’s deepest issues. He authored Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart (SkyLight Paths) and his articles have appeared in numerous faith-based publications. He has presented at a range of conferences, including the Parliament of the World’s Religions. ...more

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John Backman I would dearly like to answer this question with the guideline I struggle to live daily: don't worry about tangible results. So much is out of our con…moreI would dearly like to answer this question with the guideline I struggle to live daily: don't worry about tangible results. So much is out of our control as writers--sales rankings, likes, fans, publishers' tastes, market demands, etc. While we can do our best to optimize any one of those, it's so easy to drive oneself nuts by making results our focus. Forget it. Write. Just. Write.

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John Backman A book about self-denial as the surest path to joy, a better self, and a better world. Clearly I need help with the title. ; ) Suggest away.
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Diving into Afghanistan

This week I’ve been reading news from Afghanistan in a spirit of…I guess the best word is repentance.

In the process I’ve found some fascinating sources. Al Jazeera has an entire Afghanistan page. Ariana News is, I think, the leading TV news medium within Afghanistan; the Daily Outlook Afghanistan claims to be the country’s “leading independent newspaper.” I read them all and look at the photos and

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