What is the most exciting book you
have read in the last year? What did you find so interesting or compelling?
I read so much - it's hard to choose the most
exciting. But I'd say it's Rene Girard's I Saw Satan Fall Like
Lightning. I think Girard is a historically significant thinker whose
work has profound implications for Christian theology, and this is his most
Of all the figures in the Bible (or
other sacred texts), with whom would you wish to spend a day, and what would
you hope to learn?
I would love to take
a long walk with Jesus and ask him questions about "the kingdom of
God," although I would expect the experience to be profoundly
life-altering, not simply "interesting!" It would also be fascinating
to talk with Mary and get her perspective on Jesus' life and work.
What in your view is the greatest
challenge facing people of faith today?
are so many, but most central is rediscovering the good news that Jesus
proclaimed - which is not an evacuation plan for heaven but a transformation
plan for humanity on earth.
In your most recent book, Naked
Spirituality: A Life with God in Twelve Simple Words, you
invite your readers to “skinny-dip in the river of sacredness.” What is your
favorite way of skinny-dipping?
me, simply getting out in God's creation is ideal ... I'm a great lover of
birds, plants, and other wildlife, and in creation I sense God's wisdom and
beauty coming to me in surprising and enchanting ways.
Can you describe the
Christianity you gave your heart to? What do you consider the essence of being
I wasn't so attracted to the outer apparatus of the church - buildings,
parking lots, organs, guitars, programs, sermons, and so on. I was attracted to
Jesus as a radical leader in the way of love. To me, the essence of being a
Christian is learning how to love as Christ loved us.
What question do you wish we would
You've asked great ones, but
here's one more: What has been one of life's greatest surprises for you?
(Answer: the joy of being a grandparent!)