Each Friday I share some of my favorite finds related to praying or writing. If I think it could help you pray or write better, or just “be” better, I’ll include it below.

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Dr. Gregory Hillis talks about 4th and Walnut via Gregory Hillis (on this podcast, Greg dishes about his Thomas Merton class, vocation, and what Merton means to him)

Theologizing with Julian of Norwich via Fr Aidan (Alvin) Kimel (we know that Julian of Norwich was an anchoress and a mystic; was she also a theologian?)

‘I’ll Push You’: Friends, one in a wheelchair, document their Spanish pilgrimage via Emily Miller (the moving story of two friends on the Camino de Santiago in Spain)

Tourists vs. Pilgrims via Drew McIntyre (“Am I a pilgrim, or a tourist?” A good question to ask yourself every day)

Pursuing Vision Without Power or Platform via Doug Bursch (in this podcast, Doug talks about defining success in the eyes of God; take a listen if you’re feeling discouraged or alone in your ministry)

Tomorrow via Brian Allain (“Tomorrow we will write, write and not waste time . . .”)

Revision, Co-Writing, Not Giving Up, and the Voices in Your Head via Shawn Smucker (why revision is your best friend, even if it doesn’t feel like it)



Welcome to Friday Favorites! Wow, I really love this week’s favorites. Sometimes, the web is on fire. I hope you enjoy these articles and podcasts on Christian spirituality, writing, and creativity. If you have a minute, find me on Twitter (@LisaKDeam) or Facebook and let me know which favorite spoke to you the most.


Stony Cliffs & Rock Badgers: Meditations on The Rule of Saint Benedict via Father SJMC (a wonderful lectio divina reflection on St. Benedict’s rule)

Who Are You? Learn to Locate the Authentic Source of Your Identity via Christopher L. Heuertz (read an excerpt from Chris’s new book, The Sacred Enneagram)

The Least of Us via Sarah Arthur (what do you do with the realization that you can’t fix the world?)

Writing As Pilgrimage via Jennifer Ochstein (I totally get the writing-pilgrimage connection; do you?)

Martha Graham on the Hidden Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others via James Clear (creatives, do you play the comparison game or have trouble judging your own work? You need to read this)

How a Book Really Gets Made via Anne Bogel (listen to Anne talk about the process of creating a book and get a behind-the-scenes look at her new book, Reading People)

Why Being A Perfectionist Wrecks Our Creativity (& How To Avoid It) via James Prescott (on grappling with the hard truth that no piece of writing will ever be perfect)

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