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Mid-Faith Crisis
January 03, 2018
We've all heard about the mid-life crisis. But what about a mid-faith crisis? That feeling that somewhere along your spiritual journey, God just disappeared...
Wandering in the Spiritual Desert January 03, 2018
Some say it's like the common cold, or a run-of-the-mill dry spell in an intimate relationship. There are times when people of faith feel, for a while, far from God. Former NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty sits down with two spiritual scholars to talk about their own experiences with "the dark night of the soul" and how they get through it. Hagerty's Christianity Today article on mid-faith ennui is here. From 2016.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, author of Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
Kathleen Norris
, author of Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
Father James Martin, Jesuit priest and author of 
My Life with the Saints

Mother Teresa famously experienced a sprirtual dry spell for 50 years. In 2007, her private letters revealed that she felt that God had abandoned her. “If I ever become a saint—I will surely be one of ‘darkness,'” she wrote in September of 1959. 
Catherine Roberts
Learning to Love the Dark Night of the Soul January 03, 2018
Fear of the dark... many of us remember that feeling from childhood. As we get older, we can become fearful of other kinds of darkness: the emotional blackout of depression, or the spiritual gloominess of doubt. Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor offers a different way of looking at darkness, not as something to be feared, but as something to be embraced. From 2014.

Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Learning to Walk in the Dark
Courtesy Shalom Auslander
Shalom Auslander: Incurably, Miserably Religious January 03, 2018
Shalom Auslander has got a bone to pick with God. Raised an Orthodox Jew, he reflects on what he learned about the Big Man Upstairs - an angry god who writes rules, punishes you for eating a cheeseburger, and walks around drunk in His underwear.From 2008.

Shalom Auslander, author of Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir