Guest blogger Kim Shippey is a full-time writer and editor in Boston.
I have always loved Poetry magazine without realizing what an inspiring story lies behind the seesaw life experience of its editor for the past decade, Christian Wiman.
His new book of essays, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), reveals that even through the secularism of his college days, which led to disillusionment and a break with his childhood church in West Texas, he never actually lost his faith. It just lay dormant until love and a bout with cancer unearthed it.
In an interview with the magazine Christianity Today (January/February, 2013), Wiman describes how religious feeling went underground for him. In the midst of all the contradictory influences and emotions that besieged him, he suffered a writing drought such as he had never known before.
Then, eight months after he had fallen “suddenly and utterly” in love with the woman who is now his wife, he received a surprise diagnosis of cancer, and he was plunged back into despair.
He and his wife found themselves saying little prayers together before dinner and one day wandered into a church. A couple of days later he started to write. It wasn’t so much a “return” to Christianity, he explains, as an assent to the faith that had long been latent in him. Continue reading →
Today’s guest blog is written by Boston, MA resident, and longtime journalist, Kim Shippey. Kim enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and playing sports. He is currently a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication.
Ingenious advances in medical research have taught us more in ten years than in ten decades about mental health, especially in areas such as acute depression, loss of memory, and post-traumatic and obsessive–compulsive disorders.
Through exhaustive surveys, extensively and conscientiously covered in the news media, we’ve learned much about warning signs, and heightened our ability to take speedier ameliorating human footsteps. Continue reading →
This week kids (and adults) will disguise themselves in masks, makeup, and costumes to celebrate Halloween.
Whether or not you relate to this end-of-October tradition, it provides an interesting lesson on fear and reality. Because theoretically it’s the one time no one can truly be tricked by appearances.
We all know that behind every frightening or creative disguise is the real person–your neighbor down the street, your child’s friend from school, your grandchild. My son was instantly transformed in his white “Morph” mask, made with a fabric that allows you to see and breathe despite appearances. But it’s easy to see that when the mask comes off or the makeup is washed away, nothing has changed about the person behind it.
Isn’t it just as important to uncover the masks behind the issues of daily life? I often think Continue reading →
On a recent flight home from Northern California, I dashed for my next gate with just enough time to purchase lunch at a kiosk in the Dallas airport. If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s being hungry on a plane with no food.
“My husband doesn’t need two seats,” a petite redhead piped up in the waiting area, briskly moving a black carry-on and a newspaper out of my way.
“We’ve been in Alaska for ten days,” she continued to chatter as I settled into the seat next to her and munched on raw veggies with ranch sauce before we boarded. Continue reading →
Today’s News & Culture update: A look at the power of thought and prayer in treating cancer, as well as the ethical side of placebo treatment. Below are excerpts with links to read the full articles. These ideas/findings are significant and point to the changes taking place regarding healthcare.
I think it’s also heartening to take it a step beyond the human mind with the knowledge that there is one infinite, divine Mind controlling our thought and action and that “The human thought must free itself from self-imposed materiality and bondage” since ultimately “mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease” (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 191 and 482)
“After many grueling hours of treatment, numerous trips to the doctor’s office, and thousands of dollars spent on medication, many patients are still left battling for their lives. So what else can they do? Where else can they look? The answer might be closer Continue reading →