Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr

I've only ever read Fr. Richard Rohr's work in audiobook format, but honestly, I need to be buying his books in print so I can underline and put sticky notes everywhere. In Everything Belongs, he explores the radical freedom that comes through believing "that we have no real access to who we really are except in God." Rohr discusses how civil religion and cultural Christianity miss a sense of the whole. They're perfunctory. "The great commandment is not 'thou shall be right,' it is 'be in love.'" When he reminds us that God receives all, he means literally all. Our ego is constantly comparing and dividing. It's responsible for our dualistic thinking. Our true self—our soul—gives space for all. I…

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The Predatory Animal Ball by Jennifer Fliss

The Predatory Animal Ball is Jennifer Fliss's debut collection of flash fiction (extremely short stories) about people left in the wake of predators. These stories will expand your idea of how the word "predator" is defined in sharp, clever, and wonderfully absurd ways. (If you like magical realism or fabulism, you'll love this book!) Some of the stories are full of dark humor, some are heartwrenching, and some are downright horrifying. I enjoyed the variety in style among these stories, and how they're all united by a common theme: predators are everywhere. Flash fiction has to say a lot in such a ridiculously brief amount of time. Fliss makes every single phrase an active participant in the story, whether it's…

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