Posts Tagged ‘ religion ’

Meet Malcolm Tully, Reluctant Cult Leader

June 14, 2013
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Malcolm Tully, the young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, would never dream of joining a religious cult, let alone leading one. But when he starts a discussion group to liven up Saturday nights at the shop, events quickly spiral out of control. Kathleen Maher‘s book “Diary of a Heretic” is a comic novel about the outlandish rise and fall of Religion Without Rules, a spiritual movement with Malcolm as reluctant leader and…

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How Our Brain-Stories Can Run Our Lives

April 5, 2013
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Who’s telling the story of your life, you or your brain? Searching for reasons her promising life had crumbled into obsessive thoughts and deep depression, Karen Lawrence uncovered an enigmatic past filled with deception, religious fanaticism and abuse. Now in her book “What My Heart Saw,” Karen merges fragments of childhood memory, current scientific research and insights gleaned from practicing mindfulness.to produce a deeply personal account of how our brain-stories can run our lives without…

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What a Pain It Is, Being a Messiah

March 18, 2013
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Magic!Prophecies!Cultists!Demons!…. and Oliver?? Oliver Kirkle had a normal life — until prophecies got in the way. In Eric Guindon‘s debut novel “The Reluctant Messiah” a multitude of cults, each with its own interpretation of the prophecies, think Oliver is their messiah. And unfortunately for Oliver, that’s about the only thing they agree on. “The Reluctant Messiah” is a dark comedy about a clueless supposed messiah trying to understand his true destiny. More below the media…

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