Read the Spirit Authors

Benjamin Pratt

Photo of author Benjamin Pratt, smiling

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Pratt is a pastoral counselor with 30 years of experience working with men and women facing a wide range of stresses and tragedies. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. […]

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Daniel L. Buttry


The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Buttry is one of the world’s leading peacemakers. He made history as the first full-time, global peace trainer and negotiator employed by a mainline denomination: American Baptist Churches (ABC), which counts the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as its most famous pastor. He works where the world is hurting […]

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David Crumm


David Crumm is known nationwide as a top journalist covering religion, spirituality and cross-cultural issues. A global correspondent In nearly 40 years of journalism, Crumm has reported from the U.S., the Middle East, Rome, Canterbury and Asia, compiling a body of work that has been honored with a long list of awards and fellowships. Among […]

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Debra Darvick


Debra Darvick understands the importance of celebrating our faith at home. Her inspiring and sometimes funny columns on finding inspiration in daily life have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Newsweek and Real Simple as well as some of the nation’s top Jewish publications: Forward, Moment, Hadassah and Reform Judaism magazine. Strengthening the Jewish Community Debra proves the […]

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Heather Jose

Heather Jose

Among cancer thrivers nationwide, Heather Jose is an inspiration as a writer, speaker and columnist for Breast Cancer Wellness magazine. She’s a leading advocate of taking charge of your battle with cancer and enlisting all forms of assistance—including family and friends, nutrition and exercise, prayer and meditation and, of course, the best of medical care. […]

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Jane Wells


Jane Wells understands the best connections between popular culture and faith. Exploring these connections can light up your life, energize your congregation’s small groups and bring men and women through the doors of your church for the first time. As a longtime journalist and an expert on media marketing, Jane Wells helps readers understand what’s […]

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Joe Grimm

Author Joe Grimm

Joe Grimm is known in newsrooms nationwide as the Ask the Recruiter columnist for Poynter, the leading website for news about journalism. He also is known as a leading advocate for diversity, the man behind innovative projects to share accurate information about groups including Arab-Americans, Asian-Americans and Native Americans. TEACHING A NEW GENERATION OF REPORTERS […]

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Michigan State University Journalism Students


As school districts across Michigan reviewed their anti-bullying policies under a six-month deadline imposed by the state, students in the Michigan State University School of Journalism decided to produce a book about bullying. Major publishing houses, today, are able to rush books through production with a huge investment and an array of top professionals—but a […]

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Najah Bazzy


Najah Bazzy is known to health-care professionals across the U.S. as an expert in cross-cultural care of patients. An experienced nurse as well as a practicing Muslim and active Arab-American, Bazzy has talked to medical schools, hospital staffs and conferences about the importance of responding to the cultural differences in America’s ever-more-diverse communities. Her ReadTheSpirit […]

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Robert Pasick


Dr. Robert Pasick holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University. For the past 30 years, as an organizational psychologist and executive coach, he has helped CEOs and their executive teams to profit during challenging circumstances. The author of five books, he has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show and NPR. He Coaches CEOs & Now Is Sharing Tips […]

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Rodger Murchison


The Rev. Dr. Rodger Murchison is a pastor and a scholar who has studied faith and grief at universities including Princeton and Oxford, where he occasionally returns to lecture about his own ongoing work in the field. Until his recent retirement, Dr. Murchison served for many years at a church in August, Georgia, where he conducted […]

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Rodney Curtis


Rodney Curtis is the Spiritual Wanderer. That’s the title of his first book and explains his appeal: He’s an ordinary person like you and me. He’s a father, a husband, a pet lover and a guy who simply hopes to flop out of bed, find a frozen coffee to sip and start his day. But, […]

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Suzy Farbman


Suzy Farbman has entertained millions as a writer for newspapers and popular magazines. Oprah introduced Suzy to Americans in a new role—as an author sharing her hard-earned wisdom about saving a troubled marriage. That was Suzy’s first book, Back from Betrayal. Suddenly, readers nationwide were seeking Suzy’s advice about relationships. Yet, at the height of […]

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The Women of WISDOM


Too often in the heat of conflict, men stop talking. That’s what happened during one global crisis when four courageous women from different religious backgrounds decided they could make a difference by forming a new cross-cultural network of friends. Even as world leaders refused to talk and other community leaders were polarized, these women pledged […]

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Warren Petoskey


Warren Petoskey is an elder of the Waganakising Odawa and Minneconjou Lakotah nations. He is a writer, artisan, musician and dancer—and lectures on the infamous history of Indian boarding schools. He and his wife Barbara, whose ancestors survived the Trail of Tears, live in Michigan. Warren’s passion as a writer and teacher is to convey […]

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