Apostates Anonymous

By Taffy Brodesser-AknerThe New York Times MagazineApril 3, 2017 On Thursdays, the nonprofit organization Footsteps hosts a drop-in group for its membership of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews, who mostly refer to themselves as “off the derech.” “Derech” means “path” in Hebrew, and “off the derech,” or O.T.D. for short, is how their ultra-Orthodox families and friends…

Book Review: The Steps of My Life

by Lynn Russo Overview A Soul-full poetic journey through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Poet, Lynn Russo, through her own struggle with alcohol, having hit rock bottom and entering into recovery invites the reader into a lifelong dalliance with the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) through her poetry and writings. From the…

Book Review: God Explained

Books News Desk Oct. 31, 2016  After observing prejudice based on religion at his workplace, author Miles Barnett decided to write a book on how various religions view God. “GOD EXPLAINED” allows individuals to perceive and understand when religious prejudice is being brought forth. In this book, readers are shown how 30 religious groups and denominations…

How Iceland Kicked Teen Drinking

In the last two decades, Icelandic teens have embraced sobriety under a program that asks families and communities to rethink adolescent freedoms. by Sara Miller LlanaThe Christian Science Monitor Weekly/January 2, 2018  DECEMBER 29, 2017 REYKJAVIK, ICELAND —In the late 1980s, when Björgvin Ívar Guðbrandsson was a teenager, alcohol and school dances went hand-in-hand. While…

Book Review: Why Buddhism is True

The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment By Robert Wright Review by Antonio Damasio Anyone writing (or reading) about Buddhism faces a critical question. What is Buddhism, really? A religion, complete with supernatural deities and reincarnation? A secular philosophy of life? A therapeutic practice? An ideology? All of the above? Robert Wright sketches an…