Lil’ ole me

another smiling My most recent book is The Prayer Wheel, a historical devotional co-authored with the religion journalists Jana Riess and David van Biema. Over the years, I’ve published essays, profiles, news reports, Q&As, and books and movie reviews — plus occasional blog posts and listicles. My work has appeared in a range of publications including the Wall Street JournalWashington Post,, NewsweekFinancial Times, SlateChristianity TodayKilling the BuddhaBooks and Culture, Patheos, and The Shambhala Sun. Not all of my pieces are listed on this site, but some of my favorites are listed under “Some Things I’ve Written.”

Most of my writing is about religion and something. I have a Ph.D. from Boston University in religion and literature, and my main interests have been with the intersection of religion and the movies, or sports, or politics, or novels. For my dissertation, I studied the relationship between Hollywood and contemporary Christianity by looking for Christian villains in film. (There were a lot of them).

I’ve published a memoir, My Faith So Far: A Story of Conversion and Confusion. I also wrote an ebook, The Tebow Mystique. I tweet, but mostly I read.

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