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Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey” – Part Two
R: I was interested about your take on how the BDSM community was angry at the book. You said, “The whole point is that both parties are supposed to enjoy the act itself.” (Loc. 956, Kindle). Apparently, James got the BDSM part wrong as well. Have you had members of the BDSM community agree with you on this point? C: Actually, I have – both in public discussion, and in private conversations. The main themes I’ve seen are as follows: -          BDSM sex (like all consensual sex) isn’t about willfully imposing your needs and desires on another person. It’s about...
Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey” – Part One
E. L. James “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy has sold millions upon millions of books. Her success has been accredited to all sorts of things. She has critics as well as fans, an upcoming movie and just announced a book on writing tips. I was browsing Amazon recently and came across a work by Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey: A (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.” She also has companion novels for the other two works in the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Lighter: A (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to ‘Fifty Shades Darker” and “Lighter Shades Freed: A...
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Interview With Civitas Author Joy Wilson
I found a chance to catch up with Joy Wilson, author of “Uncensored Prayer: The Spiritual Practice of Wrestling With God.” After reading it and reviewing it, I had a few questions for her. Her book had already challenged my prayer life so I wanted to dig just a little bit deeper. RC: I loved your book and I want to ask some really detailed questions about it in a minute, but I want to get to know you a little better first. You’re very honest about your life and who you are, but I want to know some superfluous...
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Author Jim Palmer Uncensored – Part 3
In this third of a three part interview, I got to ask Jim about his desire to fade into the woodwork and what it mean to self-publish his book Being Jesus In Nashville. If you’d like to support Jim, consider contributing to his Being Jesus In Nashville self-publishing campaign....
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Author Jim Palmer Uncensored – Part 2
In this second of a three part interview, I got to ask Jim about his experience with his publisher and what went wrong. In part 3, Jim shares his experience of wanting to fade into the woodwork and what it meant to self-publish Being Jesus in Nashville.  Stay tuned....
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Author Jim Palmer Uncensored – Part 1
Jim Palmer has always been an iconoclast of sorts. A wildly popular writer of the book Divine Nobodies, which asked what it meant to shed religion and follow Jesus, Jim emblazoned a new but very old trail and captured the imagination of a restless and growing audience. With his follow up work, Wide Open Spaces, Jim continued the the journey he started by asking what it meant to discover and experience God beyond religion.  But little did he know that those two books would lead Jim into a wild journey into the highs of fame and the lows of bankruptcy,...
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Why Pastor Appreciation Is Vital To Church Health
The joke is that no one goes into ministry for the money, a truism for many ministry leaders and volunteers today. But there is another kind of currency to thank and support those who have made it their occupation to serve the Lord, Dr. Paul White says, and that is through appreciation. Dr. Paul White is a psychologist and business consultant with over 20 years of experience in “making work relationships work,” and now, teamed up with coauthor Dr. Gary Chapman, they have released The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. Below, Dr. White answers a few questions about how appreciation can breathe new...
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