Back in December a shortened version of my story “Baptism” was published in a literary journal called RELIEF: A Quarterly Christian Expression. The Christian Right has rubbed me so far the wrong way (I mean, really far) that I had felt real misgivings about submitting the story to this journal. On the other hand, they seemed relatively open-minded (“Christian writing unbound” is their slogan), and I felt my story about a Mormon boy and his adopted Navajo brother had some truth to speak to such an audience, so I sent it anyway.
It felt good to see the story in print (besides in my book), and the editor subsequently invited me to write a guest post for their blog. Again I felt reticent at first (my ego: I don’t want people thinking I’m Christian!), but I enjoyed recapping how my journey toward publication of my book coincided with my entry into nonduality philosophy. And now I see how the blog’s title, A Writer Wrestling with Unity, has another meaning as well: I’m confronting my own resistance to inclusivity, to embracing the “other,” even as I learn the truth of our oneness.
The guest blog appeared in February. I hope you’ll read it:
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