Somewhere between ultra-right wing fundamentalists and the New Atheists are millions of Americans trying to find a balanced middle ground between rational science and deep spirituality. No one has spoken for this great, silent majority?until now. Among those leading the exploration of the vast middle ground is Frank Schaeffer, artist, father, political commentator, and author of Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes In God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace.
“We’re never too old to learn from a good story,” says Paul Smith, author of Parenting With A Story: Real-Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share. Smith calls on extensive research into storytelling along with years of experience with children to demonstrate the power of a great personal story, providing 101 compelling real-life stories that will deliver something substantial about themselves and how they treat others.
In Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes In God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace, Schaeffer shares insights brought on by deep reflection using family, art, conversation and the words of great thinkers to explain his own path to redemption and embrace the paradox in the book?s title. He discusses why art is central to understanding God, sex, education, politics, religion, love, relationships, and the very ?Why?? of existence. He shows how living an ethical life seeking transcendent spiritual beauty is to contemplate that meaning without fear. Frank Schaeffer is a bestselling author, movie director, blogger, speaker, fine artist, father of three, grandfather of five, and a survivor of polio. He has appeared on Oprah, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Today Show, Rachel Maddow and many more.
Paul Smith is a popular keynote speaker and corporate trainer in leadership and storytelling techniques, and a former executive and 20-year veteran with Procter and Gamble. Parenting With A Story: Real-Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share is a follow-up of sorts to his widely praised Lead with a Story, and focuses on stories that show a hero struggling and succeeding in a way that is both meaningful and interesting to children, helping parents to reach and teach their kids using the power of a great story. Smith’s work has appeared in many publications including the Wall St. Journal, Time, Forbes, The Washington Post, and Success.
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