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    The Myth of the Happy Parent

    The Myth of the Happy Parent

    This one comes to us from our friend, Samuel Son.

    We just threw a sixth birthday party for my third and youngest (and last) child. It got me thinking that in the last ten years of my life, raising three tiny human beings, I had been tempted to drive away to Costa Rica–or the bordering state–drive off a cliff or jump in front of an Amtrak more times than I can count. I don’t remember my existence before the kids. Those years of freedom appear like foggy dreams. I don’t remember the last time I had two straight solitary nights, or went…

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    Drunk Theology with Robert Farrar Capon

    Drunk Theology with Robert Farrar Capon

    This one comes from our friend Joshua Retterer, just in time for the release of Capon’s never-before-published collection of essays, More Theology and Less Heavy Cream, available today! Head over to our store to get your copy!

    Reading Robert Farrar Capon sometimes feels a bit like watching Drunk History. You do a lot of mental tallying, while realizing the comedians and actors, in an inebriated state, get closer to the truth than some of the the more studious historians do. Case in point, check out Lin-Manuel Miranda’s recent appearance on Drunk History explaining the Hamilton/Burr rivalry. Capon was no different. The side effect…

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    On Failing French and Prayer

    On Failing French and Prayer

     This one comes to us from our friend, Cort Gatliff.

    When my wife, Abby, and I were dating, she told me not to bother trying to marry her unless I was willing to move to France, where she could perfect her near-fluent command of the French language. Assuming this ultimatum fell into the category of “things idealistic twentysomethings say after two glasses of wine,” I agreed. But just a year into our marriage, she called my bluff. We’re now living in an attic apartment above a pharmacy in a small, grey town in northern France.

    Abby, who is teaching English at a…

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    Announcing More Theology & Less Heavy Cream by Robert Farrar Capon!

    This is such an honor. A dream come true even–if we’d been bold enough to dream that big. Today we can finally announce the release of More Theology & Less Heavy Cream: The Domestic Life of Pietro and Madeleine, a brand new title from the late Robert Farrar Capon. Father Capon has been one of Mockingbird’s guiding lights since our founding in 2007, and we had the distinct privilege of conducting his final interview before he passed away in 2013. Suffice it to say, More Theology and Less Heavy Cream is an indispensable look into Capon’s own kitchen (and soul).


    The blurb reads as follows:

    “A dash of theology. A pinch of satire. The unmistakable smell of roasted lamb. Father Capon is back. More Theology & Less Heavy Cream collects 27 essays from the much-missed theologian, writer, and chef, featuring him and his wife’s lovable alter-egos, Pietro and Madeleine. Armed only with oven mitts and a razor-sharp wit, this unforgettable couple spars over God, food, grace, and everything in between.”

    Pre-order your copy today! Available at other outlets this coming Monday, December 5.

    P.S. This is the first of five out-of-circulation Capon books that we’ll be publishing over the next 18 months!

    P.P.S. Order both of our new publications together and save some cash. We call it the “Capon Condon Combo”.

    Announcing Churchy: The Real Life Adventures of a Wife, Mom, & Priest by Sarah Condon!

    Well, it’s that time of year again! The ubiquity of Mariah Carey heralds the thrill of hope and the pressure of gift-giving–and the release of new Mockingbird publications. We could not possibly be more excited to present you with the first of the two:


    “One woman’s hilarious and deeply touching dispatch from the trenches of contemporary life, Churchy traces the fingerprints of grace from hospital hallways to community swimming pools to church nurseries and back again. Unflinchingly honest yet unfailingly hopeful, Rev. Sarah is a genre unto herself. You’ve never had this much fun going to church.”

    Pre-order your copy today and it will ship on Monday!

    Falling Into Grace, Part Two – John Newton

    Such a privilege to offer up the second half of John Newton’s wonderful presentation in Oklahoma City on his (wonderful) book Falling Into Grace. Click here to watch part one.

    Falling Into Grace, Part Two – John Newton from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    Silence of the Turkeys?

    Silence of the Turkeys?

    Here’s another one from Joshua Retterer:

    Thanksgiving was good this year. The food was tasty. There was no drama, at least that I was aware of. We’re a family predominantly of introverts. For this I am thankful.

    I decided to take full advantage of the long weekend off and keep as quiet and inactive as possible. No Black Friday shopping for me. For this I am thankful.

    Browsing Youtube, I caught the jaw-dropping trailer for Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. I immediately felt a stab of guilt. His book is gathering dust on my bookshelf unread. I know I should read it,…

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    How Hans Urs von Balthasar Stopped Up His Ears

    An incisive passage from Hans Urs Von Balthasar’s Heart of the World, ht Clayton Hornback:

    heart-of-the-worldI’ve been a person who has fulfilled his religious obligations. I am a practicing Christian. I am a good Catholic. Sundays I’ve always been in church. I’ve made my Easter duty. I’ve paid my tithes. I’ve given my alms. I’ve always said my morning and evening prayers. I have always been to confession and they’ve always been valid. I have made my nine First Fridays (which, after all, have given me a kind of insurance before God, sanctioned by the Church). I’ve gone to Communion every Sunday. I’ve communicated daily.

    ‘I have, I have’. What I’ve done with my religion is raised up walls against God. By my practices I have stopped up my ears to God’s call. Quietly, imperceptibly, everything which could have been life has become a mechanism behind which my soul has laid itself to rest.

    Lazaretto, or Where Is That Moral Progress I Was Promised? – Scott Johnson

    Here comes the next video from Oklahoma, and the first of the breakout sessions. This one arrives courtesy of Dr. Scott Johnson, our resident expert in classical Greek and all things White Stripes-related:

    Lazaretto, or Where is that Moral Progress I was Promised? – Scott Johnson from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    Mockingbird Asks Polly: Our Interview with Heather Havrilesky

    Mockingbird Asks Polly: Our Interview with Heather Havrilesky

    Another sneak peek into the Mental Health Issue, folks. Order up! They’re going going going…

    We first came across the name “Heather Havrilesky” back in 2011, when The New York Times Magazine published a column under her name comparing two television shows set in high school, Friday Night Lights and Glee. She noted how the former found beauty in the fragility and uncertainty of life, and virtue in selflessness, while the latter seemed to revolve around the bold-faced pursuit of personal glory and vindication. Here was someone putting fresh words to some of our favorite themes, with a wit and compassion…

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    The Gospel Monday Through Friday – Alex Large

    The second video from OKC is here! And it’s a wonderful one, courtesy of Mbird stalwart Rev. Alex Large. Enjoy:

    The Gospel Monday through Friday: Glimpses of Grace in Relationships – Alex Large from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

    When God Speaks To You (Personally) Through a Movie

    When God Speaks To You (Personally) Through a Movie

    Here’s one from someone named Paul Zahl:

    I think we’re all agreed that movies and television have the power to help us abreact (i.e., bring to the surface) grief, feel (vicariously) painful emotions, and illustrate in arresting ways the Grace of God. It has almost been a “plank” in the platform of the Mockingbird project, that the visual arts, together with music, are marvelous ways in which profound convictions and universal experiences can be conveyed and observed.

    I’d like to take this just a little further — “Just a Little Bit” (Beau Brummels). I’d like to ask you the question: Through what…

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