John Backman
Most Recent Book Title
Why Can't We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart
Book Description
Think of an issue that makes your blood boil. Now imagine lunch with a friend who is just as passionate about it—on the other side. How can the two of you even broach the issue, let alone hear each other with curiosity and compassion?

One answer begins long before the lunch does, with an inner transformation that ancient practices of Christian spirituality can address. By describing that transformation and how to cultivate it, Why Can’t We Talk? Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart prepares spiritually minded people of many stripes to approach their adversaries with curiosity, civility, and compassion.
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Author bio
A spiritual director, speaker, nonbinary person, and quasi-hermit, John Backman has written for 10 years about ancient spirituality and the unexpected ways it collides with postmodern life. This includes a book (Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart) and personal essays in such places as Tiferet Journal, Amethyst Review, The Sunlight Press, and Belmont Story Review.
Professional Speaker Topics
spirituality, dialogue, listening, gender identity, LGBTQ+
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

If you will, you can become all flame. --Abba Joseph, ancient desert sage

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