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Heidi Schlumpf
Editor, Freelance writer
Chicago, Illinois

Heidi Schlumpf is managing editor of U.S. Catholic, a monthly magazine based in Chicago and published by the Claretians. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in theological studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She also writes as freelancer for Publishers Weekly, National Catholic Reporter, and Sojourners. She has received many awards for her writing, including the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services two years in a row. Her website is www.heidischlumpf.com; she can be reached at heidi@heidischlumpf.com.

Featured Contributions


Midwives of an Unnamed Future: Spirituality for Women in Times of Unprecedented Change by Mary Ruth Broz, RSM and Barbara Flynn

This is not a book to read; it is a book to experience. The authors, both spiritual directors, have created a handbook for women who want to go deeper, for those who may struggle with institutional religion or who simply want to explore how God is present in their everyday lives.

Rounding up the Saints: Recommended Books about our Spiritual Mentors
164,504. That’s how many books come up when you search with the word “saint” on Amazon.com…But don’t worry—if you don’t have time to read tens of thousands of books, we’re here to help.

Wisdom of the Benedictine Elders:Thirty of America's Oldest Monks and Nuns Share their Lives' Greatest Lessons by Mark W. McGinnis
The old adage to “respect your elders” is easier to follow after you’ve read [this book]. Although their Depression-era childhoods, attraction to religious life at a young age, and decades of living in community may seem foreign to 21st-century readers, the insights of these spiritual seniors will resonate with seekers of any age.

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
When Anne Lamott “came out”as a left-wing Christian in her first spiritual autobiography, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (Pantheon, 1999), she struck a nerve with thousands, maybe millions, of women—and more than a few men. Now here was a Christian who didn’t make you want to gag. She was smart, sassy, and hip—and I’m not just talking about the dreads...

101 Exercises for the Soul by Bernie S. Siegel
If you’re already committed to a weekly Pilates class, a Saturday morning run, or regular visits to the Stairmaster, then it won’t be much of a stretch to learn that not only does your body need regular exercise, but so does your soul. Sometimes the spiritual life can be so focused on the interior that we forget it’s also something we should do.


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