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A reader writes

Just finished reading "The Girl with the Dove Tattoo." I'm really digging your fiction, and I'm looking forward to more in the future.

"Dove Tattoo" got me to thinking about how far too often we twist prophets' words around to suit our own system of violence and oppression. In fact, the other day I was talking to some friends on Facebook about how sometimes I feel like being a part of Christianity--or any religion, for that matter--is being a part of a global system of injustice and oppression. You would think I'd know by now that religion doesn't always equal oppression. But for some reason I still have trouble separating the two.

I think your concern is near the heart - for many people - of the "spiritual but not religious" phenomenon. They distance from religion because it seems to closely allied with hostility. Can religious identity build benevolence instead of hostility? That's the big question I wrestle with in JMBM, which will be out in just over two months!