My name is John.

I enjoy trying to say original, provocative and new things that are anchored in ancient, Christian orthodox wisdom.

I’m not interested in getting you to join or quit anything.

I’m here to help you and help you help others get unstuck and figure out what is the next, right step.

Let’s do this.



Metanoia is the greek word for “to change one’s mind.”

Below are a number of my personal favorite books including and beyond the ones I share in the video above.  Each one has helped me “to change my mind” about many a topic in life.

Read them at your own caution.  They will disrupt your life in the best way possible.


  • No Man is an Island and New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
  • The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • The Enneagram and Falling Upward by Fr. Richard Rohr
  • Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault
  • The Showings by Julian of Norwich
  • The Writings of St. Francis
  • The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
  • Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Spiritual Disciplines by St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • Purity of Heart and Works of Love by Soren Kierkegaard
  • The Confessions by St. Augustine


  • Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth
  • I and Thou by Martin Buber
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Soul’s Journey into God by St. Bonaventure
  • The Divine Milieu and The Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  • Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton
  • The Unbearable Wholeness of Being by Ilia Delio
  • Any book by Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Evangelical, Ecumenical and Reformed by George Hunsinger
  • Incarnation and Atonement by TF Torrance


  • Why Did I Do That? by Joseph Burgo
  • Spiral Dynamics by Beck and Cowen
  • Spiral Dynamics in Action edited by Don Beck
  • A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedmann
  • Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero
  • People of the Lie by Scott Peck
  • Beyond Codependency by Melody Beattie