J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Stop Distress Over Distress: Self-Respect in a World of Suffering

A caution about a common coping mechanism.

How Telling Your Story Helps

What good does it do to talk about your struggles? Read on….

Let the Tears Break Free

On respecting your tears after loss.

Grieve Your Dreams, Renew Your Hopes

On renewing your hopes in the new year.

Suffering Without Shame: How the Second Beatitude Changed Me

On the joy of not having to be happy….

Validation and Comfort

In the aftermath of my father’s death, I revisit this post for some important reminders.

Facing Failure: The Secret to Spiritual Maturity and Resilience

Why telling your story of living through failure can be gold for your kids.

Fruit from a Good Death: Nouwen’s Secret to Living Well

  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). After his near-death experience (see previous post), Henri Nouwen offered more helpful reflections on death. He believed in the afterlife and wrote of it as an extension of God’s love. But neither sulphuric odors from Hades nor perfumed scents from the sweet […]

Wild Goose Festival 2016: Mourning and Dancing by the River

On a spirited gathering in a sacred place.

Orlando: Don’t Give In To Numbness

How are you handling the anguish over Orlando?