Category Archives for "Spirituality"

Is Soul-Care Right for You?
Apr 10

Soul-Care: What It Is; What It Isn’t

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , life coaching , Religious Recovery , self-care , self-esteem , Spirituality

Soul-Care: What It is, What It Isn’tSoul-Care is an interpersonal relationship in which a mentor partners with another person who longs to unclutter their soul and heal their image of God and self.Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from PixabayReconciliationIf you’ve heard the theological buzzword “deconstruction” tossed around, Soul-Care is a way to deconstruct your faith […]

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How to Listen to My Audiobook Absolutely Free
Mar 20

How to Listen to My Audiobook Absolutely Free

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , Depression , faith , Mental Health , mindfulness , podcast , Religious Recovery , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , Spirituality , stress management

​To encourage and inspire you during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I’​m releasing the entire audiobook of Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, absolutely free.From the back cover: What if you could experience a new level of freedom, strength, healing, and energy? Too many people are overwhelmed and holding onto […]

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On Giving Up Fear-Based Theology
Mar 16

On Giving Up Fear-Based Theology

By Guest Blogger | Current Events , faith , Religious Recovery , Spirituality

For Lent, I am Giving Up Fear-Based TheologyImage by James Chan from PixabayPerfect love casts out fear—such an active verb phrase. One imagines a hefty seizing by the neck-scruff and an ignominious hurling out of a doorframe. (Anyone else picturing swinging saloon doors and a random horse tied to a nearby post?  No? That’s just me?  Damn, […]

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VIDEO: Growth Begins with Acceptance
Oct 27

Growth Begins with Acceptance

By Steve Austin | Bible study , Messy Grace , Spirituality , Videos

​Growth Begins with AcceptanceWhat if the story of Jonah and the whale isn’t about a guy and a big fish at all? What if it’s a story about ​how growth begins with acceptance?Then Jonah prayed to his God from the belly of the fish. He prayed: “In trouble, deep trouble, I prayed to God. He […]

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Life-Giving Practices for Weary Parents
Oct 02

Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , faith , Family , Parenting , podcast , self-care , Self-help , Spirituality , stress management

Welcome to episode 33 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast. I’m so excited for you to hear this conversation ​with Courtney Ellis about life-giving spiritual conversations for weary parents. ​​I often tell people that parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love. You’re still trying to figure out who you are, deal with your own baggage, […]

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Podcast: When You Feel Like You Can't Go On (with Steve Austin)
Sep 11

Podcast: When You Feel Like You Can’t Go On

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , podcast , Recovery from a Suicid... , Spirituality

Image by Marta Matyjas from PixabayIn the wake of the passing of Christian pastor and author Jarrid Wilson by suicide at age 30, my friend Jason Elam (host of the Messy Spirituality Podcast) reached out to me to share my story of nearly dying by suicide, and my journey back to life. With the Wilson family’s […]

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the velveteen rabbit, impossible magic, and authentic faith
Aug 04

GUEST POST: The Velveteen Rabbit, Impossible Magic, and Finding Authentic Faith

By Steve Austin | faith , Spirituality

”Deconstruction” has been a difficult concept for me to accept as a personal experience. Not because I’ve never questioned my faith and morality and worldview, nor am I disinterested in other’s journeys. And it’s not only because “deconstruction” as a thing has totally jumped the shark. What I struggle to accept is that someone once was not asking […]

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It's depression, not demon possession.
Jul 21

Guest blog: It’s Depression, Not Demon Possession

By Steve Austin | Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality

Joy sat at the table, her eyes big and watery. “You know, my depression has been going on for a while, but my husband doesn’t believe me when I say I’m depressed. Instead, he took me to our pastor and asked him to cast out the demon inside me.” Photo by Ben White on Unsplash […]

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Finding God in Stillness
Jun 11

Finding God in Stillness

By Steve Austin | faith , guest post , mindfulness , self-care , Spirituality

​We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.” – Ruth Haley BartonWhiskey & GodI transitioned out of deconstruction and started rebuilding my spirituality at the beginning of 2018. That New Year’s weekend, I sat on the back porch of the beach house we rented, […]

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Why I'm Trying Out Church Again for the First Time
May 26

Why I’m Trying Out Church Again for the First Time

By Steve Austin | #ConfessYourChurchMess , Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Millennials , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships, so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”-Wm. Paul YoungDead InsideFor a while now, my Christian friends have laughed (or cringed) at my response to theological talk. I usually say something like, “I […]

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