Living the Questions with Amy Frykholm

Amy Frykholm, author of Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography; See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity; Rapture Culture: Left Behind in Evangelical America; Christian Understandings of the Future: The Historical Trajectory and Associate Editor of the Christian Century magazine visited my campus last week and spoke to us of her call to “live the questions.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, in his Letters to a Young Poet, writes:

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

This passage inspired Frykholm to pursue a vocation of writing, or as she sees it, a life spent living the questions.

I was able to sit down with Amy for an interview on our college’s radio station.  During our thirty minutes on air, I asked Amy about her religious and spiritual background, her call to write, and how writing might serve as a spiritual practice.

Listen to our conversation here on WPFS – Proud Fighting Scots Radio.

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2 thoughts on “Living the Questions with Amy Frykholm

  1. I’m glad you went for it and contacted the campus radio station to do this interview at 8 a.m.!😂 Lot’s of good food-for-thought in that 12 minutes, and I loved all that was said about writing [and reading] as a spiritual practice. Also, I was not already familiar with Amy Frykholm, but now I want to check her out. I enjoy “On Being,” too! Did you ever hear Oprah talk about how revelatory it was for her once she stopped trying to be Barbara Walters and committed to being the best Oprah she could be?

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