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Looking at Life through Bifocals

It was back in the spring of 1977—long before I was a follower of Christ—that I learned a key insight into the Christian life.

I was a senior in high school and decided to join the orienteering club. Orienteering was, and is, a fairly obscure sport. It requires acres and acres of woodlands and more than a little concentration. Alone in the woods, armed with a topographical map, a compass, and directions for the course you are to traverse, you run from one marker to another until you complete a loop that is several miles long. This is much more difficult than it sounds: the markers (a milk bottle hung from a tree, for example) can be hundreds of yards apart and by no means visible. If you are off by even a degree on the compass—if you run a compass reading of 89 degrees instead of 90 degrees—you will miss your mark completely and become quite lost, with almost no way to recover except to find your way back to the starting point, and begin again . . .

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Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, is a New York Times best-selling author and contributing editor to the Atlantic. She authored Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality (May 2009), and most recently Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife (March 2016.) Barbara was a correspondent for NPR for 18 years, most recently covering religion. She was awarded the American Women in Radio and Television Award twice for her religion reporting, as well as the National Headliners Award, and the Religion Newswriters Association Award. She earned a master’s degree in legal studies from Yale Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College.


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