Spirituality In Everyday Life

Norris Burkes

Norris Burkes

As a military and hospital chaplain, I routinely observe the stories of faith in the everyday lives of real people. My site tells those faith stories in a humorous, hope-filled, and honest way. I believe you will find them inspiring and potentially life-changing. Most of all, I believe the insight within these stories will connect with your story in a meaningful way. Enjoy!

Thriving Beyond Surviving

BookCoverPreview.do 894×666 pixels As a hospital and military Chaplain Norris Burkes has seen things he must never tell. Yet as a syndicated columnist in 38 secular newspapers around the country, he has found ways to share shades of the sacred with his readers.

This book compiles ten years of newspaper columns that takes you into the military battlefield as well as the trauma rooms of major hospitals.

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Recent Columns From Norris Burkes

Jul 09, 2019

July 12, 2019 By Norris Burkes As a teenager, I often told my high school ROTC instructors that I aspired for a duel Air Force career, first a flight navigator and then a chaplain. “Strange combination” they’d say. “Why is that?” “Simple. As a navigator I can tell people exactly where they should go. (Pause [...]

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May 19, 2019

19 May 2019 By Norris Burkes Do you ever find it helpful in risky situations to disregard worrisome thoughts and push yourself past tragedy, pain, and danger? Some call that approach denial, but sometimes denial can be a helpful tool when one opposes traffic of impossible odds. Denial is a tool I look for in [...]

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Aug 19, 2018

By Norris Burkes Aug 19, 2018 Last month, my wife, Becky, and I were moving into our new home in Auburn, Calif., when her sister, Melissa, stopped by to help us unpack. A few hours into the job, Becky put down her boxes and started making sandwiches for us. “Hey,” she said to me, “I [...]

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Jul 29, 2018

Last winter, my wife and I went to Honduras for three months to help our daughter in a small, grassroots nonprofit called Chispa Project. One night as we left a restaurant, a man followed us to our car. “Por favor,” he said, handing my daughter a note. “PLEASE, can you help me get to America?” [...]

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