Spirituality In Everyday Life

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

Nov 08, 2019

By Norris Burkes Nov 8, 2019 There are a lot of reasons men and women will volunteer for military deployments, but on the last day of 2007 my wife, Becky, flatly demanded to know my reasons for going to Iraq. I wasn’t sure I could tell her. Why did any soldier want to go to [...]

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Nov 01, 2019

By Norris Burkes Nov 1 2019 Not far above Sacramento, at 1,500 feet, on the border that divides the towns of Grass Valley and Auburn, I’m sitting in the dark. This a different kind of darkness than that implied by some readers who think I’m often in the dark. This is a planned “public safety [...]

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Oct 25, 2019

By Norris Burkes Oct 25 2019 If you walked with me down the egg-white hallway of St. Joseph Hospital in Stockton, California, I could take you into the room where I met the man who inspired my retirement. While I don’t remember his name, I will never forget the impression he left on me. It [...]

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Oct 18, 2019

By Norris Burkes Oct 18, 2019 Not long ago, I posed a routine question to a doubtful hospital patient. “Do you have any kind of spirituality, religion or philosophy that gives you guidance in life?” I know it’s a mouthful, but the question will often rattle a person’s spiritual doors long enough for me to [...]

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