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

Apr 16, 2021

Readers note: Thank you to all who contributed to the matching challenge to support Chispa Project. You can still give at www.ChispaProject.org/thechaplain. Or send checks made to “Chispa Project” 10566 Combie Rd. Suite 6643 Auburn, CA 95602 Seven years ago, I planned a special cruise-ship dinner during which I’d tell my wife I was retiring from the […]

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Apr 11, 2021

By Norris Burkes April 11 2021 Think about that moment in childhood when a scary noise sends you diving under your bed cover. Then, with trembling hands, you shine a flashlight into the room and find renewed confidence to venture out. That’s how I feel as my wife Becky and I board a plane to […]

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Apr 04, 2021

By Norris Burkes April 4 2021 I’m grateful to have such helpful neighbors as Ysanne Edwards and her husband Mike. Nevertheless, neighbors like Ysanne fill me with a healthy fear of April Fool’s Day. As the famed prank day neared, she texted to ask, “Can we borrow your patio heater?” “Sure, but since we’re in […]

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Mar 28, 2021

By Norris Burkes March 28, 2021 Before the quarantine, I often traveled the country, speaking to churches and civic groups. Afterward, I hosted  Q&As for audience members.   I’ve not yet booked post-Covid speaking engagements, so I thought today’s column a good place to share the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).   Q. Dear Chaplin […]

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