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Jonathan Benz
New York City
Enjoying the journey...
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I must speak. I cannot stay quiet. As I said in my last post, I lost my voice for a little while due to grief. But my voice is coming back. I'm sure some would rather I stay silent. They'd... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at
My maternal grandmother died just over 5 months ago--on March 10--two days after my birthday. It was about 5:45 p.m. when the call came. I was looking forward to an enjoyable birthday weekend and saw my dad's number on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at
My maternal grandmother died late Friday afternoon peacefully, it appears, after lying down to nap. We called her Momo. This was her moniker of choice as she felt she was too young to be called 'grandma' when grandchildren started coming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at
Thanks for this feedback. You've always impressed me with how open you are to learn and discover more about life. I'm glad we still have connection even though we live hundreds a miles away. I look forward to hearing more from you as you step out. I believe you have much to say and the world indeed needs your voice.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2017 on Who Tells My Story at
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I saw Hamilton: An American Musical last night. There's a fantastic song called: "Who lives, Who dies, Who tells your story". It spoke to me as I've been contemplating personal story-telling the last few weeks. It's something I believe in,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at
I've been un-friending and un-following a lot recently, and it's not exactly as one might think. While I lean to the liberal end of the spectrum and am definitely not pro-Trump, I have tried to keep people in my social... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at
I recently was invited to share some thoughts on "gratitude during difficult times" at Marble Collegiate Church in NYC. Marble has a rich history in the USA, founded in 1628 as well as the congregation of the great preacher and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at
My Facebook feed was littered with a lot more political posts than usual this morning. One was an invitation to join an online prayer meeting to pray that Trump would win. A few posts later was a minister calling for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at
I've been following this wild and woolly campaign season fairly closely. I find myself getting completely caught up in it: feeling at times concerned, anxious, shocked, disgusted, frustrated, or any combination of the aforementioned. A few weeks ago I made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at
I'm proud to say that four generations of my family have been helping Haiti in one form or another since 1955. My first trip was over 30 years ago, and it tremendously impacted my worldview. I learned a few things:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at
I went into 2016 knowing intuitively the New Year would produce some big change in my life. I'm not sure how I knew, but I knew. I also anticipated that it would be something good. I knew change had to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at
On the unofficial start of summer, I'm contemplating change, risk-taking, and uncertainty. I'm generally pretty comfortable with change. I embrace it. I roll with it the best I can. That strategy is helpful because in behavioral healthcare where I work... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at
Relax, there are no wrong paths! You're life is bigger than any one experience. What is the next right move??? From that space, make the next right move. You're life is bigger than that one moment! Failure is just there... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at
For the last few months, I've been contemplating what change looks like in my life. I came across these quotes this morning in my readings and thought them worth sharing. From Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, April 19:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at
My friend Sarah texted me a "word for the day" this morning: Clarity. It was well-timed because I've been seeking for greater clarity recently. Clarity of vision. Clarity in purpose. Clarity in relationships. Clarity at work. For me, I need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at
My latest interview on The Rabbi Jenny Show We were a little wound up for this one! Entertaining, informative, inspirational... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at
Book Review from Dr. Henry Virkler, Palm Beach Atlantic University: “The Recovery-Minded Church: Loving and Ministering to People with Addiction by Jonathan Benz with Kristina Robb-Dover, (2016, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois) Rarely have I read a book that articulates... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at
If you are in the South Florida area, please join me/us this Wednesday January 13 at the monthly meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Lauderhill. From the NAMI website: Announcing our January 13, 2016 Speaker Meeting Our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at
A recent interview with Rabbi Jenny Kuvin on envy as a block to spiritual manifestation Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at
A recent interview I did on mental health and addiction with Riana Milne licensed mental health counselor and certified relationship coach... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at
I awoke this morning to my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds awash with people standing in solidarity with Paris. That is wonderful and reminds me of how connected we all are in our shared humanity. I also awoke to a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at
I've been pretty transparent on social media the last couple weeks talking about life changes but haven't updated this blog. Last month I resigned my position at The Recovery Place in Fort Lauderdale where I developed and directed a highly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at
I'm excited to announce the release of my new book The Recovery-Minded Church: Loving and Ministering to People with Addiction, which will be released during the upcoming Holiday Season from InterVarsity Press. The Recovery-Minded Church offers a clinically-informed, theological framework... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at
In the last few days, we've seen a number of provocative comments from influential voices on the religious and political Right. Franklin Graham called for an immediate halt of all Muslims immigrating to the US and for them to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at