Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Today through 1/21: Get the new Francis Canavan SJ book I edited for free on Kindle

Wonderful news: today through January 21, Fun Is Not Enough, the great new book I edited by Francis Canavan SJ that has been praised in National Review Online and First Things, is available on Kindle for free. What's more, readers who post Amazon reviews of the Kindle edition will be entered into a drawing to win one of five free paperback copies of the book.

Judge James L. Buckley says of Fun Is Not Enough, “[An] impressive book. I hadn’t been familiar with Father Canavan’s writings, but I am finding his columns a profoundly instructive delight.”

All proceeds from sales of Fun Is Not Enough go to support the mission of Human Life Review.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New talk: "Chastity and the Mystical Rose"

I had a beautiful time yesterday evening speaking on "Chastity and the Mystical Rose" at the TOP-Life Coffeehouse in Connecticut and thought I would share it with you.

National Review Online interviews me about the Jesuit who changed my life

The new book by Francis Canavan SJ that I edited, Fun Is Not Enough, is again in the spotlight, this time via a feature in National Review Online by Kathryn Jean Lopez, who interviews me about my friendship with the late Father Canavan:

Lopez: What was prophetic about Father Francis Canavan?

Goldstein: Canavan had a gift of discernment that enabled him to rightly judge the signs of the times. He also read the literal signs of the Times — the New York Times, that is — along with bumper stickers, everyday conversations, and other things that clued him in to what people were talking about and thinking about. In that way, he was able to identify trends in popular sentiment that were not adequately understood by many of his peers in the world of academia.

In particular, Canavan dissected the philosophical errors that have led contemporary culture not only to embrace radical individualism but also take it to its logical conclusion in utilitarianism. Writing years before the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, he had the foresight to observe that “the primacy of choice is wrecking our sexual morality, but not only that. At a deeper level, it is destroying our ability to have a social morality that goes beyond sexual conduct to question the right of any society to establish and maintain social standards on any other than utilitarian grounds.”
Read the full interview at National Review Online.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Things praises the new book I edited by Francis Canavan SJ

I introduce Fun Is Not Enough at the Human Life Foundation's Great Defender of Life gala, October 26, 2017.

I am gratified to report that the new book I edited by Francis Canavan SJ, Fun Is Not Enough, has received a rave review in First Things. William Doino Jr. writes:
An authority on Edmund Burke and a professor of political science at Fordham for over twenty years, Canavan appealed to academics and laymen alike. Nowhere did he synthesize his talents better than in his many contributions to the Catholic Eye, which published his social and political commentaries for over twenty-five years. These writings have now been collected in Fun is Not Enough, and they are as lively and powerful now as when they first appeared. American Catholics who are confused and distressed by the ongoing tumult in Church and state will be invigorated by them.
Read the entire review. Fun Is Not Enough is available in print and Kindle from En Route Books and Media.

Friday, December 1, 2017

"The God who can change our desires": My Advent reflection for the Catholic Herald

This week's Catholic Herald features my reflection on the readings for the First Sunday of Advent: "The God Who Can Change Our Desires". I invite you to subscribe to the magazine to read the reflection, which includes insights along similar lines to those of Remembering God's Mercy.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How I overcame my "Splendid Isolation": Part 2 of Eric Metaxas's interview with me

In Part 2 of best-selling author Eric Metaxas's interview with me for his nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Show (continued from Part 1), I tell about how the threat of being fired from the New York Post led me to discover the saint whose intercession would bring me to find my spiritual home in the Catholic Church. We also talk more about classic rock performers, including Warren Zevon, whose "Splendid Isolation" describes my state of mind before I knew the thrill of the chaste. Chastity, too, comes up for discussion, as does spiritual healing — click below to listen online or to download the interview.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New interview for "The Eric Metaxas Show": I tell of my rock-journalism experiences and my conversion

New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas featured me this week as a guest on his nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Show, asking me about my conversion story and my pre-conversion life as a rock and roll historian. It was a real pleasure doing the show; Eric asked great questions, and his engineer set the scene by playing songs by artists I interviewed back in my rock journalism days, including Harry Nilsson.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sexual abuse leaves spiritual wounds. Here are some resources that can help.

An article today on the Catholic news website Crux, "In wake of Weinstein abuse scandal, Catholics call Church to leadership," features quotes from me about what the Church can do to help abuse victims heal.

If you or a loved one seek healing from the spiritual wounds of abuse, here are some resources from my writings and apostolate:

Remembering God's Mercy is my newest book and is for anyone seeking healing from the effects of past trauma — not only those who have suffered sexual abuse but also veterans, people in recovery, and anyone who needs help seeing God's goodness in the wake of experiences of evil. Because its spirituality draws primarily from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, it is especially helpful for readers who are making a spiritual retreat. Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., says of Remembering God's Mercy, "This is an exceptional book. In her usual highly readable and storytelling style, Dawn Eden helps us understand the Ignatian spirituality of Pope Francis, as well as how and why suffering can be ‘redemptive.’ Remembering God’s Mercy breaks new ground and adds significantly to works about healing from trauma and the painful memories that follow. One quotation sums it up: ‘when I unite my own wounded heart with the wounded and glorified heart of Jesus, his wounds heal mine.'"

My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints is the most popular Catholic resource for readers seeking spiritual healing from sexual abuse. This is the book for people who want to know, not merely if there were saints who suffered sexual abuse, but if the saints truly knew the pain of the misplaced guilt and shame that accompanies such abuse. Moreover, I show in My Peace I Give You how such saints found healing through uniting their wounds with the glorified wounds of the risen Christ.

One characteristic of both Remembering God's Mercy and My Peace I Give You is that I offer an alternative and more traditional Ignatian form of prayer for people who have not been helped by newer, Pentecostal/charismatic-type "inner healing" or "Theophostic" approaches. Here is a brief video in which I discuss why I believe the Ignatian approach is superior:

More videos of me discussing healing are available on the Dawn Patrol's Video page.

Likewise, on The Dawn Patrol's Audio/Podcasts page, you will find several talks and interviews in which I speak about healing from the wounds of trauma and abuse. Among the best is the interview that Alison Gingras did with me for her Reconciled to You program:

I have given many talks to priests on ministry to the abused and would like to continue to do so. If you would like to bring me to speak to priests or other pastoral caregivers, or to a lay audience, please email me at dawneden [at] (replace the [at] with @).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I write in Angelus magazine on "The Double Birth and Lonely Death of Hugh Hefner"

Angelus, the weekly newsmagazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, this week features an article I wrote on "The Double Birth and Lonely Death of Hugh Hefner." It begins with these words:
There is a scene in Ken Russell’s film of The Who’s rock opera “Tommy” that depicts a church whose goddess is Marilyn Monroe. In a grotesque mockery of Catholic devotion, the faithful rise from their pews to venerate a larger-than-life porcelain statue of the actress, while preacher Eric Clapton croons that she “gives eyesight to the blind.”

I thought of that scene when I learned that Hugh Hefner, the Playboy magazine founder who died Sept. 27 at the age of 91, paid $75,000 in 1992 to buy the vault next to Monroe’s at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles so that he could be buried next to the ill-fated star.

Hefner made the purchase because, as he told the Los Angeles Times, he was “a believer in things symbolic.”

“Spending eternity next to Marilyn,” he added, “is too sweet to pass up.”

Where Hefner may, in fact, be spending eternity is not for me to say. But he was right to recognize the symbolism in his desire to enjoy the afterlife in the presence of Monroe, whose nude image (published without her consent) was the major selling point for Playboy’s premier issue in 1953.

Read the rest on the Angelus website.