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Lenten Read-Along: Thin Places and Soul Friends

Braving the Thin Places Lenten Read-Along - text above image of Julianne Stanz, author, and her book

Thin spaces exist not just outside us but also within us. Our souls are the places that hold our light. A soul friendship is the place in which the light inside you meets the light inside the other person.

Watch this brief video introducing the concept of soul friends, which we discuss fully in chapter 7 of Braving the Thin Places.

Then consider these questions:

  • Do you have a soul friend? If so, what qualities drew you to each other?
  • If you do not, do you believe that it’s possible that you have yet to meet this person? How might you recognize your soul friend?
  • What are the most important aspects of soul friendship?

Participating in our Lenten read-along of Braving the Thin Places? Share your thoughts about this week’s reading in the comments below! And post your thoughts, favorite quotes, or reactions with #lentreadalong on social media.

Julianne Stanz
Julianne Stanzhttps://www.juliannestanz.com/
Julianne Stanz is a storyteller, encourager, and retreat leader who grew up in Ireland and now serves as Director of Parish Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay. She is also a consultant to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the USCCB. Julianne is married with three children and spends her time reading, writing, teaching, and collecting beach glass. She is the author of Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace and Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church.


  1. Thank you for reminding me to thank God for the different soul friends who have entered my life at different times. Some have been there only fleetingly, such as the woman I met in a coffee shop, but with whom there was an instant connection, others more permanent, who after reading this I value even more.


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