Longtime Western North Carolina resident Randy Bell visits Page 158 Books to discuss his new book Conversations with America: Confronting the Divisive Challenges of Our Time.
In this series of essays, author Randy Bell raises questions what it means to be an American in the early 21st century. Covering a range of issues including government and its responsibility to its people, international relations, the economy and business, religion, discrimination and human rights, Bell makes a case for reasoned conversation and the rejection of knee-jerk responses to complex challenges.
Randy Bell began his personal study of the spirit and spirituality after careers in accounting, music and project management. In the early 2000s, Bell built a sanctuary in the mountains of western North Carolina where, as Director of Spring Creek Spirituality, he explored his own spiritual path and welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds to the sanctuary in order to do the same. Bell has lead sessions at a number of events and institutions including the Wild Goose Festival, Mt. Zion Retreat Sanctuary, and Mt. Olive College. Conversations with America is his fourteenth book.