Anyone who works with youth is at least dimly aware that teenagers have been gobbling up the novels in the Hunger Games trilogy, a futuristic fantasy by Suzanne Collins set in a postapocalyptic North America. The film version of the first volume in the series, The Hunger Games, released in March, is one of the most anticipated movies of the year for young adults. Tickets started selling more than a month in advance, and the movie trailer was featured during the Super Bowl.
Following its publication in 2008, The Hunger Games quickly became a New York Times best seller. Both the second volume, Catching Fire (2009), and the third, Mockingjay (2010), debuted at number one on every major best-seller list. The books have won numerous awards in the categories of young adult fiction and fantasy writing. Noting the impact of Collins's books, Time magazine in 2010 named her one of "the world's most influential people."
Ann Duncan is a United Methodist pastor in western North Carolina (where The Hunger Games was filmed). She and her father, Andy Langford, have written a discussion guide, available from Amazon Kindle, The Gospel According to The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Andy Langford is a United Methodist pastor in western North Carolina (where The Hunger Games was filmed). He and his daughter, Ann Duncan, have written a discussion guide, available from Amazon Kindle, The Gospel According to The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Jesse James DeConto on first-call church planters, Ann Duncan and Andy Langford on The Hunger Games, Amy Frykholm interviews Ruth Burrows.
Lord have mercy
Apr 09, 2015
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).