Books

Books

History and Presence, by Robert A. Orsi

History of religion meets ethnography in this complex, intriguing account of Catholic devotional practices. Orsi, who teaches at Northwestern University, operates on several levels at once.

Teaching love

A review of Mary Karr

Honestly facing the conflict of self with self—and choosing words that reveal its particular manifestations in one life—is hard, hard work.

The feminist Bushnell

A review of Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Katharine Bushnell was a reforming whirlwind who left the mission field to campaign for temperance and against the sex trade.

Calvinists and eco-justice

A review of Mark Stoll

Surprisingly, evidence showed that the environmental movement’s most significant moments were overwhelmingly led by lapsed Presbyterians.

Food Fight, by Chris Herlinger and Paul Jeffrey

Journalist Chris Herlinger teams up with Paul Jeffrey, a United Methodist pastor and photojournalist, to tell stories of people who suffer from hunger and who work to combat it. The causes of hunger across the world—war, climate change, sexism, colonialism, political wrangling, unemployment—are woven into individual stories of those who are poor and hungry.