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Partisan but nonetheless persuasive, the former president enumerates the reasons—and numerous they are—why he believes that the country has been heading in a very wrong direction.

Why the cross?

"The central Christian belief,” C. S. Lewis once wrote, “is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start. Theories as to how it did this are another matter.

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One can’t quibble with the breadth and eclecticism of this volume, which anthologizes poets as different as Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot and Allen Ginsberg. In the book Bloom pushes the limits of what can be considered religious or spiritual, since he includes agnostic voices.

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David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered, a biography of Vince Lombardi, delivers another biography of a gifted yet complex sports hero. One didn’t have to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates to admire the grace with which Clemente played the game of baseball.

Light from Heaven

You think your church has problems? Imagine your church building closing and your denomination telling you that it can’t afford to fund a pastor. Imagine trying then to keep alive the vision of a vital congregation and taking on the cleaning and maintenance of the building while you wait—for 40 years.