Books

Books

Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America

The cover of Peter Stearns’s book gets your attention. It portrays an iconic mid-20th-century television mother who seems either to be gripped by a migraine or on the threshold of an “I’m losing my mind” scream.

Store-bought faith

Two books exploring the dynamics of consumerism in the context of Christian faith are enlivening the marketplace of ideas. In an accessible style sure to have wide appeal, Tom Beaudoin argues for an economic spirituality. Vincent J.

The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon/Bonhoeffer as Martyr

How should we refer to Dietrich Bonhoeffer? As a saint? A martyr? Protestant churches lack any official apparatus for designating one person “saintly” as opposed to the entire body of believers.

My Life Is a Weapon/Growing Up Palestinian

Both of these books are about violence committed by Palestinians in particular and by Muslims in general.

The Fracture of Good Order: Christian Antiliberalism and the Challenge to American Politics

The relationship between Christianity and a liberal political order increasingly preoccupies academics. Liberal political theorists worry about the role of religion in public life, and have invented ingenious theories to try and justify limitations on that role.