István to Steven to Stefánie

Susan Faludi’s memoir reveals the deep complexity of her father’s many identities.


Need to confess

A review of books on justice and race

The whole church needs to encounter the courage and truthfulness of the fact that God created us good, to love and be loved.


Missionaries among Muslims

A review of Christine Leigh Heyrman

To lionize the missionary’s courage, Muslims were cast as implacable adversaries and served as the quintessential foil.


A diverse communion

A review of Thomas S. Kidd and Barry Hankins

Ebenezer Kinnersly illustrates the depth of the controversy over outward manifestations of inner religious experience.


The mysteries of young Augustine

A review of Robin Lane Fox

Confessions is not primarily about Augustine at all; it is about God’s activity in the particularity of Augustine’s life.


Poetic solitude

A review of Michael N. McGregor

From his youth Lax experienced a love of God that would not abate, calling him toward both solitude and engagement with others.


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.


Cultivating character

A review of David Brooks

Cultivating character is the lifelong work of evaluating and choosing between various virtues. It's difficult, and it’s our calling.