Bruce Kramer was a dean and professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, a passionate lover of music, and part-time choir director at his Methodist church. In 2010, at age 54, he received a diagnosis of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Someone put Cathy Wurzer from Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Edition program in touch with him.
This beautiful book tells the story of Russia through maps, beginning with the Slavic migrations from 900 to 500 BCE and ending with what the author calls the “Shadow Empire” of the Russian Federation and the assertions of Vladimir Putin that parts of Moldova and Ukraine constitute a “New Russia.” In between, maps show the shifting boundaries of empires, the roles of serfs and Jews, and the wa
Tim Bascom’s family, from small-town Kansas, returned to Ethiopia as missionaries when he was 15. “Building Christ’s Kingdom—as my parents were trying to do under the violent regime in Ethiopia—required an extreme form of pick-up-your-cross-and-follow-me self-denial,” Bascom says.