Apr 30, 2014

vol 131 No. 9

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Our spring books issue's reviews include Deanna Thompson on Sharon Baker, Walter Brueggemann on Mary Boys, John Haught on Elizabeth Johnson, and more.
April 18, 2014

Our spring books issue's reviews include Amy Frykholm on Toni Morrison, Jason Byassee on Richard Hays, Katherine Willis Pershey on Lauren Winner, and more.
April 23, 2015

Read this first

We asked pastors and professors, “If you had to choose one book to help a person embarking on pastoral ministry, what would it be?”
April 20, 2014

Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch connects to both head and heart, while Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit tells of Theodore Roosevelt, an endlessly fascinating figure.
April 24, 2014

Eroding campaign finance rules gives wealthy donors more power. It may also generate cynicism and political disengagement.
April 14, 2014

Our eyes drink in the world around us, but our brains develop filters so that we actually see only the necessary things. In their conversation on the road to Emmaus, I imagine the two disciples sifting carefully through what they have seen.
April 22, 2014

Christianity Rediscovered, by Vincent Donovan

I return to this book more than almost any other because it reminds me why I’m a priest, what the church is, and how God is at work in places before I ever show up. Donovan shows me that what has become the ritual of worship is really a pattern of practices that are needed to remake community and shape society. 
April 13, 2014

The Circle, by Dave Eggers

Eggers’s novel is about a mega social network corporation that takes over the world—seemingly benevolently. Its characters have no depth or soul; their personhood is defined by electronic connectedness. 
April 15, 2014

The Borgias series has a human, believable Pope Alexander VI. But it misses opportunities to make more of holiness as well as of sin.
April 25, 2014