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Weekly Wrap 12.13.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

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1. Movies for the Soul
Bet you didn’t expect Die Hard to join It’s a Wonderful Life and A Charlie Brown Christmas among the feel-good flicks for the holiday season.

2. 101 Christian Women Speakers
In light of recent criticisms that Christian conferences feature few women speakers, Rachel Held Evans has put together a list of 101 women she describes as just a small portion of the talent, wisdom, expertise, passion, and faith present among women in the church. No surprise to us, Sojourner’s own Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilization, makes the cut.

3. Advent, German Embassy Style
The German Embassy has an interactive advent calendar including music, recipes and games.

4. The Number One Target for Religious Lobbyists
Find out which federal legislation draws the most attention from religious groups. You may be surprised.

5. Ten to Tweet
Blogger Jana Reis gives her top 10 list of Christian writers to follow on Twitter. We’ll add one more to her list: @jimwallis.

6. The 500 Muslims of the Year
Forbes has its 400 American billionaires, People has its 50 “beautiful people,” Time has its “Person of the Year,” and the Royale Islamic Strategic Studies Center has its “Muslim 500 — the World’s Most Influential Muslims.” Topping the list: Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Saudi King Abdullah and Iranian Grand Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei.

7. Nuts for Nutella
You probably think the popular hazelnut spread comes from Italy. This globalization map will tell you otherwise.

8. ‘Home Alone’ Can Teach You to Pray?
No, we didn’t know either, but this writer believes that Macaulay Culkin’s character can help us to understand the words of the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:13 and Mark 10:15.

9. Letter to Santa From a 10-Month-Old
Ah, those things that a baby wants to touch — but shouldn’t. 

10. WATCH: ''Evil Did Not Win'' At Sandy Hook
As we approach the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, we remember all those affected by the tragedy. The mother of Emilie Parker, a 6-year-old victim of the shooting, speaks from her pain, "Evil did not win." Warning: Have the tissues nearby.

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