The Common Good
September 2004

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | September 2004

Song and Spirit

Song and Spirit
The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family. The circle just keeps going ’round and ’round with this all-respects-paid tribute to the Carter family’s legacy. The likes of Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, and others sing of romance, lost love, death, and living with one eye toward heaven: "Well, I gave you to God in your cradle my boy/...And as long as His mercies permit me to live/I shall never cease praying for you," sings June Carter Cash. Dualtone Music Group.

The Living Word
In Hunger for the Word: Lectionary Reflections on Food and Justice, Year A, edited by Larry Hollar, pastors, organizers, teachers, and anti-hunger workers supply warm, thoughtful, and biblically grounded insights into God’s call to respond to those who are hungry and poor. Each devotion incorporates the weekly readings and concludes with suggestions for children’s sermons and congregational singing. The perfect book for preparing justice-minded sermons or writings. Liturgical Press.

Unforgiving Territory
Young Sudanese men Peter Nyarol Dut and Santino Majok Chuor managed to survive years of civil war in their country and come to the United States, only to face a dizzying array of culture shocks and heartbreaking social isolation. The compelling Lost Boys of Sudan, by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, tells their story, along with those of other "lost boys"—so named because of their situation as orphans and refugees—who try to make a new life for themselves. Airs September 28 on PBS.

The Sword of the Spirit
Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution, by André Trocmé. Orbis Books has updated this classic—first published in 1973—by a French pastor who organized the rescue and resettlement of Jews during the Nazi occupation. "There is no easy peace," Trocmé writes. But for him, Jesus is "a revolutionary capable of saving the world without using violence."

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