The Common Good
April 2007

New and Noteworthy

by Laurel Rae Mathewson | April 2007


Real Re-Creation

Real Re-Creation
Instead of fighting to find a "break" in our packed weeks for some spirit-filled rest, Norman Wirzba's Living the Sabbath calls us look to the Sabbath as a divinely inspired discipline that frames and orders the daily decisions of our work, home, and worship lives. A practical guide to finding new routines that heal and challenge us to grow in our faith. Brazos Press

Truly Blue Jeans
The rapid growth of China's economy is often noted, but rarely are the personal stories of the workers who fuel it. Filmed clandestinely, China Blue follows the life of 17-year-old Jasmine, right, as she moves from her agricultural village home to work at a blue jean factory in the city. The hour-long documentary poignantly reveals the human price we pay for "cheap" labor. Airs April 3 on PBS. Bullfrog Films

Heavenly Harmonies
African Spirit, the latest album from the critically acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir, solidifies their standing as musical purveyors of infectious joy. While gospels and spirituals such as "Hosanna" and "Somlandela" ("I Will Follow") are still their forte, this 19-song collection includes a couple unexpectedly wonderful versions of popular songs, such as Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." If you're in need of music that inspires, this blend of African gospel and familiar songs in English will hit the spot. Shanachie

Who's There?
In Knocking, filmmakers Joel Engardio and Tom Shepard examine the often misunderstood—and mocked—faith of Jehovah's Witnesses. Despite the belief among adherents that civil involvement compromises the total worship of God, their record number of Supreme Court victories has done more to expand civil liberties for all Americans than perhaps any other group. A fascinating look beyond the stereotypes. Airs May 22 on PBS. www.knocking.org

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