The Common Good
August 2007

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | August 2007

Maxed Out

Maxed Out
Danny Schechter's In Debt We Trust is a useful—and terrifying—look at how much debt Americans are carrying around (about $30,000 per household) and why. Interviews with credit card junkies, former industry employees, and government leaders reveal a system that specifically targets people least likely to be able to pay off their debts. The 90-minute film also includes strategies for getting out of our financial hole, as individuals and as a nation. Globalvision.

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The world was horrified when five Amish girls were killed in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, last year. And many were confused—and angry—that the Amish community could forgive the shooter so quickly. Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher, looks at this event and its aftermath, but also at how forgiveness, justice, retribution, and grace are understood in the Amish tradition. Jossey-Bass.

Divine Perplexities
Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief, by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, is a wise and gentle guide for all who have asked themselves why they should put their trust in God—especially in the midst of so much suffering and evil. Williams uses the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds to discuss why we should take God and the church seriously, how we can understand Jesus' life and ministry, and why God is worthy of our trust. Westminster John Knox Press.

Love, Actually
We all want to love and be loved. In What We Were Made For: Christian Reflections on Love, theological ethics professor Sondra Wheeler examines love as a central part of Christian faith—what love is, why it often goes wrong, the different ways we love, and why it's so hard to love our neighbors, let alone our enemies. Wheeler thoughtfully shows us that a Christian understanding of love is the center of a life worth living. Jossey-Bass.

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