The Common Good
February 2008

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors | February 2008

Suffer the Children

Suffer the Children

Hope for Children in Poverty, edited by Ron Sider and Heidi Unruh, offers biblical reflection and basic facts about children who live in poverty, and the ensuing physical, emotional, and mental tolls. Profiles of ministries and organizations serving kids are especially helpful, as are interviews, artwork, and poetry from children. “Your pity is not needed, but your understanding, yes,” writes 16-year-old Maria in her poem, “In the Homeless Hotel.” Judson Press

‘Let Them Come to Me’

The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus for Children, by Katherine Paterson. Beginning with a young woman named Mary, Paterson tells the story of “light coming into the world.” Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection are accompanied by Francois Roca’s beautiful illustrations. Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia and other books, brings a graceful simplicity to this familiar story. Arthur Levine Books

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Sister Dorothy Stang followed a call to ministry with Brazilian farmers in the Amazon who were struggling against land-grabbing developers. Two hired guns ended her life in 2005. Martyr of the Amazon, by Roseanne Murphy, tells Stang’s story, from her childhood in Ohio to her lifelong struggle for the rights of the poor, and of her appreciation and commitment to God’s creation. Orbis

High-Tech Bible Study

Each of the 21 lessons in Living the Questions 2.0, a three-disc DVD series, contains a 20-minute video segment by theologians and pastors such as James Forbes, Barbara Rossing, and Rita Nakashima Brock, as well as clips from sermons and lectures. Series creators Jeff Procter-Murphy and David Felten, both United Methodist pastors, include downloadable study materials for participants and facilitators and questions for discussion.

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