The Common Good
July 2011

New and Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | July 2011

Glory and Power

Glory and Power
The film Rejoice and Shout tells gospel music's story from the plantation era to contemporary times. Interviews include Smokey Robinson, Andraé Crouch, and Mavis Staples. Abundant performance footage includes rare clips of artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Limited theatrical release begins June 3. Magnolia Pictures

What Is Social Justice?
William Droel's 39-page booklet by this title is a must-read (and must-distribute) for all Christians living the call to social justice. In simple, clear language, Droel defines social justice, connects it to other Christian virtues, discusses moral ambiguity, and explains the principles of social justice organizing. ACTA Publications

A Novel Phenomenon
In the film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, director Mary McDonagh Murphy explores the historical context and lasting power of one of the 20th century's most popular and influential novels. In limited theatrical release; available on DVD in late July. First Run Features

Voices of Grace and Strength
In I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, 40 diverse women under 40 write about their faith, families, and culture. Glimpse into real lives too often obscured by stereotypes and false assumptions. Edited by Maria M. Ebrahimji and Zahra T. Suratwala. White Cloud Press

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