The Common Good
December 2011

New and Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | December 2011

Joking for Jesus, The Courage to Love, Body Meets Soul, Rethinking War.

Joking for Jesus
Why so glum? Jesuit James Martin’s Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life is a gracious invitation to loosen up a little and balance tears and righteous anger with delight in the God-given gift of laughter. HarperOne

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The Courage to Love
The film Little Town of Bethlehem follows three men of three different faiths who pursue nonviolence in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Screening kits and DVD for home viewing are available for purchase. littletownofbethlehem.org

Body Meets Soul
In See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity, Amy Frykholm tells nine people’s stories of sexual formation and faith, from typical teenage experimentation to being trafficked. It reveals some of Christian culture’s failures around human sexuality, while offering tentative hope for a more holy and whole way forward. Beacon Press

Rethinking War
Women, War & Peace
, a series that debuted on PBS this fall, is available on DVD. It explores how changes in warfare have placed women at the center of conflicts—increasing their vulnerability and drawing out their leadership in issues of peace and security. Website includes news, podcasts, and educational resources. pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace

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