The Common Good
March 2012

New & Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | March 2012

Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America; The Amish; Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit; The Ethical Vision of Clint Eastwood. 

Brought to Their Knees
Homies and Hermanos: God and Gangs in Central America is sociology professor Robert Brenneman’s engaging study of faith and conversion among former gang members in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Oxford University Press

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Plain, Not Simple
On Feb. 28, the PBS series American Experience will premiere The Amish, a two-hour, intimate exploration of faith and life in this private religious community. As the outside world presses in on them, what might the future hold? pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/amish

Make Way
The daily meditations and activities in Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit, by Paula Huston, aim to help create space for God in cluttered lives. Written from a Catholic perspective, giving non-Catholics a few opportunities to try less-familiar disciplines or creatively improvise. Ave Maria Press

Empathy and Outcasts
Film and religion scholar Sara Anson Vaux explores how “an icon of power honors the least among us with his art” in The Ethical Vision of Clint Eastwood. A deep, detailed, and accessibly written analysis of the moral perspective communicated through Eastwood’s major films. Eerdmans

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