|I Believe, Therefore I Doubt|
Doubt is an ever-present companion to the religious life, a constant of varying degrees that can be instructive, devastating, or somewhere in between. In A Dark Wood: Journeys of Faith and Doubt, edited by Linda Jones and Sophie Stanes, is a welcome comfort. Psalmists join poets, writers, cardinals, pilgrims, and British parliamentarians trying to make peace, or cope, with terrifying uncertainty, as well as the joy of rediscovering faith. Fortress Press.
What's most irrepressible on Betty's Diner: The Best of Carrie Newcomer is Newcomer's wonder at the threads that keep us in relationship. Her deep, throaty alto celebrates the joys, pains, and mysteries of ordinary life, as in the title track, where "here we are all in one place…/despair and hope sit face to face/when you come in from the cold/let her fill your cup with something kind/eggs and toast like bread and wine." Eighteen tracks - 15 previously released and three new. Rounder Records.
|A People's Revolt|
Questions about patriotism, government authority, and American politics are as timely as ever. The War at Home, made by Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown in 1979, and now on DVD, is a classic film about the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s and '70s. Interviews, home movies, and TV news footage document the effect of the protests on Madison, Wisconsin. First Run Features.
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