December 2004

Cover Story

An interview with Paul Elie on faith, writing, and the "School of the Holy Ghost."
Three pop theology books to leave behind.
In telling their stories, guests at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen feast on divine mystery.
A spirituality of reading.
The written word isn't going away anytime soon, and religion's effect on the publishing industry is part of the reason.
Here are a few we found compelling.
Between Haiti and the streets of Brooklyn.


When I'When I’m writing a novel I turn inward. To assist this turning, I don’t so much read as reread work
What I'What I’m Reading
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Back in the ’70s I was trudging through the planning phase of a master’s thesis on Puritan devotional poetry, and I happened to catch lunch with someone who read me a quote...


Reading passionately isn't about escaping reality, but about plunging further into it.


I'd miss the good old days, but they were before my time.
The 7-year-old's poster said, 'Every Life is Sacred. Stop Poverty.'

Culture Watch

Wright was a political activist, but his loyalty was to his art.


Words can provide rest, create change, and bring new life to our inner and outer worlds. Developing this special issue has given us a wonderful reminder of that.