New and Noteworthy

What to Bring?

What would it mean to make one's life a journey of simplicity—to live like a single leaf? For years, Philip Harnden has collected lists of others' journeys, both inward and outward; Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light is the delightful result. Included is a list of Henry Thoreau's possessions at Walden Pond, what Annie Dillard kept in her writing tent, Thomas Merton's personal effects, and how Jesus instructed his disciples to prepare for their journey. Skylight Paths.

A Communal Voice

The Women Gather is the latest album from powerful Sweet Honey in the Rock, the award-winning African American female a cappella group. Founder Bernice Johnson Reagon and her flock sing music of strength, justice, love, and liberation in a riot of styles: spirituals, blues, gospel, and jazz. Most songs are original. "Come Unto Me" uses the words of Matthew 11:28-30; "The Ballad of Harry T. Moore" is based on the poem by Langston Hughes. A deep, moving collection. Earthbeat.

Narnia in Full Color

If you're a fan of C.S. Lewis' imaginative stories, you'll want to see The Complete Chronicles of Narnia, a beautiful edition published in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lewis' work. The book contains all seven Chronicles and is fully illustrated by artist Pauline Baynes, so if you've not managed to conjure an image of Prince Caspian yourself, you might try here. Douglas Gresham, Lewis' stepson, provides an intimate introduction. HarperCollins.


Ancient Echoes takes you back—way back, to the time of Jesus and Jerusalem's second temple. The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble performs ancient music of the Holy Land in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Quranic Arabic, using wild-sounding instruments such as the kinnor, shabbabah, guimbri, and dumbek. Songs include a chant from the Dead Sea Scrolls and four tunes based on the Beatitudes. World Library Publications.

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