Sophia Har 05-09-2014

Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music, by Thomas H. Troeger

Julie Polter 04-03-2014

St. Peter's B List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints by Ave Maria Press / Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by IVP Books / Noah's Flood: Ancient Stories of Natural Cataclysm by Ingrid Esther Lilly / iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Personal Lives by Brazos Press

Robert Hirschfield 04-03-2014

Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life. University of Illinois Press.

A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov. University of California Press.

Elizabeth Gerhardt 04-03-2014

The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and GIrls, by Elizabeth Gerhardt

Duane Shank 04-03-2014

Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites During the Great War. Johns Hopkins University Press

Create your own scene from Corinth.

Julie Polter 03-06-2014

Just Jesus by Walter Wink with Steven Berry / On "Strangers No Longer" by Paulist Press / Eve by Angélique Kidjo / O Taste and See by Bonnie Thurston

Ben Sutter 03-06-2014

Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith. Herald Press.

Julie Polter 03-06-2014

Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press.

Rose Marie Berger 03-06-2014

This Day: New & Collected Sabbath Poems. Counterpoint.

Judah Thomas 02-07-2014
Photo Courtesy of IJM

Violence is a deeper, much darker, problem below the surface of poverty. Photo Courtesy of IJM

When we think about the poor of the world our thoughts often drift toward starvation, unsafe water, malaria, and lack of medical attention. These thoughts will likely move us to taking action in a variety of ways. We give farming skills and equipment, we drill wells, we provide mosquito netting, and doctors volunteer their time to help treat the poor of the world.

All of these things can be helpful and beneficial but there is a deeper, much darker, problem below the surface of poverty. The problem is violence. Gary Haugen, the founder of International Justice Mission, recently released a new book titled The Locust Effectwhich documents the plight of the poor in developing countries.

What benefit is it to provide schooling for girls that refuse to attend because many of them get raped when they attend? How can a micro-loan help a father provide for his family when he gets thrown into prison for a crime he didn't commit and can't afford to bribe the law enforcement? How is a mother supposed to care for her children when her home is taken away from her by her husband's family once he dies?

Robert Hirschfield 02-04-2014

Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford

Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books.

Melanie Mullen 02-04-2014

City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books.

Patrick O'Neill 01-05-2014

Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. Cascade Books

Rebecca Kraybill 01-05-2014

Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. White Cloud Press

Leah Kostamo 01-05-2014

Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community by Leah Kostamo

Margaret Atwood 01-05-2014

A hopeful encounter with real-life "God's Gardeners."

Tom Getman 12-12-2013

Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy to Heal and Transform the Middle East. North Atlantic Books.

Anne Colamosca 12-12-2013

No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State. New York Review Books.