Review

Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor. Herald Press

Jason Byassee 5-11-2013

When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Suprising Places, Even the Church. Jericho Books

Julie Polter 4-04-2013

Whether you're preaching the Bible, teaching it, or reading it on your own, there are always new facets to be revealed. Here are a few books that may refresh your perspective.

Jung Pyo Hong 4-04-2013

Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Westminster John Knox

Julie Polter 4-04-2013

Novels to stretch the mind and heart.

Elizabeth Palmberg 4-04-2013

The Woman Who Died A Lot. Viking Adult

Min-Ah Cho 3-14-2013

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press

Mary Kate MacIsaac 3-14-2013

Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan. Herald Press

Andrew Wilkes 3-14-2013

The Economy for Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World. Baker Academic

Bible, Gender, Sexuality calls us to a more honest dialogue about scripture's meaning for us today.

Julienne Gage 2-11-2013

Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press.

Aimee Kang 2-11-2013

The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press.

Tobias Winright 1-08-2013

Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society.

Will O'Brien 1-08-2013

Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released.

Julie Polter 1-08-2013

ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Beacon Press.

Gareth Higgins 1-08-2013

Here's my list of the best films released in 2012.

Jim Forest 11-27-2012

The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era. Oxford University Press

Andrew Wilkes 11-27-2012

The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. SmileyBooks

Brandon Hook 11-09-2012
Courtesy of Andrew Bird's Facebook page.

'Hands of Glory' sees the indie star engage with stripped down blues and country tunes. Courtesy of Andrew Bird's Facebook page.

If you were overwhelmed by all that election business, you might have forgotten that October just happened, and with it came a new release from one of my personal favorite musicians, Andrew Bird.

Hands of Glory, Andrew Bird’s latest record and companion to March’s Break it Yourself, is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by an immense response to Bird’s “old-time” sets on recent tours.

Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these “old-time” performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup.

Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features two brand new original tracks, a new interpretation of “Orpheo Looks Back” from Break It Yourself and covers of Van Zandt, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.

The results are fantastic.

Brandon Hook 11-08-2012
Photo from the official 'Lincoln' website.

Abraham Lincoln surveys the battlefield in the new film 'Lincoln.' Photo from the official 'Lincoln' website.

Abraham Lincoln was a storyteller, so it’s fitting that his story has been hashed out on the silver screen — without vampires.

And to say that it simply was “hashed out” would be an injustice to director Stephen Spielberg and everyone who contributed to Lincoln, a film that will be remembered as much for its beauty as the iconic character from which it gets its name.  

I’m not going to lie (pun intended), even though Lincoln is one of the most important figures in American history, I was hesitant about seeing a movie with the potential to be a two-and-a-half hour history class.

But I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Despite its length, the film drew me in and held my attention — even as a millennial growing up with the Internet, which I’m convinced has significantly chipped away at the already small attention span I have.

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