Archives For VOLUME 10



For the upcoming Christmas season…
Ten of our favorite Christmas books!
By authors such as JRR Tolkien, Maya Angelou, and Madeleine L’Engle!

You still have a few days before Christmas to get these books from your local bookseller (or from Amazon)…

Most of these books are short and easy to read in one sitting!


[ Classic Christmas Stories – FREE Ebooks! ]

[ Our Favorite Christmas Albums! ]



The Nativity 

By Julie Vivas


The biblical story of the Nativity is one about faith, love–and a miracle. With illustrations that are enchanting and unexpected, Julie Vivas reveals the human side to Mary’s story, beautifully imagining the Angel Gabriel delivering the news to her, the exhausting journey with Joseph to Bethlehem, and at last the deliverance of the baby Jesus.


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Are we Doomed?
A Review of

The Locals: A Novel
Jonathan Dee

Hardback: Random House, 2017
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Reviewed by Ashley Hales

I wanted so much more for The Locals: a novel set between 9/11 and the Great Recession. The sort of British nineteenth century social novel written for the American twenty-first century. I wanted a novel that keenly engaged issues of class, culture, small town life, and told the story of the town alongside the story of deeply flawed, but interesting characters. I wanted to see our own age grittily explored with stabbing political statements and observations. It promised so much.

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What is our Identity?

A Review of

The Zombie Gospel:
The Walking Dead and What it Means to Be Human

Danielle Strickland

Paperback: IVP Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Jeff Nelson


“We are the walking dead.” This line, uttered by main protagonist Rick Grimes in both the TV show and comic versions of The Walking Dead, sums up what the real focus of this popular series is. While the presenting conflict that frames the characters’ experiences and problems is the zombie apocalypse, the true focus is their reactions and sense of identity as a result of everything they know collapsing.

Early on in The Zombie Gospel, Danielle Strickland notes this as well. Recounting a conversation with a friend, she shares this thought: “’Think about it,’ he said to me, ‘everything that defines your life has been deconstructed. What then’” (9)? In other words, if we can no longer define our lives by our jobs, our creature comforts, our favorite places to hang out, or even our enemies, what is our identity to ourselves and to others?

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Haunting Characters
A Feature Review of 

The Ninth Hour: A Novel
Alice McDermott

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017.
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Reviewed by Carolyn Miller Parr

Alice McDermott, winner of the National Book Award and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, has written another unforgettable novel.

It opens in a poor Irish-American section of New York City in the early twentieth century. While his pregnant wife is out shopping her young unemployed husband rips the gas hose from his stove, lies down, and breathes deeply.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Wendell Berry, Sue Monk Kidd, Peter Leithart,


Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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A Place in Time: Twenty Stories of the Port William Membership

Wendell Berry

*** $3.99 ***


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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology


Divinations: Theopolitics in an Age of Terror (Theopolitical Visions)

Daniel Bell

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The Mundane, Vital Details of Life
A Review of 
Whiskey & Ribbons:
A Novel

Leesa Cross-Smith
Hardback: Hub City Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Meghan Florian
Whiskey & Ribbons, Leesa Cross-Smith’s first novel, is a love story folded inside of a love story. It is a novel about grief, about family, about how we hold one another together when everything falls apart.

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Over the last year, we have done a number of features on our favorite holiday music…

We recap these all for your listening pleasure in Advent, and the coming Christmas season!

Advent Music – A Playlist for the Season of Waiting

Rain for Roots, Josh Garrels, Tom Petty, Over the Rhine, MORE
Includes a Spotify playlist for streaming…

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A Powerful Medium of Storytelling
A Review of 

God in the Movies: A Guide for Exploring Four Decades of Film
Catherine Barsotti / Robert Johnston, Eds.

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Fred Redekop
The Sound of Music (1966) was the first movie that I saw at the theatre. My parents and their eight children went the Brock Theater in Niagara-on -the-Lake, Ontario. The other movie experience that I remember growing up with was The Wizard of Oz. It came on once a year, in the spring, and our family sat down and watched it together on television. My first R-rated movie I saw was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So, I am a movie-watcher, who likes movies from all over the world. My brother is a set designer and set builder for the movie industry in Toronto. I was a pastor for over 30 years, and know from the people that I was pastor to,  that movies are a powerful medium of storytelling

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A Special Christmas Gift for Our Faithful Readers…

We invite everyone who receives our weekly email digest in their inbox to receive a completely FREE 1-year subscription to our quarterly magazine (in digital format).
No Hidden Strings Attached!
We won’t collect your billing info, and charge you as soon as a year is up. We just want to raise awareness of our magazine, and where better to start than with those who read our weekly email… OF COURSE, you are welcome to subscribe to the magazine in print or give gift subscriptions at any time.
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