2 NEW BOOKS ARE ‘MAGICAL WARDROBES’
‘TREASURE HUNTING’ WITH LEWIS—Recently, HarperOne published two new C.S. Lewis collections, How to Pray and How to be a Christian—55 years after the Oxford-Cambridge scholar’s death. At first glance, Lewis fans may wonder how such “new” Lewis books can have any fresh value.
This week, David Crumm interviews the publishing professionals at the helm of this effort—Judith Curr and Michael Maudlin of HarperOne. Together, we explain why C.S. Lewis remains one of the world’s all-time bestselling authors. (You’re likely to be surprised at some of the reasons Lewis retains a special place among Christian authors!)
In our cover story, we also explain how these new books draw deeply on little-known sources from Lewis’s vast body of work. If you are among the countless teachers, preachers, small-group leaders and journalists who regularly cite Lewis’s work—make sure to read this week’s cover story. Then, share it with friends.
These two new HarperOne collections are superb choices for small-group discussions.
DAVID GUSHEE PODCAST ON 14 HEROES
‘MORAL LEADERSHIP’—”There is nothing more important than moral leadership—especially at a time when there is so little of it on the national stage,” Jim Wallis wrote about David Gushee’s new book Moral Leadership for a Divided Age. That book goes on sale in October, but Gushee—a nationally known Christian ethicist from Mercer University—already is doing his bet to spark discussions nationwide. In addition to the book, he has launched a new free podcast focusing on the 14 heroic men and women featured in his new book. That list includes Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Elie Wiesel, Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale. Want to know more?
- MERCER NEWS—Gushee’s university published an official announcement of the podcast.
- FACEBOOK—Gushee’s team set up a Facebook page for followers of the podcast.
- GET THE EPISODES—The podcast is available on iTunes—and also on Stitcher.
- THE NEW BOOK—You already can pre-order Gushee’s new book from Amazon.
- ‘CHANGING OUR MIND’—The landmark book in which Gushee challenges Christians to include LGBTQ diversity is now in its “Definitive 3rd Edition.”
& 1 SMALL TOWN
FOSTER FINE ARTS
GodSigns—This week, Suzy Farbman introduces us to Bill and Susan Klco (Kelso) who asked themselves a simple question: Could we help artists by providing room and board? Then, their second question was: Would artists want to come to a remote Michigan town? By answering those questions, the Klcos have helped the fine arts to blossom in their region of Michigan. They tell Suzy: “We’re not wealthy art patrons or society types with important connections.” That’s certainly true—but their success shows what inspiration and a courageous commitment to creativity can do!
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
SUKKOT—It’s time for the ancient autumn harvest festival of Sukkot and Jewish families are likely to be enjoying evening meals in make-shift, backyard shelters, this week. Stephanie Fenton has the story!
ETHIOPIAN FESTIVAL OF THE CROSS—It’s called Meskel and Christian families begin with a bonfire vigil to usher in this celebration. Traditional stories hold that Meskel honors the ancient discovery of the True Cross.
‘IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE RISE’—How many of us, while attending services, have wondered about a person who seems to be ignoring the rest of the congregation? Author Debra Darvick recently spotted such a person at the Jewish High Holidays. Her responses may mirror our own. Please, read her column to see.
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WE’VE GOT A BOOK FOR THAT
FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Susan Stitt helps us prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in October, by describing some of the books we have published that are especially helpful to individuals and families facing struggles with this diagnosis.
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FAITH & FILM
ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.
Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:
- PUZZLE—This complex story about a woman who discovers her unusual talent for assembling puzzles is sure to generate spirited discussion, Ed writes. (4 out of 5 stars)
- THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN—Robert Redford stars in this movie version of the real Over the Hill Gang, polite robbers who enjoy a remarkably long career.
- SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD—Ed says there are intriguing details as well as troubling aspects of this controversial tell-all documentary about sexuality in Hollywood in the 1940s and ’50s. (4 stars)
- DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT—What a delightful visual parable of reconciliation from director and screenwriter Gus Van Sant! Based on John Callahan’s autobiography of the same name, the title comes from one of the sardonic cartoons that made Callahan beloved and controversial. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
- THE CAKEMAKER—Writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s first film may be slow-paced, but it also is a fascinating exploration of grieving, loneliness and the fluidity of sexual boundaries usually thought of as rigid. (5 stars)
- BLACKkKLANSMAN—Based on the memoir of policeman Ron Stallworth, Spike Lee has written and directed one of the most important films of the year. (5 stars)