KENT NERBURN RETURNS
- NEW ‘LETTERS’—The beloved author of the Native American classic Neither Wolf Nor Dog talks with ReadTheSpirit about one of the first books he wrote: Letters to My Son. Kent wrote that wise and inspiring book about parents and children 20 years ago and now has freshly updated Letters for a new generation. You’ll enjoy our in-depth interview with Kent Nerburn. (He also talks about plans for the upcoming feature film based on Neither Wolf Nor Dog.)
hope to achieve
in our troubled world?
- OUR VALUES—That’s the question sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker raises this week in a fascinating, five-part OurValues series that draws on the latest Nobel news from Norway—and a worldwide report just released by Pew researchers.
- PART 1—What can children hope to do? Pew reveals that not all cultures share the same high hopes for kids.
- PART 2—Does it all boil down to good genes?
- PART 3—Why are parents in rich nations pessimistic?
- PART 4—Is our success determined by outside forces?
- PART 5—Are we listening to our kids’ best ideas? Could a Positive Post-It Day help?
A Child Shall Lead Them …
- INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—Malala Yousafzi is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize. This week, Daniel Buttry’s Interfaith Peacemakers series tells Malala’s inspiring story … and two other stories about peacemakers who focus on children. You’ll find all of our stories about peacemakers right here.
- MALALA YOUSAFZI—Learn about this 17-year-old survivor of terrorist gunshots, including links to her diary and a video.
- KAILASH SATYARTHI—This first Indian ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize has saved 80,000 children from slavery-like situations.
- MAYERLY SANCHEZ—She was only 12 when she began her campaign against killers in Colombia—now her influence circles the globe.
BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
- ARE YOU HELPING OUT? Have you heard about our special effort to promote our new comic book Bullying Is No Laughing Matter? This story explains this nationwide campaign, unfolding now in many schools and community groups.
- FREE COMICS & ACTIVITY GUIDES—How do parents enjoy this new book with kids? Ask the right questions! This week’s new free discussion guide features Stone Soup. Earlier guides include Jump Start, Luann, Dennis the Menace and Pickles. Or, see all of the free guides on this page.
- GET THE BADGE—Another way to show your support is to get the free “web badge.“
HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS and FOOD
- HARVEST FESTIVALS—Jewish families still are in the midst of Sukkot, the ancient festival that involves building special huts, and to the north of us Canadians already are celebrating Thanksgiving Day.
- FEED THE SPIRIT—Food expert Bobbie Lewis welcomes Isaac DeLamatre, head of the kitchens at Antioch College, for a delicious column headlined, “A Love Affair with Beets.”
- SUZY FARBMAN—Do you already have a big orange pumpkin sitting on your porch? Godsigns columnist Suzy Farbman discovers “Sometimes pumpkins are jack-o-lanterns; sometimes they’re milestone.“
- COLUMBUS DAY—This national observance also is known as Indigenous People’s Day in a small but growing number of communities. Our story reports on the history and the centuries-old friction that is playing out in these competing holidays.
- SEE ALL THE HOLIDAYS—Remember and tell friends about our convenient master calendar www.InterfaithHolidays.com
and EXCITING JOURNEYS
- VISUAL PARABLES—Faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty’s Visual Parables section is packed with reviews and great ideas for small-group discussion.
- ‘KILL THE MESSENGER’—A true story of a daring journalist who uncovers international corruption. (4 out of 5 stars)
- ‘DOLPHIN TALE 2’—It’s a good family film, Ed says. (4 stars)
- ‘GONE GIRL’—Ed says it’s full of more surprises than 100 boxes of Cracker Jacks! (4 stars)
- ‘VISUAL PARABLES JOURNAL’—Check out the latest issue. The holidays are coming. Please consider subscribing to these monthly journals, filled with small-group discussion guides by Edward McNulty.
- RODNEY CURTIS—If you enjoy world travel, you’ll love this multi-media postcard from our resident photographer and writer Rodney Curtis (who you may know as the Spiritual Wanderer). This column has everything: Great photos from Belfast, a fun story and even a video of some Irish young people trying a bizarre American “treat” for the first time.
- DEBRA DARVICK—His Lens/My Pen.
- JANE WELLS—Our intrepid Bird on Fire columnist always has her eye out out for the provocative intersection of values and pop culture. She calls this column “Jaime the Very Worst Missionary and a Cheap T-Shirt.”