Christians from the Margins Reclaiming Christianity
COVER STORY—”If you read one book this year about the future of Christianity, then choose this book.” This week, that’s the first line in our news release about this remarkable new book, Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance. Best-selling Christian writer Brian McLaren opens this new book by Emily Swan and Ken Wilson by urging his loyal readers to spread the news about this new book. “Solus Jesus challenges us to see the authoritative Jesus in a fresh light, so that his life, message, death, and rising summon us to live in a new way as individuals and congregations,” Brian writes.
That strong recommendation is shared by journalist and author Deborah Jian Lee. She is nationally known for covering efforts by Christians from the margins—who she describes as “people of color, women and queer”—to re-envision Christianity as an inclusive community. Deborah wrote a Foreword to this new book. “Drawing from personal experience and those who have long carved out theologies far from power, Swan and Wilson show how Solus Jesus can open a portal to the divine communion that is possible between all people,” Deborah writes.
Legacy of Roseanne’s Courage
GOD SIGNS—This week, Suzy Farbman introduces us to the Harrington family. To this day, they are inspired by daughter-sister-and-aunt Roseanne, whose amazing courage and confident grace guided her even in the midst of a battle with cancer. Millions of American families have grappled with this a diagnosis that suddenly seems to change everything. The Harringtons—at Roseanne’s urging—were committed to reaching as many family goals as possible. Roseanne’s legacy is an example that continues to inspire them.
BIRTHDAY OF HAILE SELASSIE—Rastafari around the world—estimated to number 700,000 to 1 million—hold Nyabingi drumming sessions and celebrate the birthday anniversary of Haile Selassie I.
PIONEER DAY—Across the state of Utah and in Mormon communities worldwide, Pioneer Day marks the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, carnivals and more accompany festivals in Utah—and also in Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and Canada.
HOT DOG! Enjoy our story about July’s many food festivals, which also include ice cream, chocolate and fried chicken.
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Front Edge Publishing
HOW DO YOU FORMAT A MANUSCRIPT? That’s one of the most common questions we hear from writers. This week, Front Edge Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok lists four simple ways you can clearly and concisely express your author intent in an easy-to-accept manuscript. Plus, along with this column, there’s also a great classic photo of author Thomas Wolfe with one of his legendary manuscripts that you’ll likely want to see—and may want to share with friends.
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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:
- HENRY DAVID THOREAU—Subtitled “Surveyor of the Soul,” Ed highly recommends this new documentary. His review includes a link to learn more about regional screenings or buying a copy of the DVD. (5 out of 5 stars) Then, Ed also added this column encouraging Thoreau fans to help with promoting the film.
- DAMSEL—David and Nathan Zellner manage to upend most of the conventions of the Western genre in this adventurous comedy in the guise of a search-and-rescue tale.
- SHOCK AND AWE—Based on a true story, Rob Reiner’s Shock and Awe centers on the efforts of the staff of Knight-Ridder Newspapers to discover the truth about the government’s official reason for the pre-emptive war.
- THE CATCHER WAS A SPY—This is an amazing-but-true story of baseball player Moe Berg, who served as a real-life spy for the U.S. (4 stars)
- MARY SHELLEY—Haifaa Al Mansour, the director of the critically acclaimed movie Wadjda about a little girl in Saudi Arabia, is back with an impressive historical drama about the author if Frankenstein. (4.5 stars)
- WADJDA—This week, Ed reaches back a few years to celebrate the amazing movie Wadjda, the first feature filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia—and with a feminist theme! This movie is a delight and well worth seeking out on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming. (5 stars)
- FIRST REFORMED—Director/writer Paul Schrader’s latest film tackles some big issues—theological and environmental—and provides Ethan Hawke with perhaps his greatest role. (5 stars)