If you’re wired anything like me, one of the most effective ways to learn about sometimes-uncomfortable truths is through story. That’s because story has a way of bypassing our intellect and shooting straight for the heart, where compassion and empathy have a chance to take root. That’s one of the reasons I value thoughtful memoirs that speak […]
If you’re wired anything like me, one of the most effective ways to understand truth is through story. Even uncomfortable truths — maybe especially these. That’s because story has a way of bypassing our intellect and shooting straight for the heart, where compassion and empathy have a chance to take root. That’s one of the […]
Yesterday’s post featured They Say We Are Infidels: On the run from ISIS with persecuted Christians in the Middle East by WORLD magazine editor and Middle East reporter Mindy Belz. If you missed my reflections on this important book, you can read them here. Today, I’m pleased to share with you an except from the book […]
A novel of Hitler’s Germany The End of Law by Therese Down About this book: (from the publisher) Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power; the law–designed to protect and serve–becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race.
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker About this book: (from the publisher) Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition
“A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” ~ Alan Rickman For its swift ability to inform, move, and yes, even to change, few artistic forms can beat a well crafted movie. These are five that have affected me.
Barbara Mutch’s first novel tells a story of love and duty colliding on the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa. The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch About this book: (from the publisher) When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa, she knows that she does not love the man she is to […]
Friends, here’s round two of our discussion this month about the tough topic of sex trafficking–important because as I noted before, it is rampant, it is evil, and children we know and love are at risk. January is national Human Trafficking Awareness month, and today I am privileged to introduce to you Alisa Jordheim, Executive Director […]
A young female attorney from New York City attempts the impossible in 1946: attaining justice for a black man in the Deep South. The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson About this book: (from the publisher) Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black […]