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Colorful Mondays: A Bookmobile Spreads Hope in Honduras

In Villa Nueva, Honduras, young Luis is aware that many sad stories hang like dark clouds above the people he encounters as he goes to the community well and when he sells tortillas at the market. Luis has a goal—he wants to ensure that no one has any reason to be sad so “he likes to fill the lives

King of Collectables: The Goldin Touch

If you find yourself at a social gathering, and you’re looking to strike up an interesting conversation, try asking, “Did you collect anything as a kid?”It’s a fun question that will spark all kinds of interesting stories about bug collections, coins, dolls, baseball cards, action figures, beanie ba

Land of My Sojourn: The Landscape of a Faith Lost and Found

As a fan of Mike Cosper in his role as the host of podcasts such as The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, I was interested in what he might have to say about the rise and (sort of) fall of his own church, Sojourn in Louisville, Ky. As one of the founding pastors of this church, Cosper thought he had found

Artemis of the Ephesians Was Nobody’s Mother

After Sandra Glahn had suffered eight miscarriages and her three efforts at adoption were disrupted, Glahn wondered what her role was to be if not a mother. So she embarked upon an academic journey that led her to becoming a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, a bastion of conservative theolog

Work Pray Code

What happens when the familial and religious structures people rely on for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs are replaced by the workplace? That’s the story of Silicon Valley that Carolyn Chen tells in Work Pray Code.From big tech to start-ups, Silicon Valley companies, flush with cash an

Mixed Media Roundup March 2024

Enemies in the OrchardBy Dana VanderLugtReviewed by Sonya VanderVeen FeddemaBased on a true story, this World War II novel written in free verse is narrated from the alternating perspectives of 13-year-old Claire DeBoer of Apeldoorn, Mich., and Karl Hartmann of Ulm, Germany.In September 1944, Claire

Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold

In this charming children’s picture book inspired by the life of Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (1931-2019), Small-Girl Toni tells her family and her siblings, “My stories are going to change the world.”With her wild imagination, Small-Girl Toni spins stories about ghost

Black Cake

As an adoptee whose biological mother hid my existence for three decades, and whose biological father has yet to tell his family about her, I know all too well the ripple effect that secrets can have, especially in a family. Black Cake, an eight-episode series based on the New York Times bestseller

Kingdom

Village Lights is the name of a trio of independent worship leaders who found themselves often leading worship together at youth conferences and had a shared interest in creating music in a modern style for liturgical worship. Their first full-length album, Kingdom, demonstrates this focus by creati

Lion on the Inside: How One Girl Changed Basketball

Lion on the Inside tells the story of Bilqis Abdul-Quaadir, an American girl who became the highest scoring high school basketball player in Massachusetts history. From the age of 3 Bilqis played ball, striving to keep up with her seven older siblings. Throughout her school years she played alongsid

Junebug

In this fictionalized account of the life of Wilson Edward Reed—nicknamed Junebug—readers encounter a spirited, sensitive boy and, later, a determined, adventurous young man influenced by his family’s Christian faith, domestic violence, racial injustice, and mentors who help him succeed in life.In V

Hopeful Lament: Tending our Grief through Spiritual Practices

Spiritual director Terra McDaniel’s new book, Hopeful Lament, is a tender mercy.For isn’t it a mercy to be free to lament—to name what is—to be authentic before God? To be sad if we’re sad and grasp that the One who knows all things knows loss too?A former pastor, McDaniel has needed to lament. Her

Our Radiant Redeemer: Lent Devotions on the Transfiguration of Jesus

In this unique Lenten devotional, author Tim Chester explores the relationship between the transfiguration of Jesus and the events that transpired on his journey to the cross and his resurrection.Chester explains why he wrote from this perspective, considering that the transfiguration “was done and

The Color Purple

All the ingredients of a sensational, highly acclaimed movie were in place for the new musical film version of The Color Purple. Steve Spielberg, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey were backing the Broadway musical come to life onscreen. Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Fantasia Barrino, Jon Baptiste,

Something, Someday

Amanda Gorman, the youngest presidential inaugural poet and author of The Hill We Climb and Call Us What We Carry, invites young readers to see the world, despite its problems, with fresh, hope-filled eyes.As a young boy walks down a city street with his mother, he sees piles of trash surrounding a

Mixed Media Roundup February 2024

How Do You Spell Unfair? MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling BeeBy Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Frank MorrisonReviewed by Sonya VanderVeen Feddema“MacNolia Cox was no ordinary kid. Her idea of fun was reading the dictionary.” So begins author Carole Boston Weatherford’s gripping true