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Rescue Story

Department: Author: Paul DelgerChristian artist Zach Williams grabbed a 2018 Grammy award for his debut album, “Chain Breaker,” and now he returns with another potentially big record, “Rescue Story. “For this new album, the title fits because every song has a rescue story,” he said in a release. “W

Hit Hard

Department: Author: Jamie L BrummelWhat do you do when someone you love irrevocably changes—and time is forever divided into before and after? Hit Hard is the story of the McLeod family, a family affected by ambiguous loss. When Pat and Tammy, Harvard chaplains for Cru, receive the call that Zach,

The Public

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootPublic libraries are set apart from other institutions. They are places where people gather to connect with each other, share ideas and dialogue across lines of religion, gender, ethnicity, and age. Libraries are democratic, safe, and yes, even sacred spaces, provid

The Kids are Coming

Department: Author: Micah Van DijkNo one seems to understand the kids these days And why we live this way We got to clean up the mess you've made Still, you don't wanna change – The Kids Are ComingThe Kids are Coming by Tones and I is the debut EP from 19-year-old Australian Toni Watson. Similar

One Big Heart: A Celebration of Being More Alike than Different

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this charming children’s picture book, author Linsey Davis’s rhyming verse and illustrator Lucy Fleming’s bright, cheerful pictures highlight the diversity of God’s creation in a classroom of youngsters: “Our faces make a rainbow, / lots of colors a

She Said

Department: Author: Cynthia Beach“Be sure your sins will find you out” may encourage those who know the real story of power abusers, yet decades can sweep past with little or no justice. The story of famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was nearly that: a dark secret of alleged harassment, ab

The Woman in the White Kimono

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In 1957 Japan, 17-year-old Naoko Nakamura has fallen in love with an American sailor and is pregnant with their child. In a culture that scorns interracial marriage and mixed-race offspring, Naoko is aware that these children are “a living reminder tha

Evil

Department: Author: Trevor DenningSometime in the 19th century, the Enlightenment came to fruition. Science offered explanations for everything. Darwin’s theory provided creation without a Creator, and Nietzche said God was dead anyway. Conversely, the Romantics were putting greater emphasis on emo

Little Libraries, Big Heroes

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootWe have all seen them popping up in unexpected places; a little cupboard perched in a neighborhood with the invitation to open the door and peek inside for a treasure. The Little Free Library is a grassroots movement that began with a mother encouraging her young so

Sing a Song: How ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ Inspired Generations

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootIn Jacksonville, Fla., brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson wrote a song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” for a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. James Weldon Johnson, who wrote the lyrics, was the principal of the segregated, all-Bl

Refugia: A Podcast about Renewal

Department: Author: Kristen Parker“Refugia are places of shelter where life endures in times of crisis. From out of these small sanctuaries, life re-emerges, and the world is renewed.”Refugia is a podcast hosted by Deb Rienstra, professor of English at Calvin University, where Rienstra hosts guests

When the Light Comes

Department: Author: Paul DelgerBig Daddy Weave has carved out a long-standing presence in Christian music and for good reason: the band’s music just connects well with listeners. Its ninth studio project, When the Light Comes, continues the connection. The band has encountered numerous struggles th

Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this humorous children’s picture book, Mr. Nogginbody steps on a nail protruding from his living room floor, and wonders, “How in the world do I fix this thing?” He dashes off to a hardware store in search of a solution and buys a hammer.So begins M

Bottom of the Ninth

Department: Author: Cynthia Beach“The Rookie” meets “Levity.” This blend of two inspirational movies—one light and one dark—names the contours of the 2019 indie film, Bottom of the Ninth.Thirty-eight-year-old Sonny Stano (Joe Manganiello) emerges from prison 17 years after he accidentally killed an

Reading Between the Turkey Feast and Tinseled Tree

Department: Author: I Still Believe: A Memoir of Wreckage, Recovery, and Relentless LoveBy Russ and Tori TaffReviewed by Paul Delger Christian music icon Russ Taff has won numerous awards, including Grammys, but his biggest victory was overcoming an alcohol addiction. Readers receive a brutally hon

The Heart Beats in Secret

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In 2006, Pidge receives word that she has inherited her grandmother Jane’s house. Without telling her own mother, Felicity, the young woman leaves her home and work in Ottawa, Ont., and travels to Scotland, curious about what she’ll discover in Jane’s

No Shame

Department: Author: Paul DelgerChristian music staple Tenth Avenue North offers a freeing record with its sixth album, “No Shame.” Frontman Mike Donehey described the theme of the project in a press release: “Healthy shame is actually the necessary feeling you have when you realize you’re not God a