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Magazines for Thoughtful Christians

In a recent issue of The Banner, I compiled some suggestions of Christian magazines and journals to add to your reading list. Here are some to consider: Comment: Produced by Cardus, a Canada-based Christian think tank, this magazine is grounded in a Reformed, biblical worldview that all of life is being redeemed by God and worthy… Continue reading Magazines for Thoughtful Christians

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Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Prolific poet Mary Oliver has always displayed an unabashed love for animals and a special talent for pondering affection, beauty, and grief through the world’s smallest creatures. Her recently published poetry collection, Dog Songs, honors the canine companions that have brightened her life and work. Oliver praises dogs for their loyalty, playfulness, and “steadfastness”; she laughs at… Continue reading Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

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Brilliant Falls by John Terpstra

One poem in John Terpstra’s latest collection, Brilliant Falls, is the story of a “holy raving protester” who climbed a tree to oppose the building of a highway. The poem begins with the often-quoted first verses of Revelation 21. However, the whole collection demonstrates Terpstra’s brilliant ability to see the “new heaven and the new earth”… Continue reading Brilliant Falls by John Terpstra

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Tony Dekker’s Prayer of the Woods

Prayer of the Woods is the solo offering by Tony Dekker, lead singer of the Canadian folk-rock group Great Lake Swimmers. Long-time followers of his band will likely note the resemblance to the sparsely intimate guitar-and-voice sound of their early work and appreciate Dekker’s consistently wildlife-rich lyrics. These are unique songs of solitude, though—wistful new explorations… Continue reading Tony Dekker’s Prayer of the Woods

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Paula Huston’s A Land Without Sin

Paula Huston’s novel  A Land Without Sin is a gripping spiritual journey set in Mexico in 1993 amid escalating civil conflict. Eva, a seasoned American photojournalist, treks through jungle caves and guerilla territories in search of her missing brother. Eva loves Stephen dearly, but she is unsettled by his deep Christian faith and by hints of family… Continue reading Paula Huston’s A Land Without Sin

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Memorizing Mercy

Attention is the beginning of devotion. —Mary Oliver In elementary school I loved the rhythms of “memory work”—from reading the Scripture passage in class to taking it home to be written out again or pasted on the fridge or recited aloud with my hands covering the verses. And I was glad to have new words… Continue reading Memorizing Mercy

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Dave Harrity’s Making Manifest

Are you a writer daunted by the task of daily creative practice? Dave Harrity’s Making Manifest is a 28-day devotional/craft book designed to revitalize your artistic routine and “awaken and renew [your] faith in the power of the Incarnation.” Harrity, a poet himself, invites you to prayerfully reflect on Scripture, mine your personal experiences, and observe the… Continue reading Dave Harrity’s Making Manifest