catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Good Books

vol. 8, num. 6 :: 2009.03.13 — 2009.03.27

Have you ever gotten to the end of a good novel and felt a sense of grief at having to say goodbye to the world and the characters contained between the covers? Is there one book you wish everyone you know could read and love as much as you do? On the good books that become part of our own stories.



Some books bite. Good books leave scars.

A shameless fanboy's reflection on books that help us believe.

An open letter to literature

Chronicling an English major's complicated relationship with books.


Writing with light

The photographs of Andre Kertesz and the world of stories, and the stories of the world.


Life on the threshold

The nature poetry of Liberty Hyde Bailey and the igniting of an urban imagination.

Why I buy books

On putting our money where our best stories are.

When the Word became that figure in the mirror

An adult wrestles with youthful images of identity.

Memorable leaves

How a book became a companion in pained solitude.

My first favorite

On taking an unconventional route to becoming a lover of books.

Conversation: “Good Books”

Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about reading, the Bible and your favorite books.

When light emerges through the darkness

On two authors who served as wise, faithful companions in the midst of uncertainty.


A lasting impression

A review of a young adult favorite, Ellen Raskin's The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues.

Standing alone

A review of the 1974 young adult novel The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.


In case you missed it the first time

Into Esther

A keynote address from Jubilee 2006 that takes a look at what one of the Old Testament's more obscure texts is speaking to us here and now.

Move over, Sweet Valley High

A top ten list of young adult fiction books for grown-ups.

Neither Minnie Mouse nor Wonder Woman

An overview of the genre and two specific novels reveals changing images of women.

Weaving the web

Englewood Review of Books

A unique collection of book reviews, including new podcasts, by an Indianapolis church community concerned with God’s reconciliation of all things.


BookNotes Blog

More-than-a-bookseller Byron Borger waxes well and often on his favorite reads for faith and the arts, vocation and many other topics.


The Bible Reading Program for Shirkers and Slackers

Margie Haack's true confessions about trying (and failing) to read the Bible and her recommendations for doing so in a laid back kind of way.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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