vol. 10, num. 3 :: 2011.02.11 — 2011.02.24
Reading is an activity conducive to being snowed in or sunning by the lakeside or riding the train for the morning commute. What other activity (besides perhaps listening to music or napping) is so widely and wonderfully applicable? Reflections on reading and favorite books.
Confessions of a recent convert to the e-reader.
A defense of the book and, above all, the living Word.
How a book loyalist came to appreciate the company of an e-reader.
On the loss of love letters in a technological age.
Lessons from a writer, to a writer, transcend the boundaries of time and space.
An apologetic for the imaginative power of books over movies.
On the interaction between the stories on the page and the stories stuck between them.
A tribute to a formational book that still speaks wisdom after 115 years.
A mom looks back on her favorite books and ahead to her own daughter's young reading years.
A review of the young adult novel Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar.
A review of the book Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams.
A review of A.J. Jacobs' book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.
A shameless fanboy's reflection on books that help us believe.
Chronicling an English major's complicated relationship with books.
Roadtrip musings from wandering bookseller extraordinaire Byron Borger.
Lindsay Crandall recounts a liberated year of record-keeping.
Gregory Wolfe, editor of a print journal, on the merits and dangers of virtualization.
Like the desert tales that monks have used for centuries as a basis for a theology and a way of life, the tales of small-town gossip are often morally instructive, illustrating the ways ordinary people survive the worst that happens to them; or, conversely, the ways in which self-pity, anger, and despair can overwhelm and destroy them. Gossip is theology translated into experience. In it we hear great stories of conversion, like the drunk who turns his or her life around, as well as stories of failure. We can see that pride really does go before a fall, and that hope is essential. We watch closely those who retire, or who lose a spouse, lest they lose interest in living. When we gossip we are also praying, not only for them, but for ourselves.
“The Holy Use of Gossip” in Dakota
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