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.
God works, by the Holy Spirit, through the reading, teaching, and preaching of scripture, to create new frameworks of ideas, to remind us of facets of the story we were in danger of forgetting, to correct imbalances, and above all to stir our hearts and minds with fresh visions of God’s love. It is, after all, love that creates all the other virtues: God’s love, to which all moral effort is merely an answering word of thanks, praise, and returned love. And scripture is nothing if not the story of God’s love – God’s love in creation, in Israel, in Jesus, by the Spirit, in new creation. The more we are people of the story, the examples, the community, and the practices, the more we will understand scriptures, and vice versa. And the more we join them together, the more we shall be formed into a community, locally, globally, and across time, in whose lives the Jesus habits of faith, hope, and love have become second nature.
After You Believe
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