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The Road To Character by David Brooks

In a post-modern culture of the “big me” “selfies,” David Brooks, a New York Times columnist and PBS television commentator, shoves us to get over ourselves and seek, perhaps for the first time, for character formation. Guided by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik’s insights in “The Lonely Man of Faith,” Brooks envisions two sides of our human...

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

On my way to Marilynne Robinson’s latest novel “Lila,” I came across her 2004 “Gilead”. What detained the interest of this aging pastor is its story of an ailing pastor, who sits down to write down his life and ministry reflections for his young son. Recently told that he has a coronary malady that may...

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Jesus And Community by Gerhard Lohfink

Jesus And Community by Gerhard Lohfink, Paulist Press. 1984 This not so recent book has something to say to our post modern generation. First written in German in 1982, this English edition was published two years later. Gerhard Lohfink was a New Testament professor at the University of Tubingen for many years. In 1986, he...

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White Trash by Nancy Isenberg and Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

Book Reviews:                                                                               White Trash: the 400 year untold story of class in America, by Nancy Isenberg....

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The lovely title of Hosseini’s novel is from a poem he recites toward the end of his story. The story is about a long lesson in endurance. No matter what a person is given, to survive and to live, one must find the resolve to endure that which is beyond her power. We are to...

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Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon

Sitting across a table from me, a father sobbed intermittently as he scuffled to accept his present circumstance with a Down syndrome child. When his wife was with that child, as persons of faith he and his wife did not contemplate once about terminating the pregnancy. Ignoring the doctor’s counsel, their faith assumed that it...

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Exclusion & Embrace: a theological exploration of identity, otherness and reconciliation by Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf, professor in theology at Yale Divinity School, has written a “theological exploration” that illuminates a vision of what it means to live under God in a post-modern world of glaring human pluralism. Perhaps the greatest challenge that ruffles many thoughtful Christians is how to live with the otherness of others whose contempt and...

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