How to read the Bible: An interview with legendary theologian Harvey Cox

  How to read the Bible: An interview with legendary theologian Harvey Cox (link is external)   Religion News Service: While there is no single right way to read the Scripture, some ways are better than others, says the iconic theologian in an interview about his new book, “How to Read the Bible.” _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Leadership … Continue reading “How to read the Bible: An interview with legendary theologian Harvey Cox”

Islam’s Jesus

ISLAM’S JESUS by Zeki Saritoprak University Press of Florida Paperback edition, April 2015 222 pages. $28.95 CAD ISBN #978-0-8130-6178-8     Author’s Bio: Zeki Saritoprak is associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Beddiüzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, Cleveland OH. He is the author … Continue reading “Islam’s Jesus”

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

 The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere By Pico Iyer Simon & Schuster, a TED Original, 2014 ISBN: 978174678472-4 74 pages   TED talk is available at go.ted.com/stillness.   Nowhere, Pico Iyer claims, is the most interesting destination. Iyer, a travel writer by trade, makes this pronouncement in a new work, The Art of Stillness: … Continue reading “The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere”

Henry David Thoreau: Spiritual and Prophetic Writings

  HENRY DAVID THOREAU Spiritual and Prophetic Writings Edited with Intro by Tim Flinders Modern Spiritual Masters Series Orbis Books, Maryknoll NY February, 2015. 196 pages. Paper $34.50 CAD. Kindle $9.99 CAD. ISBN #978-1-62698-110-2.     Editor’s Comments: In 1848, Henry Thoreau mentioned the idea of retreating into the wilderness, anticipating a two-year sojourn at Walden … Continue reading “Henry David Thoreau: Spiritual and Prophetic Writings”

Essential Shakespeare Handbook

      ESSENTIAL SHAKESPEARE HANDBOOK DK Reprint Edition (Jan. 2013) Paperback. 480 pages. $9.50  CAD. ISBN #10: 1465402268     Description: From Hamlet and The Tempest to Henry V and Romeo and Juliet, the Essential Shakespeare Handbook is a user-friendly, and a beautifully illustrated guide to every play in the entire Shakespearean canon, as well … Continue reading “Essential Shakespeare Handbook”

Short stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine

Sure, Jesus Was Son of God. But How Was His Fiction? Amy-Jill Levine Makes Contribution to Jewish New Testament Lit   By Jerome A. Chanes Published March 13, 2015, issue of The Jewish Daily Forward,  March 13, 2015. ● Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi By Amy-Jill Levine HarperOne, 320 … Continue reading “Short stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine”

Between the Dark and the Daylight

BETWEEN THE DARK AND THE DAYLIGHT Embracing the Contradictions of Life By Joan Chittister   Image Hardcover, 176 pages $17.33 CAD ISBN – 10:0804140944 ISBN – 13:978 – 0804140942     Review By Wayne A. Holst My Thoughts: It was a freeing time in my life when I learned that people were not good or bad, … Continue reading “Between the Dark and the Daylight”

Selma and the struggle for civil rights

By John Arkelian David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, with Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King in the film Selma. Photo: Paramount Pictures FILM REVIEW Director: Ava DuVernay Released January 2015 127 minutes Rated: PG-13 “Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.” Martin … Continue reading “Selma and the struggle for civil rights”

Seeing with the ‘eye of the soul’

By Jane Christmas BOOK REVIEW The Meaning of Blue: Recovering a Contemplative Spirit By Father Luke Bell, OSB Angelico Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-1621380825 314 pages   Not many books use a potato to explain spiritual wholeness but Father Luke Bell manages to do this and more in The Meaning of Blue: Recovering a Contemplative Spirit. As a … Continue reading “Seeing with the ‘eye of the soul’”

Lenten Lent

LENTEN LENT A Way to Refresh Your Spirit by Donna Shaper Woodlake Books, Kelowna BC 2015, Paperback, 70 pages. $11.00 CAD ISBN #978-1-77064-793-0   Review By Wayne A. Holst My Thoughts: Donna Sharper has been writing inspirational books for ordinary Christians for some decades. She has written for the Alban Institute and other publishers who … Continue reading “Lenten Lent”