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Tuesday
Nov142017

Cadfael and his Creator (Mind or Reviews?)

Edith Pargeter wrote the The Chronicles of Brother

Cadfael series under the pen name ‘Ellis Peters.’ (Supplied Photo)

By Sue Careless

“FICTION, AT ITS BEST, expands our moral imagination,” writes Robert Fulford, and after reading Ellis Peters’ The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, I would add that it expands our spiritual imagination as well. 

Cadfael is the medieval sleuth in a series of murder mysteries by the

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Thursday
Sep212017

Three Fine Films

(From top) Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Queen of Katwe, the true story of a young girl from rural Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess; Ruth Williams Khama (Rosamund Pike) and Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) in A United Kingdom; and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Katherine Goble Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) meet John Glenn (Glen Powell) in Hidden Figures.

Photo (from top): Edward Echwalu; BBC Films;Fox 2000

Reviewed By Sue Careless

ONE OF THE TRICKIEST challenges when running a Christian camp for teens or a youth group is finding a film for movie night that will be suitable for a wide age range and a variety of maturity

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Friday
Apr072017

Is The Shack Truly Christian? 

Aviv Alush, Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Sumire Matsubara in Lionsgate Films’ The Shack (2017). Inset: The original book cover.  (Photo: Lionsgate Films)

By Albert Mohler

THE PUBLISHING WORLD sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published by Young and two friends, has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. It is one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic.

According to Young, the book was originally written for his own children. In essence, it can be described as a narrative theodicy, an attempt to answer the question of evil and the character of God by means of a story. In this story, the main character is grieving the brutal kidnapping and murder

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Thursday
Feb162017

Les Innocentes and Calvary

Reviewed by Gerry and Siobhan Laskey

 TWO FILMS now available on Netflix – happily, since there was likely scant (if any) theatrical release of them near most of us last year – are fascinating in their takes on faith.   Les Innocentes and Calvary deal with the resilience of faith in Christ in a context of aggression, doubt, horrific acts and sacrifice.  

While both films treat the Christian faith with knowledge and respect, key characters display varying views from devotion to cynicism to outright hostility. Some never had faith, others lost or rejected

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Wednesday
Dec142016

Seven for Winter

Photo: Sue Careless

Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend or a good book for yourself, consider these suggestions from two avid readers.   

Julie Lane-Gay is a writer and editor who lives in Vancouver with her husband, Craig, and their four children. She attends St John’s, Vancouver.   

Beneath Wandering Stars

Ashlee Cowles 

Merit Publishing, 2016

 

When I admitted to a friend that I had a longing to walk the Camino de Santiago, she mentioned

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