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The Book of Common Prayer: Past, Present and Future A 350th Anniversary Celebration

Edited by Prudence Dailey

Continuum, Nov. 2011

Softcover, 216 pages, $21.95



AS THE SUBTITLE suggests, this volume offers a celebration of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer by women and men who use it, love it, and desire to share its treasures with others. While some discussion of earlier antecedents (1549, 1552, 1559) and later developments is included, the focus remains on the 1662 gold standard.

Much like The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey, this volume collects essays by a wide variety of authors – priests, laypeople, college principals, bishops – not all of whom are scholars. Following an introduction by His Royal Highness Prince Charles,

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This is My Beloved Son: The Transfiguration of Christ

By Andreas Andreopoulos
Paraclete Press, 2012
Trade Paper, 142 pages, $19.99

THIS FINE BOOK contains a study of the Transfiguration of Christ in which his appearance, his face and clothing shone brilliantly white, dazzling the eyes of his disciples Peter, James and John. This miracle is a revelation of his glory as the Son of God.
Andreas Andreopoulos is a deacon of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Great Britain. He is a scholar and a teacher of theology, formerly in the

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When I Was a Child I Read Books

Reviewed by Julie Lane-Gay

By Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2012
Hardcover, 206 pages, $27.99

When I Was a Child I Read Books is one of those titles that calls out to you like a club password. Some of us want to raise our hand and quietly call out, “Yes! Me too!”  Its connotation grabs at that sensibility that the world is changing too fast and you’re worried about living in a world where Charlotte the Spider, Huck Finn and Frodo are no longer

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The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam

By Eliza Griswold
Picador, updated Aug. 2011
Trade Paper, 336 pages, $14
Audio Book $20

ELIZA GRISWOLD’S TOPIC – the fault line between Islam and Christianity, which has historically been the tenth parallel north of the equator – is one that has long cried out for a treatment offering fair-minded observation, research, and balanced insight. I was pleasantly surprised

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Counterfeit gods offer empty promises

By Timothy Keller
Riverhead (TRD), 2009
Paperback, 240 pages , $17.50

TIMOTHY KELLER KNOWS how to tell Bible stories. Like The Prodigal God before it, his latest book, Counterfeit Gods, is built around them. And every time I read one of those stories, I feel like

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