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5 Books to Spark Your Soul

Alas, simply reading a book won't make you a better person.
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Hurt Locker Can't Contain the Reality of War

I am not a movie buff by any standard, but somehow I suspect I am not the only one who was more than a little surprised at the reception of the latest war movie at Sunday's Oscars.
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The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman

Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about a recent date night movie, Up in the Air, starring Vera Farmiga and George Clooney.
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So I'm a Heretic

So I finally got around to reading Dan Brown's latest book,
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Audio: Social Justice on Australian Christian Radio

Question: How would America's largest mainstream Christian radio stations respond to issues of social justice for the poorest of poor, climate change, and nonviolence?
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Christian Heroes in Black History

As far as African American history books go, Heroes in Black History
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So Dang Jesus-y: Sara Miles' Jesus Freak

In Mark Oestreicher's review of Sara Miles' latest book
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Biden vs. Cheney on Afghanistan, the Unpopularity of Lamentation, and Shutter Island

Joe Biden appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows last week to defend the Obama administration from Dick Cheney's disgraceful attacks, which appear to suggest his earlier bloodlust has not yet be
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African Lent

Here's an idea for Lent that will do more good than giving up desserts: Read a book about contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. It's not a penance, though it can hurt.
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