The Common Good
December 2006

New and Noteworthy

by The Editors | December 2006


Artist Henri Matisse called his creation of the Chapel of the Rosary, located in the French village of Vence, the culmination of his career. But he was inspired by—and worked closely with—Sister Jacques-Marie, a woman who initially served as his nurse. The film A Model for Matisse, by Barbara Freed, documents their tender friendship, but also Matisse’s creative process as he designed everything from the chapel’s structure to the vestments.

A few years ago, J. Matthew Sleeth was a doctor whose family lived in an expensive house and drove luxury cars. But as more of his patients came in with environmentally induced ailments—and when he and his family assessed their own environmental impact—he decided changes were in order. Sleeth’s Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action is a highly readable and practical book about ways we can live in line with our biblical values. Chelsea Green

For the Living of These Days is a beautiful collection of 14 stripped-down gospel tunes by Kate Campbell and Spooner Oldham. The duo reinterpreted classics including Woody Guthrie’s “Jesus Christ” and Kris Kristofferson’s “They Killed Him,” but they also created new songs, such as the stunning “Prayer of Thomas Merton,” in which Campbell puts Merton’s words to music. Deep meditations on mercy and hope. Large River Music

In GodSpace, author Christine Sine invites us to reorder the crazy pace with which we live our lives. Most of us don’t create much space for God, she says, and we also struggle to catch God’s pace. Sine looks at the rhythms God built into the natural world and in our bodies and offers practical ways to seek peace and rest in our work, relationships, study, and service. Barclay Press

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