The Common Good
January 2009

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | January 2009

Good News

Good News

Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican …or Democrat, by Lisa Sharon Harper, documents the sea changes occurring in the U.S. evangelical world. Harper, executive director of the anti-poverty coalition New York Faith & Justice, includes interviews with 67 established and emerging evangelical leaders to document evangelicals’ engagement with a broader set of issues—values that include personal sin and systemic oppression. The New Press

Messages of Grace

A quote from Frederick Buechner—“It is no wonder that just the touch of another human being at a dark time can be enough to save the day”—shapes the 12 songs on Kate Campbell’s latest CD, Save the Day. Campbell, the daughter of a Baptist preacher, sings about the desire for faith and the struggles of doubt, culminating in “Sorrowfree,” where “golden bells will ring / there all will be forgiven.” John Prine, Nanci Griffith, and others add backup vocals. Large River Music

Tumultuous Waters

The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small, by Marian Wright Edelman, is comprised of 11 letters, each addressed to a different audience—including faith leaders, parents, citizens, God, and mothers. In them this longtime advocate for children and head of the Children’s Defense Fund urges us to take better care of our children, to not only provide better schools and health care but also to give them anchors of faith, love, family, and community. Hyperion

Walking in Faith

In The Way Is Made by Walking, Arthur Paul Boers invites readers on a 500-mile pilgrimage through Spain to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. Why would a modern Christian take on the discipline of a pilgrim? What can be learned about Jesus’ way by walking and praying on the pilgrim path? Boers takes us on a radical journey that moves at the “speed of life.” The Way is a treasure that may prompt more of us to claim the joys of living simply, attentively, and in the present moment. InterVarsity Press

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