The Common Good
December 2004 Sojourners

December 2004 Sojourners

Special Books Issue: The Power of the Word

Reading With New Eyes
A spirituality of reading.
by Nancy M. Malone, OSU

The People Of The Books
The written word isn't going away anytime soon, and religion's effect on the publishing industry is part of the reason.
by Phyllis Tickle

The Story Preceded Us
An interview with Paul Elie on faith and writing.
by Danny Duncan Collum

Recent Books Of Note
Book: The Saints' Guide to Happiness: Everyday Wisdom from the Lives of the Saints by Robert Ellsberg
Book: Breathing Space: Heidi Neumark
Book: A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
Book: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Book: William Sloan Coffin Jr.: A Holy Impatience by Warren Goldstein
Book: Citizenship Papers by Wendell Berry
Book: Speaking My Mind by Tony Campolo
Book: The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler
Book: Leadership from Inside Out: Spirituality and Organizational Change by Wes Granberg-Michaelson
Book: What's the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank
Book: The Woman Behind the Collar by Joy Carroll Wallis
compiled by Molly Marsh

The Indigo Girl
Between Haiti and the streets of Brooklyn.
by Edwidge Danticat

License To Thrill
Three pop theology books to leave behind.
by Jason Byassee

Words To Live By
In telling their stories, guests at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen feast on divine mystery.
by Elizabeth Maxwell


What I'm Reading
by Brian D. McLaren

What I'm Reading
by Kathleen Norris

What I'm Reading
by Phillip Yancey

What I'm Reading
by David James Duncan


The Power of the Word
Reading passionately isn't about escaping reality, but about plunging further into it.
by Julie Polter


Hearts & Minds: Rolling to Overcome Poverty
The 7-year-old's poster said, 'Every Life is Sacred. Stop Poverty.'
by Jim Wallis

Eyes & Ears: Pledging Allegiance to the Imagination
Wright was a political activist, but his loyalty was to his art.
by Danny Duncan Collum

H'rumphs: Road-Testing The Purpose-Driven Life
I'd miss the good old days, but they were before my time.
by Ed Spivey Jr.


Living the Word: Digging For Treasure
As Paul reminds us, we are all the adopted sons and daughters of God.
by Michaela Bruzzese