Emily Whitten

Emily is a book critic and writer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Mississippi graduate, previously worked at Peachtree Publishers, and developed a mother's heart for good stories over a decade of homeschooling. Emily resides with her family in Nashville, Tenn. Follow her on Twitter @emilyawhitten.

Children's Books

Books | Four Bible-related books
by Emily Whitten
Posted 3/18/16, 01:00 am

Machowski’s 224-page picture book is a kid-friendly introduction to the study of God. Machowski includes familiar stories (such as Christ’s death and resurrection), but his presentation of God’s character through clever, humorous essays—with titles like “The Ology of Creation”—sets this book apart. Andy McGuire’s illustrations complement the classic-with-a-twist text: For instance, an ice cream cone with worms sticking out memorably depicts the sinfulness of man. Reformed in its perspective, The Ology will appeal to Christian families of many stripes.

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Children's Books

Books | Recent audiobooks for teens 
by Emily Whitten & Hayley Schoeppler
Posted 1/22/16, 01:00 am

After 12-year-old Jayson’s mother dies, he manages to survive on his own for a while. But when he steals sneakers for the upcoming basketball season, authorities send him to live with a foster family. Jayson (who is white) must adjust to living with a black family on the rich side of town. He also has to overcome his anger if he’s to earn his teammates’ respect and lead them to the state finals. Lupica’s narrative moves quickly, with enough description to create memorable characters in an uplifting tale that shows the rewards of perseverance. Boys and sports lovers take note.

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The force is cool, but it's no Holy Spirit

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 12/17/15, 09:30 am

The force awakens tomorrow morning at midnight with the release of the latest Star Wars sequel, almost 40 years after the first installment in the saga debuted. Joshua Hays, a researcher at Baylor University, says one of the things that makes Star Wars so appealing is its spiritual theme.

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