Dust off the bookshelf

Children’s Books | Classics for tweens and teens
by Emily Whitten
Posted 7/29/20, 05:24 pm

Watership Down by Richard Adams: Before becoming a full-time author, British war veteran and civil servant Richard Adams invented this tale of talking rabbits for his two daughters. In 1972, he published it in book form, soon selling more than a million copies and earning a Carnegie Medal. The story of rabbits seeking a new warren will appeal to tweens and teens, but even mature readers can appreciate the skillful storytelling. Winsome characters like Hazel, the leader, and his muscle, Bigwig, display a complex view of human personality and politics.

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What we ought to be

Books | Four books about the variety of humans
by Caleb Nelson
Posted 7/29/20, 05:20 pm

The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best by Irwyn L. Ince Jr.: In The Beautiful Community (available in paperback Aug. 4), Ince illustrates the foundation of multiethnic community in the triune God, its creation through the work of Jesus Christ, and its outworking in local churches as they orbit around the beauty of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Daniel Silva becomes Dan Brown

Books | The Da Vinci Code pandemic spreads
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/20/20, 04:33 pm

We interrupt our regularly scheduled reviews to warn readers who have absorbed my annual praise for Daniel Silva’s usually exquisite novels. Like clockwork a new book featuring Israeli spy hero Gabriel Allon has appeared each July. Two summers ago I set my one-day record for steps (40,500—20 miles) while reading the new arrival slowly and relishing it. But I feel painfully obligated to say this: Despite Bob Woodward’s “Can’t put it down” recommendation, you should save your money and not pick up Silva’s latest, The Order (Harper, published on July 14).

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