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Crisis in the context of history

Books | Looking at the coronavirus and racial protests through America’s past
by Lance Morrow
Posted 4/10/21, 04:48 pm

Author Lance Morrow was a Luce-ist for years and at age 81 is still a lucid essayist. Morrow wrote 150-plus cover stories for Henry Luce’s Time and often explained ideas by describing binaries, dueling visions. In this book he connects 2020 protests to the 115-year-old debates between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Morrow describes two schools of thought on how to use money to do good—philanthropy and charity, or government. He notes two schools of journalistic history-writing—Thucydides vs. Herodotus—but overlooks the apostle Luke.

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Hanging on to hope

Children’s Books | Four historical novels about anti-Semitism
by Susan Olasky
Posted 4/08/21, 02:31 pm

Journey to America by Sonia Levitin: Berlin in 1938 is a dangerous place for Jews, so Lisa’s father decides to sneak away at night and head to America: When he finds a job, he will send for his family. That takes longer than he expects, but finally the time comes. The family takes a train to Switzerland, supposedly for vacation. Mother and three daughters face many trials, made worse by the mother’s serious illness. Levitin shows the dangers families faced even after leaving Germany—and the courage and hope it took to persevere. (Ages 12 & up)

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Reflections on grace and truth

Books | Accessible theology books
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/08/21, 02:28 pm

Being the Bad Guys by Stephen McAlpine: McAlpine understands why Christians often feel like the bad guys, but he encourages believers to resist the mindset that “if we don’t win this culture war, everything is over. … That is how earthly politics work, not God’s kingdom.” The author says we should be more concerned about what destructive belief systems will do to people made in God’s image than how we might suffer for embracing an unpopular worldview.

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