Books

Words with beauty and power

Books | Accessible theology: four new books
by Caleb Nelson
Posted 2/27/20, 03:57 pm

The Soul in Paraphrase: A Treasury of Classic Devotional Poems by Leland Ryken: Dissatisfied with available anthologies of Christian poetry, Wheaton professor and ESV Bible editor Leland Ryken created his own. He explains each of the 150 poems by defining all the difficult words and phrases and then describing the work’s artistry and spiritual qualities. In every poem he finds “profundity of meaning and richness of experience.” Ryken understands the imagination and poetic sensibility of Christian life, and he lays bare the power and beauty of great English poems.

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Old-school baseball

Sports | The Washington Nationals’ remarkable 2019 season may offer a model for other baseball teams
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/27/20, 03:54 pm

Remarkable stories these days can quickly disappear into the blast of internet drama or depressing news cycles. That gives even more reason to go back during spring training and revisit one feel-good story of 2019: the Washington Nationals’ improbable championship run.

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Crying out in despair

Books | Christ is the antidote to depressing diagnoses
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/27/20, 03:51 pm

Beware the Ides of March, ancient Romans used to say, but Catherine Wilson’s How to Be an Epicurean (Basic, 2019) would have us, as we become ancient, beware every day. That’s because one of her heroes is Lucretius, the ancient Roman materialist who considered the absence of pain and fear to be the greatest pleasure—and the old, facing both, would have “hearts ranked with anxiety.”  

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