Curving heavenward

Theology | Paul Miller explains how true living comes through dying
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/21/19, 12:56 pm

It’s so simple, it’s brilliant: The Christian life is shaped like a capital J. You descend on the left and rise on the right. 

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Battles on La Rambla

History | Two great older books illuminate the Spanish Civil War and the road to polarization
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/21/19, 11:43 am

Polarize might be 2019’s Word of the Year and publishing meme. Sitting to the right of my MacBook are recent books from two leading academic presses: Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America (Princeton) and Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford). What do we need to know? That polarization occurs when one side demands rapid social change and the other refuses to give in? When mass media ignore Biblical objectivity and celebrate subjectivity, that turns opponents into enemies? 

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Just like in the movies

Books | When the Mareekans came to Mogadishu
by Abdi Nor Iftin
Posted 11/09/19, 09:20 am

Abdi Nor Iftin’s Call Me American is the inspiring autobiography of a Somali refugee who loved Western dance moves and became known as “Abdi American.” After many tribulations, his desire to work hard and willingness to take risks eventually bore fruit with him obtaining a visa to live in the United States. Here’s an excerpt, courtesy of Vintage, chronicling Iftin’s first encounter with Americans in the flesh. Call Me American made WORLD’s short list for 2018 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category. —Marvin Olasky

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