Teaching O’Connor

It’s that time of year again – the time when teachers (like me) are enjoying the summer, but still thinking about what we’re going to do in the fall. Here’s Nic Ripatrazone at The Millions on teaching Flannery O’Connor (the great American Catholic writer): As a Catholic, I find O’Connor less perplexing than illuminating. This is [Read More...]

Summer Reading

I love books – so much that I devote considerable time to making lists of books I want to read. Over at Her.meneutics, the writers have done the same thing, and their picks – from fiction and memoir to spirituality and more – are wonderful. Go take a look, and pick up some recommendations for [Read More...]

Louis Zamperini: The Happiest Man I’ve Ever Known

I just heard the news that Louis Zamperini died. In honor of his life, I thought I might repost something I wrote a few years ago, shortly after his biography, Unbroken, came out. Louis Zamperini: The Happiest Man I’ve Ever Known No, I’m not exaggerating. If you were to ask me, “Who is the happiest [Read More...]

Why Christians Should Read Secular Novels

At her blog, Amy Julia Becker looks at why Christians ought to read non-Christian novels: In spending time with these fictional people, Lamb succeeded in humanizing individuals who might otherwise have remained a “type” –whether the lesbian artist, the sexual predator, the liberal social activist, or the evangelical from Texas. And in feeling some degree [Read More...]


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