Review: The Rebbe’s Army

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They leave the security of family and community to travel to the ends of the earth in the name of God. Destinations for these emissaries have included Bangkok, Salt Lake City, Alaska, Russia...just about anywhere there is a possibility they can be used to reconnect someone with God. They maintain their own unique lifestyle based in religious observance though this means they almost always stand out, peculiar people, in their adopted hometowns. They know they may never return to the comfort of … [Read more...]

Review: Tent Of David

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"I wish I were Jewish. I just love the Jewish people!"When some Christians learn I am a Jewish believer, they begin to gush their love of of all things Jewish to me. Some have stories of beloved Jewish doctors or accountants. Others share their deep political allegiance to modern Israel. Still others believe that they may have had a Jewish relative who hid his or her identity in order to survive the Holocaust or duck anti-Semitism in this country.Of this group, there are a few who've … [Read more...]

Review: Letters And Life

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 In the novella-length essay that closes Letters and Life: On Being A Writer, On Being A Christian (Crossway, 2012), author Bret Lott took me back to the day my mom died, and the shadowed valley of days that came after that. The emotional landscape of his relationship with his dad throughout his life was quite different than mine was with my mom, save this: Before he realized his father's life was nearing an end, while everyone around him was planning for rehab and recovery for him, his … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Snapshots: What Are YOU Reading?

I am a sucker for a free book. I'll admit it. If you click on the sidebar of this blog and look at my "categories" column, you'll see that I've got a long-standing habit of reviewing books in order to feed my free book habit.(You might be wondering if I've ever heard of a place called a library where I can get all the free books I want. Yes, I've heard of it, and the town in which I live has a really good one. I plan on stopping there today, in fact.)It occurred to me that it's been … [Read more...]

Review: Fully Alive

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What would it look like if we were free to live beyond gender stereotypes?Western culture, circa 2013, offers a dizzying array of responses to that question. At one end of the spectrum: people like the Swedish parents who decided to keep their child's gender a secret until the child settled on his or her own gender identity, or this UK pair, who have pursued a similar path for their child. These activists are bent on deconstructing social norms in a quest to create a gender-free zone around … [Read more...]

Review: Troubled Minds

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I've heard some believers say that mental illness can be reduced to a mind-over-matter issue. "If that depressed person would just apply a little Christian elbow grease by memorizing and applying the Word of God, they'd get over it." I've heard other believers insist that mental illness is always a spiritual issue. "It's demons. End of story."I'm glad to say I've also known believers who've been caring and faithful friends to those suffering from mental illness. There are many more who … [Read more...]

Review: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Skeptic’s Guide Series)

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Because we've traveled to Israel five times during the last five years as part of my husband's board responsibilities with The Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies, people ask us a lot of interesting questions about the region. Number one is "Isn't it dangerous there?" On the heels of that question is often some variation of "Do you think there's any hope for peace in the region?" This query may take the form of a personal confession, as in, "I really don't understand why things are … [Read more...]


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