Archives for August 2010

Understanding Santeria through Stories

{Ocha’ni Lele.¬†Teachings of the Santeria Gods. Destiny Books 2010. 269 pages. $16.95} Reviewed by Star Foster I love a good story. A good story has a mystery, a moral, a familiarity or a sense of the fantastic. A good story satisfies you down to your bones. Ocha’ni Lele’s book¬†Teachings of the Santeria Gods is chock-full [Read More…]

Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams: Saying Alleluia, Despite Life’s Challenges

{Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams. Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is. Liturgical Press 2010. 192 pages. $16.95} Reviewed by Elizabeth Nordquist Here are two leaders of the Christian Church — prominent and outspoken, thoughtful and spiritual — engaged in reflection on a practice that is common to almost every faith tradition, that of gratitude, [Read More…]

“Definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century” from Eric Metaxas

Author and Editor Jana Riess recently interviewed Eric Metaxas about his major new biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Some highlights: Your subtitle suggests you’ll be looking at four different aspects of Bonhoeffer the man: pastor, martyr, prophet, and spy. Christians are probably used to the first three, but what do most people know about Bonhoeffer as [Read More…]

Star Foster Reviews Galina Krasskova, “Exploring the Northern Tradition”

{Galina Krasskova. Exploring the Northern Tradition. New Page Books 2005. 220 pages. $14.95} Reviewed by Star Foster A good, solid, human and engaging introductory text to a religion, particularly a minority religion, is worth its weight in gold. Crafting an introduction to a religious practice, mythos, cosmology and values is a bit like walking a [Read More…]