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Surprised by Hope, by N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright, former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, was called by Newsweek “the world’s leading New Testament scholar.” I recently listened to a podcast in which he talked to Eric Metaxas about his latest book, but during … Continue reading


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The Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner

This is a public service announcement from Reading Central. Megan Whalen Turner writes what is quite probably the best current series of books for young people. In any case, it is certainly my favorite. And while other authors put out … Continue reading

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Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

(Caution: Spoilers) Otto is playing a game with his friends when he wanders too far into the forest. He meets three sisters who were imprisoned by an enchantment that could only be broken by a woodwind instrument. Otto had a … Continue reading


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The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen

Kelsea grew up in a cottage in the woods with her foster parents, but she always knew that when she turned nineteen, the queen’s guard would come to take her to the Keep to become the new queen of the … Continue reading

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Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest, by Edward T. Welch

When this book arrived at our church bookstore last fall, it sold out in two Sundays. There is a simple reason for this: We’re all a bunch of worriers! As Dr. Welch tells us, the most frequent commandment in the … Continue reading

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Wait, Was That Blur the Holidays?

Monday was the first day in several weeks that I did not have to jump out of bed to an alarm and rush off somewhere or start in on a list of tasks. I sat and read a book—which is … Continue reading


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Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Let’s start out by admitting that I did not want to read this book. I had it on my nighttable when it first came out and returned it without reading it. It was guaranteed to be a tearjerker, and I … Continue reading

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