Disney has opted out of the Narnia film franchise, a few months before filming was to begin on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Disney cited budgetary concerns as their reason after Prince Caspian performed poorly at the box office and in DVD sales, but the Los Angeles Times reported creative differences between Disney and Walden Media, the company that produced the films.
Arts & Culture
Author: Steve Bell
Steve Bell’s latest album, Devotion, is filled with prayer songs. Bell has incorporated his skillful acoustic guitar playing and notable folksy sound with first-rate string arrangements in this album. Devotion has a blend of songs that are easy to sing, and meditative in nature. Stand-out tracks include “Almighty God,” “Everything We Need,” and “Gone is the Light.”
Remember Us: Letters from Stalin’s Gulag (1930–37). Volume One: The Regehr Family
Author: Ruth Derksen Siemens
By conservative estimates, at least 45 million people died in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1953 through state causes such as executions, imposed famines, imprisonment in the gulag, and relocation to “special settlements,” not to mention millions more deaths because of war.
All Right Now: Finding Consensus on Ethical Questions
Author: Tim Geddert
Tim Geddert, professor of New Testament at MB Biblical Seminary in Fresno, attempts the difficult task of drawing together biblical interpretation, the nature of the church, and ethics.
The Peace Church and the Ecumenical Community: Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Nonviolence
Author:Fernando Enns, translated by Helmut Harder
Fernando Enns (keynote speaker at the Believers Church Conference held in Winnipeg in June) is emerging as a very important Mennonite voice. The German theologian is active in peace church theology and ecumenical studies, is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and pastors a Mennonite church. His ecumenical work has been central to the WCC’s important peace initiative, Decade to Overcome Violence (2001–2011).
On the Way with Jesus: A Passion for Mission
Author: Richard Showalter
“Lord, we are unworthy, we are weak, we are not excellent, but we want to go.”
Such is the prayer of a Honduran church leader in On the Way with Jesus by Richard Showalter. In this book, the president of Eastern Mennonite Missions combines his academic study of Anabaptist mission with rich personal experience.
The PromiseFather’s DaughterThe latest release from Father’s Daughter demonstrates the saying, “there’s nothing like a family blend when it comes to harmony.” The Promise, the group’s second CD, does not disappoint. Creative harmonies combined with great musical arrangements and biblically sound lyrics add up to an enriching, entertaining listening experience.
Lord Save Us From Your Followers: Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing Society?
Author: Dan MerchantThe question of Christianity’s relationship to culture is an old one with no shortage of differing viewpoints. Are we to flee from it? Subvert it from within? Take it over for Jesus? None of the above?
Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh
Home is more than a roof with four walls
People who pick up Beyond Homelessness expecting to learn what it means to live on the street may be surprised that the book has as much to say about their own life as it does about the lives of street people…
Is punishment all bad?
Professor Paul Redekop – unrelated to this reviewer – has written a challenging book with a novel thesis: “The practice of punishment cannot be justified on moral, religious, or utilitarian grounds. Just as we long ago abandoned other forms of ritual sacrifice, so we now [need] to do the same with punishment…
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Alain Epp Weaver, Editor
Theology of land questioned
With an introduction and 12 chapters by five authors, Under Vine and Fig Tree explores and explains the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict in relation to biblical theologies and practical concerns. The book includes helpful resources such as maps, conflict timeline, glossary of terms, a Scripture index, and a list of further resources…
Wilma L. Derksen
Story teaches acceptance
The Emerald Angel is an adult story told through the perspective of a child. Main character Ava feels invisible to her family; she’s an unwanted child whose mistakes are chastised and whose good deeds are overlooked…