Green Book

Department: Author: Kristy Quist Powerful acting rescues a feel-good film that garners a few too many laughs from the racism it attempts to decry.In the fall of 1962, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga is laid off from his job as a nightclub bouncer while the club undergoes repairs. Dr. Don Shirley is a wealt

Ocean Meets Sky

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Young Finn remembers the fascinating stories his grandfather told him about the place where ocean meets sky. But Grandpa has died.Finn builds a boat out of scrap wood to honor Grandpa on what would have been his 90th birthday. When the boat is complete

Reader-Submitted Review: Elihu, Innkeeper’s Lad

Department: Author: Patricia RamsdenElihu, Innkeeper’s Lad is a beautiful rendering of the Christmas story intended for children. The story includes age-appropriate and realistic details of Christ’s birth through the eyes of a child of the time. Its rhyming verse and Gloria Weisz’s beautiful illust

The Children Act

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootMeet Fiona Maye, a British family court judge. Maye, played by Emma Thomson, presides over the most difficult of cases that fall under the Children Act. She seeks to protect the rights of the most vulnerable minors, including a case involving the separation of conjo

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Twelve-year-old Mason Buttle struggles with a learning disability and has been incessantly bullied by his peers. He can’t help but feel that he and his family have been “subtracting instead of adding”—six years ago, his mother and grandfather died, lea

Love Song for a City

Department: Author: Paul DelgerRenowned British worship leader Martin Smith displays his love for the local church around the world with his album Love Song for a City. The 13 live tracks were recorded in 11 countries, including Belgium, Singapore, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, and the United State

Every Step an Arrival: A 90-Day Devotional for Exploring God's Word

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Curated from the late Eugene Peterson’s library of sermons by the WaterBrook and Multnomah Editorial Team, this 90-day collection of devotions focuses on God’s work and character as revealed in the Old Testament. The hope of the editorial team in compi

II: The Sword

Department: Author: Micah Van DijkI create my own prison, holding the keys inside.Punishing myself for all these crimes.And I’m trying to convince God that I’m not a waste of his time. —“Shame”II: The Sword comes across as a much more contemplative and humble album than recent Andy Mineo releases.

A Savior Is Born: Rocks Tell the Story of Christmas

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In author’s notes, Patti Rokus shares the origin of her unique retelling of the Christmas story, which combines striking vignettes composed of rocks with brief phrases from the biblical account of Jesus’ birth. On a solo camping trip in the Pacific Nor

The Rider

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootThe long-term effects of head injuries in the context of professional sports have received much attention over the past decade. The Rider gives a voice and a glimpse into that issue from the perspective of a contemporary rodeo drama.Brady Blackburn sustains a head i

The Winter Soldier

Department: Author: Kristy Quist Lucius Krzelewski was born into a wealthy Polish family that moved to Vienna to chase down even more economic opportunity. He never fit into his mother’s version of society; awkward and stammering, he found social events a form of torture more than anything else.

Reader-Submitted Review: Hallelujah Here Below

Department: Author: Elevation Worship’s album Hallelujah Here Below, released on September 28, features collaborations with Tauren Wells and Israel Houghton. It is a musical offering of honest and raw praise. The band, which has penned songs like “O Come to the Altar” and “Resurrecting,” drew inspi

A Home in the Barn

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this gentle tale by Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952), farm animals and other creatures are urged to enter the warmth and safety of the big, red barn as winter approaches: “Here is the barn\ Hear the wind rattle\ Open the door\ And see all the cattle.

The Hate U Give

Department: Author: Natasha TripplettThe Hate U Give reflects the heart-wrenching reality for many black communities. This movie, adapted from Angie Thomas’s bestselling young adult novel, gives a rare glimpse into the complexity of feeling pride for living in a misunderstood neighborhood. It allow

You Were Always Mine

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerNicole Baart, an adoptive mother of five who formerly published in the Christian market, knows how to keep her readers up all night, turning the pages to the blockbuster finish. She brings that propulsive quality to her latest novel, an engrossing read about a rece

Cry Pretty

Department: Author: Robert J. KeeleyIn the 13 years since Carrie Underwood won American Idol, she has become one of the biggest stars of country music and of music in almost any genre, selling out arenas across North America and around the world. Her voice continues to be one of the best in the ind

The Red Ribbon

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this deftly crafted novel for young adults, author and fashion historian Lucy Adlington relates the story of Ella and Rose, two teens who meet and become friends in a Nazi concentration camp. Upon arrival, their identities—names, clothes, and belong

First Man

Department: Author: Kristy Quist Astronaut Neil Armstrong is hailed as an American hero who brought the human race to the moon for the first time. In director Damien Chazelle’s latest movie, First Man, Ryan Gosling plays Armstrong as a quietly ambitious, enigmatic man who endured grief and fear w

Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Written from the perspective of a Lutheran pastor, Sacred Signposts is relevant for adherents of all Christian traditions. Author Benjamin J. Dueholm explores “the central, sacred, vexing practices of Christianity, the ‘holy possessions’ by which Chris