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Tides of a Teardrop

Department: Author: Otto Selles In this gorgeous album, singer-songwriter and mandolinist Andrew Marlin travels through variations of longing and loss, particularly when considering the death of his mother. Emily Frantz provides perfect harmonies and takes the lead at times, offering variety to t

He Is Risen: Rocks Tell the Story of Easter

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Patti Rokus, creator of A Savior is Born: Rocks Tell the Story of Christmas, has produced another remarkable children’s picture book combining her visionary rock sculptures, engaging narrative, and Scripture texts to tell the story of Jesus’ healing an

Captain Marvel

Department: Author: Emily StrobleFull of dazzling interstellar visuals, a touch of 90s nostalgia, and a truly powerful hero, Captain Marvel is as wholesome as it is clever, action-packed, and fun.After smashing through orbit and the roof of a Blockbuster Video store, Vers (Brie Larson) introduces h

We Hope for Better Things

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerOver the course of 150 years, three strong women from the same Michigan family are drawn into racially charged relationships and confront different kinds of racism in this potent debut novel.In the present, Elizabeth loses her journalism job at a Detroit newspaper

Presence (Live from Toronto)

Department: Author: Paul DelgerCatch the Fire Music, an outreach ministry of Catch the Fire World, has produced a powerful debut collective album—Presence (Live from Toronto). The 10 songs highlight various songwriters from across the world, including Catch the Fire artists Chris and Summer Shealy,

The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema With characteristic wisdom and logic, author Timothy Keller describes how the book of Jonah is “an ingenious and artfully crafted work of literature.”As Keller explores the prophet’s story, he shows how Jonah’s problem is a theological one, a matter of

Leaving Neverland

Department: Author: Kristy Quist The documentary that caused a stir at Sundance has now made its public debut on HBO. The two-part, four-hour Leaving Neverland features interviews with two men and their family members. They describe in graphic detail how, as little boys, they were caught up in st

All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema When Elizabeth Hay, acclaimed Canadian author of several novels—known to her parents as Lizzie, the difficult child—took on the role of caregiver for her aging mom and dad, she felt that she was “in dangerous personal territory, a fraught border countr

Chopin: Ballades & Nocturnes

Department: Author: Otto Selles In his four Ballades, Chopin turns the piano into a whitewater raft, floating gently along a quiet stream before suddenly plunging down a canyon. Apparently inspired by the genre of Romantic “ballad” poems of the early nineteenth century, Chopin presents in these p

Were You There? Lenten Reflections on the Spirituals

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In the introduction to his brief, compelling devotional, author Luke Powery points out that spirituals “are musical memorabilia created on the anvil of misery by enslaved Blacks.” He adds that Spirituals are a “theomusical” genre that shows that suffer


Department: Author: Jenny deGrootSet in a reimagined contemporary France, Transithas all the elements of the 1942 suspense novel it is based on. German screenwriter and director, Christian Pezold, uses Anna Segher’s novel by the same name to create his characters.Georg (Franz Rogowski) finds himsel

The Great Adventure

Department: Author: Robert J. KeeleyIn 2016, The Neal Morse Band released what many consider to be the high point of Morse’s long career, The Similitude of a Dream. This double album was based on Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. While a 350-year-old book seems unlikely source material for a rock album,

The Hour of the Fox

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Margaret Bradley’s world is shattered when her son Andrew, a pilot, dies while flying a Canadian peacekeeping mission. In her thoughts, Margaret wanders “a dark maze with no way out.” Even as her marriage to her loving husband, Jack, begins to falter,

The Lowdown

Department: Author: Worldly Theology: Miroslav Volf and Matthew Croasmun have teamed up to argue that theology needs to get back to basics in their book For the Life of the World: Theology That Makes a Difference. (Brazos Press)Wonderful: Worship leader Meredith Andrews releases her first live EP,

Oscars Overview: 2019

Department: Author: The last round of movie awards this season will be handed out Sunday night, February 24. To take a look at what Banner reviewers thought of some of the nominees, follow the links below.Avengers: Infinity War (Visual Effects)BlacKkKlansman (Actor in a Supporting Role, Costume Des

They Shall Not Grow Old

Department: Author: Dr. Jennifer Holberg Commissioned by London’s Imperial War Museum, Peter Jackson’s stunning documentary They Shall Not Grow Old examines the life of British infantrymen during World War I. Using only the museum’s 100 hours of WWI footage, the film is a technical marvel: film sp

The Pitfalls of the Purity Movement

Department: Author: Kristy Quist In the 1990s, a new movement grew in evangelical churches that promoted sexual purity as one of the most important aspects of Christian life. While Christians have always seen sexual intercourse as something limited to those who are married, this purity movement i

Paul Writes (a Letter)

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this succinct summary of the apostle Paul’s letters to the churches in the Roman Empire, young readers will encounter Paul’s passion for the gospel, his love for Jesus Christ, his pain over the unbelief and conflict in the churches, and his teaching

In this World of Wonders: Memoir of a Life in Learning

Department: Author: Otto Selles In this memoir, Nicholas Wolterstorff offers a series of vignettes describing his humble beginnings in rural Minnesota, his education at Calvin College and Harvard, and various phases in his illustrious career as a philosophy professor, chiefly at Calvin and Yale.