St. Francis and the Animals: A Mother Bird's Story

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this enchanting fictional children’s picture book based on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, Mother Bird insists that her son Benjamin Bird listen to her tell the story of the venerated saint’s life before he takes his first flight. She also dema

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootThe Tattooist of Auschwitz is a novel based on a true story that provides insight into yet another aspect of concentration camps in World War II. In April of 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, joined many others on a train bound for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentr

Monsters and Men

Department: Author: Kristy Quist Monsters and Men is a small film about big topics. Race, police shootings, the need for safety, and the importance of speaking out against injustice are just some of the ideas that find their way into the narrative.In the aftermath of a police shooting in the Bed-

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

Department: Author: Micah Van DijkThe third full-length album from popular British pop band The 1975, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, is extremely introspective and at the same time observational of wider societal beliefs and trends. Lead singer and principal songwriter Matty Healy is ke

Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootThere is a cost to keeping silent, but speaking up carries risk and consequences. In Raise Your Voice, Kathy Khang explores the ways family, community, and culture cause people, especially women, to withhold or be denied their voice. Khang boldly unfolds how having

Amal Unbound

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Twelve-year-old Amal has few options as a girl growing up in a Pakistani village in a patriarchal society dominated by a ruthless ruling family who keeps villagers indefinitely indebted.Tired of all the restrictions placed on her, one day Amal impulsiv

Phil Vischer Has Hope for the Future of VeggieTales, 25 Years Later

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceTwenty-five years ago, Phil Vischer had a big idea.He and a college friend, Mike Nawrocki, had dreamed up a Monty Python-esque Christian cartoon for kids—a mix of silly songs, wisecracks, and Bible lessons delivered by a host of lovable animated vegetables.A

Beyond the Bright Sea

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In 1925, 12-year-old Crow has many questions and a “nagging need” to find answers. She knows that when she was a few hours old she was set adrift in a small boat that landed on a tiny island in the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. A man named Osh ha

Five Favorite Books of 2018

Department: Author: We asked our reviewers to offer their five favorite titles of 2018 in a number of categories. While a few needed more than five, our gracious reviewers offer up some wonderful lists of great books, movies, music, and more. You can follow links to either the Banner review where a

Five Favorite Movies of 2018

Department: Author: We asked our reviewers to offer their five favorite titles of 2018 in a number of categories. While a few needed more than five, our gracious reviewers offer up some wonderful lists of great books, movies, music, and more. You can follow links to either the Banner review where a

Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds

Department: Author: Dave Baker Nick Foles, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, has played for different teams during his professional career. After a lull of disappointing play, he made a name for himself last February as the Superbowl MVP.One of the themes of his book is the importance

Five Favorite Television Shows of 2018

Department: Author: We asked our reviewers to offer their five favorite titles of 2018 in a number of categories. While a few needed more than five, our gracious reviewers offer up some wonderful lists of great books, movies, music, and more. You can follow links to either the Banner review where a

Five Favorite Podcasts of 2018

Department: Author: We asked our reviewers to offer their five favorite titles of 2018 in a number of categories. While a few needed more than five, our gracious reviewers offer up some wonderful lists of great books, movies, music, and more. You can follow links to either the Banner review where a

Five Favorite Albums of 2018

Department: Author: We asked our reviewers to offer their five favorite titles of 2018 in a number of categories. While a few needed more than five, our gracious reviewers offer up some wonderful lists of great books, movies, music, and more. You can follow links to either the Banner review where a

The Lowdown

Department: Author: Wonderful: Nicholas Wolterstorff’s new book, In This World of Wonders: Memoirs of a Life in Learning, is due in bookstores Jan. 16. (Eerdmans)Show and Tell: N.T. Wright and Michael Bird will lead your small group on a tour with The New Testament You Never Knew study guide and DV

Trench

Department: Author: Jordan PetersenTwenty One Pilots have built a reputation on musical eclecticism and their candor in discussing mental health. Fans of the Columbus, Ohio, band—the most extreme of whom frequent online boards dedicated to the duo on platforms like Reddit and refer to themselves as

Washington Black

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In 1830 Barbados, enslaved 11-year-old George Washington Black, known as Wash, has already seen many deaths; he knows “the nature of evil.” Raised by Big Kit on Faith Plantation, the two work in the sugarcane fields along with numerous slaves, survivin

Fixer Upper, Hunted, or Pinned: How Have You Built Your House?

Department: Author: Cheryl ChallahAs I pull up to the first of two homes where I will be design consulting, I immediately notice the washed-out paint on the garage door. Oh, and that row of old yews has to go. Inside, that little sunroom is inviting. The homeowner and I decide on new carpet, a warm