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Keller's Heart

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema A young girl named Raven has had a lot to say for someone who has never spoken. Both deaf and mute, she communicates with her hands, smiles, and hugs. Raven longs to fit in with her classmates, but she feels their discomfort when they’re around her, as

Victory

Department: Author: Paul DelgerBethel Music keeps producing powerful tunes; its latest release, Victory is no exception. Listeners will hear songs from worshipers who are battling trials and gaining victory just like them. The album is based upon King Jehoshaphat leading the people of Judah in vict

Black Earth Rising

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootThe January release of Black Earth Rising on Netflix is no coincidence in its timing. Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, this series is a stark reminder to the world of how horrific, complicated, and forever life-impacting it was for so many.Kate Ashby, p

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee

Department: Author: Natalie HartRayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is a young adult novel of two girls about to graduate from high school, but it’s not a high school book. Nor is it about finding your tribe—they’ve found their tribe. It’s about what happens when your tribe has to transition. Are e

Weezer (The Black Album)

Department: Author: Matthew CookeTwenty-five years after releasing their first album, Weezer released their 13th, a self-titled record already informally referred to as The Black Album. In this new release, Weezer fans will recognize many themes from their breakout hit two decades ago; the band is

My Father’s Words

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Declan O’Brien was a man of few words, but the ones that he spoke were important. His saying, “It’s the eternal fitness of things,” and his favorite song, “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Grant Us Peace), become especially meaningful to his wife and children, F

When I Pray for You

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this cheerful, reflective rhyming children’s picture book, author Matthew Paul Turner shares a parent’s prayer for a child to grow up in the love and light of God: “I pray you love well.\ That the light in you swells.\ That the story God writes is t

Faith and Wonder

Department: Author: Paul DelgerTwo-time Dove Award winner Meredith Andrews offers truly God-centered worship with her first ever solo live album, “Faith and Wonder.” The six songs were recorded at Andrews’s home church—The Belonging Co. in Nashville, Tennessee—and features mostly church members.“Mo

Five Feet Apart

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerCan you love someone you can never touch? That’s the buzzing premise of Five Feet Apart, a star-crossed romance between two teens afflicted with cystic fibrosis and at constant risk of cross infection. Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is a typical teen in every

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time

Department: Author: Paul DelgerBest-selling author and popular communicator Sheila Walsh offers practical, non-threatening advice for battling challenges in her book “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay.” Walsh, a depression sufferer, provides examples from her own life in overcoming and accepting hard things

Capernaum

Department: Author: Kristy Quist Resourceful 12-year-old Zain hustles any way he can to survive; his parents send him out to make money in the streets instead of sending him to school. But when his worst fear comes true and his parents sell his young sister into marriage, he runs away from home,

Hats Off to Mr. Pockles

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootMr. Pockles is a dog who loves hats and has one for every occasion—from an Eating Cornflakes Hat to an In the Bath Hat and even a hat that is Too Special and is saved in a glass showcase. Mr. Pockles thinks his deep sadness is that he cannot wear them all at once.

Cappadocia

Department: Author: Robert J. KeeleyIn 2017, keyboardist and composer Jeff Johnson traveled with his wife and a few friends to the city of Cappadocia in central Turkey. This city, with its many caves, became a place where early Christians would go to hide from persecution. On his trip, Johnson stoo

Harbor Me

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this timely juvenile novel, author Jacqueline Woodson relates the stories of six students in a Brooklyn, N.Y., grade 5-6 classroom who know they aren’t like other kids—“our learning felt like a race we were losing while the other kids sped ahead.”Th

The Lowdown

Department: Author: Uncommon: The newest, newly-translated title in the Abraham Kuyper Collected Works of Public Theology is Common Grace: God’s Gift for a Fallen World (Vol. 2), due in stores on April 17. On Education will be out in May. (Lexham Press)Main Event: Christians and indie pop-rock band

What Is Given from the Heart

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema Young James Otis and his mama know poverty, grief, and losses of various kinds. Mama reassures her worried son, “Long as we have our health and strength, we are blessed, James Otis.”Still, things don’t improve for the beleaguered mother and son.One Sun

The Bulwark, “Alienated America”

Department: Author: Kristy Quist In the March 1 episode of conservative podcast The Bulwark, “Alienated America,” host Charlie Sykes converses with Tim Carney, author of a book also called Alienated America. Carney set out to understand why people in certain rural areas of the U.S. feel less alie

Three Hours: Sermons for Good Friday

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, Fleming Rutledge, renowned author and Episcopalian priest, preached on the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ. At the three-hour service hosted by St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City, Rutledge shared seven medita

Kim’s Convenience

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerFor those who like a comedy that makes them think—and possibly cry—as much as it makes them laugh, the Canadian show Kim’s Convenience fits the bill. The show, which has developed an international following, centers on the Kim family and their convenience store in