Browsing All Posts published on »December, 2016«

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

December 25, 2016


Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR Interview with Petra Meyer below: In an email interview, Yang says his Catholic upbringing inspired […]

Thy Kingdom Come | Notes & Review

December 23, 2016


Randall Balmer.┬áThy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament. How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America. Basic Books, 2006 (265 pages) LA Times Op-Ed (August 23, 2017); Journey With Jesus review; Jews On First review; The Strange Case of Dr. Balmer and Mr. Hyde, by John Wilson; NPR interview; Preface: Bullies in the Pulpit […]

Becoming Sons And Daughters | Reflections

December 16, 2016


Becoming Sons and Daughters [2012] Plot summary from IMDb: Every major social problem that plagues our nation today can be traced back to one root cause: Fatherlessness. For instance, 71% of pregnant teenagers live in a fatherless home. Additionally, 85% of young men in prison grew up without a dad. They are not stats, they […]

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

December 14, 2016


Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 2012. (419 pages) I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus, 1676 Introduction This book is about why it’s so hard for […]