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What We're Reading: Insights from the Editors

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The editorial team members at Spectrum typically have our noses in a vast variety of books, including some in the style of those reviewed on the site (some of them are the ones reviewed on the site), but also including many other genres, styles, and topics.

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The Stoning of Soraya M. - A Review

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Freidoune Sahebjam (James Caviezel), French-Iranian journalist, is on his way out of Iran with all his notes and cassettes from his investigations, interviews, and observations when his car breaks down in a remote village.

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Bruno - Very Good; Very Very Bad

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Bruno is a difficult movie to review. When it is good it is very good. But when it is bad it is very very bad.

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"God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World"

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If you could only read one book on the role of religion in the world today, God is Back would be the one to read. John Micklethwait, editor in chief of the Economist and his colleague, Adrian Wooldridge, Washington Bureau chief for the magazine, have continued their many years of writing collaboration on this their fifth book, in which they lay out their purpose as an "attempt to explain. . .

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The Music Man From the Streets

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When The Los Angeles Times’ columnist Steve Lopez first heard Nathanial Ayers playing Beethoven on a two-string violin in the park, he was amazed. He asked the obviously homeless man with a shopping cart where he learned to play like that.

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"An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith"

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In looking for the right word to describe my response to Barbara Brown Taylor's book, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, what I have finally settled upon is resonance. Whether in the realm of physics or relationships, resonance is what happens when something moves in such a way that it awakens a corresponding response in something, or someone who is "tuned" to the same frequency (whether it was realized before or not).

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Three Most Consequential Films, Summer '09

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Summer is a great time for catching a movie, and a bevy of new films debuting this summer make for a busy season. While big name films like the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series have moviegoers all abuzz, some of this summer's most consequential films might not be coming to a theater near you...yet.

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Sabbath: Holy Hedonism

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For as long as I can remember I have remembered the Sabbath to keep it holy. Six days I have had to work and play and the seventh has been for Jesus. Growing up a multi-generational Adventist, my understanding of what should not be done on the Sabbath was generally more robust than my concept of what should be done. Even though my wonderful parents did many creative things to make Sabbath a joy, I was painfully aware that the things I thought brought me the most pleasure (from playing sports to watching television) were hardly Sabbath activities.

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SDA Preacher's Daughter: In Stores Now

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While this space is normally devoted to film reviews, the following review of young singer Diane Birch's first record is a welcome exception to the rule. -Ed

When I first heard the music of Diane Birch, whose debut album Bible Belt hit stores June 2nd, my first thought was, “I’ve heard this music before.” After listening to several more songs, I thought, “I’ve never heard anything quite like it.” Perhaps her MySpace page puts it best: “Sounds like everything/everyone/nothing/no one.”

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"God, Actually"

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Over the years I have read a lot of books arguing for the Christian faith. Walk into any Christian bookshop and you will see row-upon-row of works arguing with absolute certainty that God exists, Jesus was divine, and Christianity is definitely the truth.

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Sat, 09/13/2014 | San Diego Adventist Forum
Terrie Dopp Aamodt, PhD

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