Albrecht Dürer (Stacey Bieler, 2017)

Books

A restless craving for perfection Artists, like all of us, are partly a product of their time. Whether our posture towards the world is…

On Reading Augustine’s Confessions

Books / Faith / Spirituality

The uneasy feeling I had in anticipation of reading the Confessions was no surprise. I had read it before. It had stunned me—the beauty…

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (Rania Abouzeid, 2018)

Books

Humanizing a brutal conflict The basic chronology is well known. In December 2010, a desperate street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in…

Silence and Beauty (Makoto Fujimura)

Books

Quiet Wonder It is possible to get through life by skimming over the surface of reality. Most things in the world of advanced modernity…

Sapiens (Yuval Harari, 2015) and Homo Deus (Yuval Harari, 2017)

Books

A Secular Story Yuval Noah Harari, who teaches world history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, knows the importance of myth and story. Ideas,…

When We Wonder How to Pray

Books

I make my living with words. Still, I often run out of them at just the wrong moment. More accurately, I find myself unable…

Light in a Darkened Room

Books / Movies

When I teach on film and have the chance to recommend books I always include the ones written by Roy Anker. In fact, I…

Nine Fabulous Books for Giving with Side Musings on Chickens and other Creatures

Books / Culture

As Christmas approaches with the speed of an escaping mouse, you were wondering what to give that special picky person in your life who…

The Recovery of Classical Greek Thinking

Books / Discernment

There were certain ancient schools of thought, particularly Stoicism and Epicureanism, which could not be fully embraced without abandoning some fundamental Christian principles. Again,…