By Angela Senander (Liturgical Press, 2012)
Listen: Sing the Delta
Sing the Delta
Iris DeMent (Flariella Records, 2012)
Listen: Good Kid, m.A.A.d City
Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath, 2012)
A warning to our readers: This album uses explicit language standard in the hip-hop vernacular.
Read: Christianity After Religion
Christianity After Religion
By Diana Butler Bass (HarperOne, 2012)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Paramount, 2012)
Read: Gandhi and the Unspeakable
Ghandi and the Unspeakable
By James W. Douglass (Orbis, 2012)
Read: Francis of Assisi
By André Vauchez (Yale Press, 2012)
Francis the ecologist, Francis the stigmatic, Francis the peace activist, Francis the crusader. With so many Francis of Assisis, anyone can pick a favorite. In Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval Saint, André Vauchez argues that previous attempts to find the “real” Francis often begin with a version of the saint in mind and then go hunting for evidence to prove that version correct. Unfortunately, the result is not a man or even a saint, but a one-dimensional figure existing outside of history.
Listen: Babel, by Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons (Luna Park Records, 2011)
Here’s the elevator pitch on Mumford & Sons: U2 meets Old Crow Medicine Show at Bruce Springsteen’s house. They have Old Crow’s rootsy instrumentation and vintage wardrobe, and they share the Boss’ heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity and world-conquering ambition. From U2 the band takes a melodramatic sense of musical dynamics, and singer-lyricist Marcus Mumford models Bono’s strategy for rendering spiritual longing in terms that are accessible to a post-Christian world.
Directed by Ben Affleck (Warner Brothers, 2012)
Films based on true events face the dual challenge of making real life captivating on the big screen and of keeping a story engaging for an audience that likely already knows the ending. Director and star Ben Affleck’s Argo successfully does both, as the film takes a few necessary liberties with historical details in order to create a movie that is suspenseful to the very end.
- Survey Young Adults
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