John L. Allen Jr. (Image Books)
If there's a story about the global church, chances are that Allen, the National Catholic Reporter's Vatican correspondent, can sniff it out. Here, Allen brings his meticulous reporting and judicious temperament to a subject about which, he claims, there ought to be a much steadier drumbeat of worldwide outrage. "However counterintuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force," writes Allen, "Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet."
Mary DeMuth (Thomas Nelson)
As a victim of sexual abuse, DeMuth is well acquainted with the shame and anxiety that cause people to surround themselves with walls of distrust. In The Wall Around Your Heart, she employs themes from the Lord's Prayer to discuss the process of repairing fractured relationships. "We've heard the prayer a thousand upon a thousand times," writes DeMuth. "But have we considered the power of Jesus' words in this prayer and how it perfectly relates to broken relationships, interpersonal hardship, or even abuse?"
Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson)
Graham used to travel across the globe to preach to stadium-sized audiences. Now, though confined to his home in North Carolina, the mass evangelist is still able, using modern technology, to continue proclaiming the gospel. November marks the beginning of the "My Hope America with Billy Graham," campaign, a video evangelism ...1
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