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My Harry Potter Plot Prediction

Books

Okay, I just finished re-reading the Half-blood Prince yesterday in preparation for my daughter and my midnight trip to the bookstore to buy “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.“ I am now going to issue my one and only guess about Prof. Snape. (/drumroll) I think Snape is loyal to Dumbledore in the end. I believe that Dumbledore pleaded with Snape to kill him because if Dumbledore did not die, Draco Malfoy and his family […]

BabyBlue: Why Harry Potter?

Books

There’s a great post of a letter by the author of the Baby Blue Cafe written to a member of a the church she attends explaining why she believes it’s possible to be both Christian and a fan of the Harry Potter books. Here’s just a bit: “I read the books and realized that the ‘magic’ in them was in line with the magic in Tolkien and CS Lewis and Shakespeare (i.e., The Tempest, Hamlet, […]

Inside the Hobbit House

Books

I SO want one of these… “Asked to design a fitting repository for a client’s valuable collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and artifacts, architect Peter Archer went to the source—the fantasy novels that describe the abodes of the diminutive Hobbits. ‘I came back my client and said, ‘I’m not going to make this look like Hollywood,’’ Archer recalled, choosing to focus instead on a finely-crafted structure embodying a sense of history and tradition.” Read the […]

One more JRR Tolkien book being published

Books

This news is making the rounds on blogsphere this morning: Link: News” href=”http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/news/article2390834.ece”>Tolkien Jr completes Lord of Rings – Independent Online Edition > News. The first new Tolkien novel for 30 years is to be published next month. In a move eagerly anticipated by millions of fans across the world, The Children of Húrin will be released worldwide on 17 April, 89 years after the author started the work and four years after the final […]

Spiritual thriller flying off shelves

Books

Just saw this news about a new book that’s apparently quite the rage… “A clandestine sect with evil plans to end the world. An ancient code. Secret saints. And the Kabbalah. These are the key elements of The Book of Names, a new spiritual thriller that has been flying off the shelves since its release last month. The book, co-written by Chicago native Jill Gregory and her best friend/writing partner Karen Tintori, was released Jan. […]

My 2007 Lenten Discipline

Books / Religion

It’s getting to be time to start planning how I shall observe Lent. Usually I try to pick up an extra spiritual habit rather than put something aside – though I’ve made exceptions over the years. This year I’ve pretty much decided that I’m going to focus on two books for the six weeks of Lent and make my way through them in a very careful and thoughtful way. The first is St. Paul’s Epistle […]

The disbeliever | Salon Books

Books / Religion

There’s an article up on Salon this evening about the author of a book titled “The End of Faith”: “Sam Harris, author of ‘The End of Faith,’ on why religious moderates are worse than fundamentalists, 9/11 led us into a deranged holy war, and believers should be treated like alien-abduction kooks.” … The heart of Harris’ book is a frontal assault on Islam and Christianity, carrying both pages and pages of quotations from the Quran […]

On another topic….Spirituality of Teens

Books / Religion

All this talk of schism makes me feel like I’m losing my spiritual compass. Maybe it’s a good time to post something about spirituality~not just my own, but teenagers too. This posting about teen spirituality is for parents, god-parents, and anyone who ever witnessed a baptism and promised to support the newly baptized in their life in Christ: As a young child my father told me, no, ordered me, to take some time to be […]

Eat This Book

Books / Religion

Richard Kew has posted a thoughtful and informative review of Eugene Peterson’s latest book. From Kew’s review: “Eat This Book is a slender volume by Peterson standards, a mere 180 pages, but it took me two months to get through it. Part of the reason for this was that I did not have the time to sit down and read it with a lot of continuity, but part of the reason was that even if […]