Cover Story: Indie Days 2019—Bullish on Books, Forecasting Growth in Direct Marketing to Readers

BOOK SALES CONTINUE TO RISE NATIONALLY

A ‘SUMMER CAMP’ FOR PUBLISHERS—That was the up-beat theme of a major conference for independent publishers, held this week at the headquarters of the global giant Ingram’s Lightning Source publishing division. Given the “camp” theme of this year’s gathering of publishing professionals, our Marketing Director Susan Stitt sent a letter home about the highlights. Those include a continuing rise in book sales—and in direct sales of books via Amazon and other online retailers. Please, enjoy Susan’s main story about what is called Indie Days 2019. Then, if you care to learn more, Susan sent a second letter that takes readers on a gee-whiz tour of the flagship printing-and-binding factory.

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Allure of the Shore, Part 3

DAZZLING IMAGERY—That’s what photographer and author Rodney Curtis adds to our August theme of spiritual solace along the shore. Two weeks ago, Martin Davis took us to the shore; then, Missy Buchanan encouraged us to reflect on our lives along the beach. Rodney Curtis uses his considerable talents, now, to provide this literally moving image that he produced along the shore of Lake Michigan, a Great Lake that seems about as big as an ocean.

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Bob Alper & A Shot Heard ‘Round the World

IT’S A JOKE. SERIOUSLY. In this turbulent era of hair-trigger anger, comedian and author Rabbi Bob Alper reflects on how one of the jokes that remains a favorite with his audiences—didn’t seem so funny when transported into another context. Please, enjoy this column by Bob, which includes a complete version of the lengthy story involving a rabbi, a cow and … well, you’ve got to read it for yourself.

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Covers of MSU Bias Busters books

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Dealing with Prejudice?
Become Part of the Solution

WE ALL NEED HELP! In 2019, daily news stories are making it clear that we all are facing growing problems with bigotry. Among the latest is the August 2019 report by The American Academy of Pediatrics, reminding health care professionals nationwide that racism is a “social determinant of health,” meaning that “failure to address racism will continue to undermine health equity for all children, adolescents, emerging adults and their families.”

The root of this crisis is ignorance. One major institution that has risen to this challenge is The Michigan State University School of Journalism through its Bias Busters team that has produced a whole series of helpful books. Their motto: “We answer the questions everyone is asking—but nobody is answering.”

Now—through October—equip your group, congregation or organization with the most up-to-date cultural competence materials available today. The Michigan State University Bias Busters book series features info-packed guides covering individual cultural, ethnic and religious groups. Please, read about how you can order one of these new 11-volume collections—and share this news with friends.

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Is Secularization Inevitable?

THE REST OF THE STORY—Among people who care about religion, there isn’t a more timely issue than the rising tide of secularism. In the U.S., this often is cast as the “rise of the Nones,” because an ever-growing number of adults respond with “None” when pollsters ask them to identify their religious affiliation. Secularism is a major trend in Europe as well as many other regions of the world.

However, that’s not the entire story! New research suggests that secularization may be counterbalanced by another well-known trend: As they age, people tend to become more religious.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

 

Paryushan Parva

FASTING AND FORGIVENESS—For India’s Jains, this is a season of fasting and forgiveness. Stephanie has that story, as well, including an overview of the 10 values at the core of Jain reflections.

Care to see all the holidays? It’s easy to find our annual calendar of global observances—just remember the address InterfaithHolidays.com

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of The Farewell.

Faith & Film

Click on the image to learn more about Ed’s August 2019 issue of Visual Parables Journal.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: The Allure of Shore, part 2. Missy Buchanan invites us to a ‘Beach Calling’

FINDING SPIRITUAL SOLACE IN TROUBLING TIMES

DISCOVER ‘BEACH CALLING’—In a turbulent time with anger and anxiety rising in many corners of the world, our magazine devotes a second week to reflections on the timeless spiritual allure of shorelines. Last week, Marty Davis wrote a column about crowds helping sea turtles—as an example for our best instincts as a community.

This week, we welcome back to our magazine the best-selling author Missy Buchanan, who is famous for her many books about faith and aging. You may have seen her on Good Morning America. Now, Missy is addressing her new book directly to Baby Boomers, offering 20 ways we can step back from the today’s turbulence—and begin to remember the richness of both faith and our better selves.

Please, read our interview with Missy Buchanan. In this column, we compares her new book with Ann Morrow Lindbergh’s classic, Gift from the Sea, a favorite of many of our readers.

Then, take a moment to share this story with friends. This new book by Missy is ideal for individual reflection, a gift for someone you love—or for small-group discussion.

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Covers of MSU Bias Busters books

Click on the image to read more.

Got Prejudice?
Become Part of the Solution

WE ALL NEED HELP! In 2019, daily news stories are making it clear that we all are facing growing problems with bigotry. Among the latest is the August 2019 report by The American Academy of Pediatrics, reminding health care professionals nationwide that racism is a “social determinant of health,” meaning that “failure to address racism will continue to undermine health equity for all children, adolescents, emerging adults and their families.”

The root of this crisis is ignorance. One major institution that has risen to this challenge is The Michigan State University School of Journalism through its Bias Busters team that has produced a whole series of helpful books. Their motto: “We answer the questions everyone is asking—but nobody is answering.”

Now—through October—equip your group, congregation or organization with the most up-to-date cultural competence materials available today. The Michigan State University Bias Busters book series features info-packed guides covering individual cultural, ethnic and religious groups. Please, read about how you can order one of these new 11-volume collections—and share this news with friends.

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Artist Bill Staffel and his family hit the road in the '60s

Click the photo to read Suzy’s column.

A Long and Winding Road

AN ARTISTIC RESTING PLACE—This week, Suzy Farbman’s GodSigns column tells the true story of artist and craftsman Bill Staffel, whose long and winding road included turning old railroad spikes into hand-crafted works of art, transforming discarded wood into beautiful boxes and designing a creative home and shop in northern Michigan. Now, Bill’s final resting place is … Well, please, read Suzy’s column to explore the rest of this story.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Krishna’s Birthday

AMERICANS LOVE THIS STYLE—Every year, brave crews of young Indians form human pyramids for Krishna Janmashtami, which honors Lord Krishna’s birth. That same acrobatic style can be seen in the hugely popular performances of Indian dance crew V. Unbeatable on America’s Got Talent. Holidays & Festivals columnist Stephanie Fenton has that story—including a video clip of V. Unbeatable that has drawn more than 25 million viewers! You’ll enjoy her colorful column.

Paryushan Parva

FASTING AND FORGIVENESS—For India’s Jains, this is a season of fasting and forgiveness. Stephanie has that story, as well, including an overview of the 10 values at the core of Jain reflections.

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of The Farewell.

Faith & Film

Click on the image to learn more about Ed’s August 2019 issue of Visual Parables Journal.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: What Draws Us Together on New Shorelines?

Baby loggerhead turtles make their way to the sea.

Moving Beyond Camps of Believers and Nones

LET’S LEARN FROM THE TURTLES—First, these turtles are cute! You will simply enjoy the beautiful photos with this week’s cover story. So, c’mon! Take a moment to let these images lift your spirits.

Then, what is the story here? Each month, veteran journalist Martin Davis contributes a column to our magazine from the perspective of the millions of Americans who answer pollsters’ questions about religious affiliation with the option: “None.” Few writers, today, are exploring this realm as thoughtfully as Martin. And, we keep hearing from our readers that many are looking for such compassionate companions on this journey. Collectively, we need this kind of writing.

Please, if you enjoy Martin’s column this month, share it with friends via social media, email or simply print out this column and pass it along.

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Rodney Curtis in San Francisco

And Speaking of Gorgeous Photos …

THEY CALL THE FOG ‘KARL’—Author, journalist and star photographer Rodney Curtis takes us on another one of his wild rides—this time through the hills of San Francisco with a tale about two friends, one named Kurt and one named Karl. This really is an excuse for some eye-popping photography as well as some fun about the twists and turns of friendship. C’mon! You’ve got a few more minutes to spare. Enjoy Rodney’s tale.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Speaking of Colorful Travels …

RAKSHA BANDHAN 2019—One of the most widely observed and beloved of Indian festivals falls on August 15, this year, as Indian sisters visit their brothers to give them a colorful wrist band, known as a rakshi. Holidays & Festivals expert Stephanie Fenton has the story, complete with lots of fun links to 2019 news about this holiday. A couple of links take readers to holiday foods—from very sweet to savory. And there’s news about one very strange new rakshi this year—and only in India!

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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What Is That Checkerboard Thing Called?

IT’S A QR CODE—This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok offers some valuable tips about how to find the best, most stable URLs to share in online columns and new books. Following Dmitri’s best practices can help you avoid busting your links—and frustrating your readers.

To read Dmitri’s column, you can click on the text link, above, or you can aim your phone’s QR code app at this image, at right, and you’ll see his column pop up on your phone.

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Leonard Cohen and his friend Marianne

Click this photo of Leonard and Marianne to read Ed’s review.

Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Millions, including 20,000 Americans, make the pilgrimage to Mecca—the Hajj

SHARE IN THE POSITIVE SPIRIT OF OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS—About 20,000 Americans are among the 2 million pilgrims traveling to Mecca this week for the annual Hajj. This is a perfect time to reach out to Muslim friends, neighbors and co-workers and ask if they know someone taking part in this journey that usually is a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual adventure. The positive spirit surrounding the Hajj can be an antidote to the toxic anti-Muslim bias that has been so prevalent this year.

NEW THIS WEEKOur Holidays & Festivals expert Stephanie Fenton has the story of the Hajj, plus some fascinating video clips.

Eid al-Adha sweets.AND THE CELEBRATIONStephanie also reports on the Eid al-Adha, which is both a part of the Hajj—and is celebrated by Muslim families around the world. Mosques will fill to capacities; Eid dinners will draw families and friends; and the favorite treats often are sweet!

The Hajj is also a recurring theme in Victor Begg’s new book, Our Muslim Neighbors—Achieving the American Dream, an Immigrant’s MemoirAs he writes in the book, Victor was fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage twice—once as a young man and again many years later in which he was able to write a chronicle of the experience.

Please, use this timely opportunity to reach out across your community this week. Share these stories with friends.

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Novelist Rex Beach.The story of a Beach—and a Beach

SUZY FARBMAN tells a fascinating true story this week of her husband’s efforts to save a Michigan beach for public access—in a location associated with the once-famous American novelist Rex Beach. Never heard of him? Well, you’re in for a treat! Read this story and you may want to reach back and check out one of his tales—or even watch one of the many movies based on his adventurous yarns. One of those movies stars John Wayne. And, if you’re passing through northern Michigan? Take off your shoes and stroll along the Beach-related public beach that Burton Farbman helped to save.

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Australian Christian podcaster Daniel Gettis.

Click Daniel’s photo to listen.

And now, Live from Australia!

DAVID GUSHEE CIRCLES THE GLOBE—It’s a real treat to hear Australian evangelical podcaster Daniel Gettis introduce David Gushee, the noted Christian ethicist and author of Changing Our Mind. As Gettis describes him: “Gushee has thrown himself into this world of Christian ethics, figuring out how, then, we should live in light of what Jesus Christ has done for humanity.” Gettis does not entirely agree with Gushee’s case for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church—nor do many listeners to Gettis’s podcast. As Gettis explains it: “This podcast is about presenting another side of a conversation you might not have heard before—and that’s a good thing.”

We completely agree, and we are impressed with Gettis’s interview of Gushee. In a one-hour conversation, Gettis models the kind of civil conversation that stands in stark contrast to the kinds of angry debates staged in much of American media on these issues. Check out the August 1 podcast yourself. And, if you care to learn more about the book, jump over to Amazon and get a copy.

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Mario Lopez ‘clearly needs a primer on trans issues’

Cover of MSU book 100 Questions and Answers about Gender Identity

Click the cover to learn more about the book.

HOW ABOUT YOU? That recommendation of a primer for Lopez came from Sarah Kate Ellis, head of GLAAD, the media advocacy group on behalf of LGBTQ people. At issue was the confused and admittedly hurtful way TV celebrity Mario Lopez talked about transgender family issues on a recent TV show with a conservative host. Later, Lopez publicly apologized, a story covered by ADVOCATE magazine. In that story, Sarah Kate Ellis was quoted as describing Lopez’s remarks as dangerous, a reflection of his ignorance—and she concluded that he “clearly needs a primer on trans issues.”

In 2018, the Michigan State University School of Journalism Bias Busters team published exactly that kind of primer: 100 Questions and answers about Gender Identity. This week, we are mailing a copy to the offices of both Lopez and Ellis. Want your own copy? Visit Amazon and order a copy today.

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And Speaking of Ignorance?
Here’s Another Way We Can Help

100 Questions and Answers about American Jews‘AMERICANS KNOW LITTLE ABOUT JUDAISM’—That’s the conclusion of the latest Pew Research Center religious knowledge survey, as reported on August 1. The report says: “Compared with other Americans, U.S. Jews have relatively high levels of religious knowledge—including about non-Jewish religions like Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. But most non-Jewish Americans are unable to answer some basic factual questions about Jewish practices.”

That same MSU School of Journalism Bias Busters team publishes 100 Questions and Answers about American Jews. Here’s an overview of that book and the topics it covers. Or, you could simply jump to Amazon and order a copy of that guide, as well.

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20 Marketing Tips for Effective Authors

How many have you checked off? In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, marketing expert Susan Stitt provides a valuable checklist of the most effective steps authors can take to build an audience. Are you an author? A friend of an author? Take a look at Susan’s checklist and see how many of these ideas you—or your friend—have checked off. Social media and digital tools like video are powerful ways to reach readers—but the core of Susan’s message is that authors really are trying to build a community around their books. Many of Susan’s tips involve the basic values of good friendship.

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Movie still from The Lion King 2019.

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Questions about sexual abuse and mental illness are Urgent. That’s why Lucille Sider is on the road.

‘LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS’

TAKING A MESSAGE OF HOPE ON THE ROAD—Our online magazine takes our vocation seriously: “Good media builds healthier communities.” That’s why we publish stories (and books) like the one featured in our Cover Story this week.

Lucille Sider, a clinical psychologist and clergywoman, is carrying her message of honesty and hope to audiences nationwide. That story begins with her new book-length memoir, Light Shines in Darkness: My Healing Journey Through Sexual Abuse and Depression.

In our Cover Story, Lucille reports on why these issues are so urgent to so many families nationwide. And, she tells us about two recent public appearances in Illinois and New York. Please, read this story and share it with friends via email, social media—or simply print out Lucille’s story and share it with your small group.

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Helping to Reduce Bias in Early Childhood Education

ANNI REINKING APPOINTED—In addition to highlighting the work of Lucille Sider, this week, we are celebrating the appointment of author and scholar Dr. Anni Reinking to a new Illinois-state-wide assessment team of early childhood education programs. In Anni’s column, she explains why this often-hidden bias is difficult to identify and has remained a problem for so many years.

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And speaking of helping others …

SHARING OUR WISDOM—What an appropriate Suzy Farbman column this week! Our magazine, this week, opens with stories from two authors who are traveling far and wide to bring their wisdom to bear on urgent challenges affecting families. This week, Suzy writes a wonderful remembrance about two real-life uncles who knew a thing or two about how to deliver wisdom—so that it would be remembered many years later.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

HARVEST FESTIVALS already are on the horizon, including Lammas and Lughnasadh with centuries of tradition in the UK, including the baking of special loaves for a festival on or near August 1. Stephanie Fenton has the story. If you’re looking for festivals in your corner of the world, remember to Google local events early—because some regional festivals are moved, these days, to more convenient weekend days.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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Why Do We Have 2 Bookstores?

THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU—We actually sell books from 100s of bookstores around the world. In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, David Crumm writes about the two bookstores we maintain. He explains why book distribution can be a huge challenge, facing issues from price fluctuations to random messages about unexplained delays. And, he looks at how we address those challenges by offering our authors and readers lots of options!

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s look back at Do the Right Thing.

Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Celebrating American Ingenuity and Self Reliance, an Artist Honors His Father

GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN CREATIVITY

AN ARTIST CELEBRATES HIS FATHER—This week, author and columnist Suzy Farbman writes our Cover Story—a vivid look at how artist John Rowland has celebrated the creative self reliance of his father with an exhibition of the older man’s handiwork.

The central purpose of our magazine, since our founding in 2007, has been to publish inspiring news, columns and reviews about religious and cultural diversity—stories that call us together as a community. Author and scholar Wayne Baker in his book United America ranks “self-reliance and individualism” as one of the 10 universal core values that all Americans hold dear. Generation to generation, the Rowlands embody that value.

Their story is a beacon, reminding us of values that can unite us in these turbulent times.

Please, enjoy Suzy Farbman’s Cover Story—and please share it with friends via social media.

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AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY ABROAD, AS WELL

RODNEY CURTIS is back this week with one of his gorgeously illustrated stories from his travels. Most of Rodney’s trip, this time, was pure pleasure on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. But, he also reminds us that families across the Caribbean are still facing huge challenges from destructive storms.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

OBON / ULLAMBANAA festival of ancient dances, intricate costumes and a celebration of Japanese culture commences, as the spirit of Obon circles the globe. Worldwide, this festival spans an entire month: “Shichigatsu Bon,” celebrated in Eastern Japan, begins in mid-July; “Hachigatsu Bon” commences in August; “Kyu Bon,” or “Old Bon,” is observed annually on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

HARVEST FESTIVALS already are on the horizon, including Lammas and Lughnasadh with centuries of tradition in the UK, including the baking of special loaves for a festival on or near August 1. Stephanie Fenton has the story. If you’re looking for festivals in your corner of the world, remember to Google local events early—because some regional festivals are moved, these days, to more convenient weekend days.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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‘As an Immigrant, I Want My Party Back’

VICTOR BEGG SPEAKS OUT—Our magazine is dedicated to inclusive community, so we avoid partisan politics. Nevertheless, many of our readers have contacted us in recent weeks about the tragic rise of hate speech aimed at minorities. Victor Begg, author of the new Our Muslim Neighbors, also is a frequent contributing commentator for newspapers, magazines and radio. He also happens to be both a life-long Republican, and an immigrant. Here are two links to his commentary, headlined: “I’m a Republican, an immigrant and a Muslim—and I want my party back.” Here is the original publication of Victor’s column in a Florida newspaper. Then, here is a second link to a page with fewer graphics.

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Click on this image to read Dmitri’s column about book proofing.

HOW IS A BOOK PROOFED?

EVER WONDER about a typo you spot in a new book? Care to learn more about how professionals direct a proofing process these days? Do you know what those objects are in the photo, above? They’re “reglets.” Still wonder what they are? Publishing house Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok takes readers on a tour of the proof process in our Front Edge Publishing column this week.

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CLICK the movie poster to read Ed’s review.

Faith & Film

Click the image to learn about the July issue.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Marc Lesser’s ‘Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader’ fuses ancient wisdom with cutting-edge business

A GREAT CONNECTOR—Marc Lesser is famous for forging a pattern of spiritual practices for daily living that fuses ideas from both the ancient and the newest sources of wisdom. A Zen teacher who lived for years in a monastery, Marc worked on developing a cutting-edge training program for Google staffers, which was launched in 2007. Now, he widely travels and teaches. This week, our Cover Story features an interview with Marc about his newest book, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery KitchenAs always, we invite you to share our cover story with friends via social media. All of our stories end an easy-to-print button so you could share these stories with your small group in paper form as well.

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Speaking of Daily Practice …

SIMPLY LENDING A STRANGER YOUR STEADY ARM—Regular readers love Ben Pratt’s simple stories and have been sharing these gems across social media—as inspiring illustrations of life’s daily challenges. What Ben Pratt adds to this week’s theme is—quite simply—a small slice of a life defined by the kind of compassionate spirituality Marc Lesser describes. Ben writes …

Q: What do these vast, timeless principles look like on a daily basis?
A: Like an outstretched arm.

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The Art of Conflict Resolution

‘REFORMING AMERICAN POLITICS’—Our thanks go out to Byron Borger, co-founder with his wife Beth of the nationally known Pennsylvania bookstore Hearts & Minds! Recently, Religion News Service featured an extensive profile of the Borgers and their store. In Byron’s latest lengthy newsletter about new books, he gave high praise to Harold Heie’s new book, Reforming American PoliticsByron’s overall theme was “Books on Civility,” and he saved his praise for Harold’s book until near the end—so you’ll have to keep reading to reach that item.

In his July 11 newsletter, Byron writes: “I am very fond of this very interesting book and want to highly recommend it because it does two or three important things: … Firstly, it teaches us to be civil in our discussions, even our on-line debates. Secondly, it helps us develop—by walking through a series of reports about on-line debates and evaluating their civility—a consistently Christian vision for and perspective on government and politics and citizenship. So this is a twofer kind of book. You will learn the art of conflict resolution … even as you are invited to actually ponder what a truly Christian viewpoint might be on various social and public policy issues. … It’s all here!”

Stop by Amazon and get a copy, and you’ll likely want to discuss this book with friends.

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Tricks of the Book-Selling Trade

IT’s ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY—Authors and journalists are at the heart of our ReadTheSpirit magazine and our Front Edge Publishing house. Marketing Director Susan Stitt writes about the importance of working together to amplify the good news. She reports on five powerful online opportunities to enhance the voices of authors. If you are inspired by the columns we publish in this magazine—please, read Susan’s column and help out an author whose message matters to you. A few minutes of your time sharing some news with others can make a big difference.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

OBON / ULLAMBANAA festival of ancient dances, intricate costumes and a celebration of Japanese culture commences, as the spirit of Obon circles the globe. Worldwide, this festival spans an entire month: “Shichigatsu Bon,” celebrated in Eastern Japan, begins in mid-July; “Hachigatsu Bon” commences in August; “Kyu Bon,” or “Old Bon,” is observed annually on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

JULY 20—’THREE WEEKS’ begins for Jewish families worldwide—and Stephanie Fenton has the story. Beginning on the 17th of the month of Tammuz and ending on Tisha B’Av, Jews lament the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the historical misfortunes of the Jewish people.

BIRTHDAY OF HAILE SELASSIE—On July 23, Rastafari around the world—estimated to number 700,000 to 1 million—hold Nyabingi drumming sessions and celebrate the birthday anniversary of Haile Selassie I. Selassie remained a lifelong Christian, but never reproached the Rastafari for their beliefs in him as the returned messiah. Stephanie has the story of the holiday and of Selassie’s life, which is one of the most poignant of 20th-century leaders.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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Faith & Film

Click the image to learn about the July issue.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

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