Cover Story: Marilyn McEntyre on why ‘Make a List’ is really a spiritual practice

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WE LOVE LISTS!

FULL OF SURPRISESThis week, we introduce Marilyn McEntyre, a scholar, spiritual guide and author who has published a wonderful guidebook on making lists as a spiritual practice. The book is titled simply, Make a List: How a simple practice can change our lives and open our hearts. In particular, Marilyn focuses on how making lists can reduce anxiety—and also can open new creative possibilities in our lives. “A list is a way of making sense of things. But there also is such freedom in list making,” she says. Plus, this cover story about Marilyn’s new book inspired us to look back over the past 11 years of ReadTheSpirit magazine. We’ve searched through our 10,000-plus columns and offer 10 Great Lists to Explore. In that list, we even remind readers of a popular gem from 2007: The Bible or the Bard? There’s a lot to explore—and share with friends—this week. Enjoy!

Click to read our column on the Joy of Epigraphs.

WHAT’S IN AN EPIGRAPH? You might not recognize the term, but you certainly have read plenty of epigraphs—at the start of favorite books over the years. In 2018, we’re finding this traditional publishing style is more popular than ever. Over at our Front Edge Publishing website, this week, David Crumm writes, 10 Reasons We Like EpigraphsWe thought that this was an appropriate way to further celebrate lists this week.

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Holidays

BIRTHDAY OF HAILE SELASSIE—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.

PIONEER DAYAcross the state of Utah and in Mormon communities worldwide, Pioneer Day marks the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, carnivals and more accompany festivals in Utah—and also in Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and Canada.

HOT DOG! Enjoy our story about July’s many food festivals, which also include ice cream, chocolate and fried chicken.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FAITH & FILM

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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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Cover Story: The many faces and many languages of Debra Darvick

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DEBRA’S CREATIVITY GOES GLOBAL

COVER STORY—We have several fun ways for you to enjoy Debra Darvick’s creativity this week. First, please read our Cover Story about Debra’s book, We Are Jewish Faces, a colorful picture book of Jewish diversity. We are celebrating with Debra the news that her book has been chosen by the worldwide PJ Library for distribution in 2019! Please, share this news with friends.

IMAGES ALSO TELL A STORY—Debra’s multi-faceted media work also includes the creation of a boxed set, called Picture a Conversation, which may look like a stack of beautiful full-color postcards at first glance. In fact, each card’s image prompts people to think about several questions—as printed on the back of each card. In using her set with groups in recent years, Debra has demonstrated that images are a powerful language. (Here’s more about the history of this unique project.) But are there limits of picture-based reflections? To explore that question, Debra has just written a column about communication with her infant granddaughter—which includes a great little story about sharing an image across generations.

BUT, WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Every week, we share a Front Edge Publishing column full of news and tips about professional media. This week, Marketing Director Susan Stitt writes about how the authors we publish are doing in their efforts to present engaging Amazon Author Pages. As it turns out, Debra Darvick is No. 1 on Susan Stitt’s list of prime examples.

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Wonders of the Night Sky

GOD SIGNS—Each week, columnist Suzy Farbman introduces us to remarkable men and women who invite us to see the world from fresh perspectives. This week, meet Mary Stewart Adams, whose public radio series is called The Storyteller’s Night Sky. Plus, Suzy’s column includes a link to stream some of Mary’s broadcasts. Mary’s greatest accomplishment was helping to lobby for the creation of a Dark Sky Park in northern Michigan in 2011. Mary encourages people to look up into the stars and to dream along with poets and philosophers down through the ages. Please, enjoy her story and share this one with a friend.

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Holidays

Click to read Stephanie’s story about Obon.

MARTYRDOM of THE BAB—On this solemn anniversary, Baha’is around the world also continue to celebrate the expansion of their faith. Stephanie Fenton’s column includes news about a new temple in Colombia.

OBON IS COMING—Check your local calendars if you hope to participate in a colorful Obon festival this year. Across the United States and in Japan itself, the timing of observances vary in July and August. Stephanie Fenton has the Obon story for us.

HOT DOG! Stock up now! July is National Hot Dog Month and our own resident author Joe Grimm is one of the nation’s leading hot dog experts—at least when it comes to Michigan’s signature treatment of this beloved food: the Coney Island. Enjoy our story about July’s many food festivals, which also include ice cream, chocolate and fried chicken.

TISHA B’AV—Often described as “the saddest day in the Jewish year,” the Ninth of Av is traditionally marked with a 25-hour fast in solemn remembrance. Stephanie Fenton has the story as well as some 2018 news items related to the observance.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FAITH & FILM

Click to read Ed’s review of the Thoreau 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: Matthew Polly explores Bruce Lee’s cross-cultural, spiritual legacy

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‘Bruce Lee was an evangelist’

A BOUNDARY BREAKER—If all you know about Bruce Lee is that he made some violent martial arts movies back in the 1970s—then you’ve missed the impact of Bruce’s life among millions of men and women around the world. That’s the important new message of the first in-depth biography of Lee, just published by journalist and best-selling author Matthew Polly. Please, read our cover story this week, which is likely to surprise you about the motivations and long-shot accomplishments that drove Bruce Lee’s short life. Even though he died tragically 45 years ago, his impact continues to this day. And, no, that legacy is not limited to the explosion of martial arts media. Lee had a unique approach to breaking through cultural and racial barriers. Also, our story this week includes Matthew Polly’s list of “best Bruce Lee movies” and we’ve got two new short videos about Lee that you will enjoy, as well.

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Crossing International Boundaries

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING—In keeping with this week’s Cover Story about Bruce Lee, Dmitri Barvinok writes about how book publishing, today, is breaking down international boundaries. It’s easy, using the Front Edge system, to distribute books around the world. In particular, we are finding new readers across Asia.

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Click the fireworks to read Amy Morgan’s column.

Holidays

READY FOR THE FOURTH? Record numbers of Americans plan to travel far from home for Independence Day celebrations this year. Stephanie Fenton’s column takes us back to 1776 to explain why this date became so historic. She also links to lots of resources.

LIVE FROM COLORADOColumnist Amy Morgan writes about how she and her church, this year, are reflecting on the Fourth of July. This year, they feel both tension and hope as they consider news events—and the calling of their faith.

Click to read about the Baha’i temple.

MARTYRDOM of THE BAB—This year on this solemn anniversary, millions of Baha’is around the world also continue to celebrate the expansion of their faith. Stephanie Fenton’s column includes news about a temple in Colombia, where the structure’s distinctive dome was just completed.

HOT DOG! Stock up now! July is National Hot Dog Month and our own resident author Joe Grimm is one of the nation’s leading hot dog experts—at least when it comes to Michigan’s signature treatment of this beloved food: the Coney Island. Enjoy our story about July’s many food festivals, which also include ice cream, chocolate and fried chicken.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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MAKING SURE EVERYONE IS FED

MEET KIM BAKER—Kim and his teams of volunteers ensure that at-risk families in rural Michigan are able to find enough to eat—and, sometimes, are able to heat their homes in the midst of Michigan’s bitter winters. This week, in Suzy Farbman’s God Signs column, she tells the story of how Kim found his way into this inspiring vocation.

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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.

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Cover Story: In this time of turbulence, how can we learn to talk to each other again?

Click these hands to read Ben’s and Rossie’s story.

‘A Generous World’

THE COURAGE OF CIVILITY—When was the last time you spoke with someone who sincerely told you that we should have faith in our “generous world”? If anything in 2018, we hear people shouting at each other as they compete for the world’s resources. Then, this week, you are likely to be surprised by reading this collaboration between our popular writer Benjamin Pratt and a very old friend—Judge Rossie Alston Jr., who is in news headlines this month for his nomination as a federal judge. This is a story you will want to share with friends. And, just a reminder: You always are free to reprint and share our columns to spark friendly discussion.

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Family Bonds Strained & Strengthened

GOD SIGNS—Millions of grandparents nationwide have become the primary caregivers for their grandchildren, often because of the strains of drug addiction or other issues in these families. Suzy Farbman’s column introduces us to  a family taking on a whole series of roller-coaster challenges to care for their children in new ways. Perhaps you know someone who is facing similar challenges. Please, read this week’s inspiring story.

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Click to read about July 4.

Holidays

READY FOR THE FOURTH? Record numbers of Americans plan to travel far from home for Independence Day celebrations this year. Stephanie Fenton’s column takes us back to 1776 to explain why this date became so historic. She also links to lots of resources, including the national concert that will be carried by PBS as well as lots of delicious recipes and tips for Do It Yourself party planning.

Click to read about the Three Weeks.

THE THREE WEEKS—Jewish friends, neighbors and colleagues may be observing this three-week remembrance of the temples in Jerusalem. Stephanie Fenton explains the tradition and provides links to further resources.

GET READY FOR HOT DOGS! Stock up now! July is National Hot Dog Month and our own resident author Joe Grimm is one of the nation’s leading hot dog experts—at least when it comes to Michigan’s signature treatment of this beloved food: the Coney Island. Enjoy our story about July’s many food festivals, which also include ice cream, chocolate and fried chicken.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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Front Edge Publishing

WORRIED ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY? A recent European law about online privacy is sparking websites to provide new transparency for readers. Of course, ReadTheSpirit magazine and Front Edge Publishing both support the new privacy policies. In “clear and plain language,” as required by the new law, here is an overview of why you should care—and how we already are complying with the spirit of these new protections.

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FAITH & FILM

Click the movie still to read about Wadjda.

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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Cover Story: Echoes of Merton in Erin O. White’s love story of faith and family, ‘Given Up for You’

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A HERO’S JOURNEY TO RECLAIM HER FAITH

A UNIQUE MEMOIR—We don’t use the term “unique” lightly, but Erin O. White’s beautifully written memoir is something we haven’t seen before. This is, indeed, a love story about Erin’s faith and family. What makes this an exceptional memoir is that representatives of Erin’s faith pointedly rejected her family—and Erin had the courage to bust back into Christianity with her family, anyway. Please, enjoy our interview with Erin and share this story with friends.

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Another kind of pilgrimage

GOD SIGNS— This week, Suzy Farbman writes about the life-long friendship of two artists who sealed their bond with a challenge to visit 50 historic English pubs in two weeks. The friends did precisely that with great flourish. As one of those friends recently died, Suzy recalls these larger-than-life characters and their adventures.

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Click the image to read Stephanie’s Midsummer story.

Holidays

MIDSUMMER—Most of our readers live in the Northern Hemisphere, where Midsummer celebrations are approaching. You may think of this as the Summer Solstice, the year’s longest day or you might call this Litha. Stephanie Fenton has the story that circles the globe with colorful observances.

GET READY FOR HOT DOGS! Stock up now! July is National Hot Dog Month and our own resident author Joe Grimm is one of the nation’s leading hot dog experts—at least when it comes to Michigan’s signature treatment of this beloved food: the Coney Island. Enjoy our story about July’s many food festivals, which also include ice cream, chocolate and fried chicken.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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Click the image to read Susan’s column.

Front Edge Publishing

CALLING AMAZON AUTHORS! Are you a published author? Do you know one? This week, marketing expert Susan Stitt explains the many options Amazon provides through its Author Pages. Using everything from photos and social media handles to recent blog posts and videos, Amazon allows authors to reach out to their readers in many compelling ways.

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FAITH & FILM

Click to read about June’s 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.

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Cover Story: Good news in challenging times—a dog’s tale captures the creative attention of kids

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‘SADIE SEES TROUBLE’
MEANS KIDS SEE FUN!

A DOG AT SCHOOL? Have you seen the new Pew Research report on kids’ obsessive focus on digital screens? Just in time, author Linda Jarkey and illustrator Julie Jarkey-Kozlowski—both of whom are veteran educators—are bringing the lovable dog Sadie to readers nationwide as one way to capture the attention of children. In Michigan, St. Lawrence School librarian Candice Tobola immediately made the connection and invited the sisters to present a reading and a colorful craft program with her second and third graders. The day was a big hit! Please, read our story about this event—and the news from Pew—and consider getting involved with Sadie yourself. The story ends with several ways you can get to know Sadie personally.

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Buddhist Wisdom
& a Mother’s Love

GOD SIGNSSuzy Farbman writes about the wise and deeply moving novel by Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is, which has received rave reviews nationwide. Questions about gender—and how parents can respond if their children go through changes—are in headlines every week. What Frankel brings to her story is a remarkably fresh perspective, drawing on Buddhist wisdom about the ever-changing nature of life. Suzy writes that, even if this issue doesn’t seem to be part of your life today, it may pop up unexpectedly in the future. Frankel’s compassion and talent as a storyteller is a great way to consider the possibilities.

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Holidays

READY FOR FATHER’S DAY?—Stephanie Fenton reminds us that it’s coming on June 17. The holiday’s roots stretch back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Ever since then, families have faced the annual challenge of what to do for Dad’s special day. Well, Stephanie also includes a half dozen links to great ideas that just might help you answer the question this year.

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Click these Eid al-Fitr sweets to read about the holidays.

Ramadan Celebrations

EID IS COMING SOON—The vast majority of the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims are observing the annual fast of Ramadan and, this week, Stephanie Fenton looks at the two big festivals at the crescendo of this month of spiritual reflection: Laylat al-Qadr and Eid al-Fitr. The first marks the moment when the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation of the Quran. The second is the big festival that ends the fasting month. If you’re not Muslim, Stephanie’s column is valuable because it helps us all understand these traditions that are so important to friends, neighbors and co-workers.

MUSLIM PUBLISHING—In our FrontEdgePublishing section, we take a look at the challenges Muslim writers and readers face in trying to get their books published in the U.S., these days.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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Click on these typesetters to read Dmitri’s column.

Front Edge Publishing

REVOLUTION IN PUBLISHING—Books no longer are literally set in metal, so cutting-edge publishers have a whole new array of resources to mark special meaning for our readers. Production Director Dmitri Barvinok writes this week about the purpose of digitally styling new books, today. Now, we are able to consider a book’s meaning word by word and page by page—and we can invisibly include markers to convey that particular meaning to readers.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM

Click to read about June’s 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.

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Cover Story—Chaplain Tom Stella on CPR for the Soul: Reviving a Sense of the Sacred in Everyday Life

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130 Invitations to Spiritual Reawakening

COVER STORY—This week, we welcome back Tom Stella, a chaplain with a talent for sparking spiritual reflection in the midst of our busy lives. Tom invites us to pause for a moment in our otherwise hectic work week. Then, he tries to change our perspective through compelling quotes and memorable stories, coupled with his own pointed advice for what he calls “Reviving a Sense of the Sacred in Everyday Life.” Please, read this week’s Cover Story in which David Crumm interviews Tom and describes this insightful new book. As you’ll quickly learn, this is a story you may also want to share with friends. The book has lots of thought-provoking material for small group discussion—or individual reflection. And, Tom’s style of writing is a valuable model for other professionals who want to craft such columns themselves. Enjoy!

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICES TODAY

GOD SIGNS—This week’s Cover Story author Tom Stella knows what he’s talking about when he describes the widespread interest in spiritual practices. This week, Suzy Farbman brings us a vivid example of the popularity, today. She tells us the story of Jo Kleindienst, a cancer survivor, who became so inspired by the ancient Way of St. James in Spain that she devoted a month of her life to that famous pilgrimage. This was not without challenges! Yet, Jo had companions with her—a daughter and a friend—and the journey changed her life. Enjoy this week’s column and, please, share it with friends.

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Click on the Cricket to read Elaine’s Top 10 list.

TOP 10 WAYS TO SING A HAPPY TUNE

ELAINE GREENBERG’S SONG LIST—Nothing stops Elaine! Not mishaps in her neighborhood. Not crises at home. And not even a diagnosis of cancer. That’s why Elaine Greenberg is known throughout southeast Michigan for her many years of cheerful performances to life people’s spirits—and raise money for cancer-support programs. This week, Elaine shares her Top 10 list of songs guaranteed to make you happy. And, she also shares her remarkable life story of community service. We dare you to start singing these songs. You’re guaranteed to start smiling!

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REACHING YOUNG READERS

Click this image to read about the MSU team.

CONGRATULATIONS BIAS BUSTERS! The Michigan State University School of Journalism students known as Bias Busters will be honored again by the national group for college journalism educators. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication chose the MSU Bias Busters book series as a winner in the Best Practices Competition. The 2018 theme is Teaching Diversity in Journalism and Mass Communication. The Bias Busters recently reached a major milestone of asking—and answering—10,000 questions in their guidebooks! Series editor and MSU journalism professor Joe Grimm will accept the honor—second place in the category—on August 7 in Washington D.C. The first-place winner is Jan Larson of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for “Immersion Reporting: Civil Conversation. Third place goes to Jennifer Sadler of the University of Mississippi.

HOW CAN WE REACH YOUNG READERS? David Crumm reports on recent Pew Research with some surprising findings about young adult reading preferences. Did you know that “young folks” read more books than “old folks”? Did you know that teens seem to be abandoning Facebook in huge numbers? This column also has a direct link to download a free 19-page PDF of the May 31 Pew report on teens and social media.

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Holidays

READY FOR FATHER’S DAY?—Stephanie Fenton reminds us that it’s coming on June 17. The holiday’s roots stretch back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Ever since then, families have faced the annual challenge of what to do for Dad’s special day. Well, Stephanie also includes a half dozen links to great ideas that just might help you answer the question this year.

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Click these Eid al-Fitr sweets to read about the holidays.

Ramadan Celebrations

EID IS COMING SOON—The vast majority of the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims are observing the annual fast of Ramadan and, this week, Stephanie Fenton looks at the two big festivals at the crescendo of this month of spiritual reflection: Laylat al-Qadr and Eid al-Fitr. The first marks the moment when the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation of the Quran. The second is the big festival that ends the fasting month. If you’re not Muslim, Stephanie’s column is valuable because it helps us all understand these traditions that are so important to friends, neighbors and co-workers.

MUSLIM PUBLISHING—In our FrontEdgePublishing section, we take a look at the challenges Muslim writers and readers face in trying to get their books published in the U.S., these days.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FAITH & FILM

Click on the movie still to read about Lean on Pete.

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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