ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Michigan State University’s new book improves police-community relationships

Click the cover to read Joe Grimm’s story behind this flexible new guide.

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT POLICE

UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP—A unique three-way partnership in publishing has launched a powerful new tool for improving police-community relationships nationwide. That’s certainly a critical issue, popping up in headlines every week. Collectively, our team of journalists share the motto: Good media builds healthy communities. When we the Michigan State University Police Department invited us to the table to dream up a publishing solution—the result was this remarkable new guide.

Joe Grimm, the MSU professor who leads the Bias Busters team in the School of Journalism, tells this story of creativity and collaboration. Already, we have heard from several communities where leaders are proposing modified editions of this nationally released guide to help in local outreach programs. Please, this week, read this Cover Story and share this idea with friends and neighbors.

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The Red Scooter

A REAL-LIFE PARABLEColumnist Benjamin Pratt returns this week with a polished gem of a true story that we’re sure you’ll want to share with someone you know. It’s a story of a sleek red scooter—but it’s also about the power of spiritual inspiration to turn our impressions of the world 180 degrees. The story’s short. It’s as sleek as the scooter. Please, pass this story along to friends. Think of printing the story (there’s a convenient print button at the end) and tacking it up somewhere that might might brighten someone’s day.

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‘THE CIRCUS’ IS STREAMING

STEP RIGHT UP! In October, PBS is debuting three major documentaries about Americans’ evolving awareness of diversity. The lineup started on October 8 with the four-hour film, The Circus. In our review of The Circus, we describe some of the truly amazing people you will meet, including the first African-American Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson. Now that The Circus has been broadcast nationally—if you follow our links in this review—you can stream the documentary for free online. You can watch it on a computer or hand-held device—or on a newer TV system. We also have links to two other must-see documentaries coming later this month. One reveals the American campaign to promote eugenics—a ruthless effort to purify the human race—until Nazi Germany demonstrated the horrors behind that concept. The other is a dazzling four-hour tour of ancient Native American civilizations, connecting their grandeur at the zenith of these early civilizations to the hopes of Native peoples today.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Click the photo to read about Dussehra.

NAVARATRI—On October 9, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri—an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine.

DUSSEHRA—Later in October,
the festival of Navaratri culminates in the most celebrated holiday of all nine nights: Dasara or Dussehra (spellings vary). From the Sanskrit words for “remover of bad fate,” today’s Dussehra brings towering effigies to the streets of India, along with a host of ancient stories and traditions that vary regionally. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH—We devoted an entire Cover Story on October 1 to this important month, which touches the lives of millions of American families. You’ll find helpful tips as well as an inspirational boost in our interview with Jeanine Patten-Coble, the author of Struck by Hope. 

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

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

HOW SHOULD WE BUILD YOUR BOOK? Thanks to all the readers who have been following our weekly series about the Mysteries of Metadata—the “invisible” data files that travel with new books these days. This week, Dmitri Barvinok continues our series of helpful columns orienting authors to the many options available in publishing today. In this column, Dmitri discusses the array of paper, ink and binding choices. Did you know that color printing quality has increased, while the cost of producing a color-illustrated book has decreased?

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

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Learn more about the October 2018 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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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: 3 new PBS documentaries explore diversity starting with Barnum & Bailey

Click the Ringmaster to read the story.

‘THE CIRCUS’ COMES TO PBS THIS WEEK!

STEP RIGHT UP! In October, PBS is debuting three major documentaries that explore Americans’ evolving awareness of diversity. The lineup starts Monday, October 8, with the first of the two-part, four-hour film, The Circus.

In our review of The Circus, we describe some of the truly amazing people you will meet—from a female daredevil who was an international star as an aerialist until a tragic accident—to the first African-American Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson.

In our Cover Story, you’ll also learn about two other must-see documentaries coming later this month. One reveals the American campaign to promote eugenics—a ruthless effort to purify the human race—until Nazi Germany demonstrated the horrors behind that concept. The other is a dazzling four-hour tour of ancient Native American civilizations, connecting their grandeur at the zenith of these early civilizations to the hopes of Native peoples today.

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To read the story, click this photo of Suzy with one of Marilyn’s hand-made quilts.

‘Friend to Almost Everybody’

GodSigns—Each week, Suzy Farbman lifts our spirits by introducing us to remarkable men and women who share one thing in common: They make our world a better place, day by day. Often, they find a Spirit moving in their lives in unexpected ways. There’s no better example of that than artist—and the gracious matriarch of her family—Marilyn Silver.

Wherever she went, even poking around a second-hand sale, Marilyn Silver envisioned creative possibilities. May it be so with all of us, hmmm?

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Everyone Loves Faygo

TRUE TASTE OF DETROIT—Joe Grimm is best known to our readers as the Michigan State University School of Journalism professor behind the series 100 Questions about … That series is helping communities nationwide to overcome myths and biases about minorities.

Now, Joe’s latest project is a love-letter to Detroit’s own Faygo soft drinks in a colorful new volume, The Faygo Book. Recently, Joe talked about Faygo and his new book in a TV-news report. He also was profiled in a Q&A published in Corp! business magazine.

In coming months, he’s barn-storming Michigan with public appearances. Among the dozens of events, here are a couple of options in October: On Oct. 17, he will be at the Warren Public Library. On Oct. 20, he will be at the Detroit Public Library.

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‘A Lot Better than Screaming at Your TV’

RODNEY CURTIS—Author, photographer, activist and “recovering journalist” Rodney Curtis (and his wife Marci who collaborated with him in this column) bring us some sage advice about channeling our frustration with American political feuding these days. Marci urges us “to do things that are good for your soul, that help others along the way instead of just ranting—it’s part of the healing process.” Wise and timely words! There also are signs of hope in the Curtises’ column this week. Please, share this with friends.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING—American Thanksgiving is still nearly two months away, but our Canadian friends already are ushering in this season of harvest festivals.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH—We devoted an entire Cover Story on October 1 to this important month, which touches the lives of millions of American families. You’ll find helpful tips as well as an inspirational boost in our interview with Jeanine Patten-Coble, the author of Struck by Hope. Jeanine’s ideas just might transform your response to this month from casual awareness—to real engagement.

NAVARATRI—On October 9, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri—an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine.

Click the photo to read about Dussehra.

DUSSEHRA—Later in October,
the festival of Navaratri culminates in the most celebrated holiday of all nine nights: Dasara or Dussehra (spellings vary). From the Sanskrit words for “remover of bad fate,” today’s Dussehra brings towering effigies to the streets of India, along with a host of ancient stories and traditions that vary regionally. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

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

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THE MYSTERIES OF METADATA, PART 2
Thanks to all the readers who contacted us about last week’s column by Susan Stitt, which explains why book sales depend on a largely invisible file called “metadata.” This week, David Crumm explains how authors and publishers carefully craft the “Description” of a new book. It’s such an important and complex challenge that we devote a lot of time to perfecting those short texts. These weekly columns are designed to help writers—and to unveil the mysteries of book marketing to readers, as well.

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

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Learn more about the October 2018 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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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Jeanine Patten-Coble wants us all to make a difference in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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PROMOTE BREAST CANCER ‘ENGAGEMENT’

‘TURN YOUR OFFERS UPSIDE DOWN’—Jeanine Patten-Coble is the visionary cancer-survivor who has made it her mission to help thousands of families struggling with breast cancer by providing week-long retreats all across the U.S. She tells her story in the inspiring memoir, Struck by Hope. This week, she talks with ReadTheSpirit about ways we all can transform Breast Cancer Awareness Month into an opportunity to really assist families in need.

Not only does this story have some great advice for helping others—we also share news about how to help an affected family apply for the upcoming 2019 season of retreats. Plus, we have links to some truly up-lifting reading about men, women and teenagers making a difference.

All of us have been touched by cancer in some way—perhaps through family, friends or co-workers. You’ll want to share this week’s Cover Story with friends!

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AND SPEAKING OF INSPIRATION …

GodSigns—This week, columnist Suzy Farbman writes about the life and legacy of Dr. Paul Kalanithi whose inspiring memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, is an eloquent testament to the value of each human life.

Published after Paul died, the book has become an international bestseller because of its honesty about the struggles Paul faced in becoming a neurosurgeon—then facing his own terminal diagnosis. In his search for deeper meaning, Paul turned in many directions and finally found that a faith he once rejected held deeper truths than he had been willing to admit.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING—American Thanksgiving is still nearly two months away, but our Canadian friends already are ushering in this season of harvest festivals. Our story points out that, over the years, Canadians have broadened their tastes—so, today, traditional roast turkey is not always the entree of the day.

NAVARATRI—On October 9, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri—an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine. Each night during Navaratri, Hindus worship a different form or characteristic of the Mother Goddess Durga.

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

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THE MYSTERIES OF METADATA
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Susan Stitt offers a guided tour of the biggest mystery in book publishing for new authors: Metadata 101.

This may be the first time you’ve heard this 8-letter word—but it’s a huge topic in book publishing. Metadata files now travel with all new books as they find their way into online bookstores and search engines. Wonder why one of your favorite books is hard to find? It’s likely a flaw in the metadata. Intrigued? Susan also offers lots of suggestions for further reading.

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

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Click the movie still to read Henry’s column.

FAITH & FILM:
Henry Brinton

MEL GIBSON IS AT IT AGAIN! This week, we introduce a new contributing columnist, Henry Brinton, who writes about Mel Gibson’s plan to produce a sequel to his violent The Passion of the Christ. Details of Gibson’s vision for this sequel are beginning to emerge this year—focusing on the days after Jesus died on the cross. Henry tells us that Gibson would be closer to Jesus’s true ministry if he focused his movie, this time, on Jesus’s com-passion. But then, Henry asks: Are we really ready for Jesus’s compassion?

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

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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C.S. Lewis Is Alive and Well! Half a Century after His Death, He’s Still a Best-Selling Author

2 NEW BOOKS ARE ‘MAGICAL WARDROBES’

Click this image of Lewis to read our story.

‘TREASURE HUNTING’ WITH LEWIS—Recently, HarperOne published two new C.S. Lewis collections, How to Pray and How to be a Christian—55 years after the Oxford-Cambridge scholar’s death. At first glance, Lewis fans may wonder how such “new” Lewis books can have any fresh value.

This week, David Crumm interviews the publishing professionals at the helm of this effort—Judith Curr and Michael Maudlin of HarperOne. Together, we explain why C.S. Lewis remains one of the world’s all-time bestselling authors. (You’re likely to be surprised at some of the reasons Lewis retains a special place among Christian authors!)

In our cover story, we also explain how these new books draw deeply on little-known sources from Lewis’s vast body of work. If you are among the countless teachers, preachers, small-group leaders and journalists who regularly cite Lewis’s work—make sure to read this week’s cover story. Then, share it with friends.

These two new HarperOne collections are superb choices for small-group discussions.

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NEW!
DAVID GUSHEE PODCAST ON 14 HEROES

Click Dr. Gushee’s photo for more on his podcast.

‘MORAL LEADERSHIP’—”There is nothing more important than moral leadership—especially at a time when there is so little of it on the national stage,” Jim Wallis wrote about David Gushee’s new book Moral Leadership for a Divided Age. That book goes on sale in October, but Gushee—a nationally known Christian ethicist from Mercer University—already is doing his bet to spark discussions nationwide. In addition to the book, he has launched a new free podcast focusing on the 14 heroic men and women featured in his new book. That list includes Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Elie Wiesel, Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale. Want to know more?

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1 COUPLE,
& 1 SMALL TOWN
FOSTER FINE ARTS

GodSigns—This week, Suzy Farbman introduces us to Bill and Susan Klco (Kelso) who asked themselves a simple question: Could we help artists by providing room and board? Then, their second question was: Would artists want to come to a remote Michigan town? By answering those questions, the Klcos have helped the fine arts to blossom in their region of Michigan. They tell Suzy: “We’re not wealthy art patrons or society types with important connections.” That’s certainly true—but their success shows what inspiration and a courageous commitment to creativity can do!

 

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

SUKKOT—It’s time for the ancient autumn harvest festival of Sukkot and Jewish families are likely to be enjoying evening meals in make-shift, backyard shelters, this week. Stephanie Fenton has the story!

ETHIOPIAN FESTIVAL OF THE CROSSIt’s called Meskel and Christian families begin with a bonfire vigil to usher in this celebration. Traditional stories hold that Meskel honors the ancient discovery of the True Cross.

‘IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE RISE’—How many of us, while attending services, have wondered about a person who seems to be ignoring the rest of the congregation? Author Debra Darvick recently spotted such a person at the Jewish High Holidays. Her responses may mirror our own. Please, read her column to see.

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

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CANCER AWARENESS?
WE’VE GOT A BOOK FOR THAT

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Susan Stitt helps us prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in October, by describing some of the books we have published that are especially helpful to individuals and families facing struggles with this diagnosis.

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

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Click the image to learn about the September issue of Visual Parables Journal.

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: Benjamin Pratt on the James Bond Bible Study: ‘Do you have the courage to open your eyes?’

Click the cover to read Ben Pratt’s story.

IAN FLEMING WAS A PROPHET

A NEW EDITION—This week, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of a book that has been discussed in small groups around the world. That includes one church group in far-away New Zealand that told us how much they enjoyed Benjamin Pratt’s thought-provoking book! To mark this milestone, we have released a new, affordable digital edition in all eBook formats. We also invited Benjamin Pratt to write about the inspiring legacy of this book, Ian Fleming’s Seven Deadlier Sins and 007’s Moral Compass.

Ben’s groundbreaking research into the life of Ian Fleming and the 14 James Bond novels showed that this body of work was truly prophetic in its soul-search critique of the deadly temptations in our world, today. Once dismissed as a literary light-weight who pumped out thrillers for a mass audience, Fleming’s reappraisal shows how deeply this journalist (he was an editor for the famous Sunday Times) was concerned about the global dangers he saw emerging.

Even though he wrote more than half a century ago, the spiritual temptations Fleming identified are as potent as today’s front-page headlines.

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G’mar Hatima Tova
The Fast of Yom Kippur

WISDOM FOR EVERYONE—In greeting your Jewish friends, this week, you won’t want to say “Happy Yom Kippur!” That’s because this day of fasting and communal reflection is a solemn occasion. The Hebrew greeting in our headline, above, means in English: May you be sealed in the Book of Life. That’s a traditional reference to the High Holidays as an annual period of renewal and rededication. Millions of observant Jews fast for at least 24 hours, a strict fast in which nothing passes the lips. This often is the highest attendance day, each year, in synagogues as families heed the ancient call to pray together as a community. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has more about the background of this observance.

MEET OUR JEWISH AUTHORSWe also invite all of our readers to learn more about our many Jewish authors. There’s a book in this list for every interest—from humor to spiritual wisdom, from coping with cancer to healing the deep divisions that divide our world today.

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MORE HOLIDAYS 

PARYUSHAN PARVAForgiveness plays a central role in many world religions, but for Jains, it’s the focus of the most important festival of the year: Paryushan Parva.

GANESH CHATURTHI—Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the grandest and most beloved festivals of India, honoring the Hindu god Ganesha, known also as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Images of Ganesha are temporarily installed in public pandals (shrines) and in homes, and worshipped for several days, until they are taken to a local body of water and immersed. Stephanie Fenton has the story!

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

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A YEAR OF GRATITUDE

GOD SIGNS—Each week, columnist Suzy Farbman introduces us to men and women whose lives are inspiring examples of resilience, compassion and creativity. This week, she introduces us to Walter Green, who decided to dedicate a year of his life to gratitude. Reflecting on those who nurtured and advised him along the way, Walter came up with a list of 44 names. Walter writes, “I don’t think anyone is, in fact, self made. Without parents, colleagues, family or friends, where would any of us be?”

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CANCER AWARENESS?
WE’VE GOT A BOOK FOR THAT

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Susan Stitt helps us prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in October, by describing some of the books we have published that are especially helpful to individuals and families facing struggles with this diagnosis.

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

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Click the image to learn about the September issue of Visual Parables Journal.

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: From all of us as 5779 begins, Shanah Tovah! Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Click the cover to visit the book’s Amazon page.

MEET OUR JEWISH AUTHORS

DISCOVER TIMELESS WISDOM—Since ReadTheSpirit online magazine was founded in 2007, along with our publishing house, we have welcomed a diverse family of authors—including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Native Americans. That is a shining example of hope in these turbulent times, when minorities often are pitted against each other.

As this year’s Jewish High Holidays begin, we want to shine a spotlight on our Jewish authors. Check out these links, below, and you will find books that will make you laugh as well as cry—that will delight and inspire—and that are likely to make you want to roll up your sleeves and work on peacemaking, yourself. The world certainly could use your help. Please, start by meeting one of these authors via the convenient links that take you to their Amazon pages.

RABBI JACK RIEMER—The late Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel described the rabbi’s storytelling this way: “Jack Riemer’s words are songs of hope and faith. Listen to them as I do.” Finding God in Unexpected Places also is our newest book of Jewish wisdom, drawn from the holiday-themed teachings of this master storyteller.

RABBI ROBERT ALPER—Best known as a full-time standup comic and a star of satellite radio’s “clean comedy” channels, Alper shares some of his favorite stories in two volumes: Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This and Thanks. I Needed That.

Click on the cover to visit the book’s Amazon page.

RABBI JOSEPH KRAKOFF—Collaborating with artist Michelle Sider, Krakoff transforms his years of expertise with the Jewish Hospice Network into an illustrated book for families to treasure—either before or after the end of a loved one’s life. Never Long Enough is an invitation for families to gather around a loved one, open this richly illustrated book and share their own stories as these pages turn. This is a unique treasure for families from any spiritual background. If you are in southeast Michigan, Krakoff and Sider are launching a new coloring book / workbook supplement to their popular book on September 16 at the Huntington Woods Library.

BRENDA ROSENBERG—Jewish peace activist and trainer Brenda Rosenberg collaborated with Arab-American pro-Palestinian activist Samia Bahsoun on Harnessing the Power of Tension, A paradoxical approach to building alliances at home, in the board room, on campus and in communitiesThat lengthy title captures the value of their thought-provoking guidebook.

Click the cover to visit the book’s Amazon page.

DEBRA DARVICK—Want to know more about the Jewish holidays? We highly recommend a classic, This Jewish Life, Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy. Debra takes us through the Jewish year, marking the major observances with inspiring true stories by a wide range of men and women.

LYNNE MEREDITH GOLODNER—Want a taste of the holidays? The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads includes two delicious challah recipes—as well as stories and recipes from other religious and cultural traditions.

WISDOM WOMEN—The new edition of Friendship and Faith has more than 50 true, inspiring stories of women daring to cross religious boundaries to form new friendships. Many of the women who contributed their stories to this book are Jewish.

LINDA JARKEY—Collaborating with her sister, artist Julie Jarkey-Kozlowski, these two veteran educators created a new kind of children’s picture book, Sadie Sees Trouble. The theme is timely: A little girl’s beloved dog Sadie struggles to regain the girl’s attention when she becomes obsessed with a new digital device. Readers also are invited to download free coloring pages to take part in this creative adventure.

ROBERT PASICK—Veteran teacher and psychologist Robert Pasick offers wisdom for successful living in his guidebook, Balanced Leadership in Unbalanced Timesand his reflections on Conversations with My Old Dog.

Click the photo to read Suzy’s new column.

GODSIGNS

SUZY FARBMAN—You’re likely to laugh and cry as you journey with journalist Suzy Farbman through her spiritual adventures in survival from a dire diagnosis of cancer. Her book-length memoir is called GodSigns.

In addition, Suzy writes a weekly column called GodSigns, which introduces readers of magazine to remarkable men and women who make our world a better place each day. This week, Suzy shares a warm-hearted dog story—about how the orphaned BeBe found a new home in California.

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LEARN ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

ROSH HASHANAH 5779—Want to learn more about this holiday? Got friends, family, co-workers, neighbors who observe the Jewish High Holidays? Columnist Stephanie Fenton writes about some of the most popular holiday traditions, including links for apples-and-honey recipes.

PARYUSHAN PARVAForgiveness plays a central role in many world religions, but for Jains, it’s the focus of the most important festival of the year: Paryushan Parva.

GANESH CHATURTHI—Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the grandest and most beloved festivals of India, honoring the Hindu god Ganesha, known also as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Images of Ganesha are temporarily installed in public pandals (shrines) and in homes, and worshipped for several days, until they are taken to a local body of water and immersed. Stephanie Fenton has the story!

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

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

Annoying, isn’t it? In this week’s publishing column, we explain problems and solutions in navigating the massive Amazon.

WHEN AMAZON GETS IT WRONG
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Dmitri Barvinok explains the single most frustrating problem that authors face when their books are listed for sale on Amazon. That’s a dreaded “out of stock” message—or some other incorrect message telling customers they can’t buy your book. The good news? Dmitri also explains several of the solutions Front Edge is using to resolve these problems.

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

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FAITH & FILM

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

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 Original ‘Outlaw Christian,’ Jacqueline Bussie Leaps from Despair to ‘Love Without Limits’

Click Jacqueline’s photo to read her story.

From Censorship to a Courageous Call for Compassion

MEET JACQUELINE BUSSIE—”Each of us is loved by God without limits—and so is every single person we will encounter each day. The one question I hope people will start asking themselves is: How will I treat the next person I meet so that I am honoring our common humanity?” That’s how Christian scholar and popular author Jacqueline Bussie sums up the message of her new book, Love Without Limits.

However, in our Cover Story this week, you’ll learn that Bussie has earned such a reputation as an “Outlaw Christian” that her new book almost did not see the light of day. She found herself caught in the chasm of LGBTQ acceptance—or condemnation—separating what is described as “Christian” culture today.

Thank goodness her book was published this month! We explain why this is a terrific and inspiring choice for small-group leaders. Bussie is a long-time educator and knows how to hold a reader’s attention—and how to suggest great ideas for further small-group reflection. You’re going to want to share this week’s Cover Story with friends in your small group!

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Click this image to read Kathy Izard’s story.

AND, SPEAKING OF UNLIMITED LOVE …

GodSigns—This week, columnist Suzy Farbman tells the story of Kathy Izard, based on Kathy’s inspiring new true story: The Hundred Story Home—A Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger. A graphic designer and young mother, Kathy was moved to launch an ambitious program to house some of the chronically homeless in Charlotte, NC. She not only succeeded, but brought her entire community to discover a greater compassion for these neighbors who usually remain invisible.

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Click on this famous photo of Pope John Paul II visiting Poland to encourage workers in the 1980s—to read our Labor Day column.

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

THE VALUE OF LABOR—This year, in addition to your plans for picnics, family travel, shopping and other kinds of celebration—spend a little time considering the core values behind American Labor Day. This week’s Holidays & Festivals column is packed with intriguing details about Labor Day’s history—and connections with our religious traditions as well. Want more? We’ve also got our own list of Great Books on Labor—very helpful if you’re looking for one last good book to finish off the summer. And, we did not forget that our readers love those links to holiday recipes, as well. We’ve included links to three great websites that will help you stir up something delicious for Labor Day.

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

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Click this award to read our column.

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

HOPE TO WIN A BOOK PRIZE?
Each year, there are more than 6,000 competitions for book awards. In the third part of our series about book prizes, David Crumm offers some important Dos and Don’ts for authors and their friends who are aspiring to claim one of these honors. We’ve also got a link in this column to our list of Top 5 Regional Book Awards, a list that includes our own home state’s Michigan Notable Books.

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

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FAITH & FILM

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

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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