Cover Story: Peter Wallace and Duncan Newcomer—An Invitation to a National Conversation on Compassion

Peter Wallace: Rediscovering the Emotions of Jesus in ‘Heart and Soul’

Talking about Jesus’s emotions makes some Christians uncomfortable—and with good reason. Studying the realm of Jesus’s emotions opens the door to actually modeling his behavior in the world. It’s an idea that has empowered saints, ministers and huge institutions from schools to hospitals.

The key question: Is Jesus a divine character in a sacred book, reduced to words on a page—or is Jesus alive today and urging us to interact with the world as Jesus once did? That’s the central theme in Day1 radio broadcaster Peter Wallace’s unusual new book, Heart and Soul—The Emotions of Jesus.

Please, enjoy this week’s two-part cover story—and share it with friends. Both Peter Wallace and Duncan Newcomer have new books that are ideal for individual reflection and small-group discussions with friends.

Duncan Newcomer: Reclaiming the humanity of Jesus with Peter Wallace

We say that a book is a community between two covers—inviting readers to join the author in a national conversation. Occasionally that conversation also unfolds between two authors and two books, which is happening this autumn with Day1 radio producer Peter Wallace and Lincoln scholar Duncan Newcomer. Please, enjoy Duncan’s reflections on Peter’s new book. If you do discuss Peter’s book in a class or small group, Duncan’s column may help to spark your conversations.

Extending this conversation is Mark Sappenfield, Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, who devoted a recent Sunday column to Duncan’s new book on Lincoln.

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Compassionate Tools for Suicide Prevention

SUZY FARBMAN’s column this week is a true story about suicide prevention—and the need for all of us to learn more about the early warning signs. In this story, Suzy writes about her lifelong friend Rabbi Daniel Syme, who served Michigan’s oldest Jewish congregation for many years—and also is nationally known as a Jewish educator, writer and producer.

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

GREAT GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST … Americans love books, which is why book sales are rising each year. Our publishing house has a wide array of books—something for everyone on your shopping list. Please, check out this Front Edge Publishing column, which begins with a recommendation of The Flavors of Faith—and offers lots of other ideas, as well.

ST. NICHOLAS DAY—Stephanie writes: “Santa Claus may be seen in malls across America, but the real St. Nick—the historical bishop of Myra, that is—makes his grand appearance around the world on December 6—St. Nicholas Day. From the Netherlands to France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria, St. Nicholas Day is greeted with beloved customs, special baked goods, processions and reenactments. In many countries, St. Nicholas Day is an opportunity to move away from the commercialization of the holiday season and toward the ‘true meaning’ of Christmas—as a time of giving, reflection and gratitude.” Read her column and you will find lots of resources and helpful links.
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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 Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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: Robert Wicks’ new ‘Tao of Ordinariness’ is timely wisdom in the ‘Narcissistic Age’ of Trump

How Can We Reclaim Compassion in the Age of Trump?

In two decades of interviewing the internationally renowned psychologist Dr. Robert Wicks—whose vocation is always aimed at helping the world’s most vulnerable to recover from trauma—he has not written a more timely book. This is a message that can help families nationwide as we all prepare for the year-end holidays.

Wicks sums up the current crisis we all are facing with an analysis of President Trump’s greatest failing: a narcissism that prevents him from admitting any limitation and drives him to ferociously attack any perceived opponent. Then, Wicks lays out his central theme in a single line: “Once you accept your limits, a key aspect of ordinariness, the opportunity for growth and depth will seem almost limitless.”

Wicks’ goal here is not to take up a partisan crusade. His goal is to call all of us to our better angels, as Abraham Lincoln would put it. Please, read this timely Cover Story with Dr. Robert J. Wicks and share it with friends.

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LINCOLN AND THANKSGIVING

A SEASON OF GRATITUDE—In our Cover Story this week, Dr. Robert J. Wicks points to Lincoln as the polar opposite of Trump’s example. Lincoln responded to the painful, life-and-death challenges in his life by reaching out to his enemies in a compassionate way. He brought political opponents into his cabinet. He repeatedly told Americans that their greatest challenge was not fighting the Civil War—but making peace afterward.

That’s one reason our publishing house launched 30 Days with Abraham Lincoln—so Lincoln’s wisdom would inspire families at this time of year. (Here’s the earlier news story about the launch of this inspiring book and national effort to promote unity).

Click to watch Duncan’s interview.

NEW THIS WEEK ON LINCOLN

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

GREAT GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST … Americans love books, which is why book sales are rising each year. Our publishing house has a wide array of books—something for everyone on your shopping list. Please, check out this Front Edge Publishing column, which begins with a recommendation of The Flavors of Faith—and offers lots of other ideas, as well.

ST. NICHOLAS DAY—Stephanie writes: “Santa Claus may be seen in malls across America, but the real St. Nick—the historical bishop of Myra, that is—makes his grand appearance around the world on December 6—St. Nicholas Day. From the Netherlands to France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria, St. Nicholas Day is greeted with beloved customs, special baked goods, processions and reenactments. In many countries, St. Nicholas Day is an opportunity to move away from the commercialization of the holiday season and toward the ‘true meaning’ of Christmas—as a time of giving, reflection and gratitude.” Read her column and you will find lots of resources and helpful links.
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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 Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Faith & Film

Click on this image to learn about the November 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.

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Cover Story: Abraham Lincoln created Thanksgiving as a model for Americans to bridge our divisions

LINCOLN SAW HOPE FOR UNITY EVEN IN CIVIL WAR

A SEASON OF GRATITUDE—As Thanksgiving approaches, daily headlines herald deep divisions among Americans over the future of our nation and the world. Families coast to coast are wondering what fireworks might erupt over this year’s Thanksgiving table. That’s one reason our publishing house launched 30 Days with Abraham Lincoln in the autumn—so Lincoln’s wisdom would inspire families at this time of year. (Here’s the earlier news story about the launch of this inspiring book and national effort to promote unity).

This week’s Cover Story in ReadTheSpirit magazine collects all the helpful Thanksgiving-related Lincoln material we are sharing with readers:

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

The real St. Nicholas

ORTHODOX NATIVITY FAST BEGINS. In Stephanie Fenton’s Holidays & Festivals column this week, we look at a major branch of Christianity that always begins preparations for Christmas before American Thanksgiving—Orthodox churches that are starting the Nativity Fast this week.

ST. NICHOLAS DAY—Stephanie writes: “Santa Claus may be seen in malls across America, but the real St. Nick—the historical bishop of Myra, that is—makes his grand appearance around the world on December 6—St. Nicholas Day. From the Netherlands to France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria, St. Nicholas Day is greeted with beloved customs, special baked goods, processions and reenactments. In many countries, St. Nicholas Day is an opportunity to move away from the commercialization of the holiday season and toward the ‘true meaning’ of Christmas—as a time of giving, reflection and gratitude.” Read her column and you will find lots of resources and helpful links.
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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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Want to help women and children in need?
Vote for our Heroic Author!

COMPASSIONATELY ENGAGING THE WORLD. In 4 words, that’s what our authors do.

This Front Edge column by Editor David Crumm is especially timely, because you’ve got an opportunity—through December 3—to vote for one of our heroic authors via the CNN network.

Learn about several inspiring examples of our authors engaged in urgent national conversations—and cast your vote to help Najah Bazzy, author and founder of a global charity helping women and children in need.

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A Very Detroit Story of Rebirth, Recovery and Romance

SUZY FARBMAN brings us heart-felt stories of men and women she meets all over the world. This week, however, she’s very close to her beloved Detroit with the story of a couple who met—thanks to a photo taken in front of Diego Rivera’s famous murals.

 

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Click on the movie still to read Ed McNulty’s review of Jo Jo Rabbit.

Faith & Film

Click on this image to learn about the November 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.

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Cover Story: Greg Garrett Invites Us on a Pilgrimage through the Bible and Other Great Books

GOT A BOOK LOVER ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST?

‘DAILY DOORWAYS’—That’s how popular Christian author Greg Garrett talks about his new day-by-day book, The Courage to See. Greg has two fascinating new books that could make ideal holiday gifts for book lovers on your shopping list. Editor David Crumm talks with Greg about the many ways reading can inspire new connections in our world—and among friends. Please, read our Cover Story this week and share it with friends.

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Want to help the world? Vote for our Heroic Author!

COMPASSIONATELY ENGAGING THE WORLD. In 4 words, that’s what our authors do. This week’s Front Edge column by Editor David Crumm is especially urgent, because you’ve got an opportunity—through December 3—to vote for one of our heroic authors via the CNN network. Learn about several inspiring examples of our authors engaged in urgent national conversations—and cast your vote to help Najah Bazzy, author and founder of a global charity helping women and children in need.

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‘OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS’ IN TACOMA

READERS IN THE NORTHWEST will enjoy an evening with author Victor Begg, talking about his popular memoir Our Muslim Neighbors. Victor continues to crisscross the country promoting both his book and his message of peace and understanding between religious communities.

On November 25, Victor will appear at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington.

You can learn more about his schedule, his book, his ongoing work as a peacemaker—and how to contact him—through his website, OurMuslimNeighbors.com.

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Holidays & Festivals

CHRISTMAS (NATIVITY) IS COMING!

ORTHODOX NATIVITY FAST BEGINS. We all hear complaints that Christmas celebrations should not start before Thanksgiving—even though it’s obvious that American retailers already have been promoting holiday shopping for weeks. In Stephanie Fenton’s Holidays & Festivals column this week, we look at a major branch of Christianity that always begins preparations for Christmas before American Thanksgiving—Orthodox churches that are starting the Nativity Fast this week. Of course, some parts of the Orthodox world start later. American Orthodox are pulled in many cultural and religious directions, as one of the writers in this column explains.

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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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Ed McNulty gives Motherless Brooklyn 5 out of 5 stars. Click the image to read his review.

Faith & Film

Click on this image to learn about the November 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.

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Cover Story: Rachel Held Evans, a biblical prophet calling for LGBT inclusion

Rachel Held Evans is Speaking Out—Even After Her Death

HOW SHE CHANGED HER MIND—When best-selling author and evangelical rebel Rachel Held Evans died in May at age 37, millions of us mourned the loss. The New York Times described her as “a best-selling author who challenged conservative Christianity and gave voice to a generation of wandering evangelicals wrestling with their faith.”

Even in death—her voice was not silenced. Millions still are reading her four books and thousands of online columns and commentaries. Now, her husband Dan has surprised her worldwide audience by publishing posthumously one last column about LGBT inclusion—or, as Dr. David Gushee puts it: how she changed her mind. Please, read our Cover Story about Rachel Held Evans’ final column—and share it with friends.

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MILESTONE FOR FAMILIES

This month, we are marking the fifth anniversary of Dr. David Gushee’s landmark book Changing Our Mind, which now is helping families around the world to learn to love their LGBT children, as Gushee explained in our interview with him last week.

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PEW CHARTS WORLDWIDE ACCEPTANCE

This week, Pew Research has published several reports that will interest anyone interested in the journey toward inclusion. First, a country-by-country look at Same Sex Marriage around the World. Then, Pew gives us a Global Snapshot of Same-Sex Marriage. Finally, Pew summarizes 5 Facts in a column that also charts American public acceptance rising in recent decades.

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MARKETING OUR BEST SELLER

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING’s Marketing Director Susan Stitt writes about the inspiring philosophy behind building a worldwide community around David Gushee’s Changing Our Mind, our bestseller that has touched lives around the world.

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How Being an Outsider Helps Us Reach Out

SUZY FARBMAN brings us an inspiring personal story this week, which she describes as “How I learned the unexpected benefit of not belonging.”

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Holidays & Festivals:

REMEMBERING THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS

WHY KRISTALLNACHT IS SO IMPORTANT. Many journalists, educators and community leaders have emphasized the continuing importance of marking such historic milestones—especially in light of attacks like last year’s mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue close to Kristallnacht. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story behind this tragic and telling night in Nazi Germany, including links to further photos and reflections.

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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 McNulty’s review of Harriet.

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: Dr. David Gushee’s ‘Changing Our Mind’ is changing the world, one family at a time

‘Reuniting Families Who Have Been Torn Apart’

COVER STORY—After five years of traveling the world with the inspiring and ground-breaking book Changing Our Mind, Christian ethicist Dr. David Gushee says this work all comes down to helping parents to love their children. Please, read our inspiring Cover Story interview with Dr. Gushee this week—and share it with friends.

In the interview, Dr. Gushee says, “I have come to realize that this is some of the most important work I have done in my entire career as an ethicist. Nothing I have done before has made this much difference in the lives of real people and in the reuniting of families who have been painfully torn apart.”

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MOVING AS FAST AS THE FIRESTORM

HOW WE CREATED SUCH A FLEXIBLE BOOKThat’s the story our Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok tells this week in his Front Edge Publishing column. Many of the most important stories in our world today are changing faster than traditional publishing technology can adapt. Our specialty is keeping pace with those changes so our authors can be an active part of these vital global conversations.

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TALKING WITH LINCOLN

TELL US WHAT YOU HEAR! Last week, we launched another global conversation with  the release of 30 Days With Abraham Lincoln—Quiet FireBased on a popular radio series from Lincoln scholar Duncan Newcomer, this book is designed with a month’s day-by-day readings, as well as easy links to listen to the original broadcast of each day’s story as well. Historians, teachers and inspirational writers already are encouraging Americans to help with this unique, interactive project. Here is that launch story, which has news, plus links to get involved in many ways.

Now, we are inviting readers to tell us what you hear nationwide as the conversation surfaces in communities large and small. The first media mention we spotted was this news report that showed up on Sunday in a Maine-based online news magazine.

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Holidays & Festivals:
MANY WAYS TO MARK AUTUMN—

Allhallowtide
Samhain
Dia de los Muertos
& Halloween!

HOLIDAY COLUMNIST STEPHANIE FENTON has the whole story! Whatever name or practice you follow in these late-October observances, Stephanie has something for you this week. “Don’t get scared!” she writes. “Rooted in a centuries-old Gaelic and Irish seasonal festival known as Samhain, Halloween is considered by many to be the only time of year that spirits can roam the earth: From Samhain to Mexico’s Day of the Dead, world cultures celebrate the belief that at this time of year, the veil between this world and the next is particularly thin.”

October column explores the spiritual side of football, which may seem like quite a creative leap to many of our readers. In fact, Pew and Gallup tell us that football remains American’s favorite sport, a true autumnal festival—and Martin tells a dramatic, personal story of how this sport has shaped his own family.

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 this image to read Ed’s review of the Molly Ivins documentary, Raising Hell.

Faith & Film

Click this image to learn more about the October 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.

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Cover Story: 30 Days With Abraham Lincoln—Help Us Launch a Whole New Way to Bring Americans Together

DAILY INSPIRATION AND STEPS TOWARD UNITY

LINCOLN STILL CALLS US TOGETHER—This week, our whole community of writers and editors is thrilled to launch a unique new series of books with the release of 30 Days With Abraham Lincoln—Quiet Fire. 

Based on a popular radio series from Lincoln scholar Duncan Newcomer, this book is designed with a month’s day-by-day readings, as well as easy links to listen to the original broadcast of each day’s story as well. Historians, teachers and inspirational writers already are encouraging Americans to help with this unique, interactive project.

Read our magazine Cover Story, this week, which has news, plus links to get involved in many ways. The important first step? Get a copy of the book. Then, we also have launched a Front Edge Publishing resource page for the new book series, which has free downloadable media resources to spark interest in this series among friends.

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Remember When America Welcomed Immigrants?

A CUBAN-AMERICAN FAMILY shares their dramatic story from the early 1960s with columnist and author Suzy Farbman this week.

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Holidays & Festivals:
MANY WAYS TO MARK AUTUMN—

SPIRITUAL SIDE OF FOOTBALL

MARTIN DAVIS’s October column explores the spiritual side of football, which may seem like quite a creative leap to many of our readers. In fact, Pew and Gallup tell us that football remains American’s favorite sport, a true autumnal festival—and Martin tells a dramatic, personal story of how this sport has shaped his own family.

DIWALI

INDIAN FESTIVAL of LIGHTS—A billion people are celebrating the festival of Diwali this week. In recognition of the triumph of light over darkness, Diwali bears great significance for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike; as awareness of Indian culture spreads, major celebrations now are hosted around the world. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story.

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 this movie still to read Ed’s review of The Joker.

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Click this image to learn more about the October 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.

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