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

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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.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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