Cover Story: Celebrate transcendent stories in this holiday season!

Click this image of some of the WISDOM women to read this week’s Cover Story.

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A TRUE STORY OF REFUGEES—AND COMMUNITY

FRIENDSHIP & FAITH—If you give any books to loved ones this holiday season, please consider the 52 inspiring, real-life stories in this collection by the women of WISDOM, who came together from eight different religious traditions to celebrate community.

Yes, we’ve recommended this book before in our online magazine—but this week, we have a special December gift for you … Adey Wassink, pastor of a thriving church in Iowa, this week adds her own story about crossing religious and cultural boundaries—and discovering friendship on the other side. And, please, help us to spread this important message of inclusion, especially at this time of the year. After you’ve enjoyed Adey’s story, please share it with friends, this week.

 

WANT HELP FINDING JUST THE RIGHT BOOK FOR A LOVED ONE?

We’ve got a treat for you—hand-picked recommendations from a master shopper: Susan Stitt, head of Morgan Street Media. She is very familiar with the many authors who have published their books with us over the years—because Susan also serves as marketing director of Front Edge Publishing. She has a list of six recommendations that just might help you with that tough-to-satisfy person on your list. Check it out!

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Click this image of Wright to read Suzy’s column.

RETHINKING THE AMERICAN HOME

GodSigns—Columnist and author Suzy Farbman takes us on a cross-country trip, this week, immersed in the later designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. As she does each week, Suzy connects the dots between many Wright-related projects with people and places that span the nation. Enjoy!

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Anytime, visit www.InterfaithHolidays.org

Click this European image to read Stephanie Fenton’s column on St. Nicholas Day.

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CHRISTMAS & NATIVITY 

Click the stamp to read the Advent column.

Back in November, millions of Eastern Christians began their traditional Nativity Fast in preparation for Christmas. Stephanie Fenton reports that holiday story.

As of this week, Western Christians begin their season of Advent. Stephanie’s story explains the meaning of Advent and its annual customs—plus, she looks ahead to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic reading of Genesis in 1968. Interested in that inspiring story? We recommend the new book about Apollo 8 that has been described by Forbes magazine as “heady stuff.”

St. Nicholas Arrives!

DECEMBER 6Around the world, the forerunner of “Santa Claus” arrives this week! Stephanie’s story describes the wide range of St. Nicholas characters—and she provides lots of links to St. Nicholas Day resources from the amazing St. Nicholas Center website! Then, she closes her column by describing the ongoing controversy of one of St. Nick’s companions, a guy named Pete.

 

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Click this image from the Visual Parables December issue to learn more about this fascinating journal by Ed McNulty.

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 Journala 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 latest free movie reviews are:

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