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.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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