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

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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.

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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.

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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’

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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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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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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.

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COVER STORY: Reviving Our Soul Force with Reesheda Graham-Washington and Shawn Casselberry

Drawing on Dr. King’s Vision of Soul Force

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7 PIVOTS FOR COURAGEOUS COMMUNITIES—In this era of daily verbal violence and no-holds-barred political confrontations, two veteran peace-and-justice activists decided to pool their wisdom about how to revive a powerful vision that has inspired them for many years. That vision—often called “soul force” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—originated in the philosophy of nonviolent resistance taught by Mahatma Gandhi.

First and foremost, Reesheda Graham-Washington says in our author interview, “We wanted our book to be actionable.” She adds, “We know these ideas work! We’ve used them. We’re practical about this. We’re focused on action. You can open this book and develop a workshop around it—or a whole series around it.”

As summer draws to a close and we all gear up for the busy autumn season, please read this interview with Reesheda and learn why this new book might help you transform your community, too.

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SPEAKING OF SOUL FORCE …

GOD SIGNS—Each week, Suzy Farbman brings us inspiring true stories of men and women improving our world, one life at a time. This week, as we look at the power of Spirit to transform lives, Suzy introduces us to the family of the Rev. Rennie Kaufmann, a Lutheran pastor and a popular singer who has worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Oprah. This week’s story is about how Rennie and his wife Karen, after raising one entire family, decided to reach out to an orphan in China who faith serious challenges with his health. Rennie’s whole approach to ministry, music and family will lift your spirits. Please, share this story with friends.

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Click on this famous photo of Pope John Paul II visiting Poland to encourage workers in the 1980s—and the link will take you to our 2018 Labor Day column.

AND, SPEAKING OF …
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY—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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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THOUSANDS OF AWARDS! Did you know that there are more than 6,000 competitions for book awards each year in the U.S. alone? In the second part of our series, marketing expert Susan Stitt writes about local, state and regional book awards. She also includes our list of the 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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SPEAKING OF MICHIGAN …

SEE THE TINY HOMES! Millions of men and women nationwide have been watching the growth of Tiny Homes Detroit. Right now in late August, visitors can contribute to the project by purchasing a ticket to tour the newest homes before residents move in. Here’s the information from Cass about reserving tickets for a tour (which includes a progressive meal by Chef Matt Prentice this year). There also are opportunities to donate other materials needed in this new neighborhood filled with hope for the future of Detroit.

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FAITH & FILM

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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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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: In Solus Jesus, Emily Swan and Ken Wilson are following Jesus into a world where everyone feels safe

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RE-IMAGINING THE CHURCH

COVER STORY—Just imagine: A world where everyone feels safe. Everyone is loved. That alone is an astonishing vision in this era when each morning’s front-page headlines chronicle yet another crushing confrontation between our nation’s leaders. And then imagine: In this world shaped by Jesus’s vision of compassion and justice, everyone is invited to explore God’s goodness—because everyone recognizes that a loving God continues to remains active in our world. That’s the inspiring message of the new Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, a book by Emily Swan and Ken Wilson. In this week’s cover story, Ken and Emily talk about their recent adventures at the Wild Goose Festival—and their vision of a world where everyone is safe to follow God’s leading.

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FROM HEALING—TO HEALER

GOD SIGNS—This week, Suzy Farbman introduces us to Dr. Elana Ackerman whose childhood struggle with cancer helped to inspire her journey into medicine. In this story, Suzy also includes another famous Michigan doctor who survived a medical challenge in her youth. We all should be thankful for physicians who feel such a strong personal vocation, Suzy writes. This could be the perfect week to reach out and thank a medical professional who played a key role in your life.

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

THOUSANDS OF AWARDS! Did you know that there are more than 6,000 competitions for book awards each year in the U.S. alone? Why are so many of these prizes cropping up? David Crumm explores the complex world of book prizes this week in our Front Edge Publishing column. One reason is that many non-profits have decided to include awards programs as part of their marketing campaigns. So, are prizes losing their value for authors trying to find an audience? On the contrary, awards still can help boost the awareness of a book in many ways.

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 read about the Hajj.

Hajj Mubarak

A WORLDWIDE OBSERVANCE—More than a billion Muslims around the world look to the Hajj, each year, as more than 2 million pilgrims travel to Mecca for to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. Stephanie Fenton has the story for us, including an overview of the history and customs. Most Americans have a friend, neighbor or colleague in the community who is Muslim. It’s a great time to learn about the culture of this faith that stems, along with Judaism and Christianity, from the patriarch Abraham.

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

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Click on these movie stills to learn about the August 2018 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: How Tiny Homes Are Transforming an Urban Neighborhood

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LISTEN TO FAITH FOWLER’S INSPIRING STORY

TURNING HOUSES INTO HOMES—Visitors from around the world are coming to see the diverse designs of Detroit’s tiny-homes neighborhood sponsored by Cass Community Social Services. Now, Ethan Waldman—host of the Tiny House Lifestyle podcast—is featuring his own interview with the Rev. Faith Fowler, coordinator of the Detroit project. In his newest podcast, Ethan talks with Faith about the unique vision shaping the Detroit community. You can enjoy the podcast online right now or download it for later listening. This podcast is a terrific way to share the Detroit story with friends. Consider downloading the podcast and playing it for your small group, class—or simply for a circle of friends. If you become intrigued, then you’ll also want a copy of Faith’s book, Tiny Homes in a Big City. We always urge readers to purchase Faith’s books directly through the Cass website, which returns the highest portion of the price to Cass. However, if you prefer buying through Amazon (many readers have Prime accounts, for example), that’s also an option. Every book sold benefits the Cass project.

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Who is Ethan Waldman? He’s a popular national voice in the tiny house movement. He clearly is impressed with Cass’s pioneering concept. As Ethan puts it: “What is the difference between a house and a home? All to often, we provide solutions for homeless people that don’t give them any kind of permanence. We just give them housing but never allow them to achieve the stability of a home. What I love about Tiny Homes Detroit is that it is designed with the idea of creating a community that people can call home, not just providing shelter.”

Please, start by checking out Ethan’s podcast with Faith. We’re confident you’ll catch the vision and want to get involved in some way—perhaps through buying a book. And, remember: The simple act of spreading this news with friends can wind up helping the project!

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TRAVELING FAR …

ART AND IMMIGRATION—This week, God Signs columnist Suzy Farbman introduces us to artist Mami Takahashi, who explores aspects of the immigrant experience through her art projects.

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… AND TRAVELING DEEP

A PACIFIST DESCENDS INTO … World traveler, photographer, journalist Rodney Curtis takes us deep into a realm most of us will never see—into a missile launch control center. Rodney’s question for these isolated missileers? So, what do you dream about after a day at a missile console? It’s a rare glimpse of Americans still living in a Cold War corner of our country.

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

PERSONALIZING YOUR BOOKS—One of the most valuable options offered by our Front Edge Publishing company is the ability to customize any of our 100-plus books to add your own logo or event to a book’s cover—and opening pages of customized content that are bound into your group order. This week, Marketing Director Susan Stitt explains why we are able to offer this unusual service—and how groups already are using this option nationwide.

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Holidays

HAJJ—More than a billion Muslims around the world look to the Hajj, each year, as about 2 million pilgrims travel to Mecca for to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. Stephanie Fenton has the story for us, including an overview of the history and customs. Most Americans have a friend, neighbor or colleague in the community who is Muslim. It’s a great time to learn about the culture of this faith that stems, along with Judaism and Christianity, from the patriarch Abraham.

CELEBRATING MARY—On August 15, Christianity comes together from East and West on the mid-August holiday honoring Mary, Jesus’s mother. However, there are two different names sets of traditions: The occasion is called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Western tradition—and the Dormition of the Theotokos in Eastern churches.

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

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Click the movie still to read about Leave No Trace.

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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ReadTheSpirit Cover Stories: And Now for Something Completely Different about … Our Muslim Friends

Click on this photo of girls of two different faiths to start reading Larbi’s report on diversity and peacemaking.

How We Can Become Friends …

FRIENDSHIP IS A PATHWAY TO PEACE—This week, our two featured Cover Stories are both new Global Plus columns by friends of our online magazine. The first is by Larbi Megari, an internationally known Muslim journalist based in Algeria who also is co-managing director of the International Association of Religion Journalists. Larbi is always looking for ways encourage peace through reporting on our world’s diverse religious communities. In fact, his new Global Plus column shows why making friends across religious lines is a powerful step in peacemaking.

In his new report, Larbi writes, “Getting to know each other, and listening to what people have to say about their faith in a spirit of humility and mutual respect, can be keys to living together in peace and harmony. And that is not just faith talking. Researchers found bringing together people of different religions was not only related to greater acceptance among the faiths involved, but was associated with warmer feelings toward other religions.”

… and How We Can Avoid  Stereotypes

Click on this image to start reading the second Global Plus column we recommend this week—about trends in modest fashion.

POPULARITY OF ‘MODEST’ FASHION—If you think that the Muslim “hijab” or “head scarf” is a dangerous sign of oppression, you will need to rethink that stereotype after reading this second Global Plus column by Reina Lewis, one of the world’s leading scholars and writers on faith and fashion. In this new column, Reina writes, “Slowly, the stereotype of the hijab as a potent political symbol of the outsider status of Muslims is eroding. Today, stylish women of many faiths that encourage modesty have embraced coverings or other relevant adaptions of dress and behavior as signs of fashion and faith. In so doing, this largely women-led movement is breaking down legal and social barriers to religious freedom.”

Now, that’s a fresh perspective in reporting on Muslim culture, isn’t it? And, these stories are especially timely with the annual Hajj, and associated festivals, coming soon.

THERE’S MORE—All Global Plus columns include a list of recommended reading. So, both Larbi’s and Reina’s reports are valuable as a way to spark further discussion and learning on these important topics.

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The Art of 8.8.88

GOD SIGNS—Columnist Suzy Farbman shares true stories of unexpected connections in our world through the inspiring men and women she meets in her travels. This week, Suzy writes about her lucky number and the surprising ways that number seems to have spiraled around a particular modern artist she loves: Julian Lethbridge. Do you have a lucky number? Perhaps after reading Suzy’s column this week, you might think of a story you want to share with friends about a digit that just seems to keep popping up in your life.

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

DREAMING OF BOOKS—Last week, we posted two stories about the  future of publishing—and the creative ideas in those columns sparked a lot of reader feedback. Thank you for the thoughts and questions you’ve sent our way. So, we are keeping the links to these columns on our front page for a second week: The first story tells about three visionary issues that 57 publishers discussed at length at a conference held in Nashville. Then, in a second story, we zeroed in on six more news items about publishing trends. That story is over at our Front Edge website.

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Holidays

HAJJ—More than a billion Muslims around the world look to the Hajj, each year, as about 2 million pilgrims travel to Mecca for to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. Stephanie Fenton has the story for us, including an overview of the history and customs. Most Americans have a friend, neighbor or colleague in the community who is Muslim. It’s a great time to learn about the culture of this faith that stems, along with Judaism and Christianity, from the patriarch Abraham.

CELEBRATING MARY—On August 15, Christianity comes together from East and West on the mid-August holiday honoring Mary, Jesus’s mother. However, there are two different names sets of traditions: The occasion is called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Western tradition—and the Dormition of the Theotokos in Eastern churches.

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

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Click this movie still to read about Blindspotting.

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 Stories: At Lightning Source conference, independent publishers chart a flexible future for the global growth of books

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DREAMING OF THE FUTURE OF BOOKS

COVER STORIES—Three of our staff members have just returned from a national publishers’ conference sponsored by the giant book wholesaler Ingram and its just-in-time printing-and-binding division Lightning Source. Our first story, this week, tells about three visionary issues that the 57 publishers in attendance discussed at length: The global reach of the English language today; the mind-stretching potential of audio books to bring the world’s great libraries to your ears; and the cutting-edge possibilities for personalizing books. You’re likely to be surprised by at least one of these three news items.

Then, in a second story, we zeroed in on six more news items of interest to writers and people who want to dig deeper into today’s publishing trends. These include: News about readers preferences for Fiction vs. Nonfiction—and a news item we’ve headlined The Top 5 Reasons Readers Choose Books. That story is over at our Front Edge website, where we publish our columns about book marketing and trends. Once again, we hope you’ll find this news intriguing, useful—and something you might consider sharing with a friend.

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HOW FAR WE’VE COME 1:
Rodney Curtis

LIVE FROM NEW YORK—Photographer and author Rodney Curtis travels to New York with his family to explore the Now-and-Then of life in the city’s jam-packed apartment buildings. At one point, he writes, “Simply by the random act of where we are born—into what family, what tribe, what city, what country—our paths are paved.” A column well worth pondering—and sharing with friends.

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HOW FAR WE’VE COME 2:
Suzy Farbman

PICTURING A SMALL TOWN—This week, Suzy takes us to the small town of Charlevoix, Michigan, where the passion of one man led to an exceptional collection of historical photos. Bob Miles began gathering and preserving these images long before anyone else showed much interest. Thank goodness, he did! The Miles collection now is the core of a new exhibition of photos from the Charlevoix area—preserving more than a century of vibrant life in this region along Lake Michigan.

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Holidays

LAMMAS—On August 1, an ancient festival of the wheat harvest, Lammas—or Lughnasadh—has long been called “the feast of first fruits.” Stephanie Fenton has the story, including a recipe for a Lammas Loaf.

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION—Churches celebrate one of the greatest mysteries described in the New Testament: Jesus takes three disciples—Peter, James and John—along with him on an ascent of a mountain. Once at their destination, the prophets Elijah and Moses appear. And that’s just the beginning of the biblical story.

CELEBRATING MARYChristianity comes together from East and West on the mid-August holiday honoring Mary, Jesus’s mother. However, there are two different names sets of traditions: The occasion is called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Western tradition—and the Dormition of the Theotokos in Eastern churches.

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

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of Damsel.

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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