ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: As We Head to the Ballot Box—Discerning Our Ultimate Concern

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WHAT IS OUR ‘ULTIMATE CONCERN’?
Americans will be taking our most passionate concerns to the ballot box on November 6. On both sides of the aisle, voters are approaching Election Day with religious fervor. But, what is our “ultimate concern”?

Since 2007, ReadTheSpirit has covered important new voices in books and films with a focus on cultural and religious diversity. This week, we invited columnist Henry Brinton to share a bit of wisdom with us—from a range of religious traditions—that may refocus our concerns in this historic week for all Americans.

We know that our readership is global—and we invite our readers overseas to read along with Henry’s column, as well. You may find yourself inspired by his column, wherever you live and whatever regional issues you are facing. AS ALWAYS—Feel free to share this column with friends!

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AMERICA’s CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

THE FIRST AMERICANS—For weeks, we have been urging readers not to miss the ambitious new PBS series, Native America, which reveals the riches of our ancient American civilizations. New this week is Rodney Curtis’s column and photos, taking us to the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in ChillicotheIf you have been watching the PBS series, then you’ll be eager to see Rodney’s story and photos. As Rodney puts it: Back when Julius Caesar and Jesus were alive and well—Native Americans were building earthen mounds and embankments in their communities.
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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

THANKSGIVINGIt’s not too early to plan for holiday-themed movies, writes faith-and-film columnist Ed McNulty this week. He’s got two suggestions of entertaining but often overlooked movies—one of them a classic from Woody Allen.

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING—While you’re planning for the holidays, start thinking now about great books for the readers you love. To help, we’ve published an overview of some terrific gift-giving ideas, whatever your year-end occasion might be. And, please, consider sharing this column with friends. Speaking for our entire family of authors: We all hope you’ll join us in encouraging Peace on Earth!

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

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT EBOOK FORMATS?
In our weekly Front Edge Publishing columns, our team has been exploring Metadata 101, illuminating the many mysteries involved in preparing for the professional launch of a new book. This week, Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok sorts out the sometimes confusing array of eBook formats. From the perspective of readers—we just want to read our favorite authors! Publishers must scramble to ensure that we can sell books in every format readers could select. You may be surprised at how many options you’ve got as a reader.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Click to read Ed’s movie 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.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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