Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • “That We Might Be One”

    Read Chris Smith's review of Oriented to Faith by Tim Otto in The Englewood Review of Books.

  • Read Marcia Mount Shoop on the Super Bowl/NFL

    “Something is shaking loose, becoming more malleable, and I don’t think it is just the Patriots’ footballs.”


  • Chapters of the Heart a 2014 National Jewish Book Award Finalist

    Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives, edited by Sue Levi Elwell and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, has been selected as a finalist of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Women's Studies: Barbara Dobkin Award.


    This book was selected after careful analysis by a panel of three judges who are all authorities in their field. The judges encountered a great deal of difficulty in making their decisions this year. Each category offered many viable candidates, which made the selection even harder. It is gratifying to know there is a wide range of Jewish content books available. Chapters of the Heart now joins the ranks of the hundreds of well-respected, classic Jewish books that have been National Jewish Book Award finalists. The National Jewish Book Awards, now in its 64th year, is the longest-running program of its kind in North America. The presentation of the National Jewish Book Awards will be held at a gala ceremony, open to the public, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City.

    Congratulations again to Sue Levi Elwell, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, and the following individuals that contributed to this excellent work: Rachel Adler, Amy Eilberg, Tamara Cohn Eskenaz, Vivian Mayer, Ellen Frankel, Dayle Friedman, Laura Geller, Blu Greenberg, Julie Greenberg, Margaret Holub, Vanessa Ochs, Hara Person, Ruth Sohn, Ellen Umansky, Sheila Weinberg, Wendy Zierler, Judith Plaskow.

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  • The Spirit of Adoption reviewed in the Jan-Feb 2015 issue of Christianity Today

    The Spirit of Adoption: Writers on Religion, Adoption, Faith, and Moreedited by Melanie Springer Mock, Martha Kalnin Diede, and Jeremiah Webster.

    Christians sometimes fall prey to a "happily-ever-after mythology" surrounding adoption, writes Mock, an English teacher at George Fox University, in the introduction to this volume. In reality, adoption is a "messy business, fraught with paradox and complication, with joy and sorrow, with loss and redemption." The Spirit of Adoption gathers first-person accounts from adoptive parents, birth mothers, and adoptees on how adoption has shaped their lives. "By allowing others to narrate their spiritual journeys through adoption," Mock writes, the book shows that "adoption can be a wonderful, powerful, hopeful experience and one that is difficult, painful, despairing. And that . . . these paradoxes might be held together in God's hand."

    -- prepared by Matt Reynolds,

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