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Quiet Works

A few months ago I reviewed Have Dog, Will Travel, poet Stephen Kuusisto's memoir about his relationship with his beloved first guide dog and journey of embracing his blindness. In “Quiet Works,” a recent article I wrote for The Banner, I reflect on a very powerful moment in the book: Kuusisto’s experience of taking the Eucharist as a teenager.… Continue reading Quiet Works

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A Novel about Joy and Jack

Long before Joy Davidman was known as the wife of renowned British author C.S. Lewis, the ambitious and sharp-minded American writer was carving out her own spiritual and literary journey. In Becoming Mrs. Lewis, a historical novel, Patti Callahan places Joy in the role of first-person narrator and enlivens her fictional voice with details from… Continue reading A Novel about Joy and Jack

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Trials of the Migrant Life

Things Are Good Now, the debut collection by Ethiopian-Canadian author Djamila Ibrahim, features nine well-crafted short stories that chronicle painful quests for belonging. Its main characters are displaced people – refugees, migrants, and immigrants – with heavy dreams. Many of them have literal nightmares prompted by memories of torture, imprisonment and other such traumatic experiences… Continue reading Trials of the Migrant Life

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A Missionary Childhood in Haiti

When Apricot Irving was six years old, her parents moved their family from the California desert to a missionary compound in Haiti. The Gospel of Trees is her honest, ruminative account of the years she spent in a place she describes as a “splendid, complicated, troubling, maddening, beautiful country.” Through diary entries – hers and those of… Continue reading A Missionary Childhood in Haiti