Addenda

4 Apr

Resources on Children's Literature

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 04/04/03

A sampling of sources from Scott Bucko, headmaster of the Geneva School in Central Florida, and former owner of Splintered Light Bookstore. (Descriptions are taken from the publisher, unless otherwise noted.):

A sampling of sources from Scott Bucko, headmaster of the Geneva School in Central Florida, and former owner of Splintered Light Bookstore. (Descriptions are taken from the publisher, unless otherwise noted.):

—Gladys Hunt, Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life, Fourth Edition (Zondervan, 2002): "Since its publication in 1969, this has been an essential guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. Now in its fourth edition, Honey for a Child's Heart discusses everything from the ways reading affects both children's view of the world and their imagination to how to choose good books. Illustrated with drawings from dozens of favorites, it includes an indexed and updated list of the best new books on the market and the classics that you want your children to enjoy. Author Gladys Hunt's tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural and spiritual life of any home."

—Mary Ruth Wilkinson & Heidi Wilkinson Teel, A Time to Read: Good Books for Growing Readers—For Those Who Love Books, Children, and God (Regent College Publishing, 2001): (description from www.parable.com) "In A Time to Read, Mary Ruth K. Wilkinson and her daughter, Heidi Wilkinson Teel, have compiled a helpful guide to children's books. More than bibliography A Time to Read also includes essays on the nature of children, families, literature and story—and how these hold together in a Christian life, reflecting Mary Ruth's 30 years' experience teaching a literary and Christian approach to children's books."

—Kathryn Lindskoog & Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, How to Grow a Young Reader: Books from Every Age for Readers of Every Age (Harold Shaw, 1999): (description from www.parable.com) "In this book, authors Kathryn Lindskoog and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker offer parents, teachers, and homeschoolers the best resource available as they closely examine genres such as classics, fantasy, biography and realistic fiction, mystery and adventure, humor, poetry, picture and audio books, and multimedia resources. Additional discussions of censorship, character building through literature, and objectives for spiritual development make this book the ideal guide for finding the best literature for children."

—Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, Fifth Edition (Penguin Group, 2001): "Every child can become an avid reader, and this beloved, classic guide . . . will show you how to make it happen. . . . Jim Trelease has made reading aloud a special pleasure for millions of people. This new edition offers a chance for a new generation of parents, teachers, grandparents, and siblings to discover the rewards—and the necessity—of reading aloud to children." [Posted April 2005, ALG]

29 Jan

Islam

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 01/29/03

Bibliographic sources from the liner notes of various editions of the Journal.

A guest on Volume 55 of the Journal, John Kelsay's Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993) is a comparison of the Western tradition of just war and the Islamic tradition of war. In this book, Kelsay argues that generally, in the just-war tradition, religion is never a just cause for war, whereas in Islam, religion is the only just cause. Kelsay also co-edited (with James Turner Johnson) Cross, Crescent, and Sword: The Justification and Limitation of War in Western and Islamic Tradition (Greenwood, 1990). See also Human Rights and the Conflicts of Culture: Western and Islamic Perspectives on Religious Liberty (University of South Carolina Press, 1988), co-edited by Kelsay, David Little, Abdulaziz A. Sachedina, and Frederick Denny. Bernard Lewis's The Political Language of Islam (Chicago, 1991), traces the development of Islamic political philosophy from the very beginnings to the present. Lewis is also the author of The Shaping of the Modern Middle East (Oxford, 1994), The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam (Oxford, 1987), Islam and the West (Oxford, 1994), and The Multiple Identities of the Middle East (Schocken, 2001). Of this last book, the review in the Library Journal noted; "His new work should be required reading for all Westerners who have any serious interest in understanding how the history and religion of this dynamic area have led to very different interpretations of such traditional Western notions as nation, citizenship, and patriotism. Lewis ably communicates the primary importance of Islam in forming the core personal identity for area Muslims." [Posted June 2002, ALG]

Bernard Lewis discusses the similarities and differences between Islam and Western Civilization on Volume 59 of the Journal; his book What Went Wrong: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response is published by Oxford University Press (2001). Bat Ye'or has researched extensively the history of the treatment of Christians and Jews in Islamic societies and documented the effects of the formal discrimination which conferred dhimmi status on Jews and Christians. Her books include The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude (Fairleigh Dickinson, 1996) and Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2001). Rudolph Peters has assembled an anthology of texts documenting the understanding of the idea of jihad in his book Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam: A Reader (Marcus Wiener Publishers, 1996). Daniel Pipes has recently observed (in "Jihad and the Professors," Commentary, November 2002, available on-line) that many academic scholars of Islam have been publicly denying the military connotations of jihad. Pipes, a veteran Middle East scholar, is also the author of the recent study Militant Islam Reaches America (Norton, 2002). Stephen Schwartz's Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror (Doubleday, 2002) looks at the rise of Wahhabism, the movement which originated in the eighteenth century in an effort to purify Islam from various contaminants (Schwartz discusses this history on Volume 61 of the Journal). Two books that examine Islam more in the light of Christian apologetics than politics are Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (Baker, updated 2002), by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb, and Islam at the Crossroads: Understanding the Beliefs, History, and Conflicts (Baker, 2002), by Paul A. Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green. [Posted January 2003, ALG]

12 Jan

1996 Interview

Category: What We're Reading
By: Ken Myers
Published: 01/12/03

In honor and memory of Roger Shattuck's intellectual brilliance and moral seriousness, MARS HILL AUDIO is making available the two parts of his 1996 interview with Ken Myers which appeared on volume 24 of the TAPES as a free downloadable mp3 file. It may be obtained by clicking HERE. [Posted January 2006, KAM]

In honor and memory of Roger Shattuck's intellectual brilliance and moral seriousness, MARS HILL AUDIO is making available the two parts of his 1996 interview with Ken Myers which appeared on volume 24 of the TAPES as a free downloadable mp3 file. It may be obtained by clicking HERE. [Posted January 2006, KAM]

22 Nov

The Virtues of Orwell's Windowpane Prose

Category: Sound Thinking
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 11/22/02

Professor Paul J. Griffiths explains why Christians should read George Orwell's works.

George Orwell is known, in part, for his disdain for system- and doctrine-endorsing institutions, Catholicism and Christianity included. At first glance, it may not seem as if his writings would be particularly advantageous for Christians to study, but in "Orwell for Christians," published in the December 2004 issue of First Things, professor Paul J. Griffiths takes a closer look at Orwell and commends his work to Christians for some valuable lessons. In addition to explaining that Orwell's prose demonstrates the consequences of affirming that there is a describable, natural order to the world, Griffiths writes: "The virtue [Christians] can learn from Orwell is to see the power of language to depict and of thought to grasp the meaning of what is depicted, and to strive to use language in such a way that it more fully realizes that power." [Posted November 2004, ALG]

14 Feb

The New Atlantis

Category: What We're Reading
By: Amy L. Graeser
Published: 02/14/02

Hoping to encourage thoughtful reflection in America on the larger questions surrounding technology and human nature, the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington has founded The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society. The premiere issue, published in the spring of 2003, featured articles by such heavyweights in the world of bioethics as Leon R. Kass and Gilbert Meilaender. For information about subscribing to the quarterly Journal, its mission and editorial board, or to browse the available issues, visit The New Atlantis's web pages. [Posted February 2004, ALG]

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