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WATCH LIST: November 2012

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

Midnight’s Children

Salman Rushdie’s acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children finally comes to the screen in a film by Deepa Mehta, the India-born Canadian director known for such works as Water and Bollywood/Hollywood. To Rushdie’s tale of India’s independence from Britain, told through the prism of magic realism and allegory, Mehta adds her own colourful aesthetic and storytelling skills. Nov. 2

Faitheist: How an Atheist
Found Common Ground with the Religious

This slice-of-life memoir from former born-again Christian Chris Stedman chronicles his sojourn into the atheist movement. Stuck in the divide between the staunchly religious and followers of pop atheists like the late Christopher Hitchens, Stedman decides instead to search for common ground. His writing challenges our orthodoxies, making room to respect both religious and secular identities. Nov. 6

Help, Thanks, Wow:
The Three Essential Prayers
BY ANNE LAMOTT (Riverhead)

Novelist and memoir writer Anne Lamott has been chasing faith for decades. Now she’s compiled a joyful collection of the basics of prayer: asking for help, appreciating everything and feeling awe at the world. Unfolding gracefully through Lamott’s honest, insightful perspective on everyday events, Help, Thanks, Wow combines all she knows about leading a Spirit-filled life — or trying your best, anyway. Nov. 13

Diving Deeply:
Daily Reflections for Lent
EDITED BY BETTY LYNN SCHWAB (United Church Publishing House)

Chaplains, oblates and spiritual directors try to answer one question: Can God heal us? As their searching reflections suggest, the answer is at once both yes and no. Meant to be read between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, this Lenten collection takes readers to the front lines with spiritual thinkers working in jails, campuses, airports and churches. Nov. 30

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