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WATCH LIST: March 2013

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

By Observer Staff


The Bible
CREATED BY
MARK BURNETT AND
ROMA DOWNEY (LightWorkers Media)

The Bible comes to dramatic life in a 10-part miniseries airing on the History Channel. Heroes and villains from Genesis through Revelation tell their stories in the first person, bringing a new immediacy to the age-old tales. The series also draws on archeological finds to enhance its depiction of biblical times. Sweeping cinematography gives the episodes an epic feel. March 3, 8 p.m.

What We Talk About When
We Talk About God
BY ROB BELL (HarperCollins Canada)


American pastor Rob Bell angered and energized Christians with his 2011 bestseller Love Wins, which questioned the existence of hell. In his latest effort, the former megachurch leader turns his thoughts to the nature of God, urging readers to shed their parochial blinkers and discover an expansive Creator who calls us toward a truer understanding of the universe and ourselves. March 12

Does Jesus Really Love Me?:
A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
BY JEFF CHU (HarperCollins Canada)


Faith, politics and sexuality converge in Jeff Chu’s spiritual tour of Christian America. Blending personal memoir with investigative journalism, Chu talks to believers of all stripes, from sign-waving anti-gay activists to liberal Protestants preaching a message of universal love. Told with wry humour and insight, this is a tale of a nation fractured under God. March 26

Child to Soldier:
Stories from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army
BY OPIYO OLOYA
(University of Toronto Press)


Author and educator Opiyo Oloya hails from the same region of Northern Uganda where Joseph Kony of the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army abducts his young recruits. Drawing on interviews with former child soldiers, Oloya examines how the warlord exploits cultural teachings to induce youth to violence. Those who survive the experience still bear deep psychological scars. March 28


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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

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The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

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Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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