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November 2012

WATCH LIST: November 2012

By Observer Staff

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

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November 2012

Revenge so cold it numbs

By Therese DesCamp

It’s payback time on two popular TV shows that blur the line between good and evil

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October 2012

WATCH LIST: October 2012

By Observer Staff

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

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October 2012

Yearning for authenticity

By Alanna Mitchell

Immersed in a culture of hype and spin, we can’t help longing for something real

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September 2012

WATCH LIST: September 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen, read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

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September 2012

Hollywood's evolving icon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Big-screen tough guy Clint Eastwood has reinvented himself as a tireless explorer of the human spirit

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July 2012

WATCH LIST: July/August 2012

By Observer Staff

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

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July 2012

Reading a nation’s soul

By Lisa Van de Ven

Can non-Canadians write a Canadian novel?

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June 2012

WATCH LIST: June 2012

By Observer Staff

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

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June 2012

The lure of Nordic noir

By Lee Simpson

Murder mysteries offer an irresistible glimpse into the dark corners of the Scandinavian soul

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May 2012

WATCH LIST: May 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

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May 2012

Grief on the big screen

By David G. Hallman

Recent films about losing a loved one help us grapple with the reality of death and mourning

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April 2012

Hot Docs 2012

By Observer Staff

Interested in movies about faith, poverty and activism? Why not check out these films as part of the 19th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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April 2012

WATCH LIST: April 2012

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Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

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April 2012

Prophet with a paintbrush

By John McTavish

Once dismissed as the fantasy of a religious oddball, William Kurelek’s expansive vision is back and attracting new converts

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March 2012

Watch List: March 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

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March 2012

Resurrection on Broadway

By Kate Spencer

The songs still sparkle, but the shock is gone as Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell return to the stage

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February 2012

WATCH LIST: February 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

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February 2012

A house of dark mirrors

By Lisa Van de Ven

Stories of death and violence pervade teen fiction today. What’s behind the attraction — and should parents be worried?

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January 2012

WATCH LIST: January 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched any of these new releases? Would you recommend them to others? Share your comments with us.

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January 2012

The new normal

By Therese DesCamp

Paranormal phenomena and psychic abilities are dominating prime-time TV. What do they tell us about the human need for mystery beyond the ordinary?

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December 2011

The Camino Letters

By John Montgomery

Author completes 26 tasks, assigned by friends, along her spiritual path

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December 2011

Iona Dreaming

By Martha Martin

Readers are taken on a journey of recovery, reflection and awe

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December 2011

The Sacred Journey

By Sheryl Spencer

Author explores traditional spiritual practices with modern interest

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December 2011

The Accidental Pilgrim

By Ross Lockhart

New book examines contemporary understanding of pilgrimages

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December 2011

Sacred Earth

By Daniel Benson

Awe-inspiring photographs capture major and lesser-known sacred sites

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November 2011

Green Zone

By Patricia Ingold

Political thriller about Iraq war shows the limits of exporting democracy

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November 2011

Battle for Haditha

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Award-winning director mixes the crudity of military culture with the restlessness of everyday life in a war zone

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November 2011

The Messenger

By Debbie Cowling

Two officers are assigned to notify next of kin when a soldier is killed in action

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November 2011

Armadillo

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Danish film is an authentic portrait of regimental life

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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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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

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

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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