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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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Interviews

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Video

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