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WATCH LIST: March 2016

By Observer Staff

A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives

Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own examines depression in women by questioning the overly medicated culture we live in. At a time when it has become socially acceptable to use antidepressans for everything from insomnia to PMS, Brogan claims the drugs may negatively affect the body’s self-healing potential. While holistic and ground-breaking, the proposed lifestyle changes as treatment are also science-based. Mar. 15

How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living

In his new book, How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living, bestselling author Rob Bell interweaves specific steps to defining and living a passionate life with lessons from biblical figures and insights from his own personal experience. Through practical advice like how to navigate criticism or how to persevere through hard times, Bell reminds us that we were all created for something great. Mar. 8

Ten Prayers That Changed the World: Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History
(National Geographic Society)

Exploring the moments in history where faith and prayer intersected with the trajectory of humankind’s future, author and historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts examines 10 prayers that were instrumental in the development of global events. From Joan of Arc to Martin Luther King, leaders throughout the ages have relied on prayer for both comfort in dark times and the courage to act. Mar.1

Miracles from Heaven

Based on a memoir of the same name, Miracles from Heaven tells of a miraculous healing. Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) lives with a life-threatening and incurable digestive disorder. Then she survives a dramatic fall from a tree without a scratch. She further baffles her doctors and community when she is suddenly cured of her chronic disease. Mar. 16

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The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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250 United Church leaders have a message for Doug Ford

by Emma Prestwich

They're urging the new Ontario premier to remember those in need as he carries out promised economic reform.


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Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

by Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.


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Jamil Jivani sheds light on why young men radicalize

by Suzanne Bowness

In his book 'Why Young Men,' Jamil Jivani talks about his own experience as a troubled youth.

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