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March 18, 2017 | Vol. 32, No. 5

Books of the Year—sort of

As we transition to more timely reporting, here are 12 pages on top books published from April through December, 2016

FEATURES
Understanding America Cultural carnage in the land of the free
History and ideology Upsetting conventional wisdom
Reaching back Three novels from the past offer insights into the political battles of today
Topping the Top 50 Christian leaders offer better reading options than last year’s Christian bestsellers
Science, math, and worldviews Darwinism heads toward senility
Understanding the world As our vision expands, so does our appreciation
Iraq’s grisly liberation Areas freed from the Islamic State’s grip display the depth of the terror group’s war crimes. As Iraqi forces continue that fight, American aid groups are staking out front-line positions, too
Where have all the biscuits gone? Long time passing for media and elites accustomed to special treatment
A heart for the brokenhearted Grant Funk has lived the traumatic childhood he now sees every day among young people in Alaska

CULTURE
MOVIES & TV

Doubting and seeking

Finding Jesus presents a skeptical but interesting examination of the Gospel accounts

The Shack

New film may raise some good questions, but avoid its heresies and answers

Paying for his sins

A superhero story of self-sacrifice is marred by R-rated content in 'Logan'
Music

Shakespeare-Music Albums

Classically classical

A Bulgarian radio dispute suggests audiences miss old classical music
 
Q&A
A writer at work

A writer at work

Rising early, slaying adverbs, and preserving a voice
Books

Wonder and discovery

Four recent science books

Religiously themed books

Glimpses of other cultures

A liberal visits Louisiana, a historian examines Islam

NOTEBOOK
Technology
Stronger on cyber
Russian hacks highlight need for robust U.S. cyber strategy
Lifestyle
New baby? Just relax
The Chinese tradition of zuo yuezi provides plentiful rest (and strict rules) for mothers of newborns
Medicine
A fresh pair of genes?
Gene editing could alter human embryos for life
Money
Giving by group
Young professionals club focuses on Biblical financial stewardship