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December 7, 2019 | Vol. 34, No. 23

2019 Books of the Year

Marvin Olasky | Great books tell stories. Here’s our pick of vivid and insightful new releases for better understanding America, world events, history, science, and theology

Liberty and justice for all

Marvin Olasky, Sarah Schweinsberg | Will religious liberty survive?

Grappling with evil

Mindy Belz | Explaining an ‘unmitigated, genocidal disaster’

Vivid memories

Marvin Olasky | Asking probing questions, diving into details

Darwinism’s big breakdown

Marvin Olasky, J.C. Derrick | Michael Behe says evolution degrades genes but doesn’t create them

Curving heavenward

Marvin Olasky | Paul Miller explains how true living comes through dying

Battles on La Rambla

Marvin Olasky | Two great older books illuminate the Spanish Civil War and the road to polarization

A 30-ring circus

Jamie Dean | Tribulations and trials highlight a fortnight’s news 

From watchdogs to lapdogs?

Harvest Prude | USCIRF commissioner resigns over attempts by Congress to ‘undermine the independence’ of commissioners

Children's Books

’Tis the season

Family devotionals for advent 

Men of the church

The Two Popes portrays a friendly rivalry between Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis

Magic on ice

Funny Frozen II flirts with vague animism but offers some positive messages

Neighborly graces

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood shows the power of unselfish love

New Christmas albums

Another Sunday Service

Music from Jarvis Cocker’s BBC show reveals an interesting and open musical mind

Learning to wrestle pigs
Farmers Dennis and Margaret Guth fought often—until they learned to understand and appreciate their differences
A Heart Mountain reunion
Formerly interned Japanese Americans gather 75 years after the Supreme Court decision that ended their exile 
Muscling in
No matter the activists’ spin, biological males maintain unfair advantages when competing against women