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July 31, 2021 | Vol. 36, No. 14

Profiles in poverty-fighting

What WORLD looks for in effective compassion coverage


FEATURES
Hope in the wilderness

Christian Encounter helps youth who need family, structure, and the gospel

The Word and work at Westside

Westside Ministries’ strategy for helping kids find Jesus and escape poverty brings them back as adults to help a new generation

Finding straighter paths

East County Transitional Living Center challenges residents to see their depravity and God’s sovereignty

Healing more than bodies

Safe Harbor Free Clinic focuses on both physical and spiritual

A decade of destruction

Syria’s ongoing civil war, now in its 10th year, is shaping a generation to imagine nothing but war


CULTURE
Documentary

Making music in Harlem

Summer of Soul revisits a 1969 rock festival where music flowed and racial tensions simmered

MOVIES & TV

Box Office Top 10

Top films for the weekend of July 9-11

Mission against disinformation

Disney series The Mysterious Benedict Society upholds truth claims in a world beset by lies

Going forward to move back

The Tomorrow War entertains but is predictable

Bossy babies

With chaotic plot twists, The Boss Baby: Family Business is so absurd that it’s amusing

A superhero surprise

Black Widow packs typical Marvel action but adds emotional depth

Music

Sentimental sounds

Noteworthy new or recent releases

Not-so-pop(ular) music

Two albums question the status quo

 
Q&A
An annual assessment

An annual assessment

Forecasting tensions with China and Russia

Books

A sorrowful history

Insightful books on abortion

The dollars and sense of America’s challenges

Four books look for diagnoses and solutions

Children's Books

Friendship features

Four picture books for young children


NOTEBOOK
Sports
Stars and swipes

Athletic protests today may be permissible or impermissible based on where they fall on the ideological spectrum

Lifestyle
A roller coaster life

Singing helped concentration camp survivor David Wisnia endure World War II atrocities

Business
Ships in limbo

Weighing the hidden costs of the cruise industry shutdown