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March 9, 2024 | Vol. 39, No. 5

Justice delayed

Grace Snell | Defendants languish in overcrowded jails while they wait for their day in court

Returned to circulation

Janie B. Cheaney | ESSAY | Efforts to restrict explicit books in school libraries hit a judicial roadblock

Taking sides

Mary Jackson | A growing divide over the theology of sexual brokenness threatens to tear evangelical institutions apart

Children's Books

Stories to tell

CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR | In an era of library wars, our awardees for best kids’ books show that compelling narrative wins every time

Recovering what was lost

CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR—NONFICTION | Co-winners tell of ancient seeds and an exploited elephant

Laboring through grief

CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR—FICTION | A boy finds life lessons in a mythological Greek hero

Seek and find

CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR—PICTURE BOOKS | An Arctic adventure and the search for things not seen


Messi’s World Cup: The Rise of a Legend

DOCUMENTARY | Four-part series spotlights an Argentinian soccer star’s blunders, triumphs, and humility—and his fans’ fanaticism and idolatry


MOVIE | Angel Studios’ biopic about a Catholic nun’s dogged advocacy for Italian immigrants in the 1880s is well-produced but keeps its religious content vague

Ordinary Angels

MOVIE | An alcoholic single mom rallies her town to save a dying girl in director Jon Gunn’s latest faith-based film

Box Office Top 10

MOVIES | Top films for the weekend of Feb. 16-18

Welcome Home, Franklin

MOVIE | The Peanuts comic strip’s first black character gets a touching origin story in a well-animated production about selfless friendship


Peaceful offerings

MUSIC | Three Christian albums worth the Bandcamp price

New and noteworthy

MUSIC | Reviews of four albums

East Coast blowback

SCIENCE | Local opposition to offshore wind farms threatens a renewable energy agenda

Big Sky showdown

POLITICS | A high-stakes Senate race heats up in Montana

Law of marriage

RELIGION | Indian state enforces uniform matrimonial practices

School alarm strategy

EDUCATION | Legislators in Tennessee hope better school evacuation protocols will save lives