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Campaign 2008 | Letters from our readers

Issue: "New faces of New Orleans," Aug. 15, 2009

A great one

I just completed the 2009 Book Issue. It is a great edition, very instructive and informative. The last two columns, "Be shrill" and "Liberty's champion," make it worth the investment. Speaking about closing lines ("The best of the last," July 4), "Bake a cake and know that Calvin was not against enjoying it," is a great one.
-Henk A. Berends; Lynden, Wash.

While your latest issue covered current book trends, including the decline of traditional bookstore sales, the rise of digital books ("Booksellers breakdown," July 4), and self-publishing ("Do it yourself," July 4), I was disappointed that you did not include one of the latest trends in book promotion: book videos.
-Edward Bolme; Charlotte, N.C.

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The Kindle version of your 2009 Book of the Year (July 4), the ESV Study Bible, is especially sweet with its hyperlinks between text and notes. Unlike your reviewer (Bestselling Books, July 4), I find my Kindle reader to be better than a traditional book for highlighting, marking up, and dog-earing. It is almost effortless to copy and paste in documents or a quote file.
-Douglas Hammerstrom; Colorado Springs, Colo.

As a self-published author with Xulon Press, I can relate to everything in "Do it yourself." While I did a fair share of internet marketing, I also arranged local book signings and newspaper, radio, and TV interviews. This legwork around town paid off: The local Barnes & Noble and independent Christian and secular bookstores all carry my book.
-Jan Hasak; Paradise, Calif.

Really something

I'll be a senior at Erskine College next year, and I participated in the petition ("Looking for a miracle," July 4). I, along with many other friends, have been delighted to know that the synod will be sending a team to investigate Erskine over the next year.
-Becky Fick; Westford, Vt.

As a 2009 graduate of Erskine College, I appreciate Joel Belz's column on the situation there. As one of the leaders of the petition effort, I would point out that 144 college students and alumni, not 144 students, signed the letter of concern to the ARPC; about 60 of those were students.
-Joshua Grimm; Lumberton, N.C.

I am a graduate (M.Div.) of Erskine Theological Seminary and a current Th.M. student. While the column was fair and balanced in many ways, it painted the seminary with the same brush as the college. There is no such petition against the seminary. It is a wonderful place to receive a sound, conservative, and biblical education.
-Carey Whitman, Woodruff, S.C.

Thanks for the column about Erskine. My husband, a teaching elder in the ARP, and I were there at the meeting, and it really was something to behold. To hear about a denomination that pulled itself back from liberalism some years ago and now to watch it deal with its seminary and college is really special.
-Sally Illman; Huntsville, Ala.

Been done already

As co-author of Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis had silly-funny down pat. But, as Megan Basham points out in "One to forget" (July 4), Ramis delves anemically into social commentary with his new film, Year One, ostensibly highlighting the dangers of "religious extremism." That theme got a serious and excellent treatment by writer/-director Paul Greengrass back in 2006 in United 93.
-Albin Sadar; Sunnyside, N.Y.

I saw The Proposal after reading your review ("Impractical magic," July 4). Sandra Bullock movies are usually fun. What hit me, however, was that the review left the reader unprepared for the reinforcements of secular worldviews about sex outside of marriage, which are far more dangerous than the rating or whether the story line was believable.
-Val Vickery; Jackson, Miss.

Debt to God

Regarding Kuyper's quote that "it is demonstrable that you owe this to Calvinism and to Calvinism alone" ("America's debt to John Calvin," July 4): America and the rest of Western civilization owe their existence to God's sovereignty within which He used Calvin and many others to provide this "impulse of liberty." America's debt to Calvin is profound, but it is a debt to God for what He accomplished through Calvin and Calvin's writings.
-Wendell Piepgrass; Waxhaw, N.C.

As a non-Calvinist I read the latest WORLD issue with an unexpected appreciation. It was good to learn of some new positive aspects of Calvin's legacy ("Sticking by the Bible," July 4). However, we cannot avoid Calvin's negative legacy. All things can be tested by their fruit. Calvin's TULIP splits up churches even now, 500 years later.
-Diana C. Asadorian; Fresh Meadows, N.Y.

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