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Issue: "Face-off," Aug. 13, 2011

"Books Issue" (July 2)

As a 2011 high-school graduate, I am constantly on the lookout for thought-provoking, enlightening reading material. The arrival of WORLD's annual Books Issue, always a highlight of the summer, swelled my "to read" list to unnerving lengths. I couldn't be happier.
Amy Valine; Carlton, Minn.

There's only one downside to your Books Issue: I'm on the other side of 75 and the urgency to read all these wondrous books at my age borders on greed. But I love every review, and have made some choice selections to read this year.
Barbara J. Ortler; Chelmsford, Mass.

"Books of the year" (July 2)

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The solid insights and accuracy in Marvin Olasky's description and sidebars on the two "Books of the year" were matched only by the courage to print them. He can expect criticism from both the secular and religious worlds who have for too long been afraid to acknowledge the foundational scriptural truths about origins that theistic evolution can never provide.
Michael DuMez; Oostburg, Wis.

Setting aside Genesis 1-2 is not enough to eliminate the claim of creation by a Creator God. All throughout the Bible we read of God's hand and Word actively involved in creation. This is the basis of who God is and why we need Him.
Jody Tellers; Eagan, Minn.

Christians can no longer ignore theistic evolution. Science is ready and willing to be "as God" and many Christians are apparently ready to bow. Soon we will see the eternal life Jesus promised described as symbolic of the fountain of youth made possible by stem cells.
Carol Tharp; Winnetka, Ill.

"A bridge too far" (July 2)

Tim Keller wrote, "I don't think the author of Genesis 1 wants us to take the 'days' literally, but it is clear that Paul definitely does want readers to take Adam and Eve literally." The plain reading of Genesis 1 reveals a historical account, and the fact that each day is defined as "the morning and evening" makes it hard to conclude that the Holy Spirit is not referring to 24-hour calendar days.
Carl Foresti; South Plainfield, N.J.

"What to sing in storms" (July 2)

I usually read WORLD cover to cover but the essay by Ann Voskamp stopped me in my tracks. The line, "that which I refuse to thank Christ for, I refuse to believe Christ can redeem" was convicting. What a great gift and talent she has for addressing key spiritual principles we grapple with every day.
Al Shirah; Big Canoe, Ga.

I was delighted to read the poetic excerpts of Mrs. Voskamp. She has a breathtaking ability to just shout and laugh and whisper the wonder of our Blessed Creator.
Gabriel J. Benton; Wahpeton, N.D.

As a farmer who planted his crop in the wettest spring in memory and as a father who buried a stillborn daughter recently, I want to say "Amen" to Voskamp's essay.
Lamar Martin; Leola, Pa.

There should be nothing controversial about Voskamp's phrase, "The intercourse of soul with God is the very climax of joy." "Intercourse" means to have dealings with someone, an interchange of thoughts. And "climax" simply means, "the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination." This is a beautiful description of the wondrous relationship man can have with God.
Tom Wells; New Orleans, La.

"Becoming readers" (July 2)

Janie Cheaney hit the nail on the head when she said too many college professors use classic literature to propagate a certain philosophy of race, class, and gender oppression. I network with other book bloggers and the tiny minority who review classics are mainly young college women who, for example, congratulate Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary for their "emancipation" from the fetters of wifedom and condemn Rochester in Jane Eyre as an arrogant monster. What angers me the most is how smugly these women present themselves as intellectuals.
Sharon Henning; Longview, Texas

I loved this column. I feel like my high-school literature teacher wants us to interpret books, so that we're putting our own thoughts and words into the author's mouth, instead of just letting them speak to us. It kills me.
Kiska Carr; LaGrange, Ind.

I read The Silver Sword to my fourth-grade class every year for 35 years and never got tired of it. I knew what was coming but still got choked up near the end when the children saw their mother for the first time in years. Sometimes I had to ask a child to read that part because I was too emotional. Weird. I've been retired for seven years, but all I miss about teaching is reading that book.
Karen Heerwagen; Elmhurst, Ill.

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