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Issue: "The GOP’s Greg Abbott," May 31, 2014

Notable Books

April 5  Although I was excited to hear your take on Temple Grandin’s latest book, The Autistic Brain, I am disappointed that you described autism spectrum disorders as diseases. I have Asperger’s syndrome, and it allows me to see the world in ways others can’t. While it does present challenges, I see it as a gift from God, given so I may reflect Him in a truly unique way.
—Danielle Price, Tucson, Ariz.

‘The Second Great Embarrassment’

April 5  A couple of megaministry scandals here in Orlando lead me to believe the problem is deeper than Marvin Olasky suggests. To my knowledge, neither church here had any overt “hero worship,” and the leaders were orthodox and very talented communicators. Hopefully all these failures will leave a strong impression on churches, and we’ll all be more careful—but we’ll probably forget again.
—Gary Merideth, Windermere, Fla.

‘Reigning classic’

April 5  You reported that African-Americans are the “most avid” Bible readers, with two-thirds opening it up at least once a year. Surely an “avid” Bible reader would read it more than once a year. And the information that only 9 percent of survey respondents read their Bible every day is indeed disappointing.
—Carol Blair, Gladewater, Texas

When I first found WORLD on a breakroom table in a furniture plant, I thought it was typical leftist propaganda. It took months for me to be won over by occasional reading, but you didn’t tell me what to think or believe. You just contrasted the culture with a godly way of seeing things. I had to think, and you gave my wife and me hope because of the amazing, positive things people were doing around the world.
—Blake Gardner, Clayton, Ga.

Correction

No Greater Joy Ministries (NGJ) operates out of offices and warehouses on property owned by the ministry (“To train up a Pharisee,” May 3, p. 45). Also, we inadvertently left out of the print version of that story the following paragraph:

To Train Up a Child does include this warning: “There are always some who act in the extreme. These individuals are capable of using what has been said about the legitimate use of the rod to justify ongoing brutality to their children. … They would call themselves ‘strong disciplinarians.’ ‘But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea’ (Matthew 18:6).” 

We included that paragraph in our digital editions.

WORLD Around the World

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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