Table of Contents

Cover Story

From disapproval to delight

From disapproval to delight

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Novels and movies were once generally suspect in evangelical eyes, but now the emphasis is on discernment. Thirty evangelicals reveal their favorites

In this issue: "Books and Movies 2006," July 1, 2006

Features

Ideologue for hire

Ideologue for hire

By Jamie Dean & Marvin Olasky

Politics | In Jack Abramoff's depiction, Ralph Reed fought for ideas "as far as the cash goes"

Nothing resolved

Nothing resolved

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | ECUSA passes a watered-down response to the Windsor Report and sets itself on a collision course with the Anglican Communion

Operation rescue

By Priya Abraham

Pakistan | A Pakistani Christian frees kidnapped Christian children-and faces the wrath of Pakistan's terrorist slavers

On borrowed time

By John Dawson

Iraq | Captured memo shows terrorist leaders realize they are fighting against the clock

Fiction is finer

Fiction is finer

By Marvin Olasky

Books and Movies 2006 | Author Angela Hunt on why she prefers writing novels to nonfiction, and how writers always send messages of some sort

A rocky path

A rocky path

By Susan Olasky

Books and Movies 2006 | Some books from self-publishing companies showcase vanity, but others contend for wider distribution

Single & stuck?

By Susan Olasky

Books and Movies 2006 | Debbie Maken and Connally Gilliam discuss how to obey God when marriage doesn't happen

When death is on the line

When death is on the line

By Matthew P. Ristuccia

Books and Movies 2006 | Two recent books-one by a Christian and one not-show dramatic contrasts

Liberated but bound

Liberated but bound

By Susan Olasky

Books and Movies 2006 | Writer Caitlin Flanagan on where feminism went wrong

The movie that wasn't made

The movie that wasn't made

By William Kilpatrick

Books and Movies 2006 | So many of today's "message movies" are like messages in a bottle, dealing with yesterday's struggles. Movies about today's underdogs would have a much…

Dispatches

Line in the sand

By Hugh Hewitt

House Democrats show how much is at stake in November

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The latest on this week's biggest stories

Notebook

Back to the nineties

Back to the nineties

By John Dawson

Sports | The Heat looked like the Bulls of yesteryear in their dazzling NBA Finals victory

Breaking chains

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Personal finance book explains how-and, more importantly, why-to get out of debt

Culture

The Lake House

The Lake House

By Arsenio Orteza

Movies | Time-travel romance is short on sparks and suspense

Bestselling books

By John Updike, Yasmina Khadra, Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child & Rory Stewart

Notable Books | Four bestselling novels

Bottomed out?

By Janie B. Cheaney

Books and Movies 2006 | Many recent Young Adult novels are raunchy, but some now urge responsibility

Review: Superman Returns

Review: Superman Returns

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | The latest installment of Superman is one of the top superhero films of all time

Columnists

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Relativism at Fuller

Relativism at Fuller

By Joel Belz

Seminary professors affirm heterosexual model-but support gay couples as well

Treadmill books

Treadmill books

By Marvin Olasky

Summertime, when self-promotion is easy

Absent-minded professors

Absent-minded professors

By Andrée Seu

Like goldfish, those who profess Christ are prone to forget

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