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Cover Story

7 fat years

7 fat years

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | A wealth of treadmill books, 400 to be almost exact, boiled down to an all-time favorite 100

In this issue: "The 2007 Books Issue," June 30, 2007

Features

Fictional communities

Fictional communities

By Nancy M. Tischler

Books | From Mitford to Port William, two elegant writers show different sides of Scripture-grace and the valley of the shadow of death

Instruments for good

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Novelist Flannery O'Connor "speaks" on the work of fiction and aspiring fiction writers

Backward, atheist soldiers!

Backward, atheist soldiers!

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Notable anti-religion and anti-Christian books of the past year-particularly Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great-make something out of, well, nothing

Raising patriots

By Lynn Vincent

Books | It isn't as easy in today's cultural climate, but parents can have a huge influence on their children's attitudes

Summer of love

Summer of love

By Matthew P. Ristuccia

Books | Forty years ago Beatlemania peaked

Scout's honor

Scout's honor

By Warren Cole Smith

Books | Legacy of Honor highlights the role of Scouting in America's secret to greatness

Delay reactions

Delay reactions

By Priya Abraham

Travel | A backlog in passports has bureaucrats on 24-hour call and air travelers fuming

Fighting chance

Fighting chance

By Jill Nelson

Middle East | The battle in Gaza is a humanitarian and security nightmare-and an opportunity for anti-Hamas Palestinians to start fresh

Remembering Ruth

Remembering Ruth

By Joel Belz

Religion | Thousands journey to North Carolina retreat center to celebrate "the glue that held many parts" of the Graham lives together

Southern charm

Southern charm

By Jamie Dean

Politics | Barack Obama makes important time in South Carolina: "If he can derail Clinton here, he can win the nomination"

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

In vain they claim

In vain they claim

By Marvin Olasky

Independence Day requires dependence upon God

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Notebook

Loose lips

Loose lips

By John Dawson

Sports | Judge rejects plea agreement for former BALCO attorney

Where the evidence leads

Where the evidence leads

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Fossils show dinosaurs had more spine

Cracked foundation

Cracked foundation

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Builders, investors offer a bleak outlook on the housing market

Columnists

Truth teller

Truth teller

By Joel Belz

Ruth Bell Graham didn't need handlers or PR experts

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Count it all joy

Count it all joy

By Andrée Seu

God commands us to rejoice, and obedience requires nothing less

Frontline books

By Marvin Olasky

As atheists rage, some good treadmill reading about Christianity

Culture

No mystery here

No mystery here

By Megan Basham

Movies | A classic detective turns hearts of young girls-and their mothers-to an old heroine

Power for good

By John Dawson

Movies | What's a home with a family when you can be out saving the world?

In her dreams

In her dreams

By Mindy Belz

Movies | Waitress seeks escape, Southern Gothic style

Noteworthy books

By Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson, Randy Singer, Peter Hessler & Ian Rankin

Notable Books | Four paperbacks good for airplanes and beaches reviewed by Susan Olasky

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