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Cover Story

Book of the year

Book of the year

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | It's based on the best-selling book of all time, but WORLD's 2009 winner takes Bible study to new levels

In this issue: "2009 Books Issue," July 4, 2009

Features

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Man knows not his time

Man knows not his time

By Edward E. Plowman

Death | Mission pioneer Ralph Winter saw clearly what seemed to others impossible

Human Race

By The Editors

Human Race | SENTENCED: North Korea sentenced U.S. reporters Euna Lee, 36, and Laura Ling, 32, to 12 years of hard labor in prison for allegedly entering the country…

America's debt to John Calvin

America's debt to John Calvin

By John Piper

2009 Books Issue | The personal pervasiveness of God's sovereignty

Houses of God

Houses of God

By The Editors

Houses of God | Worshippers file out of the Sunday morning service at the Samrith Methodist Church in Samrith village, Kampong Thom, Cambodia. The pastor, Rath Uong, says he…

The irrepressible thirst for liberty

The irrepressible thirst for liberty

By Mindy Belz

Iran | Tehran protests show no less driving force than the freedom movements that felled the Berlin Wall and ushered in U.S. civil rights

Sticking by the Bible

Sticking by the Bible

By Marvin Olasky

2009 Books Issue | A 500th birthday biography of Calvin shows a complex man with a singular belief who delivered the church from medievalism

The best of the last

The best of the last

By Marvin Olasky

2009 Books Issue | Our contest for the best last lines of books drew some great entries

When Jesus is the hero

By Nancy M. Tischler

2009 Books Issue | Novelists who make Him the main character find many ways to answer the question, "Who do you say that I am?

The story of Scripture

The story of Scripture

By Marvin Olasky

2009 Books Issue | When Sally Lloyd-Jones lost her job, her career as an author began

Do it yourself

Do it yourself

By Susan Olasky

2009 Books Issue | Self-publishing is the bright spot in a gloomy bookselling environment. Here's the story of some who have tried it, and succeeded

Booksellers breakdown

Booksellers breakdown

By Warren Cole Smith

2009 Books Issue | Technological innovations plus economic uncertainty equal transitions in Christian book market

'One heart' solution

'One heart' solution

By Warren Cole Smith & Rusty Leonard

Charity | Christian ministries believe the gospel is the key to Middle East peace

Breaking old patterns

Breaking old patterns

By Jamie Dean

North Korea | With North Korea, despite UN resolve, it will be hard

Dispatches

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Oddball occurences

Quotables

By The Editors

Quo | Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

By The Editors

Need-to-know news

Reviews

Movie with a message

Movie with a message

By Megan Basham

Movies | Filmmakers hope Soraya M. prompts soul-searching and action

One to forget

One to forget

By Megan Basham

Movies | Year One is caveman drama best left in the Stone Age

Impractical magic

Impractical magic

By Megan Basham

Movies | The Proposal asks for too much suspension of disbelief

Trying to heal

Trying to heal

By Rebecca Kelley

Movies | Away We Go has the ethos of a post-tradition society

Independence Day reading

By Marvin Olasky

Books | Two views of America and some worthwhile investigations of John Calvin

Notable books

By Richard Doster, Robert Whitlow, Melanie M. Jeschke & Ed Ditto, Laura Patrick

Notable Books | Four noteworthy novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

Evolving humor

Evolving humor

By Arsenio Orteza

Video | DVD shows the growth of funnyman Dennis Miller

Notable CDs

By Eddi Reader, Dale Watson, The Lovell Sisters & Iggy Pop

Notable CDs | Four noteworthy new CDs reviewed by Arsenio Orteza

Notebook

Summer heat

Summer heat

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Showdown looms between the world's best sprinters

Voices

Looking for a miracle

Looking for a miracle

By Joel Belz

A transformed denomination seeks to transform its college and seminary

Liberty's champion

Liberty's champion

By Marvin Olasky

On his 500th birthday, two cheers for John Calvin

Be shrill

Be shrill

By Andrée Seu

It's not bad to be divisive for good purpose

Popular science

Popular science

By Janie B. Cheaney

Government funding for research is bound to come with bias

Cut to common cloth

Cut to common cloth

By Mindy Belz

America was shaped for sinners, not saints

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

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