Table of Contents

Cover Story

Books are special

Books are special

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | The written word is a uniquely powerful, and powerfully Christian, tool of communication

In this issue: "2012 Books Issue," July 14, 2012

Features

A religion on the move

A religion on the move

By Marvin Olasky

2012 Books Issue | Riding the roller coaster of Christian history: WORLD's engaging and myth-busting Book of the Year

Book of the Year runners-up

Book of the Year runners-up

By Marvin Olasky

2012 Books Issue | The wrong and right ways to help

Niche nook

Niche nook

By The Editors

2012 Books Issue | We asked our reviewers to recommend the best business, humor, sports, economics and self-published niche books of 2011-2012

Feeding souls

Feeding souls

By Marvin Olasky

2012 Books Issue | Christian fiction writer Nate Wilson says Christians should model their writing after the work of the Great Storyteller

Victorian culture warrior

Victorian culture warrior

By Gene Edward Veith

2012 Books Issue | Nearly 200 years later, how Charles Dickens changed the literary landscape

We're all 'Moviegoers' now

We're all 'Moviegoers' now

By Warren Cole Smith

2012 Books Issue | Fifty years ago Walker Percy's The Moviegoer launched an unlikely literary career

Heaven plus all that goes before

Heaven plus all that goes before

By Marvin Olasky

2012 Books Issue | The fiction of popular author Randy Alcorn often gets overlooked

Master craftsmen

Master craftsmen

By Randy Alcorn

2012 Books Issue | Some talented authors are showing that the stereotype of sugar-coated Christian fiction does not match reality

Theology for 3-year-olds

Theology for 3-year-olds

By Russ Pulliam

2012 Books Issue | Theologians and others are turning out titles to present the gospel and church history to young, growing minds

Dispatches

Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | The National Association of Evangelicals, its pro-contraception $1 million grant, and its next grant. A WORLD exclusive

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

Bastille Day Recently elected French President François Hollande on July 14 will preside over his first Bastille Day parade since taking office in May. The…

Health and taxes

Health and taxes

By Emily Belz

Campaign 2012 | Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but may have opened financial and political floodgates

Upheld and overturned

Upheld and overturned

By The Editors

Supreme Court strikes down three of four challenged provisions of the Arizona immigration law

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

By Jamie Dean

A record of broken promises leaves Egypt's Christians wary of country's new Islamist leaders

Greek drama

Greek drama

By Warren Cole Smith

Elections narrowly bring to power a pro-austerity party and a thaw with Germany

Photographic evidence

Photographic evidence

By The Editors

Chinese blogosphere lit up with attacks on the country's one-child policy

Contempt

Contempt

By The Editors

And other news briefs

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

Paralyzed Steve Saint, son of slain missionary Nate Saint, suffered a paralyzing injury while testing new technology at Indigenous People's Technology and…

Quotables

Quotables

By The Editors

'They failed to recognize that the church is its people.' Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Roman Catholic church officials who covered up…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Testing the limits The return of permissive speed limits may be at hand in Texas, where the state's Department of Transportation says it's willing to test run…

Reviews

Behind <em>Brave</em>

Behind Brave

By Michael Leaser

Movies | In an interview with WORLD, Brave producer Katherine Sarafian says she aimed to show the dire results of reckless decisions

Bunheads

Bunheads

By Emily Whitten

Television | New ABC comedy is not one moms and teens can enjoy without reservation

The Newsroom

The Newsroom

By Megan Basham

Television | It is possible to enjoy this HBO drama even if the wool you've been dyed in is redder than red-state red

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of June 22-24 according to Box Office Mojo

The write way

The write way

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | Author Ann Voskamp says reading, list making, and waiting on the Lord are integral to the creative process

Three to remember

Three to remember

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | Watson, Cosey, and Welch left their mark on American music

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Notable CDs | Five Gospel or CCM releases

Notebook

Alien by adoption

Alien by adoption

By Susan Olasky

Lifestyle | Citizenship law loophole leaves some international adoptees in vulnerable position

Armchair evangelism

Armchair evangelism

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Clubs bring new opportunities to speak with foreign English learners

Rare breakthrough

Rare breakthrough

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Feds back a lizard conservation plan proposed by states and oil drillers

St. Francisco de Asis Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba

St. Francisco de Asis Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba

By The Editors

Houses of God | Cardenas, Cuba

Thanking God

Thanking God

By Mark Bergin

Sports | Many outspoken Christian athletes are acquitting themselves and their faith well in the public eye

Volatile summer

Volatile summer

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | A lack of long-term solutions to worldwide problems weighs heavily on stocks

Changing tide

Changing tide

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Southern Baptists see membership decline for fifth straight year

Voices

Vacation idea

Vacation idea

By Joel Belz

Christian disaster relief will be an inexpensive trip that you'll never forget

The Mormon challenge

The Mormon challenge

By Janie B. Cheaney

Campaign 2012 | Mitt Romney's candidacy is an opportunity for Christians to speak about the real Christ

Summer blockbuster

Summer blockbuster

By Mindy Belz

The threat of wider war in Syria could be the season's greatest hit

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

A covering

A covering

By Andrée Seu Peterson

When you walk with the Spirit there is no telling what God might have you do

Turned

Turned

By Marvin Olasky

Religion | The NAE is supposed to be the voice of evangelicals. Has it also become an unbiblical voice to evangelicals?

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