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Cover Story

Making tracks

Making tracks

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | Superb reporting and storytelling about a modern-day underground railroad make Melanie Kirkpatrick’s Escape from North Korea WORLD’s Book of the Year

In this issue: "Terrific and timely," June 29, 2013

Features

Portraits of grace

By Jamie Dean

2013 Books Issue | Three biographies testifying to God’s work in mankind

Grand stories

By Emily Belz & Timothy Lamer

2013 Books Issue | A look at Nixon as VP, a tour of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, and a history of Thomas Becket’s battle with a king

War wounds

By Edward Lee Pitts

2013 Books Issue | A closer look at three costly—but pivotal—battles spanning U.S. history

Aging badly

By Warren Cole Smith

2013 Books Issue | Two books celebrating 50th anniversaries in the past year offered cures worse than the disease

Commodity control

By Mindy Belz

2013 Books Issue | Two books highlight two different approaches to Africa’s resources

Pushing against paradigms

Pushing against paradigms

By Daniel James Devine

2013 Books Issue | Science books proposing new perspectives on drugs, death, and design

Road signs

By Angela Lu

2013 Books Issue | Three books geared for millennials wrestling with cultural questions

Paranormal push

By Janie B. Cheaney

2013 Books Issue | Deluge of supernatural young adult novels produce plots with mangled biblical truths

Winsome whodunits

By Leigh Jones

2013 Books Issue | Three light-hearted cozy mysteries offer gentler fare for lazy summer days

Sports report

By J.C. Derrick

2013 Books Issue | Books tell of sins and swings in the sports world

Rib ticklers

Rib ticklers

By Albin Sadar

2013 Books Issue | Jokes, bloopers, stories, and quotes to keep you laughing

Self-published standouts

Self-published standouts

By Mary Sue Daoud & Susan Olasky

2013 Books Issue | The top 10 self-published books to cross WORLD's desk this year

Reading with boys

Reading with boys

By Emily Belz

2013 Books Issue | Children’s authors work to draw boys into books in the age of distraction

Digital dynamite

Digital dynamite

By Angela Lu

2013 Books Issue | Once a curious novelty, e-books have exploded in popularity

Dispatches

Dispatches

Dispatches

By The Editors

News | MAY 30: Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Arvind Mahankali stands under a shower of confetti after winning this year’s Bee in National Harbor, Md.

Human Race

Human Race

By The Editors

News | Guilty U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty on June 5 to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians during a rampage last year. Bales told a…

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

By The Editors

News | June 27   Call it bad timing. Just as the European Council today opens a two-day summit to debate the merits of Turkey’s membership in the…

Turkish spring?

By Jill Nelson

Turkey | Erdogan turns up the heat, but protests continue against creeping Islamism in Turkey

Quotables

By The Editors

News | ‘Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design.’ Novelist Stephen King, in an interview with National Public Radio, on…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

News | Catch of the day They don’t call boat captain Matt Potter “Mako Matt” for nothing. On June 3 Potter and his crew caught a 1,323-pound mako shark off the…

Reviews

Mothers know best

By Megan Basham

Television | The Fosters presents an idealized, fantasy view of homosexual parenting

Man of Steel

Man of Steel

By Stephanie Perrault

Movies | Releasing a summer superhero flick is de rigueur in Hollywood. This year was no exception, with Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan offering their addition to…

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors

Movies | For the weekend of June 7-9 according to Box Office Mojo

Copperhead

Copperhead

By Michael Leaser

Movies | After directing two epic Civil War films in Gettysburg and Gods and Generals , Ron Maxwell with Copperhead narrows his focus to a small community in upstate New York…

Tyrants real and imagined

Tyrants real and imagined

By Marvin Olasky

Books | From ludicrous to lively, five books about leaders

Notable Books

By John Ottinger III

Books | Four science fiction/fantasy novels

Aliens and strangers

By Marvin Olasky

Q&A | As the West declines, says author Os Guinness, Christians will need to be a faithful counter-culture engaged with a world very different than what we’ve…

Yeast in the dough

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | A secular environment, says pianist Alex McDonald, is the right place for his Christian calling

Notable CDs

By Arsenio Orteza

Music | New or recent pop-rock releases

Notebook

Replanting time

Replanting time

By Josh Blount

Lifestyle | Pastor finds he can reap harvest in an unlikely place for church growth

Power hacking

By Daniel James Devine

Technology | Electric utilities are a growing target for international cyberattacks

Goals in mind

Goals in mind

By Daniel James Devine

Science | Neuroscientists debate objectives behind a splashy $3 billion brain mapping effort

Church of Our Lady

Church of Our Lady

By The Editors

Houses of God | Iqrit, Israel

Patriot games

By Mark Bergin

Sports | The Tim Tebow circus is headed for New England

‘The Fed is the market’

By Warren Cole Smith

Money | What happens when the price of things no longer reflect their true value?

Numbered victims

By Thomas Kidd

Religion | Experts try to get an accurate yearly count of Christian martyrs

Voices

Darius and the IRS

By Joel Belz

Government | The ancient autocrat looks good compared to America’s tax agency

Literary wanderings

Literary wanderings

By Janie B. Cheaney

2013 Books Issue | A ‘Great American Novel’ haunted by disillusion should point us to Someone bigger

Against the mental grain

Against the mental grain

By Mindy Belz

2013 Books Issue | Toss a few challenging old but pertinent classics into that pile of summer books

Mailbag

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters from our readers

Beware of ‘comfort care’

Beware of ‘comfort care’

By Andrée Seu Peterson

Abortion | A physician’s failure to help a baby struggling for life is comforting only to the physician

Excommunicating the why

By Marvin Olasky

Media | When references to Jesus hit the cutting-room floor, we all miss out on the bigger story

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