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WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff


Mixed Blessings: Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada
BY TOLLY BRADFORD AND CHELSEA HORTON
(UBC Press)


While acknowledging the damage of colonialism, including the trauma of residential schools, Mixed Blessings illuminates our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous people and Christianity in Canada. With an unbiased historical account, academics Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton analyze the complex ways the two have and will continue to interact from the early 1600s to the present day. May 1

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
BY JOSHUA BECKER
(Penguin Random House Canada)


The More of Less explores the modern inclination toward consumerism and the desire for more. Joshua Becker, a leading voice in the simplicity movement and founder of
the website Becoming Minimalist, explains that passion for “things” never brings true happiness but rather leads us astray from our God-given passions; a streamlined life provides far more than it takes away. May 3


Transcendent Love: Dostoevsky and the Search for a Global Ethic
BY LEONARD G. FRIESEN
(University of Notre Dame Press)


In Transcendent Love, Leonard G. Friesen provides insight into the ethical issues of Dostoevsky’s Russia through an exploration of the classic author’s novels, journalism, notebooks and correspondence. Friesen argues that Dostoevsky’s ethical debates, based on his Christian morality, continue to be relevant today. May 15

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
FROM THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON
(Exhibition On Screen)


A film journey examining the influence of gardens on some of the most influential Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and and Avant-garde contemporaries of Monet. This special exhibition, guided by curators and projected on threatre screens, showcases over 120 works from the early 1860s to the 1920s including Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II. May 19



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by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

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by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

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by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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