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WATCH LIST: February 2018

By Observer Staff


Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved
BY KATE BOWLER
(Random House)


In 2013, Kate Bowler published Blessed, about America’s embrace of the prosperity gospel. In 2015, at age 35, she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. This dark and funny memoir by the Prairie-born historian explores what it means to be sick in a culture that views health and wealth as God’s reward — and mortality as a personal failing. Feb. 6

Sadness Is a White Bird
BY MORIEL ROTHMAN-ZECHER
(Atria Books)


Recounted from an Israeli jail cell, Sadness Is a White Bird tells the story of Jonathan, a Jewish teenager who forms a close bond with Palestinian twins Nimreen and Laith. As his draft date for the Israeli army approaches, Jonathan grows increasingly conflicted between his loyalty to his family and heritage and his love for his Arab friends. Feb. 13

What Are We Doing Here?
BY MARILYNNE ROBINSON
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


Beloved for her Gilead series of novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson turns to non-fiction in her latest book, a collection of essays exploring faith and politics in contemporary America. With elegant prose and deep insight, she contrasts the country’s present “state of bewilderment” with a vision of a heroically generous society. Feb. 20

Living Biblically
CREATED BY PATRICK WALSH, STARRING JAY R. FERGUSON AND LINDSEY KRAFT (CBS)


Losing a close friend makes New York film critic Chip Curry question his priorities. The father-to-be decides to better himself by following the Bible to the letter. But his moral makeover runs into trouble when ancient dictums collide with modern life. This new TV comedy is based on A.J. Jacobs’ bestselling memoir, The Year of Living Biblically. Feb. 26, 9:30 p.m. ET



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Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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by Pieta Woolley

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Society

January 2018

The good death

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

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

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

Faith

January 2018

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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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