The Corner

Christmas Shopping with NRO

 

For the kids: As the parents of small children, my husband and I spend a lot of time reading to them. One of their favorites is also one of ours: An Awesome Book of Thanks! Dallas Clayton’s illustrations and prose playfully teach children about gratitude for things large and small. High levels of gratitude explain more about psychological well-being than 30 of the most commonly studied personality traits. Even our adult friends love this book.

For the adults: The New Haven Review’s new book-publishing side gives us a tongue-in-cheek guide to seducing women by Rudolph Delson and a sci-fi essay by Gregory Feeley. But I’m most excited by Blue for Oceans, a book of poetry about family and growing older by Charles Douthat. If he writes as well as his son Ross, it promises to be great. All three are available here.

For the curious: If you’re a lifelong Lutheran looking for a refresher or simply curious about what Lutherans believe, Lutheranism 101 is the best guide out there. It’s very easy to read, with short articles, humorous lists, and illustrations. And yet it’s also a solid presentation of Lutheran beliefs and heritage.

— Mollie Ziegler Hemingway writes for GetReligion.org.

Most Popular

U.S.

Supreme Court Mulls Citizenship Question for Census

Washington -- The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political and policy ... Read More
White House

Another Warning Sign

The Mueller report is of course about Russian interference in the 2016 election and about the White House's interference in the resulting investigation. But I couldn’t help also reading the report as a window into the manner of administration that characterizes the Trump era, and therefore as another warning ... Read More
Film & TV

It’s the Deep Breath before the Plunge

Warning. SPOILERS are ahead. If you don’t want to know anything about episode two of the final season of Game of Thrones, stop reading. Now. One of my favorite moments in Peter Jackson's outstanding adaptation of Lord of the Rings happened in the final movie, The Return of the King. On the eve of Mordor's ... Read More