Rose and I spent some time in self-quarantine after returning from visiting Resonate missionaries in the Dominican Republic. For us privileged people this is an obligatory holiday in a comfy place – our home with a big back yard. I’m reading to our grandkids in Ottawa and Grand Rapids via Zoom. We’ve skipped through Stuart Macleans’ Stories from the Vinyl Cafe and one story from James Herriot’s The Lord God Made Them All; eight-year old Japheth zoned out of that Yorkshire tale. We’ll start Jan Karon’s At Home in Mitford next week and see how Dudley, Fr. Tim et al. sit with the kids.
Meanwhile their parents, dealing with kids home all day, every day, love the respite as we check in with the grands daily. Personally: Richard Rohr’s daily meditations and blogs from “The Twelve” awake my soul every day. I’m finishing James Cone’s gripping, hard The Cross and the Lynching Tree, reading leisurely through Richard Wagamese’s Ragged Company – an intimate novel of cultural interchange and mutual healing among “Square Johns” and homeless “rounders.” Finally, our own Peter Schuurman is carrying me steadily through his exhaustive, but never exhausting, Subversive Evangelical that profoundly examines Bruxey Cavey and The Meeting House’s eccentric, offbeat megachurch life for non-churchy middle class Canadians.
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These are atypical times, and we thought it fitting to publish an atypical review section in this issue. Instead of our normal format, we’ve gathered some reflections from regular contributors on what’s helping them through social distancing, social upheaval, and, well, just the strange state of affairs in which we find ourselves. Music, books, TV, and film are such great helps in trying times. They help us escape to new worlds and far-off places, while also offering wisdom and insight to help us understand this sad and beautiful world. All that and more. Maybe you’ll find something here that’ll help you, too! – Brian Bork, Reviews Editor