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Sharing Wisdom: The Practical Art of Giving and Receiving Mentoring by Robert J. Wicks is a handy little paperback that begins with a quote from Benjamin Disraeli: "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal him to his own." Mentoring is different from therapy, counseling or spiritual direction. It can be practiced by anyone who sincerely wants to help and guide others. Wicks gives 45 mentoring lessons in which he salutes such qualities as openness, a caring presence and a sense of humor (Crossroad).

Behold Your Life: A Pilgrimage Through Your Memories by Macrina Wiederkehr is organized as a 40-day retreat wherein the reader can explore the sacred side of his or her life's hidden goodness. Each day contains a passage from Scripture, a guided meditation on your memory for the day and a prayer. Early on, Wiederkehr challenges us to contemplate the intimacy of being known and loved by God before we were even born (Ave Maria).

Erin Brockovich is a stirring film directed by Steven Soderbergh based on a true story. Julia Roberts plays Erin, a feisty twice-divorced mother of three whose life is in shambles when she takes a job at her attorney's (Albert Finney) law firm. She stumbles upon evidence of a power company's cover-up of contaminated water in a local community. Like the lead character in Norma Rae, Erin surprises everybody with her passion for justice and her determination to do the right thing for the 600 plaintiffs in the case (Universal, R — language).

Waking the Dead is based on Scott Spencer's novel about an idealistic politician (Billy Crudup) and his love affair with a radical (Jennifer Connelly) who wants to change the way Americans relate to persecuted Latin American immigrants. These two young adults are both dedicated to making the world a better place. This movie stretches the soul with its unique mix of love and politics (USA Films, R — sexuality, language).

Ruby Bridges is an inspiring film about an exceptional first-grader whose Christian faith and spiritual resiliency are models for us all. In 1960, Ruby Bridges made history in New Orleans when she became the first African American student in an all-white public school. The drama shows the pressures she had to bear on her small shoulders. At one point, this pint-sized spiritual teacher explains that she has been praying for those in the angry mob outside her school just like Jesus did when he faced the hatred of those in Jerusalem (Walt Disney — not rated).


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