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The Missing Peace(Sons of Sound 800-551-1220) is a two-CD tour de force by Judy Malloy who sings the parts of eight characters to tell an engrossing story of a young woman from a barren land who goes on a quest to find her missing mother. She receives gifts for the journey from a crone, is tested on a passage across the water, encounters a dragon (whom she heals rather than fights) and returns home to restore her land and bring a message of balance and hope to her patriarchal society. This is a profound exploration of the yearning for the feminine face of God. The 24 songs, Celtic in musical flavor, were written by Ron Melrose who also plays all the instruments on the CDs. The sound is melodic, reverent and buoyant. The story is filled with moments of truth and grace.
B O O K S
The Whole Heaven Catalog(Bell Tower) by Marcia and Jack Kelly presents the products, services, arts, crafts and festivals of 250 religious, spiritual and cooperative communities in the United States and Canada. You can order inspirational cards, wildflower seeds, hammocks, prayer flags, honey, fruitcakes and much more for holiday gifts while lending your support to these worthy communities dedicated to the service of God and the well-being of all people.
Flames to Heaven: New Psalms for Healing and Praise (Rad Publishers) by Debbie Perlman is a contemporary rendering of 160 Psalms, three of which are distributed by chaplains at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. These touching poems by an occupational therapist genuinely evoke the emotional and spiritual power of the Old Testament prayers.
M O V I E S
Without Limits (Warner Bros., PG-13 — adult situations) presents the life of Steve Prefontaine, an Oregon runner in the 1960s and 1970s who held every American record for distance running between 2,000 and 10,000 meters. This fine film focuses on his relationship with Bill Bowerman, his coach and mentor, and their mutual pursuit of excellence in sports.
Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: King Lear (PBS, Oct. 11, 9-11:30 p.m. EDT) stars Ian Holm as Shakespeare's aging monarch. This film is based on the 1997 Royal National Theatre production, widely considered to be the finest staging of the play in a decade.
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