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Letting Go of Second Guessing God with Kathleen Norris is a one-hour interview with the best-selling author of Cloister Walk. She shares her enthusiasm for life in Lemmon, S.D., and for the bounties of monastic life, including the slowing of time through the Liturgy of the Hours. Norris talks about the important role of the Bible in her faith and the value of mystery as a spiritual practice (New Dimensions, 800-935-8273).
B O O K S
God Said Amen by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is a marvelous children's book. It revolves around two rulers, the Prince of the Midnight Kingdom and the Princess of the Desert Kingdom. The one needs oil for his lamps while the other needs water for her tea. Walled off from each other, they can't get to a place where they can share these essential provisions. Two children are the spiritual teachers whose acts of generosity enable these kingdoms to recognize their interdependence. This multicultural, nondenominational and nonsectarian story shows how God calls each and every one of us to be an answer to someone else's prayers (Jewish Lights).
M O V I E S
Dinosaur is a mesmerizing saga about these ancient creatures that have such a hold on the imagination of the young. An iguanodon named Aladar is raised in a culture and environment different from his own. When a catastrophic meteor storm destroys their paradisiacal island home, he and the surviving members of a clan of lemars join a large band of migrating dinosaurs headed for their nesting ground. Some fierce and bloodthirsty predators are pursuing them. There is an African prayer that goes: "Let us take care of the children, for they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders for they have come a long way." This morally stirring animated film provides a touching meditation on this prayer as Aladar looks after the young dinosaurs and an elderly one. With his nurturing spirit, he is a superb role model for children. It is rare in any movie to see a male leader animated by kindness and cooperation (Walt Disney, PG).
V I D E O S
My Night at Maud's is an intellectually stimulating and morally provocative drama written and directed by Eric Rohmer. Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as a conservative Roman Catholic engineer who spends a memorable evening with Maud (Françoise Fabian), a free-thinking divorced pediatrician. They talk of love, marriage, religion and Pascal's Christianity. This fine French film was released in America in 1970 and has just been released on video, along with others in Rohmer's "Moral Tales" series. It still speaks relevantly to the challenges facing every believer. Equally poignant is the surprise at the end of the drama (Fox Lorber, PG).
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