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February 02 2012 By virtueonline WESTERN MICHIGAN: A Sidelined Cathedral

The images in The Sacred Castle capture moments of high energy and quiet ritual. In one, Black speaks to a packed nave. The Sacred Castle is light on text. Other than Black's one-page introduction, it offers only dust-jacket copy that quotes the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, fifth bishop of Western Michigan, who envisioned the cathedral as part of a larger complex of buildings.

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December 28 2011 By virtueonline Building a Church to Last: The Miracle in Pawleys

In 1997, as the crisis of faith and leadership was evolving within The Episcopal Church, Chuck Murphy invited 30 theologically conservative Episcopal bishops, priests, and lay leaders from around the country to a meeting at All Saints, Pawleys, in order to discuss the crisis and to discern what if anything could be done to combat it. A new day was about to dawn for Anglicanism in North America. As time showed, it would take many forms.

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December 28 2011 By virtueonline A Born Again Episcopalian: The Evangelical Witness of Charles Pettit McIlvaine

From an Anglican perspective the life, faith, and work of McIlvaine exemplify the main features of the legacy of the English Reformers bequeathed in the Cranmerian liturgy and the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, hence this precious volume could well serve as a handbook to current enthusiasts of the same tradition of Augustinian doctrine and devotion.

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December 21 2011 By virtueonline A Review of The Triumph of Christianity by Rodney Stark

Image of The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest ReligionBuy this from Amazon:The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religionby Rodney StarkClick Here

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August 25 2011 By virtueonline A Clear Steer on Stott

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"Inside Story" provides lots of insights gleaned from Stott's personal diary and notes, interviews with friends and careful conversation. In fewer than 300 pages Steer has managed a distillation of 90 years and 50 books. He combines biography and bibliography.

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August 22 2011 By virtueonline Hood professor co-edits book of essays on C.S. Lewis and his contemporaries

"C.S. Lewis and Friends: Faith and the Power of Imagination" features essays on C.S. Lewis and some of his contemporaries by exploring reason and imagination and where they intersect within one's faith.

"Imagination is not divorced from reason," said David Hein, Ph.D, a humanities professor who has taught at Hood College for 28 years.

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August 09 2011 By virtueonline Scene by Selwob: Topical Cartoons (1998-2010) from Frank D. Bowles

Each cartoon comes with its own dateline and the historical context in which the cartoon was drawn with references back to Wikipedia.

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April 26 2011 By virtueonline MOTHERING MOTHER: A Daughter's Experience in Caregiving

Eischen's book is a deeply personal account of insights that only a caregiver can give. Even when her mother suffered a tragic accident that left her, at the age of 88, with third degree burns over twenty-five percent of her body and hospitalized for five months, her daughter was always "there" for her.

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March 09 2011 By virtueonline The Sublime Engine

In the book's poignant fictionalized vignettes, people sick with heart disease seek care from the doctors of their era. A Greek man of 400 B.C. with a failing heart, for example, goes to the Temple of Asklepios, where magical therapies fail him. But then, with the help of the empirical Hippocrates, he finds relief through dietary treatment and modest blood- letting.

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February 09 2011 By virtueonline The Archbishop of Canterbury's Shadow Gospel

An answer often given is that the Anglican churches in the west have taken on board the secular culture around them, to the point that they no longer have much distinctive to offer to the world. But Raven goes beyond this to focus on the role of Williams, the present Archbishop of Canterbury.

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