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Volume 98, Number 1


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Gathering more "collective wisdom"
Readers of The Bridge offer their own book recommendations

Blue Like Jazz

Blue Like Jazz

by Donald Miller

"Blue Like Jazz . . . is an upbeat memoir that puts a modern edge on Christianity. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Miller shares his journey to and through Christ as he proves that religion is truly a personal matter. Whether you agree or disagree with his some of his views, Blue Like Jazz . . . is a worthwhile and humorous read."

Courtney Weller '10 is an incoming student at Messiah College, majoring in history. Her career goals include teaching.

   
Jayber Crow

Jayber Crow

by Wendell Berry

I was first introduced to Wendell Berry through his novel Jayber Crow, one in a series about a fictional town called Port William told through town members' stories. As I read about Jayber's life journey from orphanhood, to dropping out of seminary, to becoming a barber, and finally reflecting back as an elderly bachelor, I found Berry's narrative incredibly insightful and his prose beautiful. If you are interested in a warm portrayal of community, a proposal for being rooted in a place, being at home in a land, and a new understanding of faith and hope, read this book.

Kimberly MacVaugh '08 (winner of the Non-Fiction Sampler package in this year's Summer Reading Contest) is a politics major with minors in religion and peace and conflict studies. In the fall, she will study in Lithuania before returning to the Grantham campus and living in the SALT house.

   
A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

When I was assigned to read a 600+ page book in English Class just a month before I was to graduate, I was less than thrilled. [M]y attitude, however, quickly changed, [as] I could not put this book down. While long, Irving’s book is not hard to read; he masterfully mixes social commentary (the Vietnam War is in the backdrop) with a unique humor. Owen, the novel’s protagonist—a witty midget who insists on being an instrument of God—is a character you cannot help but love. Owen Meany’s life, his devotion to God, his humorous behavior, and his impact on other characters (and me) made this novel highly enjoyable.

Kyle Cristofalo '09 is a double major in politics and Bible. He lives in Mamaroneck, NY.

   
The Yada-Yada Prayer Group

The Yada-Yada Prayer Group

by Neta Jones

". . . a challenge to pray with others who are very much unlike yourself, within a captivating storyline."

Amy (Schwabb) Starr '98 graduated with a degree in business administration.

   
Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

"This latest offering from the writer of The Remains of the Day has much to recommend it. . . . Never Let Me Go presents absorbing surface tensions that hide an underlying conflict. The story presents a young girl's narration of her experience in a rural English boarding school; as the story progresses, the reader slowly absorbs the impact of a horrifying secret that ties all the students together. Never Let Me Go poses questions central to us, our history, and our future transformations— searching for the heart of humanness."

Tiffany Eberle Kriner '98 graduated from Messiah with a degree in English. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Wheaton College. She is married to Josh and has a daughter, Fiona Virginia.

   
Wandering Home

Wandering Home

by Bill McKibben

"This slim book uses McKibben's walk from Vermont to his home in New York as a framework for reflections on the local situation—as well as the global conditions—of America's relationship with nature. Full of thought-provoking passages and a general contemplativeness, this is a book I couldn't help but quote to my friends."

Christina Moyer '04 graduated from Messiah with a degree in English, and a minor in church music. Currently, Christina is working toward a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland.

 
The Silver Chalice

The Silver Chalice

by Thomas Costain

"The Silver Chalice is a fascinating, fictional look at the time of the early Christian church. The story follows the journey of a young artist, Basil, who comes to know many of the leaders of that era as he works to complete the important and dangerous task set before him by [the apostle] Luke. Like his work, Basil's life is being molded as he goes on his journey."

Laura Lohberger—daughter of Messiah alumna Ariel (Blackkettar) Lohberger '78—is a student at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. She is majoring in English and hopes to study in Europe in 2007.

   
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