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In our submissions guidelines we say to reviewers that our goal is not to learn about the book (or movie, dance, play, etc.) being reviewed, but for the reviewer to use the book as a pretext to teach us something about the nature of reality as understood by the reviewer and perhaps stimulated by the book. A tall order. See how we are doing:

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A Godless Jewish Humanist
by Dinah M. Mendes
Fromm's quest was to free the cultivation of spirituality and ethics from their theistic, authoritative moorings in the Hebrew Bible and forge them—with elements of Hasidic mystical relatedness and themes from Marxism, Christianity, and Buddhism—into a new ethical humanism.
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On Violence, Joy, and Justice: The Poetry of C.K. Williams
by Paul Breslin
All at Once Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014 by C.K. Williams Writers Writing Dying Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012 by C.K. Williams On Whitman Princeton University Press, 2010 by C.K. Williams In his preface to On Whitman, C. K. Williams …
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Spiritual Progressive Faith Formation
by Peter Gabel
Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice by Brooks Berndt and J. Alfred Smith Sr. A Pair of Docs Publishing, 2013 For forty years, J. Alfred Smith Sr. served as the senior pastor for the Allen …
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A Wrenching Look at Alzheimer’s
by Trish Vradenburg
In her book, Slow Dancing with a Stranger, Comer details her excruciating journey through the maze of Alzheimer’s, an unforgiving disease. Through this book, she is changing the conversation from acceptance of what is to demanding what should be.
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Can a Spiritual Outlook Regenerate Our Social Institutions?
by Kim Chernin
Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel. Review by Kim Chernin.
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Peter Gabel Responds
by Peter Gabel
While I appreciate these serious, thoughtful responses to my book by Roger Gottlieb and Kim Chernin, I do not quite see myself reflected in their respective descriptions of the role of spirit (Gottlieb), or the role of hope (Chernin). My …
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Visionary Hope
by Roger Gottlieb
Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics, and Culture by Peter Gabel Review by Roger S. Gottlieb
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Culture

Ready and Rising: A Review of Sariyah Idan’s New Album
by Rae Abileah
It seems like every summer there’s an album that comes along and rocks my world. When I first listened to this album in my car during my morning commute, the fierce lyrics and smooth rhythm on Deeper at once captivated me.
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Beyond the Narrow Straits of Memory
by Jodi Eichler-Levine
We must face stories of suffering children, as well as the stories of suffering that we tell to children, in order to understand the religious tropes at work in American culture…. By facing our wounds across boundaries, we can struggle toward the blueprints of rebuilding our memoryscape.
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To Deserve Such Pain
by James Wallenstein
During his lifetime, Leonid Tsypkin, who survived Hitler and Stalin only to face the sterility to post-war Soviet life, was forced to write “for the drawer.” Discovered by today's audience, his style, which blurs the background while simultaneously capturing the specific, has special resonance in an age of near-total surveillance.
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