“I Am Not the One Who Can Forgive”: The Quarry and the Hopefulness of Violent Grace

The Quarry suggests that the awareness of our own sinfulness violently awakens us to our need for a new life.

The Ickabog: A Fairy Tale and a Parable to Sear Our Consciences

I feel a searing of my own conscience as I read The Ickabog, especially in the context of events unfolding across America with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests.

Don’t Wait to Engage with Black Stories

We must also educate ourselves, immersing ourselves in the stories and experiences of the Black communities and individuals in America.

The Power and Necessity of African American Literature

If we are willing, our bookshelves and our readings lists can have an incarnational bent.

Understanding & Lamenting Racial Injustice: CAPC Staff Recommendations

Pop culture is a powerful force for change, and these picks from Christ and Pop Culture staff members are a great place to start.

Hippocampus Press, Small Publishers, and the Full Library

Religious readers may find important insights in the dark corners explored by Hippocampus Press and other niche publishers of weird fiction.

Symbols of Hope in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn teaches readers how to argue for hope’s existence.

The Seamless Life by Steven Garber, Free for CAPC Members

If you’re wrestling with your vocation right now, the pithy and poignant thoughts Garber shares in The Seamless Life might be just the guide you need.

A Tale of Two Burgesses: On Reading Well in The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone points us toward reading not just as a recreational pastime but as a possible site for the cultivation of virtue.

Dog Man, Poop Jokes, and the Power of an Honest Story

Pilkey’s Dog Man books are able to communicate important truths without sacrificing the quality of the story—and he did that by being honest.

Sacred Endurance by Trillia Newbell, Free for CAPC Members

Newbell has the practical life experience and theological foundation to unpack what it means to run a race with endurance, and why the Bible so frequently utilizes this metaphor. 

#middlegrademarch, Reading Challenges, and Our Superabundance of Choice

A reading challenge can be just the pause we need to stop and consider which books in our collections contain truth and goodness—which are told in a beautiful way.

Manifesto: Mad Comedian Liberation Front or It Sure Does Take a Lot to Laugh

Chappelle’s best comedy holds, as it were, a fun-house mirror up to our nature.

Fighting Consumerism with Fasting and Feasting

Christian fasting and feasting is the ultimate anti-consumerist response.

Overcoming Grief and Facing Fear: How HBO’s The Outsider Explores Coping with Pain

HBO’s adaptation of The Outsider reminds us that we must learn to cope with fear and grief in order to be guides for those in the world who have no hope.

The One Ring of North Yorkshire and the Internet School of Cultural (il)Literacy

It’s in those moments that the internet feels like a good place to be—a place to reveal how a single story written by an English chap in the 1950s has touched and shaped thousands of lives for the better.