Book & Game Favorites of 2020 from CAPC Staff

Our team highlights their favorite books and games from 2020 that managed to break through the dark days and deliver a bit of goodness.

Mixed Blessing by Chandra Crane, Free for CAPC Members

To read Mixed Blessing is to explore the pains and triumphs of multiethnicity––to be seen, for readers who are multiethnic, and to understand, for those who are not.

Bent Out of Shape: The Ring of Power and the Wraithing of Humanity

Power is no thing to love, only to bear with, as Tolkien teaches us.

Christian Storytelling and the Upsidedown Shadowlands

“Further up and further in” is an imaginary concept, informed by legend and myth, and also Scripture. These are invitations for all to partake in bigger experiences, conversations, joy, and peace.

On the Come Up and Letting the Story Speak

Clinging to my perspective while reading endangers my practice of reading as a method of gaining insight.

Persuasion 208 | People People, with Chris and Elizabeth McKinney

Erin and Hannah invite Chris and Elizabeth McKinney for a conversation about loving your neighbors for their miniseries called Happy, Thankful, People.

Persuasion 207 | Thankful People, with Dustin Crowe

Erin and Hannah invite Dustin Crowe for a conversation about thankfulness for their miniseries called Happy, Thankful, People.

Persuasion 206 | Happy People, with Barnabas Piper

Erin and Hannah invite Barnabas Piper for a conversation about happiness to kick off a new miniseries called Happy, Thankful, People.

Blessed Are the Weary, for They Will Find Rest

Turning our expectations and environment upside down, the Beatitudes initiate the reversal of our moral and spiritual fortunes.

Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Dark Fairy Tale

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic functions as both a weird Gothic horror and a fairy tale.

Something Wicked, Something Holy: Light and Darkness in Something Wicked This Way Comes

To participate in politics in 2020 seems to be an exercise in fear, like the call from Dark in Ray Bardbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Pandemic Restrictions, Human Limits, and Meaningful Gestures

The pandemic may have slowed things down, but we still feel the crush of expectations and demands, perhaps more so while working from home and sensing internal and external pressure to prove that we’re pulling our weight.

Enola Holmes and the Goodness of Telling Old Stories from New Perspectives

What I love about the creation and inclusion of the Enola character is how much she makes sense in the Holmes family and how much she adds to the ethos of the story. 

Merricat and the Sin of Nostalgia

We are called not to stay as we were found or as we wish we had been found, but to grow in spiritual maturity and knowledge of the Gospel; to remain focused on the past is to refuse to grow spiritually.

Sex and the City of God by Carolyn Weber, Free for CAPC Members

In Sex and the City of God, Carolyn Weber shows us the merciful (yet painful) process of Christ re-ordering her loves and directing her paths.

Compassion (&) Conviction, Free for CAPC Members

Christ and Pop Culture members receive digital copy of Compassion (&) Conviction from AND Campaign thanks to InterVarsity Press.