Prayers for the Road: Psalm Meditations for College Students

By Thomas W. Currie III
Geneva. 2000. 176 pp. Pb. $ 12.95. ISBN 0-664-50129

Reviewed by E. Allen Proctor Jr., Raleigh, N.C.


I expect devotional books to be sentimental and superficial, at best, and insipid at worst -- this book of meditations on the psalms by Thomas Currie is neither. Instead the reader will find here real theological depth and an authentic wrestling with issues of the spiritual life.

My Grandfather’s Blessings

By Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
Riverhead. 2000. 382 pp. $24.95. ISBN 1-57322-150-3

Reviewed by Ann Brizendine, Maryville, Mo.


"Everything unborn in us and the world needs blessing. My grandfather believed that the Holy has made all things. 'It is up to us to strengthen them and feed them and free them whenever possible to find and fulfill his purposes for them,

David Steele remembered

R. David Steele, 70, a widely known herald of hope and joy among Presbyterians in the PC(USA) died Tuesday, Aug. 28, of cancer in Sun City, Ariz.

A pastor, author, homespun philosopher, poet and humorist, he was known to many readers of The Outlook for his regular column "Tuesday Morning" written by him since February 1985.

lagging sales lead to suspension of further development of Covenant People

Updated 3 p.m. EDT Aug. 16 to include additional information.

A curriculum produced "by Presbyterians for Presbyterians" is continuing to have financial problems -- in part because so few congregations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are using it -- so the denomination has decided to suspend development of the next phase of the curriculum to try to contain the losses.

A Harvest Mooning

Before proceeding, you need to read the strange little story in Numbers 15:32-36.


This passage from the ancient world has an important connection with a prominent object in our present world, to wit:  the moon.  Now a family magazine should be careful about what it exposes.  Therefore, at least one of the current uses of the term "moon" will remain decently covered by being uncovered here -- uncovered in the sense of being roundly undescribed. 

The Word: Imagining the Gospel in Modern America

By Ann Monroe
WJKP. 2000. 208 pp. $21.95. ISBN 0-664-22141-6

Reviewed by George A. Johnson, Cary, N.C.


This book is the report of a journalist's investigation into the many ways in which the Bible is understood, used and studied in America, and her reflection as a reporter on the findings of her study.

Surveying the Religious Landscape

By George Gallup Jr. and Michael Lindsay
Morehouse. 1999. 171 pp. Pb. $ 17.95. ISBN 0-9192-1796-4

Reviewed by Edward A. White, Washington, D.C.


This study reflects the glaring incongruities of the religious situation in the United States today. Religion in general (whatever that may mean) remains popular but for many there is little substance.

Jesus the Holy Fool

By Elizabeth-Anne Stewart
Sheed & Ward, 1999. 242 pp. Pb. $15.95. ISBN 1-58051-061-2

Reviewed by Herb Meza, Jacksonville, Fla.


The theme of this book is the reconciliation of folly and holiness. In beautifully written paragraphs, folly is described not as foolishness or buffoonery, but as vulnerability; risk above safety; truth above security; love above self-gain; and celebration over somberness. (Harvey Cox's "A Feast of Fools" and Henri Nouwen's "Clowning in Rome" play upon the same theme.)

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