This article was originally published by The Mennonite

April 2013 reviews

FILM REVIEW

Amour (PG-13) (French for “love”) tells the story of an elderly couple in Paris, Anne and Georges, who are retired music teachers. Anne suffers a stroke and makes Georges promise he won’t send her back to the hospital or to a nursing home. This masterful film, which won this year’s Oscar for best foreign-language film, takes us through the agonizing process of a loved one’s dying. It shows the ugliness and pain of that process.—Gordon Houser

BOOK REVIEWS

A Different Kind of Cell: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk by W. Paul Jones (Eerdmans, 2011, $14) tells the powerful story of Clayton Anthony Fountain, convicted of five violent murders and condemned in 1974 to live out his days in solitary confinement at the highest-security prison in the United States. After his profound spiritual transformation, Jones served as his spiritual adviser for six years until Fountain’s sudden death in 2004.—gh

The Power of All: Building a Multivoiced Church by Sian and Stuart Murray Williams (Herald Press, 2012, $15.99) sees God working in churches that encourage the participation of all members. Such participation usually attend renewal movements throughout history, they write.—gh

Unfading Light: Contemplations and Speculations by Sergius Bulgakov (Eerdmans, 2012, $48) is “an organic articulation, a symphonic connection” that ties philosophy and theology to Orthodox thought. Bulgakov, a Russian, is widely regarded as the 20th century’s leading Orthodox theologian. This tome, though often wordy, addresses the nature of religious consciousness, the Divine, the world and the human being through the lens of Scripture, the Church Fathers, mystical texts, ancient and modern philosophy, and modern economic thought. Faith, he writes, “does not place philosophizing reason under suspicion but sets it its own task and creates a special stimulus for reality.”—gh

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