Book: Wonderful collection of Tolstoy’s writings ultimately disappoints

“The Gospel in Tolstoy: Selections from His Short Stories, Spiritual Writings and Novels” by Leo Tolstoy; edited by Miriam LeBlanc. Plough Publishing (Walden, New York, 2015). 342 pp., $18. This is at once a wonderful and a disappointing collection of Leo Tolstoy’s writings. The book opens with a short biographical sketch and concludes with an […]

Three new novels for youth

“Through My Eyes” by Tammy Wilson, Illustration by Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn; Beaver’s Pond Press; February 2016; 120 pp; $15.95 “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys; Philomel Books; February 2016; 400 pp; $18.99 “Raymie Nightingale” by Kate DiCamillo; Candlewick Press; April 2016; 272 pp; $16.99 By Ann Jonas Three recently published novels for youth offer […]

Movie: ‘Keanu’

NEW YORK (CNS) — Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the acclaimed Comedy Central television series “Key & Peele” star in the satirical action-comedy “Keanu” (Warner Bros.). The duo’s brand of socially aware humor, which frequently considers the influence of pop culture on racial identity, translates well to the big screen. The catch is that […]

Author’s scholarly take on Peter brings Holy Land to life for readers

“Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven and Faithful” by Stephen J. Binz. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2015). 193 pp., $14.95. Travelers planning to visit the Holy Land may want to read Stephen Binz’s “Saint Peter: Flawed, Forgiven and Faithful.” In addition to his Scripture scholarship, Binz conducts study trips and pilgrimages to the places most closely linked with […]