Featured speakers at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith & Writing. (2014)

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Say You're One of Them
Uwem Akpan

AKPAN

Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.


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Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
Jeff Chu

SOCSCI LGBTQ CHU

After coming out to his parents, Jeff Chu, a writer for Time magazine, documents his personal journey—from Brooklyn to California—to discover the God forbidden to him because of his sexuality and understand what the diverse followers of Christ believe about homosexuality.


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Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions
Rachel Held Evans

BIOGRAPHY EVANS

Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a postmodern context, it must adapt to change and evolve.


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A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master"
Rachel Held Evans

RELIGION CHRISTIAN EVANS

Evans vows to take all the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year—this means growing out her hair, making her own clothes, obeying her husband, abstaining from gossip—just a few topics she coversi in this month-to-month journal.


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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Anne Lamott

SPIRIT INSPIR LAM

In these three prayers—asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us—you can get through the day and all that it holds.


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Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair
Anne Lamott

SPIRIT INSPIR LAM

Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace when life lurches out of balance; where we start again after personal and public devastation.


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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (10th Anniverary Edition)
James McBride

BIOGRAPHY MCBRIDE

James McBride—journalist, musician, and son—explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage. The son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white, McBride grew up with his 11 siblings in the poor, all-black projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.


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The Good Lord Bird: A Novel
James McBride

MCBRIDE

Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown during the height of slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859


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The Dreamer
Pam Muñoz Ryan

J RYAN

A fictionalized biography of the Nobel-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.


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Esperanza Rising
Pam Muñoz Ryan

TEEN RYAN

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.


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Christmas Soul: African American Holiday Stories
Allison Samuels, illustrated by Michele Wood

HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS JNF CHR

In this collection of poignant and witty original stories, African American celebrities recount their favorite childhood Christmas memories. These stories are accompanied by oil paintings, and both stories and paintings will illuminate the holidays for years to come.


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I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood

POETRY JNF GRA

Drawn together through imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective: a house slave, a mother losing her daughter to the auction block, a blacksmith, and a slave fleeing on the Underground Railroad.


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Avatar: The Last Airbender
Gene Luen Yang

GRAPHIC J AVATAR

Avatar Aang asks his friends to help him honor Yangchen’s Festival—one of the highest Air Nomad holidays.


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Boxers
Gene Luen Yang

Boxers and Saints series
GRAPHIC TEEN BOXERS/SAINTS

In 1989 China, Little Bao has had enough of foreign missionaries and soldiers robbing peasants, and he recruits an army of Boxers to fight to free China from its oppressors.


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