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See the Book of Acts Like Never Before

posted by Corine Gatti

Today get a look at our early church during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. A.D. will present the first 10 chapters of the Book of Acts in a new series, and give viewers a sense of the early church. […]

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Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou Star in Upcoming Faith Film, ‘Same Kind of Different As Me’

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Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger returns to the big screen, along with Academy Award nominees Greg Kinnear and Djimon Hounsou in the upcoming faith-based film, “Same Kind of Different As Me.” The film follows the story of Ron Hall (Kinnear), an […]

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National Geographic Announces Cast of ‘Killing Jesus’ Film

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National Geographic Channel joins forces with political pundit Bill O’Reilly for a third time in the upcoming film adaptation of his book, “Killing Jesus.” His previous films, “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln” were the first and second-most-watched programs on the […]

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The Rise of ISIS

posted by Corine Gatti

“It’s past time for American to hear this truth. By minimizing the challenge,” Jay Sekulow (American Center Law Justice) wrote in his September opinion piece on FoxNews.com. The world is facing a serious threat in the Middle East with ISIS, […]

‘Left Behind’ is Fast Approaching

posted by Corine Gatti

Many are getting excited as “Left Behind” is fast approaching theaters based on the best-selling books by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye on Oct. 3. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Jordan Sparks, and Lea Thompson, whose characters […]

J.K. Rowling Makes Magic Again

posted by Corine Gatti

Famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sent a letter to 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, whose parents and four siblings were killed in their Houston, Texas home in July by their uncle, Ronald Lee Haskell. Stay survived the ordeal by faking her death. […]

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Book Wars and Friendship Subject of Film

posted by Corine Gatti

UK-based Attraction Films will produce a drama on the odd and turbulent relationship between authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien set in Britain during  and after World War I. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, and Tolkien penned The Hobbit […]

Polygamist Wife Escapes Terror of Cult Leader in Memoir, ‘The Witness Wore Red’

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The Witness Wore Red is a riveting, harrowing tale of Rebecca Musser, who fled a polygamist cult and their leader, Warren Jeffs. Raised in the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect of the Mormon Church, Musser […]

Physician Explains Healthy Faith in New Book

posted by Matthew Corbett

Author and physician Ronald Ragotzy’s new book, Raising Abel, offers a biblical prescription for healthy faith. Ragotzy investigates some of the earliest stories in Genesis and splits them into four parts: the premise, the promise, the prescription, and the practice. […]

Eliminating Poverty Concerns Our Expectations

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Award-winning scientist Dr. Scott Todd challenges the Christian community to help end extreme poverty in his new book, Hope Rising. Broken into five parts, Dr. Todd explains the reasoning behind poverty’s grip on the global community and provides faith-based answers […]

The Conversation Continues: Oprah Winfrey’s Interview with Diana Nyad

posted by Corine Gatti

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim without a shark cage from Cuba to Key West, Fla. at 64-years-old and will share her story in an exciting account of part two of “Super Soul Sunday” airing on the Oprah […]

Robin Quivers Breaks Silence on Cancer Battle

posted by Corine Gatti

Radio personality Robin Quivers announced to Sirius XM radio fans that she left the Howard Stern Show because she was battling cancer for the past year. Quivers was working from home despite undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. She broke her […]

Oprah Interviews Dr. Eben Alexander on His Near-Death Experience

posted by Corine Gatti

Dr. Eben Alexander is a medical marvel. The academic neurosurgeon of 25 years was bolted into a coma after an attack of E. coli meningitis in 2008, part of his brain shut down, and his doctors lost hope of his […]

Learn How to Give… From a Teenager!

posted by S. Russ

By the age of 16 Austin Gutwein had given more than most of us do in a lifetime. He had built a dorm, two clinics, and a medical clinic, all with his own gifts and talents. Now he is sharing […]

Controversial NFL Star Michael Vick Prepares to Release Autobiography

posted by S. Russ

Michael Vick is easily one of the most controversial athletes in recent memory. After serving jail time for participation in a dog fighting ring, he has worked hard to move forward with his life. His new autobiography Finally Free chronicles that […]

Paulo Coelho’s Aleph

posted by S. Russ

International bestseller Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, is releasing an inspiring new book entitled Aleph. It is a magical journey through the world and through time, all on a quest to begin again. The book will surely inspire you to […]

What Is It Like to Go to Heaven?

posted by S. Russ

What if you could find out? Dr. Mary Neal was involved in an unfortunate kayak accident that ultimately took her life. She found that it wasn’t yet time for her to leave this life, but before she was revived she […]

‘Michael Vey’ Shows NY Times Bestseller List that Good Values Are #1

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Do you know Michael Vey? You should. He’s the everyday teenager with an extraordinary secret in the powerful new series by bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. In this page-turning novel, a 14-year-old boy with super powers tries to live an […]

Cook Like Harry Potter

posted by Evan Derrick

  Butterscotch Brew. Treacle Fudge. Mmmmmmmmmmm… Harry Potter aficionados recognize those names as they’ve undoubtedly dreamed about JK Rowling’s imaginary confectionary creations. Who hasn’t wanted to pop a Peppermint Humbug into their mouth? Well, here’s your chance. “The Unofficial Harry […]

“Blue Like Jazz” the Movie

posted by Evan Derrick

Donald Miller’s “Blue Like Jazz” was a rallying cry to many twentysomething Christians who felt jilted by the hollow faith of their parents and peers. With an intimate, personable style, Miller poured out his thoughts and struggles with an oftentimes embarrassing honesty. […]

Want to Go to the Hollywood Premiere of “Jumping the Broom”?

posted by Evan Derrick

You could win 2 tickets to the Hollywood Premiere of “Jumping the Broom” and rub shoulders with the likes of Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, and Bishop TD Jakes. Tell Sony Pictures executive and author DeVon Franklin how your faith has […]

The God Squad takes Manhattan

posted by Donna Freitas

The front page feature for this Sunday’s Metropolitan section of The New York Times is about how it is becoming more and more common to be both a New York City hipster and a Christian these days. That, in fact, […]

Giveaway: Disney’s African Cats Book

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

On Earth Day, April 22, Disney Nature released its latest film African Cats, a beautiful wild life documentary. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, African Cats follows the adventures of a cheetah family and a lion pride surviving and thriving in […]

Cheryl Klein has “Second Sight”

posted by Donna Freitas

Okay, no she doesn’t–not really. But while Cheryl Klein–Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books at Scholastic–may not be a clairvoyant or have the power to see into the future, she does have other powers that might be relevant to […]

Lauren Winner on Rob Bell

posted by Donna Freitas

The essay at the back of The New York Times Sunday Book Review belongs to Lauren Winner this week, and she gives her take on the book (and author) that everybody and their mother is giving their take on these […]

Candace Cameron Bure Likes to Lie

posted by Evan Derrick

At least on television, that is. The former Full House star is headlining a new television movie, Truth Be Told, that airs tomorrow on Fox at 8/7c, in which she plays an unmarried marriage counselor who must fabricate a marriage […]

FREE Giveaway, Harry Potter Years 1-7 on Blu-Ray

posted by Evan Derrick

UPDATE: Congratulations to Dez Lopez of Indiana! Enjoy the Harry Potter Blu-Ray goodness, Dez. And thanks to everyone who entered and signed up to follow us on Twitter. We’ll have more great giveaways in the future, so stay tuned. We […]

Mary Gordon’s “The Love of My Youth”

posted by Donna Freitas

Mary Gordon is one of the great Catholic novelists of our time. In the vein of Walker Percy and Flannery O’Connor, she deftly weaves questions about faith, doubt, sin, and the stuff of the Catholic tradition (priests, mass, saints, among […]

The Deep End of the Ocean: The Very First Oprah Pick

posted by Donna Freitas

I was in the bookstore the other day, hoping to find a page-turner, something that would compel me from start to finish like Emma Donoghue’s magnificent “Room” did this fall. For some reason it popped into my head that I’d […]

Do we really need another Twilight book?

posted by Donna Freitas

Next week, a new book in the Twilight Saga will be published. And no, don’t get overly excited. It’s not as though Stephenie Meyer has written another installment or finally finished (and published) Midnight Sun or even turned out another […]

Enter to Win a Free Copy of “The Book That Changed the World: The Amazing Tale of the the King James Bible”

posted by Evan Derrick

Published in 1611 (which makes this year its 400th anniversary), the Authorized King James Version of the Bible became “the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language.” Regardless […]

Katy Perry’s Mom Tells All In New Book?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

  Sure, all parents have expectations of what they hope their children might become,  But Mary Perry Hudson, Katy Perry’s mom, is prehaps feeling that disappointment on a different level as her daughter continues to strut, prance and flit her […]

The 30 Minute Seder?

posted by Donna Freitas

Passover is coming up, and this year as you ponder celebrating the Seder meal, perhaps you should consider making it a quick one and use the “30 Minute-Seder: The Haggadah that Blends Brevity with Tradition.” I was flipping through the […]

Jay-Z: Preaching the Prosperity Gospel

posted by Donna Freitas

I like Jay-Z’s music (for the most part) and for this I am in good company. His god-complex is a bit overwhelming, however, and I have difficulty with folks who collapse faith with financial prosperity, as Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s book, […]

Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel’s Job in Jeopardy

posted by Corine Gatti

Ohio State Buckeyes head football coach Jim Tressel reportedly knew of players selling memorabilia for money and other benefits eight months before they were suspended for infractions in December. It appears that the well-liked coach’s job could be in jeopardy, […]

This Weeks Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by Evan Derrick

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A reality judge opens her heart, a TV icon is honored by the Queen and a news anchor shares extraordinary advice. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. “American Idol”: […]

‘Breaking Dawn': Filming has begun

posted by Donna Freitas

Everyone is all abuzz because the cast of Twilight has just arrived in Vancouver to start filming the fourth and final installment of the Twilight Saga. Well, correction: the fourth and final installment which has been broken into two. Which […]

Vogue Features Twilight Star

posted by Donna Freitas

Everybody is Twilight-focused these days, even the high fashion magazines apparently. Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella, the star-crossed love interest of Edward Cullen, the world’s most famous vampire, in the Twilight movies, has the cover of the latest issue of […]

The Tiger Mother is Apparently All-Powerful

posted by Donna Freitas

Have you read about the Tiger Mother yet? Everyone else has–and is talking about her–so I suggest you get reading. The mother’s name is Amy Chua, she is a professor at Yale Law School, and where I first heard about […]

Twilight is the People’s Choice

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s old news that everyone loves Bella, Edward, Jacob and the rest of their furry, fangy friends. But it’s just recently that they took home lots of kudos at the People’s Choice Awards for their performances in ‘Eclipse,’ the third […]

Remembering Mary Daly, 2010

posted by Donna Freitas

I will never forget reading “Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation,” by the famed, or better said, infamous feminist theologian and thinker Mary Daly back when I was in graduate school. It was one of the […]

The Next Elizabeth Gilbert?

posted by Donna Freitas

I don’t care what you say about Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved “Eat, Pray, Love” and I don’t care who knows it. That’s why, when I read this recent New York Times book review of Claire Dederer’s “Poser” (just out from […]

Steve Martin Speaks Up About ‘Beauty’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Steve Martin’s latest appearance didn’t wow some fans.

Fox and Walden Aim Squarely at the Faith Community with “Dawn Treader”

posted by agreyson

A few years ago, it was unthinkable to promote a mainstream movie to the faith crowd. That’s all changed and when you consider the subject matter, there may not be a more perfect crossover film than the latest installment in […]

Enter to Win a “Christmas in Canaan” DVD!

posted by agreyson

Based on the book co-penned by country legend Kenny Rogers, “Christmas in Canaan” is set in the rural town of Canaan, Texas. It’s the story of a clash between two classmates – one, a tough farm boy, and the other, […]

J.K. Rowling Drops More Hints About Potter-related Books

posted by Kris Rasmussen

J.K. Rowling continues to tease Potter fans with thoughts of a future book.

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture Passionistas A famous director shares more thoughts on aging, a musician rocks out on the golf course, and Movember gets hairy. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments. Nora Ephron: Telling […]

Don’t Be Cynical About Sarah Palin’s Alaska

posted by agreyson

Great, another “celebrity” using media to promote herself for book sales and a Presidential run. That’s an easy attitude to have when it comes to Sarah Palin’s new show premiering this Sunday on TLC. In a world where we seemingly […]

This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

posted by agreyson

By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasAn actress finds her light, rich kids make a lemonade stand for a cause, and a celebrity foundation hits a milestone of giving. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Portia de […]

‘Breaking Dawn’ Movie: Giving up Chastity

posted by Donna Freitas

On Friday, rumors started flying that the sex scenes in the film version of the Twilight Saga’s book four, ‘Breaking Dawn’ are extra steamy. With Bella and Edward getting married in the first scene of this last installment of this […]

Deanna — Not Brett — Favre for MVP

posted by agreyson

While the world talks of racy text messages and the Twitterverse jokes that those messages were intended for Brett Favre’s wife but were not surprisingly “intercepted,” Deanna Favre looks to a Bible verse she has taped to her fridge, Isaiah […]

‘Blue Like Jazz’ Movie Might Make History

posted by Kris Rasmussen

The “Blue Like Jazz” movie is going to happen after all, thanks to fans.

The Spirit of Harry Potter Lives through Quidditch!

posted by Donna Freitas

With part one of Harry Potter VII about to release in movie theater in November, we all have Harry Potter on the brain lately. (Or at least us fans do!) So one of my favorite little news clips I’ve come […]

Help Save Don Miller’s ‘Blue Like Jazz’ movie

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Blue Like Jazz” movie needs your help.

Banned Books I Want to See as Movies

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are some banned books I would like to see as movies.

Twilight’s Renesme is Cast for “Breaking Dawn” Movie

posted by Donna Freitas

In my opinion, Renesmee, the part-human, part-vampire spawn of Bella and Edward (and really, I think spawn is the right word), is the creepiest, oddest character of everyone in Meyer’s “Twilight Saga.” Renesmee disturbs me and so many readers mostly […]

Study Shows that Meditation is Good for your Health

posted by Donna Freitas

Just the other day I posted about how meditation and happiness are connected, and the new book “Why Meditate” makes a case for how the practice fosters such positive outcomes. Now today in the Science section of The New York […]

Meditate Your Way to Happiness

posted by Donna Freitas

Meditation does not make me happy. Maybe it’s because I’m not very good at it, though. Off and on throughout the last decade, I’ve dedicated myself to practicing daily mindfulness (for example) of the Tich Nhat Han variety, and usually […]

Hilarious Twilight Spoof in The Onion

posted by Donna Freitas

I love “The Onion,” but never more than when they spoof on Twilight, especially since they always do so in good fun (and not maliciously) and always in such hilariously creative ways. Earlier this year they published the article, “Woman […]

Deepak Chopra Tries Fiction

posted by Donna Freitas

Guru of just about everybody including Oprah, Deepak Chopra is known for his many self-help, inspirational bestsellers. But for his latest book project he is trying out fiction–religious fiction I suppose you could say, since Chopra has chosen to fictionalize […]

Clooney’s Spiritual Turn in “The American”

posted by douglas howe

My wife is a real George Clooney fan, although she admits “he sometimes really does make some weird movies.” So I went to see his latest, “The American,” as a favor to her and also figuring it’d be better than […]

Stephen Hawking: No Need for God in Physics

posted by douglas howe

It is rare when someone from the field of science–especially the kind of science that is almost impossible to understand–becomes a pop culture icon. But Stephen Hawking has long been known far outside the academic community as the Tiger Woods […]

New Book Discusses “Fake” Christians, Not Paris Hilton

posted by douglas howe

I’ve posted (ranted?) before in this space about the ridiculous stuff that passes for “news” and/or “features” reported in and about our culture. I saw another wasted news item this week regarding Paris Hilton and her drug arrest. Really, who […]

Anne Rice Further Explains Her Break Up with Christianity

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice further tries to explain why she is distancing herself from Christianity.

‘Eat, Pray, Love': Best Chick Flick in Ages

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, at least since ‘Julie & Julia.’ I made it a point not to read the critics’ reviews of the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s smash hit memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love,” starring the always wonderful Julia Roberts–I wanted to enjoy […]

It’s Official: Teens Choose Vampires!

posted by Donna Freitas

The Teen Choice Awards were last night, and perhaps unsurprisingly so, it was pretty much all vampires, all the time, getting the love from teen voters. Most especially, everything Twilight related (Twilight garnered 12 awards!), but also ‘Vampire Diaries’ too. […]

Zoe Ferraris: What’s Islam About?

posted by Idol Chatter

By Zoe Ferraris, author of the new novel “City of Veils” I sometimes think Islam is all about the rules. When I lived in Saudi Arabia, I discovered that there are rules for everything. How to tuck your feet when […]

My Favorite Inspiring Pop Culture Finds for the Summer

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are a few fun pop culture finds for summer.

Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice makes a startling announement via facebook and her website.

‘Screwtape’ and ‘Freud': Searching for God Off-Broadway

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Two plays featuring C.S. Lewis a re getting great reviews.

Jon Gosselin May Pen Memoir with Help of New Life Coach

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jon Gosselin is possibly writing a memoir.

‘Eclipse': Why I Loved It

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s official: ‘Eclipse’ is not only the third movie installment in the ‘Twilight Saga,’ it’s also the best. It’s fast, intense, dramatic and manages not to take itself too seriously (at one point Edward quips–to Jacob: “Do you ever wear […]

My Meeting With Coach John Wooden

posted by Douglas Howe

Today is the one week anniversary of the death of Coach John Wooden. I am amazed–and thrilled–that the accolades and chat about him continues to thrive throughout the media universe we live in. Somehow, this man of Christian faith, family […]

Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Bree Tanner’ Available for Free

posted by Donna Freitas

Because Stephenie Meyer is really nice (and I suppose, because she is really, really rich, too), she has made her new little book, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella” available for free download from her website! […]

‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin: Is It the Next Twilight?

posted by Donna Freitas

So unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that indeed, the bookshelves are still glutted with paranormal romances galore, and yes, the vampire trend still seems to be bearing itself out despite years of “Twilight” knockoffs (as I’ve […]

Some Inspirational Reading for Summer

posted by Douglas Howe

Are you a reader? Does summer offer that awesome chance to get alone with a book and get lost somewhere near the beach, or at a coffee house, or just in that comfy couch in the living room? If you’re […]

‘This Gorgeous Game’ Releases

posted by dross

Since Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas would never toot her own horn and promote her brand new young adult novel “This Gorgeous Game” here, I’m going to do it for her! “This Gorgeous Game” is about a teenage girl’s experience […]

Silence is All the Rage in a Noisy Culture

posted by Donna Freitas

A couple of years back I reviewed “Into Great Silence” for Idol Chatter, a several hour film that chronicles the lives of Carthusian monks at Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps. These monks take a vow of silence and so, […]

Another Book Attempts To Expose Tom Cruise and Scientology

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A new book makes more allegations about Scientology and Tom Cruise.

Enter to Win: Doreen Virtue’s ‘Archangel Raphael’ Book

posted by shuang

  Have angels ever healed you or someone you love? Angel expert Doreen Virtue regularly contacts angels and has written numerous books on the celestial communication and heavenly messages she receives. When she needs guidance on diet and exercise, pain management, and […]

The Sexy Mormon Vampire: A History

posted by Donna Freitas

I’ve written a bunch about hot chastity in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series because, well, really, it’s difficult not to notice the erotic tension between vampire Edward Cullen and Bella, his beloved, even though they barely even kiss in the first […]

Enter to Win: Joel Osteen’s ‘Living In Favor, Abundance, And Joy’ Audiobook Prize Package

posted by dross

In celebration of pastor Joel Osteen’s new audiobook “Living in Favor, Abundance, And Joy,” (which includes 10 of his most inspiring semons, recorded live at Lakewood Church), we are giving away one grand prize: four of Osteen’s audiobooks which includes […]

Behind ‘The Shroud Codex’

posted by idol chatter

By Jerome R. Corsi, author of “The Shroud Codex.” I have been fascinated with the Shroud of Turin since I first saw it at a senior retreat at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. I remember the image of […]

J.K. Rowling Contemplates Harry Potter Sequel – Some Day

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Should J.K. Rowling write another Harry Potter book?

Stephenie Meyer to Release ‘Eclipse’ Novella

posted by Donna Freitas

The other day I got a notice from Amazon to my email informing me Not to wait! Pre-Order Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Eclipse’ novella now! Despite my obvious fandom of ‘Twilight’, my first thought was: Novella? Why would I want to read […]

‘The Last Song': Another Nicholas Sparks Weepie

posted by Donna Freitas

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I jumped on the opportunity to see a press screening of Nicholas Sparks’ latest movie adaptation, ‘The Last Song.’ Yes it stars Miley Cyrus and yes it’s a film that essentially shows Cyrus […]

‘Christ Haunted’ Anne Rice Shares Her Testimony on I Am Second

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Anne Rice speaks candidly about her faith at the I Am Second website.

‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Trailer: New Victoria vs. Old Victoria

posted by Donna Freitas

In terms of plot, I think “Eclipse” is my favorite of the Twilight Saga books. Well, aside from “Twilight”. It has lots of sign-worthy Bella-Edward romantic moments, plus some good Edward-Jacob conflict, and then, of course, the moment of reckoning […]

Enter to Win: The Funny “Look! It’s Jesus!” Book

posted by shuang

Have you ever seen Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun or Jesus in a chicken cutlet? A new book, “Look! It’s Jesus!” by Harry and Sandra Choron compile photos and stories of amazing holy visions seen by people around the […]

JD Salinger as Mystic?

posted by Donna Freitas

One of my all-time favorite books to teach is the Zooey side of JD Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey.” Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read this wonderful novel(a), the end has one of the most stunning, beautiful […]

‘Twilight’ Drops Off Bestseller List

posted by Donna Freitas

Well, sort of. The four books in Stephenie Meyers‘ mega-bestselling Twilight Saga, “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn” are still hanging on to USA Today’s bestseller list–just further down toward the bottom than usual. While it has become ubiquitous […]

Images of Jesus in Food and Other Objects

posted by idol chatter

The famous Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese isn’t the only religious sighting that has been seen (and sold) throughout the years. Other people like you have experienced Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa, and Buddha sightings on food and ordinary objects […]

Twilight Cruise Anyone?

posted by Donna Freitas

No, this isn’t a joke. If you didn’t know already, there is actually a Twilight Cruise for Twilight fans. The New York Times was touting it in their special cruise review “Offering Whatever Floats Your Boat” in the Travel section […]

“The Church of Facebook”: Virtual Faith

posted by Donna Freitas

When I’m not blogging on religion and pop culture for Idol Chatter, my academic research centers on faith and youth, so when pop culture enters the picture in that realm, I pay attention. That’s why I’m excited to read “The […]

The Onion’s Hilarious, Twilight Spoof

posted by Donna Freitas

If you’ve ever read my posts on The Twilight Saga and its author Stephenie Meyer, you know that I adore Edward, Bella, and even Jacob, and think that both the books and the movie are great fun. I’m definitely not […]

Miep Gies, Rescuer of Anne Frank’s Diary, Dies at 100

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Miep Gies, Anne Frank’s rescuer, has died at the age of 100.

Katherine Paterson Takes Office as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

posted by Donna Freitas

Katherine Paterson is one of my all-time favorite children’s writers. Author of the beloved “Bridge to Terabithia,” which won the Newbery Medal for Young People’s Literature, and so many other childhood favorites, like “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” Paterson took office […]

Armageddon Now: Updating the End Times

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Jerusalem has been rocked by an earthquake. New York is under biological attack. It’s up to Lt. John Corbin, a hulking American army officer wielding a Gatling gun, to secure the perimeter. At least until Jesus gets here. Yes, the […]

One Man’s ‘Sacred Books’ Is Another Man’s Sacrilege

posted by Paul O'Donnell

David Michael Slater’s first book, “Cheese Louise,” was about a piece of Swiss cheese who doesn’t like her holes. You’d think the cheese lobby would get up in arms about that calumny, but no, it wasn’t until the Oregon public-school […]

‘The Advent Conspiracy’ Movement Grows and the Media Takes Notice

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“The Advent Conspiracy” – a new way to look at Christmas – has interest explodng on the internet.

A ‘Twilight’ Christmas: The Top 10 Gifts for Your Favorite Twilighter This Holiday Season

posted by Donna Freitas

This year is the year of the insane, everything-Twilight Christmas gift. There is so much Twilight merchandizing, it was difficult to choose which to include on this list. But I picked some of my “favorites” (notice the quotation marks: they […]

‘Twilight’ and Mormonism: Getting Beyond Chastity

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer might be the most famous Mormon to ever take the bookstores, movie theaters, and all-thing pop culture combine, and the press and fans seem to have an insatiable interest in exploring how this Mormon Mom of three came […]

‘Eclipse’ Release Date: More Twilight Saga Coming Soon!

posted by Donna Freitas

It’s true, people are still flocking to see ‘New Moon’ in movie theaters for the first time, (and second time and third time), but Twilight fans don’t have too long to wait before ‘Eclipse,’ the third book in the series, […]

Best Advent Reads for 2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my choices for some great Advent devotionals for the season.

Turn the Other Neck: ‘Twilight,’ Vampires and Christianity

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Last week Donna blogged about the new novel “Thirsty,” by Tracey Bateman, a Christian take on the vampire vogue spurred by the success of the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. Bateman’s vampire, like Meyer’s Edward, is a sympathetic fiend: a […]

Christian Vampire Novels: Finally Joining the Twilight Trend (sort of)

posted by Donna Freitas

The runaway success of Twilight long ago ensured that bookstore shelves would become saturated with vampire novels from authors and publishers hoping to hit the Twilight jackpot again. A little over a year ago I wrote a feature for Publishers […]

‘New Moon': Better than ‘Twilight’…and it’s Because of…JACOB!

posted by Donna Freitas

I was in the theater last Friday morning, the day of the release of ‘New Moon,’ with the rest of the screaming, teenage Twilight fans. Though, a good number of us were in the “I’m thirty-something and I love Twilight […]

Oprah’s Show To End; Her Influence…?

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN and other outlets are reporting today that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be ending after 25 seasons. The last show will be coming up soon: on September 9, 2011. Okay, so it’s not so soon! Mrs. Winfrey has followed […]

‘New Moon’ the Movie: My Top Five Hopes for Twilight II

posted by Donna Freitas

The countdown to the release of ‘New Moon,’ the second movie in the Twilight Saga, is long underway. In less than forty-eight hours all will be revealed! OK. Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic. Regardless, I’m excited to see what’s […]

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer: To Appear On Oprah

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer will do only one appearance to promote New Moon, the second movie in the Twilight Saga (releasing Nov. 20th), but it’s a biggie: Oprah will feature Meyer for a full hour this Friday, November 13th, on her show. […]

Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer: A Biography (Graphic Novel-style)

posted by Donna Freitas

Everything you wanted to know about Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga that has turned into a world-wide vampire-loving phenomenon–is available today, Wednesday, November 11th, and it’s illustrated. A graphic novel biography series called “Female Force,” which has featured […]

Andre Agassi is ‘Open’

posted by Douglas Howe

Former tennis pro Andre Agassi opens up about his drug use in a new book, “Open.”

Carrie Prejean Discusses ‘The Biggest Mistake of My Life’

posted by Douglas Howe

Ms. Carrie Prejean is either a humble servant of the Lord who’s learned from her prior mistakes, a courageous champion for Christian values, an opportunistic young diva who’s ingeniously combining a conservative mindset with risqué acts caught on tape, a […]

Vanity Fair’s ‘Proust’ Now in Book Form

posted by Douglas Howe

Vanity Fair magazine has a long tradition that’s being made into a book. I suspect it’ll be a movie before too long! There’s just something wonderful and inspiring about getting to know other people better, whether it be stars, friends […]

‘Twilight”s Robert Pattinson is HOT: Oh Edward!

posted by Donna Freitas

Really: what’s a day without gazing at “Twilight”‘s Edward Cullen–I mean Robert Pattinson–and that gorgeous face of his. And those smoldering eyes! Can’t forget the eyes. The moody look. That twisted smile. Sigh. Okay. I’ll stop. But really: want to […]

‘The Lovely Bones’ as Ghost Story

posted by Donna Freitas

I’d never really thought of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel “The Lovely Bones” as a ghost story–though to call it haunting is an understatement, too. But there is no getting around the fact that the story’s protagonist, Susie Salmon, raped and […]

Vampires: From Vicious Killers to Role Models?

posted by dross

A big shout out to Idol Chatter blogger and resident vampire fanatic Donna Freitas who was recently interviewed by two newspapers about the evolution of the fanged creatures. In the Michigan-based newsletter The Macomb Daily she spoke about how vampires […]

Twilight ‘New Moon’ Cast Tour: Coming Soon to a Mall Near You!

posted by Donna Freitas

Do you love Edward Cullen? Can you not get enough of Robert Pattinson’s channeling of this vampire heartthrob? Or are you Team Jacob (boo!) and dream of Taylor Lautner at night? Well, lucky you: to gear up for the November […]

R. Crumb’s ‘Book of Genesis Illustrated’ Is Rated R

posted by Donna Freitas

The widely anticipated “Book of Genesis Illustrated” penned by R. Crumb, the famous comic book artist and graphic novelist released yesterday and the backlash from Christian groups and churches has already begun. I first heard about R. Crumb’s foray into […]

Why I Won’t See ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

posted by Donna Freitas

I know that Spike Jonze’s screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is getting fantastic reviews. I’ve seen the raves on the news and in newspapers, too, and listened to a Talk of the […]

‘Twilight’ vs. ‘Wuthering Heights’

posted by Donna Freitas

Since I know that Idol Chatter readers are BIG fans of all things Twilight and Stephenie Meyer, I can’t resist pointing you to a podcast/radio show I did for the Penguin Classics series, “Vampires on Paper: The Enduring Appeal of […]

No Presidential Medal for J.K. Rowling

posted by shuang

We’ve all heard it before–J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series promotes witchcraft, dark magic, Satanic practices, etc. etc. etc. Some concerned parents have even advocated to ban “Harry Potter” books in the past, though Banned Books Week celebrates the reading of […]

Anne Frank’s Diary: Lauded by Prose, But Mamet’s Version Canceled by Disney

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

One new book is published about Anne Frank’s diary, and David Mamet’s proposed film on the subject is rejected by Disney.

Enter to Win: ‘Word of Promise’ Audio Bible CD Box Set

posted by dross

Thomas Nelson is gearing up to release an audio Bible CD set with a cool twist–the biblical characters are voiced by some of your favorite actors. The “Word of Promise” audio Bible is voiced by such reknown film and TV […]

Book Excerpt: ‘Role of a Lifetime’

posted by dross

Read an excerpt from sports host James “JB” Brown’s new book “Role of a Lifetime.”

The Dude, the Lord, and the Coen Brothers

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Cathleen Falsani’s latest book, “The Dude Abides: the Gospel According to the Coen Brothers,” caused me to notice something strange about Joel and Ethan Coen’s movies. Though I admire every one of their films–almost (what, the Alec Guinness version of […]

The New Spiritual Cowgirls

posted by Donna Freitas

Full disclosure: I am friends with (and proudly so) two of the women featured in the New York Times Style feature, “Seeing Yourself In Their Light,” about today’s new young women spiritual gurus, and how “there is a new role […]

Inspired by Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol': 10 Myths About Freemasonry

posted by dross

In response to Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” Jay Kinney, an author and practicing Mason, clears up 10 myths about Freemasonry, including whether Obama is a member, and if Masonic symbols are on U.S. currency.

Angels are the New Vampires

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer’s smash hit, Twilight (that’s an understatement, of course), its corresponding movie series, and merchandising of everything you could possibly think of and more, originated from the genre of fiction known as YA (young adult). Since Twilight, it seems […]

Enter to Win: Mitch Albom’s New Book ‘Have a Little Faith: A True Story’

posted by idol chatter

Enter to win a copy of Mitch Albom’s new book “Have a Little Faith: A True Story.”

‘The Lost Symbol': The Most Heavily Guarded Secret Since…

posted by Douglas Howe

A great international secret is being kept! According to “The Guardian” (United Kingdom), the secret is protected “under 24-hour guard in its own chain-link enclosure, with two locks requiring two separate people for entry.” What is the secret? The Ten […]

Donald Miller’s Latest Memoir: ‘A Million Miles in a Thousand Years’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Don Miller releases a sequel memoir to “Blue Like Jazz.”

Julia Child Quotes

posted by dross

Seven inspirational quotes from Julia Child.

Wear a Fang: ‘Twilight’ Jewelry from Jules Smith

posted by shuang

Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas recently asked the question, “Is Merchandising Ruining ‘Twilight’?”. While she focused on how the “Twilight” actors are becoming too exposed on random merchanise such as puzzles, I’m wondering if the “Twilight” brand itself is becoming […]

Famous Designers Draw ‘Twilight’ Wedding Dress

posted by shuang

InStyle.com asked a bevy of famous, upscale designers to imagine Bella Swan’s wedding dress for “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight” saga.

Stephenie Meyer’s Plagiarism Woes for ‘Breaking Dawn’

posted by Donna Freitas

Several weeks back allegations flew across the web that Stephenie Meyer, author of the world-wide book and movie phenomenon, “Twilight,” had plagiarized parts of the fourth book in the series, “Breaking Dawn.” The accusation came from little known author Jordan […]

Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Will Finally Get their Sequel

posted by Donna Freitas

Today, the New York Times ran an article announcing that Elizabeth Gilbert’s long awaited and much anticipated sequel to her bestselling spiritual memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love” is at the publisher and is officially due out in January of 2010. (Woohoo! […]

Ted Haggard’s Fall: Gayle’s Story

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Gayle Haggard, wife of disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard, will publish a book “Why I Stayed” early next year.

Watch Trailer: ‘The Lovely Bones’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer to “The Lovely Bones” based on the best-selling book, about a young girl who is murdered and who watches over her friends and family from heaven.

Is Merchandising Ruining ‘Twilight’?

posted by Donna Freitas

Is it possible for merchandise to ruin something altogether? Are the stars of “Twilight” overexposed–or at least ridiculing Stephenie Meyer’s smash hit beyond the tolerable? I’m starting to think so.

Can Rush, Oprah and Dr. Phil Serve Two Masters?

posted by Douglas Howe

If the top twelve media personalities (including Rush Limbaugh, Oprah, Simon Cowell, etc.) alone banked a total of $829 million last year–then when will our culture wake up to the fact that what we see on the air is not so much a reflection of culture but a reflection of what generates money for media stars and all of those who make money off of their shows?

Quiz: Superhero Spirituality

posted by dross

How does Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) of the X-Men show her Jewish faith? What religion is Superman? Many comic book characters–the good and bad alike–either overtly or subtly express a religious affiliation. How much do you know about the spirituality of […]

‘We Are Wizards': A Whimsical Look at Growing Up Harry Potter Style

posted by Kris Rasmussen

If watching “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” over the weekend wasn’t enough to curb your Harry Potter cravings, I have good news for you. There’s a new “Harry Potter” movie you can watch and it’s free. Best of […]

Bob Dylan: Too Christian for Jimmy Carter?

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Jimmy Carter, it seems, believes in the separation between church and rock. The former president, whose 1976 White House campaign saw both performances by the Allman Brothers Band and the introduction of the term “born again” to the Washington media’s […]

The Church of ‘Twilight': Are you a Cullenite?

posted by Donna Freitas

Have you heard of Cullenism? Apparently, it’s been around for a while now, but I just learned of it today. Yes, that’s right: Cullenism, and its followers are called Cullenites. As in Edward Cullen, the star vampire from “Twilight,” the […]

Frank McCourt Reportedly on Deathbed

posted by dross

What sad news! The Huffington Post is reporting that Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt is “gravely ill with meningitis” and “not expected to live” according to his brother Malachy. Throughout his memoirs, “Angela’s Ashes,” “‘Tis,” and “Teacher Man,” McCourt–one […]

Harry Potter Finally Receives Vatican Blessing

posted by Kris Rasmussen

It seems no one is truly impervious to the Chosen One from Hogwart’s spell after all. Although the Vatican has thoroughly denounced the” Harry Potter” series in the past (as recently as last year), the Vatican newspaper recently announced that […]

Jerry Jenkins and Stephen King: BFFs?

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Jerry Jenkins undoubtedly has a devoted fan base in Christian publishing and Stephen King is legend among horror novel devotees, but who would think these two would have much in common–much less have formed a friendship. Just when I thought […]

Ken Mansfield’s Many Journeys

posted by Paul O'Donnell

What do the Beatles, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Whitney Houston all have in common? Ken Mansfield. A former record executive who raced through the ’60s and ’70s on big expense accounts and marijuana-scented tour buses, Mansfield worked for them […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Julie & Julia’

posted by dross

“Julie & Julia” intertwines the lives of famous chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and blogger/aspiring writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who attempts all 524 recipes in Child’s book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” over 365 days. Begins Aug 7. […]

Faith-based Sarah Palin is a Media Star

posted by Douglas Howe

You may like her. You may not. But regardless of what the majority of politicos and pollsters are saying about her, Sarah Palin is emerging as one of the most recognizable pop culture icons of our time. She is the […]

‘New Moon’ Trailer: OK, I Might Come Around…

posted by Donna Freitas

So after HATING the movie poster released for “New Moon” (did I mention hate? because I can’t emphasize how much I hate seeing Bella in Jacob’s arms and not Edwards, which I already posted about), I am rather encouraged after […]

Watch Trailer: ‘The Road’

posted by dross

Based off the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Cormac McCarthy, the film is about a father and his young son who struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Charlize Theron. The film is […]

‘New Moon’ Movie Poster: Ack!

posted by Donna Freitas

So I can’t help but respond to Dena’s Idol Chatter post about the release of the “New Moon” movie poster to the press–especially since I hate it! I am Team Edward through and through, and it was one thing to […]

First Look at ‘New Moon’

posted by dross

For all you “Twilight”-obsessed out there (I’m looking at you Donna Freitas), check out what I just received in my inbox–a first look at the upcoming “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which hits theaters November 20. The new film stars […]

‘Angels & Demons’ Review: Nonstop Melodrama and Fun

posted by Donna Freitas

The Catholic Church is under attack! There’s a war between science and reason! Quick, lock the Cardinals in the conclave or the Catholic Church is lost! The Pope’s been murdered! Call Dr. Robert Langdon of Harvard! He’ll save us–even though […]

She’s Baaaack: Sarah Palin Gets a Book Deal

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Tina Fey, better find your Sarah specs: Governor Palin has a book deal with HarperCollins to produce a memoir for publication in 2010, the year she’s up for re-election. “There’s been so much written about and spoken about in the […]

An ‘Angels & Demons’ Tour of Rome

posted by idol chatter

The movie version of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, opening May 15, follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in a desperate dash through Old Rome. A secret society called The Illuminati are executing Catholic Cardinals in brutal and meaningful ways, […]

Defending a Wall Between Church and Film? ‘Angels & Demons’

posted by Donna Freitas

This weekend, Terrence Rafferty of The New York Times looks at the tension that flares up whenever faith and cinema clash–“The awful thing about these religious-movie dust-ups is that there’s no resolving them to anybody’s satisfaction, either believers’ or nonbelievers’”–and […]

Vatican Declares ‘Angels & Demons’ Harmless

posted by Donna Freitas

According to an article from the Associated Press, the folks in Rome aren’t worried about the new Dan Brown movie, “Angels & Demons,” which premiered there on Monday, reporting that: “Reviewers at the Vatican’s newspaper have passed judgment on “Angels […]

A.J. Jacobs’ Exegesis: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You?

posted by Donna Freitas

I see Esquire’s beloved writer A.J. Jacobs as a stunt man of a certain sort: he picks a crazy project with a beguiling, humorous hook–one of my favorites was when he “outsourced” his life to India, including arguments with his […]

A Good Read: ‘The Last TV Evangelist’

posted by Douglas Howe

There’s a new book out that may provide some of the most compelling reading in years for those who are interesting in spirituality, pop culture, and faith-based television. “The Last TV Evangelist” is authored by Phil Cooke, a veteran producer […]

Marlon Wayans Signs on for ‘Year of Living Biblically’

posted by Douglas Howe

Several insider websites including comingsoon.net, themovieinsider.com, and cinematical.com are reporting that A.J. Jacobs’ book “The Year of Living Biblically” is being made into a movie. And, for some real fun, they’ve signed Marlon Wayans to play the lead role. This […]

Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci’ Sequel Due in September

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Word is out from Random House yesterday that Dan Brown’s sequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” titled “The Lost Symbol” and featuring “The Code’s” main character Robert Langdon, will be released in September. Five million copies are planned. The new […]

Kevin Roose’s Excellent Evangelical Adventure

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Kevin Roose was a junior at the Ivy League’s Brown University when he convinced his parents and his college dean to let him take his semester “abroad” at Liberty University, the conservative Christian school founded by the late Rev. Jerry […]

‘Twilight: New Moon’ Gets New Cast Member

posted by Donna Freitas

Everyone is abuzz every time a new member of the ever-expanding cast for “Twilight” is announced. This time, on Sunday everyone was talking about Michael Sheen, the British actor who got the part of Aro, the head vampire of the […]

The Intrigue of William Lobdell’s ‘Losing My Religion’

posted by idol chatter

By Chris Sagona I felt instant foreboding when I ripped open an orange Fed Ex package two weeks ago and saw that the next book I was being asked to review was called “Losing My Religion.” It wasn’t just the […]

Godwink Stories with SQuire Rushnell

posted by idol chatter

Best-selling author and storyteller SQuire Rushnell–yes, that’s a capital Q– launched his popular Godwink Stories™ on Beliefnet this week. Look for his twice-weekly video vignettes that will lift your heart and make you smile. A “godwink” is what some people […]

Kristin Chenoweth’s Questions for God

posted by idol chatter

Actress Kristin Chenoweth, known for her roles in “The West Wing” and “Pushing Daises,” as well as her extensive work on stage (most notably as Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked”) has a new book out April 14, “A Little Bit Wicked: […]

National Poetry Month: Wendell Berry’s ‘Wild Blessings’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Beliefnet has begun its celebration of National Poetry Month and while I love poetry, in trying to think of a poet to write about for Idol Chatter, I came upon a favorite of Crunchy Cons, the egrarian philosopher/minister Wendell Berry.I […]

New Yankees Retrospective Details Last Season at Historic Stadium

posted by dross

As a Yankees fan, I was thrilled when a gorgeous new coffee table book, “The Final Season: The Official Retrospective” by Alfred Santasiere III and Mark Vancil came across my desk. The book details the final season at the original […]

Watch Exclusive Clip: ‘Faith Like Potatoes’

posted by dross

In this behind-the-scenes clip from the film “Faith Like Potatoes,” based on the book by Angus Buchan, Buchan talks about a time when his Christian faith was put to the test by his Zulu neighbors. The DVD hit streets on […]

Watch Trailer: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

posted by Donna Freitas

Coming this October, one of my most favorite and classic picture books of all time is being brought to the big screen, “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak. This beloved story of Max, who at bedtime one night […]

Even Vogue Loves ‘Twilight': Stephenie Meyer Interview

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer is officially a celebrity, and one whom the queen of all fashion magazines has decided is worthy of watching: in “Dreamcatcher,” the March 2009 issue of Vogue features the author of “Twilight” and those vampires of hers we […]

Liberty Liberal: Kevin Roose’s Year in Christian College

posted by Paul O'Donnell

In the past few years journalists have developed a strain of religion reportage that centers on a stunt, one patterned after George Plimpton’s turn as a major-league pitcher or maybe John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me.” The latest version, by […]

Sylvia Plath’s Son Nicholas Hughes Commits Suicide

posted by dross

Nicholas Hughes, 47, the son of revered poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath has hanged himself at his home in Alaska. According to family, Hughes had been suffering from depression for some time. Tragically, his mother, who also suffered from […]

It’s All Edward, All the Time These Days (‘Twilight’)

posted by Donna Freitas

For the Team Edward fans out there, here’s some good news: Guess who is on the cover of April’s GQ? That’s right! Robert Pattinson (aka, Edward Cullen). Writer Alex Pappademas traces Pattinson’s rise from the dead (he was just a […]

‘Angry Conversations With God': A Snarky, Sweet, New Spiritual Memoir

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Spiritual memoirs were once a hot commodity in the Christian book market with reflective but accessible reads like Lauren Winner’s “Girl Meets God” and Donald Miller’s ” Blue Like Jazz” finding a wide audience. Of late, most inspirational memoirs seem […]

Dakota Fanning Vamps it Up in ‘Twilight’ Movie Sequel: ‘New Moon’

posted by Donna Freitas

So this just in for those still following all things-Twilight. TVGuide reports that Dakota Fanning has signed on to play one of the Volturi–the ancient vampires who live in Italy and enforce vampire code world-wide. Fanning will play Jane, the […]

‘Angels & Demons’ Causing Catholic Stir (Again)

posted by Donna Freitas

I’m sure Dan Brown must be used to coming under attack from Catholics for his pulpy, page-turners and the nearing release of the film version of “Angels & Demons” is no exception. The Vatican banned “Angels & Demons” from filming […]

Catholic Church Bans ‘Gay-friendly’ Play in CA: ‘The God Box’

posted by Donna Freitas

By the end of my first time reading through the YA novel “The God Box” by Alex Sanchez (a writer colleague of mine) I was sobbing. Not only is it a beautiful story of two boys who fall in love, […]

Alice Walker Goes to Gaza

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Yahoo! News reports that Pulitzer-prize winning author Alice Walker, who wrote “The Color Purple,” is traveling to Gaza with a group of female activists to deliver aid and meet with non-governmental organizations and residents. The trip was organized by U.S. […]

Review: ‘Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead’

posted by idol chatter

By Chris Sagona When Peter Manseau, a Washington DC-based religion writer, saw his unborn daughter’s ultrasound in utero, he felt his calling to write “Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead.” It was seeing the technician identify […]

Drew Barrymore to Direct ‘Twilight 3: Eclipse’? Oh No!

posted by Donna Freitas

So I thought that all-things “Twilight” would fade away with the end of 2008, but the series and talk of it is much like the Energizer Bunny–I see that now. It shows no signs of abating and so, alas, I […]

Top 3 Books for Lent

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Every year, in addition to searching for books to help me reflect on Advent, I also look for thoughtful books to read during Lent.  I hunted on Amazon.com and stumbled upon some worthy new selections to add to my collection. Here are three choices that […]

Why Do We Decide as We Do?

posted by Douglas Howe

We don’t post enough about the “books” part of our culture here at Idol Chatter, so here’s my step in the right direction: there’s a great new book out for anyone who’s a person of faith and a deep thinker […]

Poet Laureate Tickles Ivories for JBooks.com

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Hard times have come upon many companies, websites and publications. Some of them are asking their readers to become supporters, but this requires a major shift: people who were once being provided a service are now being asked to donate […]

‘Twilight’ Director’s Diary on EW

posted by Donna Freitas

Okay: I just can’t help myself. I thought my posts about “Twilight” would end with 2008, but there is just too much stuff out there not to mention it. I just wanted to point all you “Twilight” fans on Beliefnet […]

Enter to Win: Doreen Virtue’s ‘Archangel Michael’ Book

posted by shuang

Are you in tune with angels? Angel expert Doreen Virtue regularly contacts angels and has written numerous books on the celestial communication and heavenly messages she receives. When she needs extra courage and support, she contacts the strong warrior Archangel […]

T.D. Jakes’ Son Arrested for Indecent Exposure

posted by dross

Jermaine Jakes, son of prominent Christian author, pastor, filmmaker and music artist T.D. Jakes has been arrested in an undercover sex sting in Dallas. Joanne Brokaw over at Gospel Soundcheck has the scoop.

Your Kids’ Daily Minimum Requirement of Scripture

posted by Paul O'Donnell

There are some great books out there to introduce your kids to Christian Bible stories. But how to get your kids to make the leap from books of Bible stories or children’s Bibles to the real thing? You won’t be […]

Stephen King’s Public Smackdown of Stephenie Meyer: Just Jealousy?

posted by Donna Freitas

Maybe it’s simply difficult to criticize an author whose seen wild success without sounding jealous. Or maybe it really is jealousy between authors. All I know is that a lot of people have had harsh things to say about the […]

John Updike’s Passing

posted by Douglas Howe

Two wonders of literature passed away today and they will be missed. The first was John Updike, who succumbed to a long battle with lung cancer at 76. The second is the time in our history when authors represented the […]

‘Home': My Top Spiritual Read of 2008

posted by Kris Rasmussen

I don’t find as much time as I used to for snuggling up with a good book, but when I do I relish the opportunity. One of the few fiction books I have had time to read in 2008 has […]

Top 5 Spiritual Young Adult Novels of 2008

posted by Donna Freitas

Before I go listing my YA novel picks for 2008, I have one caveat: I am rather tired of the way people slap the word “spiritual” on everything including the kitchen sink, without really telling you what they mean by the […]

Best Spiritual Read of 2008: ‘The Purpose of Christmas’

posted by Douglas Howe

A few weeks ago I received an invitation from Beliefnet co-founder and editor-in-chief teve Waldman to make note of my “Best Spiritual Read of 2008.”  One book clearly came to mind. It’s a pretty simple, straightforward book, though I’ve tried […]

Muslim Punks Grow from a Novel Inspiration

posted by Paul O'Donnell

The New York Times has a story about Muslim punk rockers, the amazing life-imitates-art phenomenon of “The Taqwacores,” a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight.  They didn’t exist until Knight’s novel started circulating in the Muslim teen community. “This book helped me […]

The Year in ‘Twilight': A Look Back on the Vampire Phenom of 2008

posted by Donna Freitas

I think it’s fair to say that 2008 was the year of “Twilight”–as in Stephenie Meyer’s the “Twilight Series,” as in vampires and vampire-human love, as in star-crossed romance taken as far as it can go, as in crazy, screaming […]

Rev. Warren: Pastor, Author, Debate Host, Inauguration Star

posted by Douglas Howe

Several years ago, a pastor’s son planted a church in a tough-to-reach upper middle class suburb in Southern California. For years–even decades–he shunned the spotlight to focus on his ministry. His church grew. It spun off other churches. He coached […]

Best Quotes of the Year: Where’s the Inspiration?

posted by Douglas Howe

America Online recently reported its annual list of Top Ten Quotes of the Year, as named by Fred R. Shapiro. I found the list to be somewhat entertaining, partially nostalgic but, most of all, quite less than inspiring. Tops on […]

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