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Post-modern society ignores well-being of children

The Abandoned Generation by Gabriele Kuby (St. Augustine’s Press, $21, 195 pages)   Angelica Vecchiato, Review: In a modern world driven by individualism, where the immediate prioritization of the self has been valued over care of the other, humanity has been pulled apart at its seams—and forsaken children are the unfortunate byproduct. The young generation has been pushed to the margins of society, at best [...]

2023-01-30T14:30:04-05:00January 30, 2023|Marriage and Family, Reviews|

Without excuse: a primer in all that ails public education

Russell E. Kuykendall, Review: No Excuses: Turning around One of Britain’s Toughest Schools by Alison Colwell (Biteback Publishing, $28, 244 pages) In her book No Excuses, Alison Colwell calls for schools that are focused on the transmission of content to students and the shaping of their character, giving students a foundation for the rest of their lives, wherever life takes them. She [...]

2023-01-19T10:48:44-05:00January 19, 2023|Reviews|

Religious Freedom after the Sexual Revolution

Religious Freedom After the Sexula Revolution: A Catholic Guide Helen M. Alvaré (Catholic University of America Press, $32.95, 243 pages): Helen M. Alvaré, the Robert A. Levy Chair in Law and Liberty at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, has written a primer, Religious Freedom After the Sexual Revolution, on how to think about a genuine freedom (freedom of religion) in [...]

2023-01-13T10:22:51-05:00January 13, 2023|Abortion, Marriage and Family, Reviews, Society & Culture|

Bioethics for Nurses

Bioethics for Nurses: A Christian Moral Vision Alisha Mack and Charles Camosy (Eerdmans, $29.95, 256 pages) Alisha Mack, an assistant professor of nursing at Wesleyan University and Dr. Charles Comosey, a bioethicist and professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, have come together to write the first bioethics book dedicated to nurses and nursing—Bioethics for Nurses: A Christian Moral Vision. [...]

2023-01-11T16:52:59-05:00January 11, 2023|Euthanasia, Reviews|

Trucker Convoy 2022: the rise and fall of a Canadian freedom movement

Angelica Vecchiato, Review The Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shook the World by Andrew Lawton (Sutherland House, $21, 168 pages) The three-week sojourn of Canadian truckers on Parliament Hill shattered the record for the longest lasting convoy the world had ever seen. In sub-zero February temperatures, peace-making Canadians shocked the world, breaking from their pacifist constitution and rebelling against [...]

2022-12-13T11:17:37-05:00December 13, 2022|Reviews|

Christmas movies you’d likely never heard of

Michael Taube Can you name a popular Christmas movie? I’ll bet you could immediately think of a few. Your children and grandchildren could easily triple that number, too. From memorable cinematic renditions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, to timeless animated classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, there’s a holiday treasure for just about everyone. [...]

2022-12-12T12:01:52-05:00December 12, 2022|Reviews|

Tearing Us Apart

Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis (Regnery: $38, 296 pages) Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis have written the definitive book that works as both an extended critique of abortion and as an invaluable and insightful reference about its detrimental effects. The authors note in their introduction that “Abortion harms every single [...]

2022-12-06T11:13:00-05:00December 6, 2022|Abortion, Reviews|

No Choice

No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental Right Becca Andrews (Public Affairs, $37, 267 pages) In No Choice, Mother Jones journalist Becca Andrews offers accounts of abortion before and during the Roe v. Wade era to argue that the battle for abortion is not merely part of a larger battle for women’s rights, but [...]

2022-12-06T11:01:00-05:00December 6, 2022|Abortion, Reviews|

The problems facing boys and men

Paul Tuns, Review Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why it Matters, and What to do About It by Richard V. Reeves (Brookings, $38, 242 pages) Men Without Work: Post-Pandemic Edition by Nicholas Eberstadt (Templeton, $17, 238 pages) Richard Reeves of the liberal Brookings Institute has written an important, if at times annoying, book about the plight of boys [...]

2022-12-06T10:51:21-05:00December 6, 2022|Reviews, Society & Culture|

Biography provides insights into criticism and times of Harold Rosenberg

Harold Rosenberg: A Critic’s Life by Debra Bricker Balken (University of Chicago Press, $52, 640 pages) Paul Tuns Review Harold Rosenberg was a public intellectual long before that term was coined, a leading cultural critic in the New York scene in the middle of the 20th century. Debra Bricker Balken has written the first -- and long overdue -- comprehensive biography of [...]

2022-12-02T20:58:33-05:00December 2, 2022|Reviews|

Broken News review

Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America & How to Fight Back Chris Stirewalt (Center Street, $37, 246 pages) Chris Stirewalt, a former political editor at Fox News who lost his job for his role in prematurely (but correctly) calling Arizona for Joe Biden in 2020, is the author of a new, indispensable look at why mainstream journalism is broken. [...]

2022-12-02T11:06:17-05:00December 2, 2022|Reviews|

Books worth recommending

From the editor’s desk Paul Tuns I read a lot and many of the books I read get reviewed in these pages, either in longer reviews or essays under my byline or as unsigned brief reviews. But there are many that I can’t get around to writing a review about and I want to let you know about several of them, and [...]

2022-12-01T10:27:46-05:00December 1, 2022|Paul Tuns, Reviews|

Liberal critique of birth control

Mary Zwicker, Review: A new feminist, left-wing documentary on the topic of birth control has been released … but it’s not what you would expect. The new film, produced by Ricki Lake’s production company and directed by Abby Epstein, is called The Business of Birth Control, and it provides an in-depth analysis of the history of hormonal birth control, concluding that women need [...]

2022-11-21T12:19:28-05:00November 21, 2022|Marriage and Family, Reviews|

Population growth is good

Paul Tuns, Review: Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet by Marian Tupy and Gale Pooley (Cato Institute, $45, 547 pages) Worries about "overpopulation" are always followed by demands for population control to prevent the growing mass of people from stripping the planet bare. The problem with that line of thinking according to Marian Tupy [...]

2022-11-15T15:29:55-05:00November 15, 2022|Demography, Population, Reviews|

The biography Ted Byfield deserves

Paul Tuns, Review: Prairie Lion: The Life & Times of Ted Byfield by Jonathon Van Maren (Christian Heritage Press, $19.50, 247 pages) When Jonathon Van Maren set out to write the biography of Ted Byfield, he was amazed that one had not already been written. As the author notes, if Byfield had floated in the stream of fashionable opinion, he would have been [...]

2022-11-11T11:31:08-05:00November 11, 2022|Reviews|
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