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Erin Tolman Releases A View of Jerusalem

Even eight years after returning to the United States, the view of Jerusalem’s Old City from the top of the Mount of Olives remained vivid in author Erin Tolman’s mind, as did the sound of gunfire and sirens which marked the beginning of the Second Intifada in September 2000. Unable to let the memories remain only in her journal, Tolman wrote a series of thirty-eight vignettes describing her semester as a student at the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and titled the collection A View of Jerusalem.

A View of Jerusalem begins on September 29, 2000 when Palestinian rioters and Israeli police clashed in the Old City and sparked a brutal conflict which lasted for years. While Tolman and the other 175 students at the Jerusalem Center remained safe during the following two months, their study abroad experience changed dramatically at that point.

Raising an All-American

Excerpt from raisinganallamerican.com:

Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, and Devin Durrant. Which name doesn’t belong? The answer is obvious. It is my name, Devin Durrant. However, 21 years ago, in 1984, my name did belong in that group. That is when I, along with the others mentioned above, was named by the national media as a college All-American in the sport of basketball. I made All-American when I logically should not have. I was a skinny, six-foot seven-inch white kid with only average speed from the state of Utah. How did I do it? I did it by interlocking all the pieces of what I call, The All-American Puzzle.

In his recently released book, Raising an All American, Devin applies the principles he learned becoming an All-American to explain how parents can help prepare their children to excel in athletics and in life.

Have any of you heard of Devin Durrant or remember his days playing basketball for BYU? Was he any good? I'm curious whether his book is worth buying.

Orson Scott Card's new book

Orson Scott Card just came out with Shadow of the Giant, the last book in his Shadow series.

(If you don't know what I'm talking about, try Ender's Game first.)

Mormon reflections on Ender's Game

There's an interesting discussion on Ender's Game going on over at Times and Seasons. While reading through it, I was getting irritated with a lot of T&S people, especially Jonathan Green, whose comments have quite the condescending feel to them. I'm offended by the liberty they take in criticizing the mastery of Orson Scott Card when they're incapable of writing something even half as good.

I think the thread is best summed up by Jack with this comment, to which Jonathan Green responds to with more condescension.

Bryce points out an interesting quote from Card's introduction to the 1991 edition of the novel, which I really like:

…There was something more to the way that people responded to Ender’s Game.

For one thing, the people that hated it really hated it. The attacks on the novel--and on me--were astonishing. Some of it I expected--I have a master’s degree in literature, and in writing Ender’s Game I deliberately

"Mormonism for Dummies" to hit shelves in Feb.

from the neutral-thrid-parties dept.

There's an interesting post by Jana Riess over at Times & Seasons about her experience co-authoring Mormonism for Dummies--another addition to "the ubiquitous yellow-and-black Dummies series" of books. Jana writes:

What do you say, for example, about race and African Americans in the Church when you have two pages to do so? (We went over the page limit on that one.) How do you present the reader’s digest version of polygamy? Do you discuss the fact that there are several different versions of the First Vision, or go with the one we use now for the sake of simplicity? And most of all, how do you present your tremendous love for an institution and its teachings while also trying to see them from the perspective of an outsider?

The DaVinci Code from a Mormon's perspective

from the perpetual-bestsellers dept.
I thought Dan Brown did an excellent job creating a fast paced book full of action, suspense, and historical facts. After reading the book, I heard many people ask if everything in it was true. For those who realize what fiction means that is an easy question to answer. A much harder question is what is true and what isn't.

I've found two articles which, while not doctrine, do a good job at clarifying what ...

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