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Book Review from Issue 99

Piercing the Fog of God

Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kirstin Valdez Quade
The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories by Chanelle Benz
The Whole Beautiful World: Stories by Melissa Kuipers

Reviewed by Samuel Martin

Book Reviews from the Archive

How to Survive the Apocalypse

The Pinch by Steve Stern
This Is Why I Came by Mary Rakow
When the English Fall by David Williams

Review by Jen Hinst-White

The Disasters We Were Born Into

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, Kate Hennessy

My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir, Macy Halford 

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, Valeria Luiselli

Reviewed by D. L. Mayfield

The Nature of a Marriage

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

Review by Jessica Murphy

The Everlasting Song

Simple Gifts: Great Hymns: One Man’s Search for Grace by Bill Henderson

Review by Beth Bevis

Twenty-First Century Lines

Wild Is the Wind, Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)
The Book of Endings, Leslie Harrison (University of Akron Press, 2017)
In the Language of My Captor, Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press, 2017)

Review by Jason Gray

Visioning the Invisible

Recent Artists’ Biographies

Cézanne: A Life by Alex Danchev
Caspar David Friedrich by Johannes Grave
Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Review by Katie Kresser

Writing in Invisible Ink

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams 
When I Was a Child I Read Books
by Marilynne Robinson
The Man within My Head
by Pico Iyer 
My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir
by Meir Shalev 

Review by Lauren F. Winner

Atheist Bodies

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press, 2015)
A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain by Christina Crosby (New York University Press, 2016)

Review by Camellia Freeman

Darwin and the Problem of Time

Darwin’s Century: Evolution and the Men Who Discovered It by Loren Eiseley
Science and Faith: A New Introduction by John F. Haught
Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love by Elizabeth A. Johnson
Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith by Philip Kitcher 

Review by Morgan Meis

The Nightmare God: Art and Sublime Terror

Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai, translated from Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet (New Directions, 2013)
Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue, translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer (Riverhead Books, 2016)
A Story of America Goes Walking by Saara Myrene Raappana and Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton (Shechem Press, 2016)
Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown by Vince Aletti and Stephen Koch (Steidl/Pace MacGill, 2016)

Review by Natalie Vestin

How Else Would God Enter?

The Corpse Flower: New & Selected Poems by Bruce Beasley 
Mary’s House: New & Selected Poems by David Craig 
Some Heaven by Todd Davis
Apropos of Nothing by Richard Jones

Review by Peggy Rosenthal

Which I is I?

Idiot Psalms by Scott Cairns
Seam by Tarfia Faizullah
F by Franz Wright

Review by Luke Hankins

Into the Artworld

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
Artworld Prestige by Timothy Van Laar and Leonard Diepeveen

Review by Theodore L. Prescott

A Thirst for Precision

Meditation of a Modern Believer

My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman

Review by Kelly Foster

Feeding on Light

Entering the House of Awe by Susanna Childress
The Ninety-Third Name of God
by Anya Krugovoy Silver
Sky Burial
by Dana Levin

Review by Amy Newman

Doxologies and Admonitions

Psalm by Carol Ann Davis
Epistles: Poems by Mark Jarman
Gomer’s Song by Kwame Dawes

Review by Hannah Faith Notess

The Heart of the Whole

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Review by Santiago Ramos

Racism Lives Here: Does God?

The New Testament by Jericho Brown
Lighting the Shadow by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Boy with Thorn by Rickey Laurentiis

Review by Lisa Ampleman

The Logic of Wonder

The Portal of Beauty: Toward a Theology of Aesthetics by Bruno Forte
Earthly Visions: Theology and the Challenges of Art by T.J. Gorringe
Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination by Malcolm Guite
Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality by Belden C. Lane

Review by Steven Guthrie

Blessed Are Those Who Yearn

New Poetry in Review

The Glacier’s Wake by Katy Didden
God Loves You by Kathryn Maris
Incarnadine by Mary Szybist

Review by Melissa Range

The Reclusive Novel

Community, Tradition, and Loneliness

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
by Dave Eggers
High as the Horses’ Bridles by Scott Cheshire

Review by Bryan Bliss

The Wages of Sin

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Viking Press, 2011)
Faith by Jennifer Haigh (Harper, 2011)
The Color of Night by Madison Smartt Bell (Vintage, 2011)
The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak (Bellevue Literary Press, 2011)

Review by David McGlynn

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