shared values, ideas and character,”
as Phil Fontaine has said.
Following the recent election, it
may well prove prophetic.
—ALLISON A. TRI TES
Insights From the
Books of Moses
By Alan Gilman
240 pages. $20
DO YOU spend as
much time reading the Old Testament as the New? Many Christians
I know say the New Testament
seems more relevant to them.
In this book, however, Messianic
Jewish author Alan Gilman illustrates how the Torah, the first five
books of the Old Testament, permeates and informs the rest of the
Bible. These books are “
foundational to the understanding of all
Scripture,” he writes.
Without the Torah the rest of the
Bible would be much weaker and
more confusing – it undergirds
morality, worship, sexual ethics,
the doctrines of God and salvation,
and much more.
Gilman, who lives in Ottawa,
began writing short weekly commentaries on different parts of the
Torah in the late 1990s on his
This book is his first printed
compilation, containing 54 of his
best writings, roughly an equal
number from each of the five books
from Genesis to Deuteronomy.
Each message starts by providing
some background and discussion
on a passage and then moves to
The chapters on God’s holiness
and omnipresence struck me as
being sympathetic to Reformed
The book is easy to read, practical
and highly devotional.
The Life-Changing Magic
of Tidying Up
By Marie Kondo
Ten Speed Press, 2014.
$19.99 (e-book $11.99)
WHEN PICKING UP this
book, you might be tempted to expect a
how-to manual, but Marie Kondo’s inaugural
work is more of a self-help manifesto. The
book is centred on Kondo’s personal system of
organization and the belief that tidying your
home is the key to a happy life.
Her advice is predictably simple – get rid of
anything that doesn’t bring you joy, and find
a place for the rest. The book contains her
argument for being tidy, practical suggestions
for cleaning and organizing, and ends with the
transformational results you should experience.
Along the way there are a good deal of stories
and anecdotes from her childhood and clients.
Kondo writes that doing this will not only
streamline your home, but also help you deal
with your past, lose weight, enhance your
beauty and give you a new start on life. The
foundation for these beliefs comes from a
hodgepodge of spiritual approaches, from
thanking your items for their service to the
notion that the energy of items given away
will return to you.
Kondo’s message of finding happiness in
simplicity is nothing new, but its popularity
indicates it won’t be quieting down anytime
soon. Her transformational claims often feel
more outrageous than realistic, but her main
point rings true – getting your house in order
will dramatically change your atmosphere
If that appeals to you, then this book is a
good place to start. —SARAH VAN BEVEREN
“In my Prayer Machines
I like to use kinetic,
hand-driven motion as a
for the art. I challenge
the viewer to engage in
a tactile way to get the
full effect. I want the
work to be beautiful to
look at, invite reflection,
stimulate ideas, and
then further spark the
imagination when you
touch it and it moves.”
Reading THE BES TSELLERS
Imagination Is My
Carnival of Prayer
(steel wire, mixed
media, wood base)
by James Paterson