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  • Books offer Christian moral frameworks for judging immigration issues

    "Just Immigration: American Policy in Christian Perspective" by Mark R. Amstutz. Wm. B. Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2017). 258 pp. $25. "Immigrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration" by Tisha M. Rajendra. Wm. B. Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2017). 169 pp. $25.

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  • Children's books show Christmas' true joy with beautiful stories, art

    The following books are suitable for Christmas giving: "The Watcher" by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2017). 42 pp., $17. "The Watcher" is a rare treasure in the world of children's books: The verse is poetic, the illustrations are a compelling blend of photographs and drawings, and the story is a gripping tale of bully and victim ... or is it? The narration unfolds and reveals that the instigator is really just a lonely child desperate for a friend. Influenced by Psalm 121, which attributes all help to God's loving protection and care, it is written in "golden shovel" form, in which the last word of each verse is a word from the psalm. "The Watcher" is a story that holds onto you as it slowly reveals understanding, compassion and innocent faith in God's love and protection. After it is read, its lyrical tale will not be soon forgotten. Ages 6-10.

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