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A scene from the 2016 film "Genius."

WATCH LIST: June 2016

By Observer Staff


Genius
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL GRANDAGE, STARRING COLIN FIRTH, JUDE LAW, NICOLE KIDMAN AND LAURA LINNEY
(Summit Entertainment)


Based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, Genius chronicles the complex relationship between renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) and one of his acclaimed authors, Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). In this Michael Grandage feature debut, the often-intimate association between editor and writer reveals the struggle of human limitations and literary genius. June 17

Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us
BY SHANE CLAIBORNE
(HarperCollins)

In Executing Grace, monastic movement leader and bestselling author Shane Claiborne proposes the elimination of the death penalty through an analytic exploration of punitive and restorative justice. Claiborne reminds the reader, through historical and scriptural testimonials and examples, of the divine power of forgiveness and the notion that no one is beyond redemption. June 7

The Spirit Contemporary Life: Unleashing the Miraculous in Your Everyday World
BY LEON FONTAINE
(The Crown Publishing Group)


While looking to experience God’s work outside of church walls, Leon Fontaine, senior pastor of the inter-denominational inter-city Springs Church, learned through life-altering experiences that the power to unlocking the miraculous in everyday life can be a personal ability. Drawing on biblical and personal stories, Fontaine uncovers how what he calls the “Spirit Contemporary” way of life can be attained. June 21

The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible
BY A.N. WILSON
(HarperCollins)


Through an examination of how the Bible has previously been approached, historian A.N. Wilson argues that its lessons remain relevant today even within a widely secular society. The Book of the People attempts to reclaim the Good Book — as a philosophical guide with literary and cultural significance. June 21




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