Bestselling author and former pastor Rob Bell and his wife Kristen are releasing a new book that has been described as essentially an alternative to the Driscolls’ Real Marriage. From The Zimzum of Love’s official Amazon description:

Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. Mastering this field, this give and take of energy, is the secret to what makes marriage flourish.

Bell, who left his church following the theological controversy surrounding his book Love Wins, has recently been featured on Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend speaking tour. Zimzum hits stores next month ... Discuss

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According to a new Pew Research study, much of the millennial generation is really into reading—but not going to library. From The Atlantic: “Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30.” However, the same group also said that libraries weren’t “essential in their communities,” and this attitude is contributing to the trend of Americans actually purchasing more books than are borrowed. What do you expect from a generation raised by Levar Burton? ... Discuss

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This morning, J.K. Rowling posted yet another brief but charming window into the Harry Potter world on Pottermore, the official headquarters for Potterheads. This particular post is actually a biography of Celestina Warbeck, a character who was rarely discussed and never actually "seen" in any of the Potter books, but whom Rowling refers to as a "favourite." Warbeck is pitched as a "singing sensation" and Today even has posted a song by her called "You Stole My Cauldron But You Can't Have My Heart," which is not the most inventive title Ms. Rowling has ever come up with ... Discuss

A few weeks ago, we heard the unimaginably horrific story of a young girl who lost her parents and four siblings to her murderous uncle. 15-year-old Cassidy Stay survived her uncle's rampage by pretending to be dead before calling the police, and was the lone survivor in her immediate family. When she recently spoke at her family's memorial service, she quoted Dumbledore's words in The Prisoner of Azkaban, saying "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."

Word of this made its way to J.K. Rowling, who allegedly sent Cassidy a letter "written" by Dumbledore, telling her what Rowling believes the Hogwarts headmaster (who has some experience dealing with tragedy) would want her to know. Neither Rowling nor Cassidy has made the exact contents of the letter public. In the meantime, a GoFundMe page for Cassidy has raised over $400,000 and is still accepting donations ... Discuss