12 Fiction Books That Will Shape Your Theology

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Everyone knows that Harry Potter's potions master Severus Snape is one of the most misunderstood characters in all YA fiction, but now, YouTuber kcawesome13 has set out to show just how sad and lonely Snape's life really was. By using the Harry Potter movie's flashbacks to recreate Snape's defining moments, we get a clearer picture of all the feels Snape went through in his life. If you've got 15 free minutes today and want to spend them reflecting on the somber misery that is the life of Severus Snape, you can do so here ... Discuss

Hot on the heels of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Marvel has announced that earth's mightiest heroes are also getting a girl power overhaul following a big, mysterious "comic book event" taking place this summer that promises to be the biggest shakeup the Marvel Universe has endured since its conception back in the '60s. That event, called The Secret Wars, is essentially going to reboot Marvel's titles, but they're not all going to look the same. Case in point, The Avengers (now called The A-Force) which will follow a core group of women (She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Medusa and Nico Minoru) but also involve the scores of female characters from the Marvel lineup who have spent most of their time playing second fiddle to Captain America and Iron Man.

Marvel's been deliberately shaking things up its heavily white, male roster a few months now, handing the mantle of Captain America to a black man, Thor's hammer to a woman and making the core cast of the ironically named X-Men all women, but this represents their biggest shift so far. Increasingly, their world is being saved by people just as diverse as the world itself is. Take note, everyone ... Discuss

Legendary author Harper Lee is set to release her first new novel in more than 50 years—only her second ever published. The recently rediscovered book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer is described as a sort of sequel to the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. In a statement, she explained,

In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called `Go Set a Watchman.’ It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became `To Kill a Mockingbird') from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn't realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it … I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.

The follow-up to Mockingbird—which has sold more than 40 million copies—hits shelves in July ... Discuss

12 Books We’re Excited About This Year

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Alex Malarkey, the “boy” featured in the popular book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven has reportedly sent an open letter to the site PulpitAndPen.org, recanting the story told in the book. In the letter (which you can read in full here), Malarkey, who is now 17 years old, said,

I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.

The letter is addressed to “Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.” Over the summer, Malarkey’s mother took to her blog to criticize the publisher for listing her son as the book’s co-author, adding that the book could lead people away from the Bible. She outlined the ways that her young son—who was only 6 years old and recovering from major brain surgery when the events occurred—had recently attempted to tell a pastor how “wrong the book was.” She also said, “There are many who are scamming and using the Word of God to do it.” Alex’s father (his parent’s are divorced) is listed as the book’s co-author. Alex is a quadriplegic after suffering severe injuries in the car accident outlined in the book. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is thematically similar to several other recent books about people “visiting” heaven, including the best-seller Heaven Is For Real, which was just made into a major movie ... Discuss