Chapter 16
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Beth Waltemath

This Land is Our Land

Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw uncover the soul of America through its songs

In a new collaboration, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and Grammy Award-winning musician Tim McGraw explore music’s influence on the American soul, telling the story of our nation through the works of poets, composers, gospel choirs, folk singers, and rock-and-rollers.

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Beloved America

David Dark talks with Chapter 16 about choosing our own spiritual ancestors

The Possibility of America: How the Gospel Can Mend Our God-Blessed, God-Forsaken Land is David Dark’s second book on American politics, culture, and religion. Today the Nashville author talks with Chapter 16 about the unreflective confluence of religion, politics, and media in the Trump era.

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The Platforms of Contempt

Tech insider Roger McNamee explores all the ways social media manipulates us

In Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, a Silicon Valley veteran explains how social-media networks erode the well-being of people and societies. Roger McNamee will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 27.

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Hacking Religion

Humor and wit are the most sacred virtues in Rami Shapiro’s Holy Rascals

“God is real. Everything we say about God is made up,” writes Rami Shapiro in his new book, Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries. Shapiro will appear at two Nashville events this month: at Parnassus Books on March 14 and at the Scarritt Bennett Center on March 24.

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Original Story

Michael E. Williams looks at spiritual storytelling from Genesis to Jesus to us

In Spoken into Being, Michael E. Williams explores the origins of our stories and their creative potential. Williams will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 8 at 2 p.m.

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What’s Measured in Time

Virginia Reeves explores the way a passion for work can imprison the worker

In her debut novel, Work Like Any Other, Virginia Reeves explores the nature of work, how it defines and shapes families. Reeves will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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