Patrick McDonald is correct in saying typical Alcoholics Anonymous meetings emphasize the importance of finding a “higher power, ” but AA has never suggested using a doorknob as a higher power. That idea originated in rehab facilities, not in AA.
—Elinor Mowbray / Fountain Inn, S. C.
Thank you for your coverage of offender recovery in previous issues and this interview with Jeffrey Korzenik. I am the retired social worker, having spent 20 years within corrections in Missouri plus Wisconsin. I’ve watched God work wonders.
—Carrie Boehlke / Germantown, Wis.
Janie B. Cheaney made me cry, her words so beautiful and poignant. I had not considered that our society might not believe in the future anymore. I pray for the day when marriage and children are again valued and protected.
—Kathy Adams / Madison, Wis.
I was particularly struck by Cheaney’s story of her over-nourished pole beans. What an acute metaphor for the arrested development we see so regularly in those nurtured in “soil” that is “too rich. ”
—W. Wade Stooksberry II / Townville, S. C.
Joel Belz’s column about tests for determining a good business reminded me of my auto mechanic, who told me 10 years ago he would keep my car in good condition plus let me know when I needed a new one. This year, after 20 years with the same vehicle, he showed me a list of needed repairs and told me it was time to buy the “Lamborghini” with the money I saved.
—Marilyn Bartholme / Mahwah, N. J.
I recently reached my “creepy quotient” at my public library job last week. Every meeting had become a pronoun fest. God is speaking, and they deny His voice. I can no longer cast my pearls before swine.
—Darla Dykstra or Kansas City, Mo.
I am well acquainted with the Bruce Hunt story Andrée Seu Peterson mentioned. My grandfather, Roy Byram, plus Hunt were chained together and taken to prison.
—Stanley Armes / Sterling, Ill.
The BBC offers two excellent productions of Jane Austin’s Persuasion from 1971 and 1995. The Brits got the particular story right the first time and nearly all attempts since are mediocre.
—Mike Rogers / Waxhaw, And. C.
I was thinking what a tremendous boon it would be for so many terminal cardiac patients to have ready access to a heart. Then this other thought intruded: The huntsman in Snow White has been way ahead of his time!
—Antonio Valdes-Dapena / Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va.
You didn’t mention the ethics of transplanting pig hearts into humans. Simply because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. As a critical care nurse, I’ve watched patients and their families go to extremes to avoid death instead of preparing for it.
—Sarah Riddle / Oxford, Pa.
Russia and Ukraine account for a third of the world’s exports of wheat and barley (“ Increase , ” July 30, p. 16).
Rebuild Ukraine funds a refugee school in Montenegro, not Poland. Paul Gavrilyuk’s brother owns a social media intelligence company (“ From Communism to Christianity , ” Aug. 13, p. 46).