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July 10, 2018

'Southernmost' is a rebuke of modern evangelical Christianity and a scream of frustration at "faith without works"...

Since the 2016 election, journalists have published countless pieces on what makes rural America tick. And so have authors, in the slower cycle of book publishing. Kentucky writer Silas House's new novel, Southernmost, is a provocative entry in this wave of Trump-era literature, examining not just the faith of rural evangelicals, but their works.

The book centers on Pentecostal preacher Asher Sharp, who is horrified when his wife insists they turn away a gay couple after a catastrophic flood, one in which the couple saved some church members. Sharp, who had rejected his own gay brother years before, realizes how much his heart has changed and leaves his wife, which puts him in danger of losing custody of his beloved son. So Sharp kidnaps his son and takes off for Florida, to find his brother and evade his ex-wife.

"What follows is a fast-paced page-turner, a story of redemption with many twists, turns and surprises. It also is a well-written exploration of the complexities of faith, humanity and how hard it can be to change long-held beliefs," Tom Eblen writes for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Southernmost is more than a good tale; it's a rebuke of modern evangelical Christianity and a scream of frustration at "faith without works."

Written by Heather Chapman

July 2, 2018

 

July 2, 2018

TAYLOR SWIFT 'KICKS IT' IN KENTUCKY

Fans loved every single 'hot and humid' minute of it

 

Taylor Swift performs at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday night. June 30, 2018 Photo by Scott Utterback/CKTaylor Swift performs at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday night. June 30, 2018 Photo by Scott Utterback/CK

Taylor Swift brought her “big reputation” to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday night and fans loved every single hot and humid minute of it.

Swift’s Louisville Reputation Tour stop brought Swifties in from as far as Guatemala. And why wouldn’t it? The set was a hit with giant snake props and lights and fans found out that Taylor Swift is a dog person.

While walking through the crowd, Swift stopped, gasped and gave a furry fan a kiss. While most fans went crazy over how cute the interaction was, one pointed out the fact that Tinkerbell the Dog was luckier than most for getting that close to Tay Tay.

Tinkerbell the Dog and her handler were quick to share the moment on Twitter but she wasn't the only animal to get close to Taylor during the show.

Fans buzzed about a bird nearly flying into Swift's head right in the middle of "Love Story." But Taylor is swift, so she was able to deflect and continue on with the show.

Despite the hot weather, fans loved the concert and seemed to have fun showing off their clever signs and outfits and checking seeing Taylor live off their bucket lists.

--Louisville Courier Journal

 



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