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Book delves into `who is Jesus?’

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BOOKS

"Who Do You Say That I Am?" by Vivettte Porges, Joshua Simon and Robert Sullivan ($14.95, MacMillan). This is another in a continuing series of religious quote books. The authors - more accurately, the compilers - are editors at Life magazine. Their question: Who is Jesus? And they took it to a remarkable variety of folks. I can't remember the last time I've read John Cardinal O'Connor and singer Sinead O'Connor on the same topic. And we learn that former major league pitcher Don Quisenberry turned into a religious poet after he retired. The book is illustrated by prints of marvelous religious pictures and photos of interesting sculpture. Not that any of the quotes is anything like a definitive answer to the question, but the variety of approaches makes interesting reading. - Jeffrey Weiss

MAGAZINES

`Scientific American (May) steps into the euthanasia debate with "Seeking a Better Way to Die" by staff writer John Horgan. He focuses on developing better methods to bring peace to dying - such as expanding hospice care - with emphasis on "comfort rather than cure." The bottom line on the moral debate about physician-assisted suicide goes to Kathleen M. Foley, a pain specialist at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. "Doctors," she says, "don't know enough to kill." -Robert Plocheck

Esquire (May) has a cover story about how "Divorce is Good for You." Senior writer John Taylor asks, "Who has the right to moralize about these choices?" His wife (soon to be ex) counters with "Divorce is Bad for You." She ends her essay: "On the way to the synagogue . . . my daughter asked who had given me the necklace. `Daddy,' I said. A forlorn expression swept across her face, perhaps at the reminder that we were not a whole family that day. I didn't know what to say. There are no painless solutions." Also in this issue is a profile of Arianna Huffington, who is showing up on "Firing Line" and "Politically Incorrect" as a proponent of traditional values and bringing humor to the discussions. The Rimes family (as in LeAnn) talks about the singing sensation as "a God-given child" in another feature. - Robert Plocheck

Charisma (May) mixes medicine and religion with a profile of Houston's Reginald Cherry, "The Doctor Who Prays." He and his wife, Linda, dispense advice on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Cherry advocates being "open to the fact that (God's) anointing may rest on natural substances. Or it may be on simply supernatural means." Another article considers "When God Doesn't Heal." - Robert Plocheck

MUSIC

"Let Us Pray: National Day of Prayer" - 4 stars; Sparrow Records

If you missed the National Day of Prayer May 1, you can still experience the message with "Let Us Pray." The 12 songs are sure to motivate listeners with performances of "Let Us Pray," "Midnight Oil," "Down On My Knees" and "America Again."

Artist bio: One song each by Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Green, Michael Card, Twila Paris, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Cheri Keaggy, Susan Ashton, Aaron Jeoffrey, Sierra, Kim Hill, Avalon and Carman.

What's good about it: Strong, motivating messages; great range of styles upbeat to mellow to dramatic.

- Stacey Beattie Stamps