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Kevin Belmonte
Kevin Belmonte is the author of the award-winning biography, "William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity." For six years he was the lead historical consultant for the film, "Amazing Grace." His most recent book is "Miraculous: A Fascinating History of Signs, Wonders, and Miracles" (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins).

Entries by Kevin Belmonte

Fool's Talk -- The Kinship of Wit and Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:41 PM

"Ful ofte in a game a sooth I have herd seye."

If these words don't prompt a flicker of recognition, modern readers may be forgiven. Nor are they words that fall trippingly from the tongue: many an English Major has been thoroughly challenged trying to pronounce them.

Yet they...

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Windows on a World No More: Why Letters Still Have Much to Teach Us

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:53 PM

On a time, people wrote letters that often blurred the line between correspondence and literature.

With gratitude, we remember the gift filmmaker Ken Burns gave the world in his film, The Civil War, when he featured Sullivan Ballou's letter to his wife Sarah, written just one week before his...

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Milestones: Marking Way Stations on the Journey

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:51 PM

One year ago, in these pages, I was privileged to write about the life and music of Pete Seeger. How many young people, I wondered then, became musicians because he was a tireless good-will ambassador of American song? How many aspired to lives of purpose and service, because he sang...

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Visions and Dreams: A Reflection

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:15 PM

In one of George Eliot's lesser-known novels, Felix Holt, we are given a stirring and enigmatic line: "Those old stories of visions and dreams guiding men have their truth: We are saved by making the future present to ourselves."

This week, as I've thought of the 50th anniversary of...

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Words That Live: President Kennedy and a Speech From Fifty Summers Ago

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 3:40 PM

November this year will bring a somber time: the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. That tragic event took place a little less than three months before I was born.

When I was a boy, I remember my parents had a long-play vinyl record with President Kennedy's picture on...

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Music Hath Charms

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 3:52 PM

As a herald of song, Pete Seeger is a national treasure.

And, as of October 2012, at age 93, he was still performing, still releasing new albums, and still visiting Beacon Elementary School in New York State -- where he's often shared the gift of song with children.

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Hidden Gifts: Remembering Mark Heard

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 2:40 PM

A few nights back, I watched a new documentary that chronicles the rise and demise of the rock band Big Star. Nothing Can Hurt Me was a powerful film -- by turns riveting and tragic in its exploration of what might have been for an incredibly talented group -- and...

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Was There a Miracle at Philadelphia?

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2012 | 9:02 AM

Readers who turn the pages of Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography, "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life," will find a vignette as instructive as it is wont to prompt a smile. As with so many stories surrounding Franklin, wit is merely the guise in which he bestows some of his greatest wisdom....

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How an Ancient Stone Seal May Point to Samson's Famous Lion Fight

(58) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 11:50 AM

It's a story many Jews and Christians have known since childhood. Something shared in Synagogue or Sunday School. A young man of Israel, Samson, is attacked by a lion and experiences a miraculous gifting of strength. He's then able to kill the creature with his bare hands. His life is...

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The Genius of G.K. Chesterton: Understanding the Heart of the Enduring Story

(59) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 5:37 PM

Editor's Note: Kevin Belmonte's 'Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton' is available now. He has also published a companion work, 'The Quotable Chesterton'.

The story runs thus: in the 1920s, Lawrence of Arabia wrote a letter in reply to friend. He had...

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