Taking a road trip over the holidays?
Take one of the year’s best audiobooks
with you to listen to on your way!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible-dot-com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

 

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Here are our picks for the best audiobooks of 2017
(Eugene Peterson, Christena Cleveland, Neil Gaiman, Brene Brown, MORE)

(Counting down to the #1 audiobook of the year)
 
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One of this fall’s best new books is:
 

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
Alan Jacobs

Hardback: Currency, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 
 

*** Watch for our review of this book
     in our Advent 2017 magazine issue.
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LISTEN to a brief radio interview
that Alan Jacobs did with Brandon Vogt:

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Stories of Obsession and Experience
 
A Brief Review of 
 

Recycled Glass: And Other Stories
Fred McGavran

Paperback: Glass Lyre Press, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]
 
 
Reviewed by Anna Kasik
 
 
 
Horlach Spencer, a greedy financial adviser, shows up three times throughout Fred McGavran’s short story collection, Recycled Glass and Other Stories. When we first meet this character, in “Larson Bennett and the Flight into Egypt,” he has set up a laptop outside the room of a dying man, Larson Bennett. Spencer is showing Bennett’s family how their inheritance will be affected depending on whether Bennett dies before or after the first of the year. The death tax expires on the first, so if Bennett lives until then, his family will save millions of dollars in taxes—and Spencer will earn thousands of dollars from his one percent management fee.

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

 
Silence: In the Age of Noise
Erling Kagge

Hardback: Pantheon, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Here’s a great tongue-in-cheek silent interview with the author
(set to the soundtrack of John Cage’s 4:33) :

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

   

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel

Louise Erdrich

*** Read the NY Times review of this novel

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For the next few months, we will be featuring a cartoon every Sunday by our friend and ERB reader Josh Dease. Let us know what you think of these cartoons. (Apologies, as this cartoon was supposed to be posted yesterday, and is a little late in going live)

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Welcomed By God
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Standing on the Threshold

A Feature Review of 
Two New Advent Devotionals:

Celebrating Abundance
Walter Brueggemann

Compiled by Richard Floyd
Paperback: WJK Books, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
and
 

Rise Up Shepherd!
Reflections on the Spirituals
Luke A. Powery

Paperback: WJK Books, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Reviewed by Pam Kittredge

 

Standing on the threshold between ordinary time and sacred time, we open our hearts and become ready to enter into the season of Advent.

Advent—the beginning of the Christian liturgical year—is a reminder to the faithful of the imminent and impending birth of Jesus. We are a people pregnant—with hope, with love, with the joy of God’s coming. In fact, the word advent—from the Latin, adventus—means just that: coming.

Advent is—or can be—a time of expectant waiting, a time of holy anticipation of the miracle of Jesus’s birth.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Chinua Achebe, Madeleine L’Engle, Radical Hospitality,
 MORE )

 

The VERY BEST Ebook Deals
from Amazon’s Monthly Sale for November!

 

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

  

#1:
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang

*** $4.99 ***

 

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The rampant consumerism of the Christmas season is a deep challenge for Christians…

But many of us still want to give gifts,
and what better to give than books,
especially beautiful ones!

 

So here are our picks for 10 of the most beautiful books of the year, that include books fit for a wide range of readers:

( PLUS, one bonus classic, that is worth giving in any year…)

 

#1 Wise Trees
By Diane Cook / Len Jenshel
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November 15 marked the birthday of Alvin Plantinga, the noted philosopher, who was awarded the distinguished Templeton Prize this fall.

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce his legacy…

*** Books by Alvin Plantinga

Introduction (Templeton Prize):

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