To Argue Lovingly 

A Feature Review of 

A House United:
How the Church Can Save the World

Allen Hilton

Paperback: Fortress, 2018
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake

 

As the US has become increasingly divided, some Christians have rightly sought to show the rest of the world a unified group. Some have suggested, however, that that unity should include no public disagreements, that the world should see a church together in mind as well as heart. We’d have a better witness if we didn’t argue on Twitter, the thinking goes. Conversations concerning Paige Patterson and the Southern Baptist Convention have sometimes taken this tone, whether about letting those outside the SBC watch the chaos or even about how leadership problems could be handled.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Centering Prayer, Dorothy Sayers, Hildegard of Bingen, Missions, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook
 

*** TCR picks the very best deals
from Amazon’s monthly
ebook sale for July 2018

    

 

#1:
Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form 

Basil Pennington

*** $1.99 ***

A classic book on this important contemplative practice!

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Helsinki Summit

The news has been dominated this week by the Helsinki Summit, Donald Trump’s private meeting with Vladimir Putin, framed beforehand by Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and afterward by Trump’s waffling on whether Russia actually interfered with the election and whether he would hold Putin responsible for this interference. 

 

To make sense of this week’s events, here are a few recent books that help us understand Russia, the fragmented world of social media that provided an entrée for Russian interference, our post-truth culture that has energized this scandal, and what it might all mean for Christians…

 

   

1. The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump 

Michiko Kakutani

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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, John Philip Newell,
The World of Used Books, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.

 

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

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

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
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Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

<<<<< Best New Audiobooks
– June 2018

 

  

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela 

Read by: Atandwa Kani
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Slowly and Solemnly Imbibing
in the Mystical Language of Love

 
A Review of 
 

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Wisdom Tradition
Translated and Edited by Omid Safi

Hardback: Yale UP, 2018
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Reviewed by Gwen Gustafson-Zook

 

It is said that an inscription of “Bani Adam” (Children of Adam), written sometime before the 13th the century by the Persian poet, Sa’di,  is inscribed somewhere in the UN Building in New York City. A translation of this beloved poem is found in the final section of Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. In this collection, the poem is titled “Humanity and Suffering” and reads,

 

Humanity are members of one body
Created out of the same essence

when one member of the body
feels pain
others remain distraught

You,
unfeeling to the suffering of others
are unworthy
of the name human

SA’DI (d. 1291 CE)

 

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TODAY marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth…
 
This new collection of his prison letters has just been released for the occasion…

The Prison Letters
of Nelson Mandela

Compiled and Edited by
Sahm Venter

Hardback: Liveright, 2018
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Amazon ] [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]

 

NPR interviewed the editor of this collection.
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A Guide for Learning Compassion
for Self and for Others
 
A Review of
 

Living Compassion:
Loving Like Jesus
Andrew Dreitcer

Paperback: Upper Room Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Alisa Williams
 

In Living Compassion, author Andrew Dreitcer offers the reader a course curriculum on compassion — what it is, how it’s practiced by various faith traditions, and how it can be formed and taught today so Christians can truly live it in their daily lives the way Jesus intended. Dreitcer is associate professor of spirituality, director of spiritual formation, and co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology. This book is an introduction to a compassion practice he created called simply, the Compassion Practice. He developed this because “there are no classical or traditional Christian practices that have been specifically identified or named as compassion-formation practices” (15).

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Enter to win a peace / reconciliation summer reading package of galleys of these three recent books!

 

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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…)

  

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age 

Alan Noble

*** READ the starred review from Publishers Weekly

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