With the Advent season rapidly approaching, we are excited about this gorgeous new book for the Advent season… 

“This book summons an almost visceral response in its brilliant counterpoint to the customary understanding and celebration of Advent and Christmas. In the arena of wounds and griefs, though each experience is unique, we are joined in our humanness, finding common ground. … These meditations and images are a marvelous gift.”
Luci Shaw

We’re giving away THREE copies
of this excellent new book:

 

Wounded in Spirit:
Advent Art and Meditations
David Bannon

Hardback: Paraclete, 2018

 

Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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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…)

   

All the Lives We Never Lived: A Novel 

Anuradha Roy

 

*** READ a review of this book

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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This biography is one of this year’s best nonfiction books:
 

Frederick Douglass:
Prophet of Freedom

David Blight

Hardback: Simon & Schuster, 2018
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Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

 
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Georgia on his Mind: George Whitefield and the Margins of Empire
 
A Feature Review of 

George Whitefield:
Evangelist for God and Empire
Peter Choi

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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Reviewed by Alex Joyner

 

Experiments flourish on the margins. It’s why visionaries and mavericks gather in places far from the watchful eye of social convention and official control.  Think Donald Judd making his art and his mark in Marfa in ultra-West Texas. Think Brigham Young and the Mormons building Utah.  Or think George Whitefield and his Georgia plantation.  Wait…what?

George Whitefield has been hard for American religious scholars to classify.  The 18th century transatlantic evangelist clearly had a major impact on the Great Awakening, but, as Peter Choi puts it in his new book on Whitefield, he has always been “a sort of third wheel among undisputed leaders of the evangelical awakening.” (233) The two big wheels being Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley.  “Edwards was the indisputable intellectual leader of the early evangelicals,” Choi says, “and Wesley the sophisticated organizer who laid the groundwork for worldwide Methodism.” (233) But what did Whitefield do?

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Wendell Berry, Dorothy Sayers, Henri Nouwen, 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.

 

The VERY BEST
Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(November 2018)

 

 

#1:
The Unsettling of America:
Culture & Agriculture
 

Wendell Berry

*** $1.99 ***

 

Although Berry has published 40+ books,
this might likely be his most important one… 

 

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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
C. Christopher Smith, Patrice Gopo, David Fitch,
Ashley Hales, MORE

 

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

 

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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

[ Last Month’s Theology Book List ]

 

Christ the Heart of Creation 

Rowan Williams

Bloomsbury

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The Vital Humanness
of Moral Leaders

A Review of 

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
David Gushee / Colin Holtz

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Aaron Morrison

 

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age works best as an introduction to moral leaders who have made a positive impact through their deep conviction to work for the common good. Readers may wish other leaders would have been included, or they may be disappointed in the limited reflection on how moral leaders form us into better people. Nonetheless, David Gushee and Colin Holtz have designated a well-intentioned list of remarkable people whose lives have much to teach us about being good citizens in a divided polis.

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The 2018 National Book Award winners
were announced last night!

Learn more about the five winning books…

 

[ FICTION ]  [ NONFICTION ]  [ POETRY ]
[ YOUNG PEOPLE’S LIT ]  [ TRANSLATIONS ]

 

FICTION WINNER:

The Friend:
A Novel

Sigrid Nunez

Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
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This collection of short stories has been nominated for a number of awards this year (long-listed for the National Book Award, Finalist for the Kirkus Prize):

Heads of the Colored People: Stories
Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Hardback: Atria, 2018
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Listen to a great interview that Nafissa Thompson-Spires
did with NPR’s Audie Cornish:

 
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