Jesus, Messiah of the Poor

 

A Feature Review of

Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor
Liz Theoharis

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017
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Reviewed by Joseph Johnson

 

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared in his famous speech “A Time to Break Silence” that, “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” I think these words, challenging as they are, express the conviction that undergirds the efforts of Liz Theoharis in her timely new book, Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor. Her contention is that Matthew 26:11, one of the most influential passages on poverty in Scripture, has often been twisted out of context in order to give red-lettered justification for viewing poverty as inevitable and pitting Jesus in opposition to the poor (13, 97). In her eyes, these conclusions have obviously damaging consequences.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(David Fitch, J.K. Rowling, Soong-Chan Rah MORE)

 

THEOLOGY CLASSICS –
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#1:
Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission

David Fitch

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Just in time for summer!!!

Whether strolling the beaches or lounging around the house, these literary t-shirts will be a delight to book lovers!

They make great gifts for graduations or birthdays!

Most of these shirts are available in styles for men, women, and youth…
Some are available in a variety of colors.
(CLICK IMAGE to see what options are available for each shirt)

 

1 – Hope is the thing with feathers

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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)

  

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

Read by: Jessica Schell
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Our Different, Blurry Places
 
A Brief Review of 
 

I [Heart] Francis:
Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer

Donna Schaper

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Kelsey Maddox
 
 
I can remember a picture of the pope (John Paul, to be exact) positioned above my grandma’s recliner on the peach and maroon colored wallpaper of the farmhouse. I never understood why she had a picture of someone on the wall who wasn’t in our family. I never understood any of that, and neither did Donna Schaper, a progressive queer women from New York City.  It seems esoteric, that is, until Pope Francis.

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A Disciplined Eye
for the Hyper-Local

 
An Abridged Review of

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God
Eugene Peterson

Hardback: Waterbook, 2017
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Reviewed by David Swanson
 

This is a brief clip of a review that appears in
our forthcoming Eastertide 2017 magazine issue…

The issue with this review
will mail next week.

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While reading through these sermons it is easy to imagine something about the women and men who comprised Peterson’s suburban congregation. The sentences and illustrations seem to hold in mind particular people with their very particular lives. In a sermon titled “Holy, Holy, Holy” from Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4, the pastor addresses his people gently:

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This is an extraordinary new book!
 

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Susan Burton

Hardcover: The New Press, 2017
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[ Read an excerpt of this book ]

 
Listen to a poignant interview that the author did with NPR’s Terry Gross…
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Grocery:
The Buying and Selling of Food in America

Michael Ruhlman

Hardback: Abrams Press, 2017
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Here’s a great interview that the author
did with NPR’s “All Things Considered”
(and appropriately the interview was conducted in a grocery store)
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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…)

  

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God

Eugene Peterson

Read an excerpt of this book… 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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The Napoleon Dynamite
of Missionary Biographies?

A Feature Review of 

Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World
Amy Peterson

Paperback: Discovery House, 2017
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Reviewed by Matthew Loftus
 
 
Amy Peterson’s debut book, Dangerous Territory, is not your typical missionary biography and it is not meant to be. As Peterson recounts her story of teaching English as a Second Language for two years in Southeast Asia, she deliberately tries to subvert the conventions of the missionary memoir in order to change the way we talk about missions. In an article last year for Christianity Today, she wrote that “We need to hear stories about the real struggles and joys of missions work.” This is one of those stories.

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