Our Latest Book Giveaway…

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

The Face of the Deep:
Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit
 
Paul Pastor

 
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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…)

Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious

By David Dark

Read ERB Editor Chris Smith’s new
review of this book for Christianity Today

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The University of Chicago Press is running a huge Kindle ebook sale right now!

The sale has 600+ titles for under $4 each, and the list of titles is growing everyday.

[ BROWSE THE FULL UCHICAGO SALE ]

[ BROWSE THE RELIGION SUB-SALE ]

Here are some recommended titles from the sale:

Our sister site Thrifty Christian Reader has
a longer list of recommended theology titles… 

The Monk and the Book: Jerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship

Megan Hale Williams

*** $3.34 ***

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Memory, History, Forgetting

Paul Ricoeur

*** $3.64 ***

[ Buy now ]

 

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Today is the birthday of Jewish theologian Martin Buber, born 1878.

In honor of the occasion, here is an excerpt from his important book:

I and Thou
Martin Buber

First Translated to English, 1937
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Opening Ourselves to Surprise

 
A Feature Review of

The Listening Life:
Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction
Adam McHugh

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Reviewed by Andrew Camp

 

The American life will never be remembered as a life that listened well, especially in the second millennium. More talking and less listening is our default when it comes to our ideas of leadership and being taken seriously. The technological advances of the past 15 years have also produced a culture that has moved passed being polyphonic to being harshly cacophonic.

Sadly, this disease has infiltrated the American evangelical church to a large degree. We firmly believe it is our duty to tell people what to do, and as the church’s influence wans in America, our solution seems not to listen more, but to pound the pulpit louder and harder. We are a people anxious of what might happen if we shut up long enough to truly hear, not only the voice of God (which is of utmost importance), but also the cries of people both inside and outside the church.

In situations like these, God seems to raise up men and women to call the church back to its task to embody kingdom politics, part of which is learning to listen well. This is exactly what Adam McHugh calls the church to in his new book The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction. This is not a book outlining seven easy steps to becoming a better listener; this book is an invitation into a spiritual life marked by deep listening in all components of the Christian life. Listening is foundational to what it means to be a human, both physically and spiritually.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Christian Smith, Suzanne Collins, Jonathan Safran-Foer, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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What Is a Person?: Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up

Christian Smith

*** $3.77 ***

 
>>>>>> Part of a HUGE ebook sale that U Chicago Press is now running. BROWSE THE FULL SALE

 

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Yesterday marked the 110th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s birth…

In honor of the occasion, we wanted to highlight a few lesser-known books by/about him:

You may have read The Cost of Discipleship, or Life Together, or even Eric Metaxes’s Bonhoeffer biography, but here are a few other important Bonhoeffer books, if you want to go deeper:
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Setting an Agenda for the
Future of Missional Theology

 
A Review of 
 

Called to Witness:
Doing Missional Theology
Darrell Guder

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2015
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Reviewed by Christopher Brown
 
 

Called to Witness is a collection of essays, papers, and lectures in which Darrell Guder forcefully develops the theological movement that launched with the 1998 publication of Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Called to Witness is Guder’s most substantial publication since The Continuing Conversion of the Church (2000), and it possess the richness of more than a decade’s worth of reflection and development. In his foreword to the book, John Franke (now General Coordinator of the Gospel and Our Culture Network and General Editor of the recently restarted Gospel and Our Culture Series) suggests – I think rightly – that the “volume will have a catalytic effect on the development of missional theology in the years ahead” ( x).

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

The Black Calhouns:
From Civil War to Civil Rights
with One African American Family
Gail Lumet Buckley

Hardback: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016
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The author did an interview this week with Leonard Lopate at NPR affiliate WNYC.  It is a conversation worth listening to…
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I’m going to start assembling some reading lists to accompany the Slow Church book… The book includes a Recommended Reading List as an appendix, but these lists I’m working on will go deeper than that, and will include books that have been released since the launch of Slow Church.

 
Haven’t read Slow Church?  Get a copy now… 
 
I will begin today with this first list that fleshes out many of the books that helped us understand the scriptural story (and the historical witness of the church) in a way that laid a theological foundation for Slow Church…
 

Does God Need the Church?: Toward a Theology of the People of God

Gerhard Lohfink

*** This book was without a doubt the most helpful in articulating the theology behind Slow Church.

*** Read an excerpt from this book
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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