Lament and Conversation

A Feature Review of 

White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege
Amy Julia Becker

Paperback: NavPress, 2018
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Reviewed by Cara Meredith

 

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Sometimes realizing your privilege starts with looking at your bookshelf.

Perhaps like you, I’m a book person. I read and consume books like it’s my job, because sometimes it really is my job to learn and grow and put words to the stories and experiences of those who’ve gone before me. But it took me nearly three decades to realize that it was a privilege to even have than fifty books in my house, let alone to choose to read books about characters that looked like me written by people who looked like me.

After all, having the ability to choose is oftentimes the biggest privilege of all.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( N.T Wright, Madeleine L’Engle, Bob Goff,  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!!! 
(October 2018)

 

 

#1:
Lent for Everyone: Luke, Year C: A Daily Devotional 

N.T. Wright

*** $1.99 ***

Buy this superb ebook now,
and read it during the upcoming Lenten season.

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Audiobooks

Excellent Deals for Audiobook Lovers,
As Low as $1.99!!! 

Some of these require you to buy the Ebook, to get the Audiobook deal,
(But we have included that in the total price)

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription, 
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Here are 15 excellent audiobook deals:

 

Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.:
The Ultimate Collection

*** $3.95 ***
(No Ebook Purchase Required!)

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The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin

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A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Rachel Held Evans

Ebook:                  $0.99
Audiobook Add-on: $7.49
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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 ]

The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin 

Lauren Winner

Yale UP

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“This Kindly Working Love”
 
A Review of 
 

The Farm
Wendell Berry

 
Hardback: Counterpoint, 2018
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 
The newly released book The Farm by Wendell Berry is a worthwhile purchase simply for its beauty. A trade reprint of the hard-to-find letterpress edition by Kentucky’s Larkspur Press, this new book retains the elegance of the original in both its design and its monochrome drawings by Carolyn Whitesel.

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

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem:
What Happens When Churches Show up and Stay Put
José Humphreys

 
Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
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Listen to an interview that the author did with
The Prophetic Resistance Podcast:

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Letting Go of Old Taboos

A Review of 

PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
Linda Kay Klein

Hardback: Touchstone, 2018.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall
 

*** This review originally appeared
on the reviewer’s website.
It is reprinted here with permission.
Browse his website for other excellent reviews!

 
When I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate had only hours before concluded its day-long hearing that pitted the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that she believed had sexually assaulted her when both were in high school. These two people are both highly educated and at least outwardly successful people. But there may be more to the story than appeared on the surface. The question raised in the hearing was who should be believed. In the past a man’s word would have been taken over that of a woman, unless there was corroborating evidence (see the deuterocanonical story of Susannah). At the heart of such questions is a long-standing belief that a woman should keep herself pure until marriage. In fact, until that point she should be a nonsexual being, lest she begin a slippery slope into sin. The call for purity/virginity is combined with a warning about being a stumbling block to men. And if something untoward happens, like sexual assault, then she must be at fault. Was she drinking? Was she wearing revealing clothing? Was she flirting? If any or all these factors are in play, then she must have been asking for it. That is the line that has bandied about by politicians and from pulpits from time immemorial. In the age of #MeToo and #ChurchToo such beliefs are being challenged, and rightly so.

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Marilyn McEntyre, one of our favorite writers, has a new collection of poems out:

Occasions: Poems
Marilyn McEntyre

Paperback: Resource Publications, 2018.
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*** Our Intro Guide to Marilyn McEntyre’s work

 

Here are three great poems from this new collection…

 

Advent on
the Central Coast
Marilyn McEntyre

 

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An excellent new book that poignantly
wrestles with questions of privilege:

 

*** Watch for our review, which
will be posted later this week!

 

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

 

White Picket Fences:
Turning toward Love
in a World Divided by Privilege
Amy Julia Becker

Paperback: NavPress, 2018

Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Tinker, Tailor, Poet, Spy
 
A Review of
 

Priest Turned Therapist
Treats Fear of God: Poems

Tony Hoagland

 
Paperback: Graywolf Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Aarik Danielsen
 
 
Some children, it seems, belong to secret societies. Their approaches to life suggest membership in good standing with the Future Tinkerers of America, Mini-Mechanics Guild or Tiny Troubleshooters Union. Curiosity leads these children into taking action, and taking apart perfectly good appliances to find the secret buttons or where the wires connect.

Not me. As a child, I assumed every gear and gadget had its right place and right to be undisturbed. Who was I to strip away all the magic and see how one thing led to another?

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