Expanding Our Capacity to Love

A Feature Review of

Unafraid:
Moving Beyond Fear-Based Faith
Benjamin Corey

 
Hardcover: HarperOne, 2017
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake
 
 
 
Benjamin Corey’s latest book Unafraid began with a spiritual crisis. Corey was paralyzed with fear, and he realized he could trace his problems largely to a flawed view of God. He had a fear of God – not the healthy sort of awe and respect, but a terror that one false move would bring him to God’s wrath. As the  thinker best known for his blog Formerly Fundie, he could have seen this problem in the roots of his early faith, but he also saw the same sort of issues prevalent in the context of his newer progressive outlook. His “fear-based faith” was limiting and destructive, and his new book mixes memoir, theology, and practice to look into religious fear and find a way to the God of love.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Richard Foster, Lauren Winner, Scot McKnight, 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
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook
 

 

#1:
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home

Richard Foster

*** $1.99 ***

One of the most important books on prayer written in the past century.

TWO other books by Richard Foster
are on sale for  Kindle for under $2 each!!!
 
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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

Paul: A Biography

N.T. Wright

HarperOne

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Fresh Subversion
 

A Subversive Gospel:
Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
Michael Bruner

 
Paperback:  IVP Academic, 2017
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Reviewed by Peter Surran
 

The cover of Michael Mears Bruner’s book, A Subversive Gospel:  Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth, features O’Connor in her familiar spectacles and headscarf looking very subversive indeed.  She looks like she’s up to something and, the truth is, scholars have been debating on what that “something” is for decades.

Bruner adds to that debate by presenting a fresh key to unlocking O’Connor’s writing: the work of the theologian Baron Friedrich von Hugel.  The answer to the question of, “Why do we need another book about Flannery O’Connor,” is that von Hugel’s influence on the writer has never been thoroughly explored, at least in Bruner’s estimation. In this regard, Bruner does prove his point.  He points out seemingly obvious points of convergence, pun intended, with a “how-did-they-miss-this” level of certainty.  
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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…)

   

Phyllis Tickle: A Life

Jon M. Sweeney

*** Read the starred review from Publishers Weekly!

*** Watch for our interview with the author
in our Lent 2018 magazine issue

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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One of the best new releases of last week was:
 

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved
 
Kate Bowler

 
Hardback: Random House, 2018
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Listen to an extraordinary interview
that the author did with NPR’s Terry Gross:

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In addition to being Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, today is the date attributed to the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth…

 
Here is Douglass’s scathing indictment of (white) American Christianity, which was published as an appendix to later editions of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
 

READ Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Poem
Frederick Douglass

 
I find, since reading over the foregoing Narrative, that I have, in several instances, spoken in such a tone and manner, respecting religion, as may possibly lead those unacquainted with my religious views to suppose me an opponent of all religion. To remove the liability of such misapprehension, I deem it proper to append the following brief explanation. What I have said respecting and against religion, I mean strictly to apply to the _slaveholding religion_ of this land, and with no possible reference to Christianity proper; for, between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference–so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked. To be the friend of the one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other. I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.

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Read this superb book before it even releases!!!

We’re giving away FIVE Advance copies
of this new book from Intervarsity Press:

Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Paperback: IVP Books.
Releases March 13, 2018

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Motivated by Myth
 
A Feature Review of
 

In Search of Ancient Roots:
The Christian Past and the Evangelical Identity Crisis
Kenneth J. Stewart

 
Paperback: IVP Academic, 2017
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Reviewed by Andrew Stout
 

Kenneth J. Stewart is in the business of debunking myths that surround Protestant traditions. In his book Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition (IVP Academic, 2011), Stewart offered a historical defense of Reformed Protestantism in response to misrepresentations from both adherents to and detractors from that tradition. In Search of Ancient Roots: The Christian Past and the Evangelical Identity Crisis finds him casting a broader net. Stewart is here concerned to counter the impression that evangelical Protestantism is historically adrift, severed from the legacy and influence of ancient Christianity. This concern is motivated by former evangelicals who have converted to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, as well as those whose journeys have brought them to “post-evangelical” expressions of the faith. According to Stewart, many of these departures are motivated by a myth – the myth that evangelicalism’s roots are located elsewhere than in the early expressions of the Christian faith.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Thomas Merton, W. Brueggemann, Fleming Rutledge, 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
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook
 

 

#1:
Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years; The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4: 1960-1963

Thomas Merton

*** $4.74 ***

A fascinating look at the renowned Trappist monk Thomas Merton through his journals.

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