The Unveiling of a Woman.

A Feature Review of

Unveiling: A Novel
Suzanne Wolfe

Paperback – Revised Edition:
Paraclete Press, 2018

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Reviewed by Ashley Hales

With fake news, looming headlines, and a culture that’s bent at shouting at one another across the aisles, Suzanne Wolfe’s novel, Unveiling, is a treat. Wolfe, who authored the Christianity Today award-winning novel, The Confessions of X, has thoroughly revised and edited her 2004 debut in for its 2018 re-release with Paraclete Press.

Unveiling is the story of Dr. Rachel Piers, a recent divorcee and art restorer, who leaves New York City and her past to restore a medieval triptych in Rome. She’s commissioned by a large American corporation to identify the piece as done my a medieval master. She’s met with Donati, her Italian counterpart, who specializes in pigments. Together they strip away centuries of detritus, both in the painting and their pasts.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Dallas Willard, Henri Nouwen, Luci Shaw, 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,
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Amazon’s Monthly Ebook Sale for April!
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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship 

Dallas Willard

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Dallas Willard takes us back to the heart of the Gospel way of Jesus.
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The Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College last week was extraordinary as always!  As expected, it was a book-lovers delight, overflowing with extraordinary works of all genres.  I didn’t get to attend many sessions, but I talked to many festival-goers and checked in occasionally on social media. Here are ten books that had the FFW crowd buzzing.


These are not necessarily the best books, or the newest ones, just ones that I frequently heard people talking about (or whose authors they were talking about). Many other books that were featured at the Festival will be covered here on our website or in our print magazine over the coming months.


By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith



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

Kate Bowler

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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

The Character of Virtue: Letters to a Godson 

Stanley Hauerwas


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Sunday (April 22) is the birthday of poet Louise Gluck.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…

*** Books by Louise Gluck

An Adventure


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This distinctive new book is both a poignant and funny teaching memoir, 
and a keen reading of William Shakespeare’s play ROMEO AND JULIET:

The Teacher Diaries:
Romeo & Juliet

Callie Feyen

Paperback: TS Poetry Press, 2018
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An excerpt from this book:

It’s easy to wince when reading the Nurse’s debut scene. In fewer than fifty lines, we learn of her daughter’s death, and she shares the very palpable details of how she weaned Juliet, as well as her body’s reaction to that weaning. We learn that her husband is also gone, and we hear a little anecdote about Juliet’s toddler years. After my first reading of the Nurse’s speech, I wrote in the margin, “Girlfriend could’ve started a blog.”

Shakespeare’s Nurse is off-color, and she gives far more information than she needs to. She is also the person Juliet trusts most. When I teach Romeo and Juliet and we get to this part in the play, before we read, I give my students a warning.

“She says way too much, and she might make you squirm a bit.”

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

Natural Causes:
An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardback: Twelve, 2018
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Listen to this public radio interview from WNYC 
with the author about this provocative new book:
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Enter to win a copy of the new book by Diana Butler Bass!

We’re giving away THREE copies of:

Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
Diana Butler Bass

Hardback: HarperOne.

Watch for our interview with the author
in our May 2018 print magazine!


Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (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…)


Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints 

Christiana Peterson


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A Saint for Our Times
A Feature Review of

Revolutionary Saint:
The Theological Legacy of Óscar Romero
Michael E. Lee

Paperback: Orbis Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Heather Caliri
In the weeks after Jorge Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, became Pope Francis, a bunch of posters featuring him went up in Buenos Aires on bus stops, phone booths and walls. Rival political parties put up the banners—all of them claiming the pope as one of their own.

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