This is a great sampler of Annie Dillard’s nonfiction… Kindle / audiobook editions on sale now!

The Abundance:
Narrative Essays Old and New
Annie Dillard

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The Abundance reminds us that Dillard’s brand of “novelized nonfiction” pioneered the form long before it came to be widely appreciated. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life—a commuter chases snowball-throwing children through neighborhood streets, a teenager memorizes Rimbaud’s poetry—with beauty and irony, inviting readers onto sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, with a sense of humor.
 
 

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Laughing My Way to Wisdom

A Review of

Congratulations, Who Are You Again?:
A Memoir
Harrison Scott Key

Paperback: Harper Perennial, 2018.
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Reviewed by Geoffrey Sheehy
 
 
I’ve always admired humorists. In high school I’d open our Sunday newspaper directly to the Lifestyle section, forsaking Sports and Comics long enough to read Dave Barry. In an attempt to spread the joy I would read him aloud, but every time I did my eyes would spot the funny lines before my voice could say them, and I’d break into high pitch squeaks and tears. My listeners would laugh too, but not at Barry. They’d laugh at me, out of fear, because I appeared to be having a seizure.

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This seems like a fascinating new novel!
 

Naamah:
A Novel

Sarah Blake

 
Hardback: Riverhead Books, 2019
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Listen to an NPR interview with the novelist…

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Masterfully Elucidating
the Context of Torah

 
A Feature Review of
 

The Lost World of the Torah:
Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context
John H. Walton, J. Harvey Walton

 
Paperback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by Joel Wentz
 
I have vivid memories of devouring The Lost World of Genesis One, a slim paperback from an Old Testament scholar I had no previous exposure to. It felt like every page packed major insight into the nuances of Hebrew language and literary genres, the cultural context of the ancient world, and comparisons to other religious literature of the Near East. I remember repeatedly thinking, “Why hasn’t anyone ever explained this to me before?!”

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Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.
 

#1:
Water To Wine:
Some of My Story

Brian Zahnd

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Why would the pastor of a large and successful church risk everything in a quest to find a richer, deeper, fuller Christianity? In Water To Wine Brian Zahnd tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith.
 
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Part Six of our Lent Book Conversation!

 
We are reading:

The Sabbath
Abraham Joshua Heschel

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PART SIX

PREVIOUSLY:
PART 1PART 2PART 3PART 4PART 5
(If you are running behind, you are still welcome
to contribute the previous conversation)

 
 
Reading:  Chapters X – Epilogue (pages 86-101)

 
Facilitator: Joshua Hale

Joshua compiled the following discussion questions, and will be facilitating our conversation in the comments below.
 
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In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few of our favorite poetry books from the last few years.  Get a taste of each book by reading some sample poems from each:

LIKE:
Poems

A.E. Stallings

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Singing and Dancing and
Living with Deep Delight
 
A Review of

Trinity:
A Story of Deep Delight

Anne Marie Mongoven, O.P.

Paperback: Columba Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Mary Paynter, O.P.
 
 
Long ago, St. Augustine wrote a long and ponderous theological study entitled De Trinitate (On the Trinity). Down the centuries ever since, other theologians have tried their hands at trying to explain what belief in the Trinity means—often in theological jargon, over the heads of most Christians. Karl Rahner, S.J., the influential twentieth-century theologian, once wryly recognized that “Christians are, in their practical lives, almost mere ‘monotheists.’”

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An important conversation on this new book…
 

Losing Earth:
A Recent History
Nathaniel Rich

Hardback: MCD, 2019.
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This classic book on Christian faith and art is on a great sale now for Kindle!
 

Walking on Water:
Reflections on Faith and Art

Madeleine L’Engle

 

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“When I discovered Walking on Water years ago, my creative self underwent a sort of liberation. I had always sensed that there was a wonderful connection between spirituality and creativity, but Madeleine’s insights about both of those worlds helped me claim with more confidence my own creative gifts. This is a wise and inspiring book that should be in every artist’s library.”
–Vinita Hampton Wright
 

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