Turning away from Disquietude

A Feature Review of

Renouncing Violence
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB

Paperback: Liturgical Press, 2018
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Reviewed by June Mears Driedger
Mary Margaret Funk’s latest book, Renouncing Violence, was born out of the fractious discourse across the world, but particularly in the United States. She writes in the preface: “The intent of this book is to gentle down. Calmness prevents and scatters violence. When violence is tamed, we find peace of heart. A working definition of violence is ‘form or forces that cause harm’.”

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Madeleine L’Engle, James Baldwin, Leonard Sweet, 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.


Walking on Water:
Reflections on Faith and Art

Madeleine L’Engle

*** $4.99 ***

PLUS, Buy the Ebook, and get
the audiobook for only $7.49!!!

“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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This weekend (May 19) marks the 25th anniversary of the death of lawyer, theologian, and cultural critic Jacques Ellul.

Ellul’s work offers some the most important resources for faithful Christian life in the technological world of the twenty-first century… 

If you are not familiar with Jacques Ellul’s life
and work,
we recommend

AND the two online documentary
videos included in this post… 

The Betrayal
By Technology

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We’re really excited about ERB editor Chris Smith’s brand new book:

How the Body of Christ Talks:
Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church

Paperback: Brazos Press, April 2019.
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Chris recently recorded a webinar that introduces the book (with John Pattison, his Slow Church co-author, as moderator). Watch the video here:

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Today (May 16) is the birthday of poet Adrienne Rich.

Here are five of our favorite poems by her…

In Those Years
Adrienne Rich

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Recovering Empathy.

A Review of

Brave Souls:
Experiencing the Audacious Power of Empathy

Belinda Bauman

Hardback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by C.S. Boyll
In Brave Souls, Belinda Bauman seeks to enlist followers of Jesus to lead the charge for empathy. She admonishes Christians to live without excuse and care more deeply and fearlessly.

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As summer approaches, we are giving away these TEN classic fiction books that will make great summer reading: 

All of these books are gently used copies, in various editions, some hardback (asterisks above), and some paperback. They all are very good, sturdy books with clean pages. 

We will pick FIVE winners:

  • First name picked will choose 2 books, then
  • Second name picked will choose 2 of the remaining books
  • Third name picked will choose 2 of the remaining books
  • Fourth name picked will choose 2 of the remaining books
  • Fifth name picked will will get the last 2 remaining books.

Enter now for your chance to win some of these books!!!
(It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3)

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Fascinating new book on silence, and how we learn to have conversations:

The Things We Cannot Say
Harriet Shawcross

Hardback: Cannongate Books, 2019
Buy Now:
[ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]


Listen to this NPR interview with the author…

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Standing on a Newfoundland Cliff
Magie Dominic

(Inspired by Al Purdy’s
‘Trees at the Arctic Circle’)

The breeze had changed to a robust wind,
I could feel it across my shoulders. It was rushing the clouds.

Waves below were crashing on ancient stones
that were long ago torn from the cliffs;
sea foam littered the beach.

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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…)

Surprised by Paradox:
The Promise of “And” in an Either-Or World

Jen Pollock Michel

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