Let’s Simply Tell Better Myths

A Feature Review of

At the Altar of Wall Street: The Rituals, Myths, Theologies, Sacraments, and Mission of the Religion Known as the Modern Global Economy
Scott Gustafson

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2015.
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Reviewed by Alden Bass.

In the novel American Gods, Neil Gaiman tells the story of the transition between the Old Gods and the New Gods. The Old Gods – bearing familiar names like Odin and Thor and Aster – arrived in America as the patrons of Old World immigrants. They continued to fill the religious needs of the people in their new land, just as they had done for centuries before in Europe. In Gaiman’s fantasy, however, the Old Gods are losing ground to the New American Gods, portrayed as personifications of Media, Technology, Entertainment, and Finance (cleverly called “the Intangibles”). It is the last of these American Gods which Scott Gustafson tackles in his new book, At the Altar of Wall Street, though Gustafson utilizes anthropological tools to substantialize the truth behind Gaiman’s fictional narrative.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Annie Dillard, Noel Castellanos, N.T. Wright, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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The Maytrees: A Novel

Annie Dillard

*** $1.99 ***



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Today is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, born 12 February 1809.

Lincoln is probably my favorite American president, and he is seemingly one of the most celebrated presidents.  He is probably the figure in US History about whom the most has been written.  Here are ten of the best books about his life.


1. Lincoln
by David Herbert Donald.


Many critics agree that if you are only going to read one Lincoln biography, this is the one to read…


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Chigozie Obioma is the author of the award winning debut novel,


The Fisherman

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*** Read our review… 

How Hardship Can Make Us Better Christians
A Meditation by Chigozie Obioma


We often hear about the importance of crisis in our lives. People often say, “Hey, your suffering is for a reason.” But that sounds clichéd, like something so drab and overused it even sounds as if the person who is saying it does not even believe it. But it is, and can be, real.
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Can we live toward a peaceable kingdom?

A Review of

The End of Captivity? A Primate’s Reflections on Zoos, Conservation, and Christian Ethics
Tripp York

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2015
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Reviewed by Marilyn Matevia


According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, more people visit zoos in the United States each year than attend games for all four major league sports, combined.[1] It’s an impressive number, especially considering that zoos in many parts of the US have lower attendance during winter months, while sports events draw crowds throughout the calendar year. For many, there is undeniable attraction and entertainment value in a zoo visit, or we wouldn’t be flocking to the gates in these numbers. What accounts for the attraction? Why do we find animals in zoos so enthralling?

These are among the questions Tripp York asks in his new book, The End of Captivity? A Primate’s Reflections on Zoos, Conservation, and Christian Ethics. He also poses the more fundamental questions behind them: what does our fascination with captive animals reveal about us, and about our views on our place – and their place – in creation? Why do we keep animals in captivity (especially in zoos and aquariums)? More importantly, when we keep animals in captivity, are we enabling, or thwarting, their God-given purpose? And what IS their God-given purpose?

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon…

Schulz’s Christian faith played an important role in his work.  This new book explores his faith.

A Charlie Brown Religion: Exploring the Spiritual Life and Work of Charles M. Schulz
Stephen Lind

Hardback: UP of Mississippi, 2015
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*** Browse collections of Peanuts cartoons

Here is a brief video interview with the author…

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The news broke today that an eighth Harry Potter book will be available this summer!!!

Available now for pre-order…
Place your pre-order: [ Hardback ] [ Kindle ]


Here’s what we know
about the book:

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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away THREE copies of this new book:

The Face of the Deep:
Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit
Paul Pastor

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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…)

Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious

By David Dark

Read ERB Editor Chris Smith’s new
review of this book for Christianity Today


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The University of Chicago Press is running a huge Kindle ebook sale right now!

The sale has 600+ titles for under $4 each, and the list of titles is growing everyday.



Here are some recommended titles from the sale:

Our sister site Thrifty Christian Reader has
a longer list of recommended theology titles… 

The Monk and the Book: Jerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship

Megan Hale Williams

*** $3.34 ***

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Memory, History, Forgetting

Paul Ricoeur

*** $3.64 ***

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