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…)

Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

By Makoto Fujimura

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Up and to the Right

 
A Feature Review of 

Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing
Andy Crouch

Hardback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Ryan Johnson
 
 
In the heart of every woman and man there is an acute understanding that we were created for flourishing.  Equally present, however, is a devastating realization that we have failed to realize that purpose.  One needs only point to the exploitation of young children by traffickers or the amassing of wealth at the expense of others to prove the point.  The subsequent effect on our neighborhoods and communities is heart-wrenching.  The critic and prophet share the ability to bring these things to light.  The difference, however, is that the critic ends with this illumination while the prophet goes on to offer a message of hope and a vision for change.  This is what Andy Crouch has done so well in each of his previous books, Culture Making and Playing God.  This is what he does again in this important book, Strong and Weak.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Ann Voskamp, Michael Pollan, Eugene Peterson, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Ann Voskamp

*** $2.99 ***

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Tackling the Sacred Cow
of Youth Sports

 
A Review of
 

Overplayed: A Parent’s Guide to the Sanity in the World of Youth Sports
Margot Starbuck and David King

Paperback: Herald Press, 2016
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Reviewed by Adam Metz 
 
 
One of the most impressive and respected structures in my hometown of Columbus, OH is Ohio Stadium, nicknamed “The Horseshoe,” and it is where the Ohio State Buckeyes football team plays.  Originally built in 1922 (and now on the National Register of Historic Places) it has been expanded and renovated several times over the years to the point where the seating has nearly doubled its original capacity to over 102,000 seats.  As the largest venue in the entire state of Ohio, Ohio Stadium  illustrates just how powerful sports are in American culture.

What would our communities be without the social cohesion and identity partly forged by our allegiance to professional and collegiate sports teams?  Regional pride and identity are best on display through the distinctive college mascots and corresponding colors emblazoned throughout communities: Gators in Florida, Volunteers in Tennessee, Hoosiers in Indiana, Longhorns in Texas, Ducks in Oregon, and – of course – Buckeyes in Ohio.  These sports allegiances are further nuanced as attention focuses more locally.  At one level, high school athletic programs foster their local community pride, while Saturday morning recreation leagues within those same communities further divide allegiances.

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ADilllard-Mornings

Tomorrow will be Annie Dillard’s 71st birthday… 

Here are three poems by her:

*** ALSO don’t miss Annie Dillard – The NPR Recordings

 

The Man Who Wishes to Feed on Mahogany

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Our Book of the Month for April is…

From Brokenness to Community
Jean Vanier

Paperback: Paulist Press, 1992.
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*** Kindle edition only $3.49!!!

We will be reading through the book this month, and posting discussion questions as we go. We hope you will read along with us, and share your thoughts and questions. (Or, even better, get a group of people at your church to read through the book together!)

Part 4:
Pages 40-52

Here are some quotes and questions, please use the comments below to share your own thoughts and questions.

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One of last week’s most interesting new book releases was this book:
 

Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea
Mitchell Duneier

Hardback: FSG Books, 2016
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Here’s a great video interview in which the author introduces the book…
 
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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…)

 

Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World

By Kent Annan

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Learning to Let Go.

A Feature Review of

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs
Peter Enns

Hardback: Harper One, 2016.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

 

The book of Hebrews declares that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). The author of Hebrews tells us that our spiritual ancestors received approval for their faith, even though they could not see their hopes come to fruition. To live by faith is to trust your life to a God who remains unseen. Nevertheless, many of us have a need more certainty than this. There is a need on the part of many for a bit more definition of the faith. That leads to a desire for what Peter Enns calls “correct” beliefs. Whether those correct beliefs emerge from Scripture or from tradition, they offer a sense of certainty. Peter Enns learned the hard way that this can be dangerous. Thus, he concluded that the search for certainty is in itself a matter of sin.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Erin Lane, Rachel Carson, Feasting on the Gospels, MORE)

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

  

Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe

Erin Lane

*** $2.99 ***

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