One of the most pressing questions among Christians in North America is about the present relevancy of the label “evangelical”… 

 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this new book from Intervarsity Press:
 
 

Still Evangelical?:
Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning

Contributors include: Shane Claiborne, Karen Swallow Prior, Lisa Sharon Harper, MORE
Mark Labberton, Editor.
Paperback: IVP Books
 
 

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TODAY (Jan. 19) marks the birthday of American writer Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1809).

We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by him…

 

Get Poe’s Complete Works
for 99c on your Kindle!

 

To Helen
Edgar Allan Poe

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One of this month’s best new books 
(and one of January’s best audiobooks) is:
 

When: The Scientific Secrets
of Perfect Timing

Daniel Pink

Hardback: Riverhead Books, 2017
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audiobook ]
 
 

Listen to the author’s interview
with NPR’s All Things Considered:

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A Book About Us
 
A Review of

The Ground Beneath Us:
From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are
Paul Bogard

Hardcover: Little, Brown, 2017
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Reviewed by Sam Chamelin

 

Paul Bogard is all of us.

Well, most of us.  Bogard established himself as an important voice for environmental issues in his highly recognized The End of Night.  Bogard’s first book took us on a journey to the stars, or the lack thereof, highlighting the loss of genuine darkness in our LED-saturated culture, and how that shapes us and our environments. Bogard shows himself fluent in a variety of languages – science, technology, anthropology, and even theology.  In The Ground Beneath Us, Bogard continues honing and sharpening his multi-faceted voice, turning his attention to the soil with a similar literary recipe. The Ground Beneath Us is a well-paced, diverse exploration of the various grounds that humans trod, from the paved surfaces of Manhattan to the thawing tundra of Alaska, both in how we have shaped these grounds, and how the ground shapes us.

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In Search of America
 
A Feature Review of

The Far Away Brothers:
Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life
Lauren Markham

Hardcover: Crown, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

 

Reviewed by Tim Hoiland

 
 

In 2013, stories about unaccompanied minors started coming across our airwaves, feeds, and timelines.

These children, we learned, were fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras in record numbers. They were making the long, arduous trek to El Norte through the vast expanse of Mexico and the borderlands. And they were doing all of this, at great expense and risk of death, unaccompanied by their parents.

The words we kept hearing were “flood” and “surge,” conjuring images of a dark and stormy sea washing over our southern border – perhaps the violent waves of a tsunami crashing ashore.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Hauerwas, Anne Lamott, Michael Horton, 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,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook
 

#1:
Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir

Stanley Hauerwas

*** $1.99 ***

An intimate memoir by one of today’s most important living theologians.

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible.com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!

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Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

  

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

James K.A. Smith

Read by: John Pruden
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One of the best new book releases
of this month is:

 

LOVE 

Matt de la Peña
Loren Long (Illustrator)

 
Hardback: Putnam, 2018
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Listen to an interview that the author and illustrator 
did with NPR’s All Things Considered:

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Contagious Joy and Contentedness
 
A Brief Review of

The Round of a Country Year:
A Farmer’s Day Book
David Kline

 
Paperback: Counterpoint, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

 
Reviewed by Bailey Shannon

 

When I first started reading The Round of a Country Year by David Kline I thought, “This is just an Amish man’s diary…”. Kline writes a short entry almost every day for a full year about life on his farm in Holmes County Ohio. I thought I would become bored after the first few pages.  However, I was quickly absorbed into this farmer’s poetic and meditative observations.

I never realized know how many birds visited rural northeast Ohio. Now, I know that there are at least the following species: towhees, cardinals, sparrows, rough-legged hawks, horned owls, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, blue jays, Cooper’s hawks, mocking birds, and cliff swallows. And as far as firewood goes, I learned a helpful poem that informs you which firewood to burn in the wood stove. The list of firewood include: beech-wood, chestnut, birch, ash, oak, poplar, apple wood, pear wood, and, as the poem warns, never use elm.

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Stirring Our Imaginations

A Brief Review of

Divergent Church:
The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities

Tim Shapiro and Kara Faris

Paperback: Abingdon, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 

It is easy for churches to rest in the comfortable clutches of tradition, and many churches that do so for years, or even decades, may eventually find themselves teetering on the brink of death. Throughout the history of the Christian tradition, the Holy Spirit has rejuvenated the people of God through communities that embodied their faith in imaginative ways outside the prevailing tradition and convention of their day (e.g., the monasteries that took shape in the desert, the Benedictines, the Anabaptists, the Quakers, the Catholic Workers, etc.) The witness of these communities has echoed through the intervening centuries, well beyond the particular traditions that formed in their wake, reminding us of God’s continuing desire to renew and refine the people of God.

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