A Love Beyond Religion
 
A Feature Review of
 

Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
Brad Gooch.

Hardback: HarperCollins, 2017.
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Reviewd by By Erin Ensinger
 
 

FIVE of our Favorite Poems by Rumi

 
Rumi has always been a miracle and a mystery to me. Like many other Americans, I first met Rumi in the dark days after 9/11, when this poet from the Muslim world made his unlikely ascent to the top of the best-seller charts. Raised in conservative circles, I ferreted his poems away from critical eyes, savoring them with all the relish of a guilty pleasure. His spiritual hunger, reckless love and tolerance of people no matter their faith or ethnicity spoke to me almost against my will.  In his new biography, Rumi’s Secret, Brad Gooch captures all of these elements that have caused some to place Rumi in Walt Whitman’s family tree. At the same time, Gooch remains true to his title, preserving an air of mystery around the divine secrets Rumi himself found expressible only through poetry, music and the whirling dance of sama.

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(Star Wars, Walter Brueggemann, Brennan Manning, MORE)

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

Kent Annan

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It has only been within the last 75 years or so that Women artists have been widely recognized in the Art world. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are seven of our favorite artists whose work you should know…

 

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

(at the end of this list…)

 
 

Frida Kahlo
(1907-1954)

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The Shimmering Illumination
of God’s Presence

 
A Review of 

The Faithful Artist. A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts
Cameron Anderson

Paperback: IVP Academic, 2016
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Reviewed by by Rhodara Shreve
 
 

This review first appeared on the Artway website,
and is reprinted here with permission.

 
Cameron Anderson has written a compelling book of Evangelicalism’s historical role in shaping religious life as well as tracing the unique focus of this particular stream as to the visual arts. As the historical context has played a role in shaping the acceptance of artistic expressions, Anderson brings a breadth of perspective by reviewing the different philosophical and theological developments of thought that impacted how various artists redefined and revolutionized this historical flow. By weaving together the impact of different individuals who were key in influencing the thinking of various periods up to our current age of postmodernism, he notes artistic expressions that uniquely reflected these prevailing views. Bringing together an interfacing of Evangelicals with their cultural contexts as well as with Catholic and Orthodox artistic contributions, he shows how these streams of Christianity sometimes evoked extreme theological reactions resulting in dramatic effects on art within the church. The conflict between word and image has been an enduring tension for Evangelicals, to say the least.

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The author of this excellent new book was interview on NPR this week…
 

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
Ron Powers

Hardback: Hachette Books, 2017
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Our review of this book appeared in our Lent 2017 magazine issue.
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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…)

  

To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities

Michael Frost /
Christiana Rice

Watch a brief video conversation with the authors

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The Difficult, Life-Giving Path
 
A Feature Review of 

The Way of Letting Go:
One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness
 

Wilma Derksen

Paperback: Zondervan, 2017
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Reviewed by Tamara Hill Murphy
 
 

I collect radical forgiveness stories.

As I continue to come to terms with my own experiences of trauma, I search out forgiveness mentors through stories – real life or mythologized. Through reading a wide array of stories, I’ve discovered what is probably logical: No act of forgiveness happens without, first, an incident of suffering. In this way, I guess you could also say that I collect stories of suffering.

It was this habit that led me to Wilma Derksen’s memoir of trauma and forgiveness, The Way of Letting Go: One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness, released in February. Derksen, now an international speaker on victimization and criminal justice issues, was on November 30, 1984, a mother and struggling journalist. When her 13-year-old daughter, Candace, called to ask for a ride home from school. Derksen was busy with a writing deadline, and asked her daughter to walk home from school instead.  After that phone conversation, she never spoke to her daughter again.

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Seth Godin

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We are now in our 10th year of publishing the ERB online! 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are our favorite books by women authors from the last 10 years…

Theology, Fiction, Social Commentary, Poetry!

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

(at the end of this list…)

These books are all excellent, so we aren’t going to try to rank them…
Instead they are ordered alphabetically by the author’s last name.

 

The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

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Humor and Theology
at the Chemo Pump

 
A Review of 

Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo
Jason Micheli

Hardback: Fortress Press, 2016
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Reviewed by Alex Joyner
 
 
 
Most of what Jason Micheli has to tell you about cancer, you don’t want to know.  The title of his new book, Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Cancer, may hint at optimistic self-help with some humorous anecdotes laced throughout, but cancer is not ‘ha-ha’ funny.  Micheli is glad to tell you, in harrowing detail, that “cancer f@#$ing sucks.” (ix)  This book is as raw as the sores running down his esophagus in mid-stage chemo.  Yeah, there’s a lot here you don’t want to know, but it’s a story told by one of the most honest and profane pastors you’ll ever meet and along the way he spins out the heart of a battle-tested theology that is clear-eyed, unsentimental, and fully alive.  Plus, too, he’s funny.
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