2017 Fall Books Preview!

September 1, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

25 of the Best New Books to Watch for this Fall…

Including ones by Wendell Berry, Ta-Nehisi Coates,
Brene Brown, Mary Oliver, and MORE

 

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[ History / Biography ]  [ Nonfiction ]  [ Fiction ]
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*** Our Most Anticipated Book ***

Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies)

James K.A. Smith

Baker Academic, November 7.
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In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines the political through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices–not merely governing us but forming what we love. How would our political engagement change if we weren’t just looking for permission to express our “views” in the political sphere but actually hoped to shape the ethos of a nation, a state, or a municipality to foster a way of life that bends toward shalom?

This book offers a full-orbed public theology as an alternative to contemporary debates about politics. Smith explores the religious nature of politics and the political nature of Christian worship, sketching how the worship of the church propels us to be invested in forging the common good. This book creatively merges theological and philosophical reflection with illustrations from film, novels, and music and includes helpful exposition and contemporary commentary on key figures in political theology.

 

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