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One of this fall’s best theology books is: 

Endangered Gospel:
How Fixing the World
is Killing the Church

By John Nugent

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon [  Kindle ]

This is a provocative book that asks vital questions about how the church should live in the world, and how we bear witness to the good news of Jesus.

 

Watch an introductory video
and read an excerpt of the book:

*** ALSO, we are planning to do a month-long read-a-long discussion of this book in November, so get a copy and start reading now!
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Of the many books that will get adapted to film in 2016,
Here are our most anticipated ones.

(In order, leading up to the most anticipated.)
 
*** Be sure to read (or re-read) the book before you see the movie!
 

#10
Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
Buy now:
[ Print Book ] [ KindleFREE! ]

 

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. Through the Looking-Glass includes such celebrated verses as “Jabberwocky” and “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. (via Wikipedia)

 

Film Adaptation: Alice through the Looking Glass

Released: May 27. Director: James Bobin
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska

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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

Another Brooklyn: A Novel
Jacqueline Woodson

Hardback: Amistad, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
 
 

Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Woodson did this week on the book:

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McKnight-Fellowship

This is a brief, but excellent introduction to two of Scot McKnight’s recent books:

Kingdom Conspiracy:
Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church

and 

A Fellowship of Differents:
Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together

( Our 2015 Book of the Year!)


 
Watch this conversation between Scot McKnight and Leslie Leyland Fields on Scot’s greatest concern for the future of the Church…

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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

The Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward

Hardback: Scribner, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Ward did this week on the book:

 
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Part 1: Our Greed, the Nemesis of Beauty

by C. Christopher Smith,
ERB founding editor

 
I’ve recently been listening to the audiobook edition of John O’Donohue’s Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, and have been struck by the insights that the late Irish poet offers to our present election season in the United States. I first encountered O’Donohue’s work through his On Being interview with Krista Tippett, which I highly recommend if you are not familiar with his work.

Over the course of a few posts, I will reflect on O’Donohue’s thoughts and their relevance to the current presidential season.

CAVEAT: Although I will be deeply critical of both major party candidates, I urge readers to vote (or not) according to their conscience, asking which course of voting would most likely promote the possibility of beauty and flourishing in the years to come. But even more, I am advocating for a politics of beauty that would saturate our engagement in all levels of politics and transform the ways we think about the ends toward we our communities and nations are moving, and the virtues and practices that are driving us in this direction.

NOTE: For those who want to read along, I will be working from the audiobook edition, which varies slightly from text editions of the book. 

“Our times are riven with anxiety. The natural innocence and trust that we had in our sensibilities in the Western world has been broken. The innocence is lost, and we know now that anything can happen from one minute to the next. We live in very uncertain times. Politics cannot help us because it has become synonymous with economics. Religion has got into the mathematics of morality. And economics itself, as the presiding world ideology, has become radically uncertain.  I believe that now is the time to invoke and awaken beauty because in a sense there is nowhere else left to go and because the situation in which we are in has actually been caused substantially by our denial of beauty. In a way, all of the contemporary crises can be reduced to a crisis about the nature of beauty itself. When you look at postmodern society, it is absolutely astounding how much ugliness we are willing to endure.”  – John O’Donohue

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The most important new book release of this week was most likely:

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Nancy Isenberg

Hardback: Viking Books, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
Here is a great video of a talk in which she overviews the argument of the book…
 
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Tomorrow (May 28) marks the anniversary of the death of acclaimed memoirist and poet, Maya Angelou

In remembrance of her life and work, we offer a series of brief videos that she recorded that introduce key themes in her work.

*** Books by Maya Angelou

Love Liberates:

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Yesterday, Relief Journal released the podcast episode that ERB editor Chris Smith recorded with them about his new book Reading for the Common Good and also his previous book Slow Church.

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Relief Journal’s podcast is relatively new, and previous episodes include interviews with Marilyn Chandler McEntyre and D.L. Mayfield. The podcast features Dan Bowman and Amy Peterson talking with writers and people of faith about life, art, the writing process, and the questions and passions that drive us to create.

 

Reading for the Common Good
will be available in the next two weeks. 

PRE-ORDER now and get a special bonus ebook.

(Also read an excerpt from the book at this link)

 
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Willie Jennings

A friend of mine recently posted this NY Times article about the lack of diversity in philosophy on his Facebook wall, and speculated that its argument might also apply to theology. 

 
When you read theology, how many of the theologians are white men?

As a means to start diversifying our theological reading, here are 10 important books by non-white theologians. These books will undoubtedly open the gates to a host of works by other authors.

 

Willie Jennings
The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

Listen to a talk that Jennings gave
at the Slow Church Conference in 2014.

 

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