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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.

[ LISTEN NOW ]

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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Sunday (May 15) marks the anniversary of the death of novelist Charles Williams.

If you are not familiar with Williams, you should definitely check out the following videos that explain why his work is important…
 

Get Williams’ novel 
Descent Into Hell
for only 99c on Kindle!!!

 

C.S. Lewis on Charles Williams

[ 1:56 min ]




 

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One of the most important new books released this week…

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Duckworth

Hardback: Scribner, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
 
 
Read a brief review of this book by ERB editor Chris Smith
 
 
Watch the book trailer video…
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Our Book of the Month for April is…

From Brokenness to Community
Jean Vanier

Paperback: Paulist Press, 1992.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

*** 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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
Here’s a great video interview in which the author introduces the book…
 
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Our Book of the Month for April is…

From Brokenness to Community
Jean Vanier

Paperback: Paulist Press, 1992.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

*** 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 3:
Pages 26-39

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

<<<<<< Prev. Conversation: Part 2

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2016-FFW

Next week brings my favorite conference,
the biennial Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College!

 
We will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall…
Please do stop by and see us,
pick up a FREE copy of our newest print issue, and
enter to win some of the hundreds of dollars of prizes that we will be giving away!
 

Here’s a guide to the sessions that I would most like to attend
(No more than one per time-slot).

Although there are many other excellent sessions that run concurrently with each of these.
( Times are subject to vary. Consult your Festival program onsite to confirm time and location )
 
 

Thursday April 14 – P.M.

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