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Interview with Mark Galli
Author of Karl Barth:
An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals

 

An essay by Christiane Tietz, published this summer, sheds new light on Karl Barth’s relationship with his secretary, Charlotte Von Kirschbaum. Recently released letters between Barth and Von Kirschbaum reveal “that Kirschbaum and Barth loved each other; more than that, they were lovers; more than that, Barth brought her to live in his own home with his wife and five kids. Barth was not willing to give Kirschbaum up, and it almost … came to divorce between Barth and his wife Nelly; but for some reason…, Nelly stayed with Barth in this intolerable situation.” (quoted from Bobby Grow’s summary of the Tietz essay).

In light of these new details, I had the opportunity to ask Mark Galli, author of a new biography of Karl Barth, Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals (Eerdmans 2017), what they might mean for Christians, and especially those who identify as Evangelicals.
 
 
ERB: I appreciate that your new book encourages evangelicals to familiarize themselves with Karl Barth and his theological work. In light of the details above, and that evangelicals generally have strong convictions about traditional, monogamous marriage, does the case you are making become a tougher sell?
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Another of the best theology books released this month is: 
 

The Pietist Option:
Hope for the Renewal of Christianity

Christopher Gehrz / Mark Pattie III

Hardback: IVP Books, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Like Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, released earlier this year,
Gehrz and Pattie invite the church into a timely new way of being…

 

The four instincts that are at the heart of The Pietist Option:

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One of the best theology books released this month is: 

Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness
Andrew Root

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
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Here is a great book trailer video in which Root introduces the book, and its connection to philosopher Charles Taylor’s important work: A Secular Age

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Today is the release day for John Green’s new novel…

Turtles All the Way Down
John Green

Hardback: Dutton Books, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Listen to John Green reading the
first chapter from this new book… 

 
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Our most anticipated book of this fall is ..

 

Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies, Book 3)
James K.A. Smith

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
Pre-Order Now:  [ Amazon ]
 
 

The publisher has just released a series of
five brief videos that give a nice taste of the book.

We highly recommend watching these videos when you get a chance!

 

Video #1 – Awaiting the King:

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A great interview with Alice McDermott
about her new novel:

 

The Ninth Hour: Novel
Alice McDermott

Hardback:  FSG Books, 2017
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Give this interview with Scott Simon a listen… 

 
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One of this week’s best new book releases is…
 

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Brené Brown

Hardback: Random House, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

*** Intro Reading Guide to Brené Brown’s books

 

Brené Brown did an extended interview this week on the NPR show, 1A…

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So… We’re trying something new!

Help us pick the best Christian book covers of the fall!

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Four Rounds:  

(UPDATED 9/7 to shorten tourney length )

Round 1 – Ends Sept 12
Round 2 – Ends Sept 15
Semis    –  Ends Sept 19
Finals    –  Ends  Sept 22

 
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Inspired by this great public radio interview with Bruce Handy, author of the new book, Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, I asked my Facebook friends for their favorite kids books that they have re-read as adults.

“Images from children’s books — a great green room and a red balloon, the white witch’s Turkish Delight, a lean and wicked cat in a red top hat — act as madeleines (or portkeys, or time turners, or rabbit holes, or wardrobes) calling up sleepiness, childhood rooms, grilled cheeses, long parental legs coming in and out of rooms, and that particular, pleasant ache of nostalgia. [Bruce Handy] … puts extraordinary care into replicating and preserving those feelings.” – NPR

Here are twenty of the most frequently-named
children’s books that are enjoyed by adults.

(In alphabetical order by author’s last name)

 

*** What other kids books
have you enjoyed as an adult?

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An Excellent Public Radio interview with Bruce Handy, author of the new book:
 

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult
Bruce Handy

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Listen to this interview from WNYC… 

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