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One of this month’s most interesting new books is…

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
Richard Rohr

With Mike Morrell
Hardback: Whitaker House, 2016.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
Rohr and Morrell recorded a series of video clips that introduce the book…
Watch these clips:
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This week marked the first anniversary of Phyllis Tickle’s death (Sept. 22).

In honor of her life, we offer these brief video clips that introduce her work…

*** Books by Phyllis Tickle

Three Poems by Phyllis Tickle

A Brief Documentary


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

Eyes on the Street:
The Life of Jane Jacobs

Robert Kanigel

Hardback: Knopf, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]
The author recently was interviewed about the book on WYPR, an NPR affiliate in his hometown of Baltimore.

Listen to this interview now:

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One of the best new book releases of this week is:

Commonwealth: A Novel
Ann Patchett

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

Listen to an NPR interview with Patchett, from All Things Considered:

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One of the best new book releases of this week is:

Finding God in the Waves:
How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science

Mike McHargue

Hardback: Convergent Books, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

Watch a book trailer video
for this great new book:

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One of this week’s best new releases


Here I Am: A Novel
Jonathan Safran Foer

Hardback: FSG Books, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]


Here is a clip from our review by Amy Neftzger
that will run in our next print issue:
(SUBSCRIBE NOW and don’t miss this issue).

Love is integral to life and this idea is prevalent throughout the novel. In most cases love is a struggle for us as we figure out how to best love our spouses, children, parents, and others. As part of finding his identity, Jacob attempts to learn how to give and receive love. He wrestles with this, just as we all do, and he tries in his imperfect manner to reason out the best way to demonstrate love, knowing that that intent and perception may be two very different things. Eventually he comes to the conclusion that without love each of us will die. However, each of us will also die with love, but not all deaths are equal. Love won’t make anything last longer than it should, but love is essential. We all need it and it impacts the quality of our lives, as well as how we perceive our own deaths.

Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

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Today marks the anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.

In honor of his life and work, we offer this reading guide to his works that flesh out the history and culture of Middle Earth, beyond the familiar Lord of the Rings Series.

How deeply have you read about Middle Earth beyond The Lord of the Rings? 


1) The Silmarillion

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Tomorrow (Sept. 3) is the birthday of innovative author, Malcolm Gladwell.  

*** Books by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell has an excellent new podcast called Revisionist history that is worth listening to…

Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.

Introduction to the Podcast:


Episode #9, “Generous Orthodoxy” is particular interesting. 

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

God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World

Leroy Barber

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle – Pre-order ]

Watch the trailer for this great new book…

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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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