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Fleming Rutledge’s new book on Advent is extraordinary!
 

Advent:
The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ

Fleming Rutledge

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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*** Watch for our review of this book
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue
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Watch this brief video of Fleming Rutledge
talking about the meaning of Advent…

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This biography is one of this year’s best nonfiction books:
 

Frederick Douglass:
Prophet of Freedom

David Blight

Hardback: Simon & Schuster, 2018
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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
C. Christopher Smith, Patrice Gopo, David Fitch,
Ashley Hales, MORE

 

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This collection of short stories has been nominated for a number of awards this year (long-listed for the National Book Award, Finalist for the Kirkus Prize):

Heads of the Colored People: Stories
Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Hardback: Atria, 2018
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Listen to a great interview that Nafissa Thompson-Spires
did with NPR’s Audie Cornish:

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

Insurrecto:
A Novel

Gina Apostol

Hardback: Soho Press, 2018
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This novel is also one of our
10 Fiction Books to Watch for in November

 

Listen to an NPR interview that
Gina Apostol did with Scott Simon:

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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s news-quiz, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” has just published a new book… on running.
 

The Incomplete Book of Running
Peter Sagal 

Hardback: Simon & Schuster, 2018
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The 25 Best Running Books

 

Listen to an interview that Peter Sagal did about this book 
with Ari Shapiro of NPR’s All Things Considered:

 
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I’ve just finished reading this extraordinary new book, and am writing about it for our Advent magazine issue… [ SUBSCRIBE ]
 

Reader, Come Home:
The Reading Brain
in a Digital World

Maryanne Wolf

Hardback: Harper 2018
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This book is essential reading for anyone who has the privilege of introducing young people to the wonders of language, and especially those who work with children under the age of 10.
 

This public radio interview from Boston’s WBUR,
offers a superb peek at the central ideas in the book:

 
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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Krista Tippett, Luci Shaw, Richard Foster,
Brandan Robertson, MORE

 

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or from the links below.

 

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The Quiet Work of Caring:
Establishing Life-Giving Boundaries
Within and Without

 

An Essay by
Jenna Henderson and Kimberly Miller

 

“…the work now most needing to be done
—that of neighborliness and caretaking—
cannot be done by remote control with the
greatest power on the largest scale.”

—Wendell Berry

 

The idea that there’s always more deeply drives our way of life and informs the way we think of possessions, science, knowledge, and technology. To think otherwise is horrifying to many people. In his 2008 essay “Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits,” Wendell Berry mourns the effects of the “doctrine of limitlessness” on our culture and calls for “the self-restraints implied in neighborliness, stewardship, thrift, temperance, generosity, care, kindness, friendship, loyalty, and love.” He continues, “There is now a growing perception…that we are entering a time of inescapable limits.” As the illusion of limitlessness fades, we will “come under pressure to understand ourselves as limited creatures in a limited world.”

Like Berry, we are grieved by the damaging consequences of the human race’s unrestrained actions on both personal and global levels. Becoming aware of our limits is sobering, but, in the end, results in the fulfillment of our better longings. According to Berry, there’s another way to think about constraints: “Our human and earthly limits, properly understood, are not confinements but rather inducements…to fullness of relationship and meaning.”

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This is a fascinating new book…
 

Make Ink:
A Forager’s Guide
to Natural Inkmaking

Jason Logan

Hardback: Abrams, 2018
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Listen to a superb NPR interview with the author…

 
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