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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
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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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Art-of-LOTR

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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Malcolm_Gladwell_2014

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: 
 

Embrace:
God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World

Leroy Barber

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

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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
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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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