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Watch the book trailer video for one of 
this week’s best new book releases:

The Tech-Wise Family:
Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place

Andy Crouch

Hardback: Baker Books, 2017
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A great conversation introducing the book…
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Locking Up Our Own:
Crime and Punishment in Black America

James Forman, Jr.

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
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Listen to an NPR interview with the author from All Things Considered… 
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One of this week’s most important new books is…
 

The New Urban Crisis:
How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Richard Florida

Hardback: Basic Books, 2017
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Listen to an interview that the author did with NPR this week…
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The author of this excellent new book was interview on NPR this week…
 

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
Ron Powers

Hardback: Hachette Books, 2017
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Our review of this book appeared in our Lent 2017 magazine issue.
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Listen to this interview:
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I’ve started reading this new book, and am finding it utterly fascinating…
 

The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition
Russell Rathbun

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2017
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Here’s a great interview with the author about the book…

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This week marks the release of George Saunders’s debut novel:

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders

Hardback: Random House, 2017
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George Saunders has been renowned over the last two decades for his short stories. Since we are running a review of the book by Brent Schnipke in our Lent 2017 magazine, I asked Brett Wiley to write a short reflection that was less review and more setting the novel in the context of his earlier work…

By W. Brett Wiley

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, like many of the stories in earlier collections, creates a strange version of the real world, but, remarkably, it all seems entirely plausible. The novel, Saunders’ first, meets Aristotle’s famous requirement for art: “a probable impossibility is to be preferred to a thing improbable and yet possible.” The impossible is easy to identify. The novel is populated, mostly, by ghosts of Georgetown’s Oak Hill Cemetery who, as the title of the novel suggests, are in the bardo, a liminal space between death and rebirth described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The novel opens with three main characters, all ghosts, welcoming Willie Lincoln—the sixteenth president’s second son who died on February 20, 1862—to the afterlife. The historical event of Willie’s death suggests that the book is historical fiction, but it is not. In fact, like many of Saunders’ short stories, the genre is difficult to nail down. Previous stories have taken unusual forms including a lab report, a corporate complaint letter response, a memo, and diary entries.

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This week marked the birthday of theologian Martin Buber… 

In the fragmented world driven by social media, Martin Buber’s words give us the compelling hope of being in conversation and being present with others. They orient us toward the shalom that God intends for creation.

Here are 5 important passages that illuminate the virtues of conversation in the present age…

 

The Most Acute Symptom
of the Pathology of our time.

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One of the most unique and fascinating books coming out later this month is this one that records a conversation between noted evangelical Tony Campolo, and his son Bart Campolo, who in 2014 announced his exit from the Christian faith.
 

Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity…
Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo

Hardback: HarperOne, 2017
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Watch for our review
which will run in two weeks,
when the book releases!

 

This trailer video is a good introduction to the book:

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

 

Universal Harvester: A Novel 
John Darnielle 

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
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John Darnielle is also known as the lead singer of the indie band, The Mountain Goat [ ALBUMS ]…

He did the following interview yesterday
with NPR’s Morning Edition.  It is worth a listen…

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BonhoefferTrumps

Tomorrow (Feb. 4) is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer… 

In the Trump era of propaganda (e.g., “alternative facts”) and violence and oppression toward anyone who is not a white heterosexual male, we would do well to return to the writings of Bonhoeffer — not just the wrongheaded spin of some who have written about Bonhoeffer (AHEM, Eric Metaxas), but his actual writings themselves.

Here are 5 stunning passages that shed light on our call to costly discipleship in the present age…

 
 

Christianity has adjusted itself much
too easily to the worship of power.

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