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Our Book of the Month for November is…

Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church
By John Nugent

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [  Kindle ]

We will be reading through the book this month, and posting discussion questions as we go. We hope you will read along with us, and share your thoughts and questions. (Or, even better, get a group of people at your church to read through the book together!)

NOTE: Our read-along of this book will likely go through the end of December…

 

Part 2:
Chapters 3-5

Here are some quotes and questions, please use the comments below to share your own thoughts and questions.

Chapter 1: Toward a Better Vision of a Better Place

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Eugene_Peterson

Sunday (Nov. 6) marks the birthday of acclaimed pastor and writer, Eugene Peterson…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips featuring Eugene Peterson

*** Books by Eugene Peterson

Conversation with Bono on the Psalms:

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Starting next week, we will be reading through one of this fall’s best theology books, and we invite you to read along with us, sharing quotes on social media, and inviting you into a conversation about the book and its themes.
 

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.
 
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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


Phyllis:
A Brief Documentary



NEXT VIDEO >>>>>

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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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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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