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Our Book of the Month for March is…

Trouble I’ve Seen:
Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Drew G.I. Hart

Paperback: Herald Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

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!)

Part 3:
Chapter 3

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

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On Monday, one hour of the Diane Rehm show was devoted to Matthew Desmond’s new book on poverty and affordable housing:
 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
Hardback: Crown Books, 2016
Buy:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
 

Listen to the show here:

 
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NPR Book Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews one of this week’s most important new book releases
 

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Olivia Laing

Hardback: Picador, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 
These closing lines of the review ring particularly true:

“[Olivia Laing] campaigns against what she calls the gentrification of cities and of emotions. By that, she means the homogenizing, whitening, deadening effect that causes us to deny the existence of the shameful and the unwanted.”

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Our Book of the Month for March is…

Trouble I’ve Seen:
Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Drew G.I. Hart

Paperback: Herald Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

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!)
 
 

Part 2:
Chapter 2

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

< <<<<< Previous Conversation: Part 1

Continue Reading…

 

The most important new book release this week is likely…
 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond
Hardback: Crown Books, 2016
Buy:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
 
Here are two brief videos that introduce the book…
 

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Our Book of the Month for March is…

Trouble I’ve Seen:
Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Drew G.I. Hart

Paperback: Herald Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

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!)
 
 

Part 1:
Foreword and Chapter 1

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

Next Conversation: Part 2 >>>>>>

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Thought-provoking conversation from NPR’s FRESH AIR with the author of this timely new book:
 

Strange Gods:
A Secular History of Conversion

Susan Jacoby

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

Listen to this interview:

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

Field Hospital:
The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World
William Cavanaugh

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2016.
Buy now: [ Amazon
 

This video conversation with the author is a great introduction to the book:

 
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Starting in March, we will be featuring a book each month, and inviting you to read along with us, sharing quotes on social media, and inviting you into a conversation about the book and its themes.

 
Our inaugural Book-of-the-month will be:

Trouble I’ve Seen:
Changing the Way
the Church Views Racism

Drew Hart

Paperback:  Herald Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon
 
 

Stay tuned for more details…

But in the meantime:

  1. Order a copy of the book for yourself

  2. Find a few others in your church, neighborhood, or city who will read along with you

  3. Watch this video of a recent talk the author gave related to the book

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David Foster Wallace

Sunday (February 21) marks the birthday of David Foster Wallace, one of the most important American writers of the last quarter-century.

Although Wallace’s masterpieces are his novels, including Infinite Jest (1104 pages), these mammoth works can be intimidating for new readers, so we offer here a selection of his shorter works, for readers who want to immerse themselves slowly in Wallace’s work.

Also, for our readers who are fans of DFW’s work, there is an important new book that will be released next week:

The Gospel According to
David Foster Wallace:
Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction
Adam S. Miller

Paperback: Bloomsbury, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

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