Archives For *Conversations*

 

One of the best new fiction book releases of last week was:
 

The Ensemble: A Novel
Aja Gabel

 
Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
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Listen to an an interview that the novelist did with NPR’s Scott Simon…

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James Davison Hunter

Today (May 18) is the birthday of James Davison Hunter, the noted sociologist and public intellectual…

In honor of the occasion, we offer these three interviews that introduce his work.

If you want to read his work, we recommend
starting with To Change the World

[ Other Books by James Davison Hunter ]

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Openness to Community
 
An Interview with Marcus Rempel, author of:
 

Life at the End
of Us vs. Them:
Cross Culture Stories

 
Paperback: Friesen Press, 2017
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Interview by Josina Guess
 
 
Over the course of about six years, I have gotten to know Marcus Rempel as he has made occasional pilgrimages away from his snow-covered farm in Canada to the sunny mild green of winters in Georgia. He and his family served as volunteers at Jubilee Partners, the Christian intentional community where I lived with my family, and he has remained connected- returning every few years to build and strengthen friendships. He is a gifted songwriter. My favorite of his songs, which our worship community sings every Easter is “Christus Victor,” a song that came to him in a dream.

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Today is the birthday of Richard Foster, the noted author and teacher on spiritual disciplines…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce his work.

If you want to read his work, we recommend
starting with  Celebration of Discipline

[ Other Books by Richard Foster ]

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Today is the birthday of Sr. Joan Chittister, the noted author, theologian, and Benedictine sister…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce her work.

If you want to read her work, we recommend
starting with Wisdom Distilled from the Daily:
Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today

[ Other Books by Joan Chittister ]

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This is a fascinating new book
that released last week…

 

The Art of the Wasted Day
Patricia Hampl

Hardback: Viking, 2018
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Listen to Maureen Corrigan’s review
from NPR’S Fresh Air:

 
(Anyone here reading or finished this book?
I appreciate the Sabbath-like dimensions of this idea,
but do wonder the degree of privilege it takes to waste a day — or substantial portion of it?)

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

Natural Causes:
An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer

Barbara Ehrenreich

Hardback: Twelve, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 
Listen to this public radio interview from WNYC 
with the author about this provocative new book:
 
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One of the best new books
of recent weeks is…

 

The Sun Does Shine:
How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Anthony Ray Hinton

 
Hardback: St. Martins, 2018
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This brief video from The Equal Justice Initiative
introduces the author’s story. Watch it now:

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A conversation about a fascinating new book…

Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into―and Out of―Violent Extremism
Michael Kimmel

Hardback: U of California Press, 2018
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Listen to this NPR interview from 
Weekend Edition:

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A good book is a conversation, engaging other books and ideas in conversation, and setting the stage for future conversations…

This is the first in a series of posts that explore the conversation into which a particular recent book emerges. 

(Use the comments below to let us know what you think. Is this approach to a book helpful to you?
ALSO, feel free to suggest other books that are vital to this conversation…)

 

Reconstructing the Gospel:
Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Hardback: IVP Books, 2018.
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Watch for our review of this book in our May 2018 magazine issue!

 

 

Wading into the Conversation

(Helpful pre-reading)

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