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Today is the birthday of Jewish theologian Martin Buber, born 1878.

In honor of the occasion, here is an excerpt from his important book:

I and Thou
Martin Buber

First Translated to English, 1937
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Today is the birthday of twentieth-century French philosopher Simone Weil, born 1909.

Here’s a wonderful and concise overview of why Weil’s work matters, and especially to Christians.

This is Leslie Fiedler’s introduction to Weil’s book:

Waiting For God
Simone Weil

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*** Other Books by Simone Weil

 

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Tomorrow is the birthday of Francis Schaeffer… 

I never really got into most of his work; I found him too much of a modernist, but there were two books of his that I still have a deep appreciation for… 

Here are excerpts from these books…

Art and the Bible
Francis Schaeffer

IVP Books, 1973.
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One of the books that I’m most excited about in early 2016 is David Dark’s latest:

Life’s Too Short to Pretend
You’re Not Religious

Hardback: IVP Books, 2016
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My blurb for the book:

David Dark is one of the most important prophetic voices of our day. Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious is another beautiful demonstration of the winsome way in which he unsettles our language and our imagination. Not content to unravel the basic fabric of our existence, Dark re-weaves the fibers into a rich and vibrant vision of the flourishing religious life for which we were created.
– C. Christopher Smith, co-author of Slow Church and founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books
 
Here is a nice excerpt that will give you a taste of the book…

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Today is the Feast Day (in the Eastern tradition of the Church) for Gregory of Nazianzus, who died on this date in 390.

Gregory of Nazianzus ( c. 329 – 25 January 390), also known as Gregory the Theologian or Gregory Nazianzen, was a 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople, and theologician. He is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. As a classically trained orator and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine theologians and church officials.

Gregory made a significant impact on the shape of Trinitarian theology among both Greek- and Latin-speaking theologians, and he is remembered as the “Trinitarian Theologian”. Much of his theological work continues to influence modern theologians, especially in regard to the relationship among the three Persons of the Trinity. Along with the brothers Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, he is known as one of the Cappadocian Fathers.

Gregory is a saint in both Eastern and Western Christianity. In the Roman Catholic Church he is numbered among the Doctors of the Church; in Eastern Orthodoxy and the Eastern Catholic Churches he is revered as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom.

He is also one of only three men in the life of the Orthodox Church who have been officially designated “Theologian” by epithet,the other two being St. John the Theologian (the Evangelist), and St. Symeon the New Theologian. (via Wikipedia)

[ Read a brief biography from The Catholic Encyclopedia ]

As Gregory’s greatest contribution to theology was likely his work on the Holy Spirit, we are pleased to offer here, his Oration on the Holy Spirit.

The Fifth Theological Oration
On the Holy Spirit

Gregory of Nazianzus

Parts I – V

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This week marked the launch of a book that we are very excited about…

… Marilynne Robinson’s latest book of essays!

 
Have you bought a copy yet?
 

The Givenness of Things: Essays
Marilynne Robinson

Hardback: FSG Books, 2015
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Since Saturday October 31 is Reformation Day, we thought it would be appropriate to share Robinson’s essay “Reformation” from this new book…
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The finalists in the running for the National Book Award were announced earlier this week…

[ See the full list of finalists ]

 

If you are like us, then there probably are a number of these books that you haven’t read yet.

So, we thought we’d give you excerpts from eight of them to give you a taste of their contents.

The Turner House: A Novel

Angela Fournoy

HMH Books

 
 
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An excerpt from one of this week’s best new book releases:

The Holy Spirit
Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon

Paperback: Abingon Press, 2015
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Sunday (Oct. 4) is the birthday of renowned Theologian Walter Rauschenbusch…

Rauschenbusch’s view of Christianity was that its purpose was to spread a Kingdom of God, not through a fire and brimstone style of preaching but by leading a Christlike life. Rauschenbusch did not view Jesus’ death as an act of substitutionary atonement but in his words, he died “to substitute love for selfishness as the basis of human society.” He wrote that “Christianity is in its nature revolutionary” and tried to remind society of that. He explained that the Kingdom of God “is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven.” (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 7 of his books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

1) A Theology for the Social Gospel

 

FREE PDF ebook edition!
via Google Books

 



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Today is the release date for Brené Brown’s new book…

 

Rising Strong:
The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution

Hardback: Spiegel and Grau, 2015
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Here are three crucial excerpts from the book:

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#1 – The Rules of Engagement for Rising Strong:

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