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Yesterday (Feb. 14) was the birthday attributed to Frederick Douglass, noted anti-slavery activist.

Douglass’s major works are all in the public domain, and we highlight them here, with links to download them as ebooks and audiobooks.

 A Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass,
an American Slave  (1845)

 
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass encompasses eleven chapters that recount Douglass’s life as a slave and his ambition to become a free man.

Download FREE EBook Editions:
[ PDF- Google Books
[ Various Formats – Project Gutenberg ]

FREE Audiobook:    [ Librivox

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An excerpt from this insightful new book…
 

Insider Outsider:
My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism
and My Hope for Us All

Bryan Loritts

Paperback: Zondervan, 2018
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An Invitation
to Life Together

 
The slain corpse of Michael Brown has decimated the myth that we live in a post-racial society. The election of our nation’s first African-American president did not end racism. In many ways, we witnessed a fresh proliferation of conflicts between people of color and whites, the powerless and the powerful. In the aftermath of Brown’s demise, there have been riots in his hometown, as well as on social media. In the Christian community, the commentary has likewise been combustible, as one side has appealed to the “facts” of the case— Michael Brown had just stolen some cigars and could very well have been the aggressor—and the other side has spoken out of a deep well of hurt, dug for more than four hundred years with the shovels of racism and institutionalized segregation, where the value of a black life was on a par with that of a horse. So as Michael Brown’s body lay abandoned for hours on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, like some run-over possum or deer, it’s more than understandable that African Americans began to wonder, “What exactly is the value of a black life?”

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Very helpful book on sale now for Kindle…
 

Possible:
A Blueprint for Changing
How We Change the World

Stephan Bauman

 

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“This is a book about not shrinking back from the challenges of the world but leaning into them with love, resolve, and inexplicable hope. It’s about not doing easy things but doing lasting things.”
– Bob Goff
 

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A Story of Divine Love
 
An Excerpt from

The Advent of
the Lamb of God

 
Russ Ramsey

Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
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This was the heart of Israel’s religion: love. Only divine love made sense of the world. This love went beyond a mere feeling. This love was doctrine. Israel’s story was a story of being kept, and the only reasonable response was to love the Keeper.

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This Saturday (Oct 20) is the birthday of philosopher and educator, John Dewey.

In honor of the occasion, we offer this excerpt from his helpful book:

How We Think
John Dewey

D.C. Heath, 1910.
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WHAT IS THOUGHT?

§ 1. Varied Senses of the Term

 
Four senses of thought, from the wider to the limited

No words are oftener on our lips than thinking and thought. So profuse and varied, indeed, is our use of these words that it is not easy to define just what we mean by them. The aim of this chapter is to find a single consistent meaning. Assistance may be had by considering some typical ways in which the terms are employed. In the first place thought is used broadly, not to say loosely. Everything that comes to mind, that “goes through our heads,” is called a thought. To think of a thing is just to be conscious of it in any way whatsoever. Second, the term is restricted by excluding whatever is directly presented; we think (or think of) only such things as we do not directly see, hear, smell, or taste. Then, third, the meaning is further limited to beliefs that rest upon some kind of evidence or testimony. Of this third type, two kinds—or, rather, two degrees—must be discriminated. In some cases, a belief is accepted with slight or almost no attempt to state the grounds that support it. In other cases, the ground or basis for a belief is deliberately sought and its adequacy to support the belief examined. This process is called reflective thought; it alone is truly educative in value, and it forms, accordingly, the principal subject of this volume. We shall now briefly describe each of the four senses.
 
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This new biography of Fred Rogers is one of 
this week’s best new book releases!
 

The Good Neighbor:
The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
Maxwell King

Hardback: Abrams, 2018.
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Listen to an interview that
Maxwell King did with NPR station WNPR

 

Read an excerpt of the book,
the story of Fred Rogers’s appearance
on The Oprah Winfrey Show:

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1913)…

Today (August 7) marks the anniversary of his death in 1941

 

We offer this timely and provocative essay on the nation-state,
which is excerpted from his 1917 book NATIONALISM
(Available as a FREE ebook for Kindle
or in a variety of file formats from Project Gutenberg.)

 

Against the Nation-State
Rabindranath Tagore
(1917)

 

We delude ourselves into thinking that humanity in the modern days is more to the front than ever before. The reason of this self-delusion is because man is served with the necessaries of life in greater profusion, and his physical ills are being alleviated with more efficacy. But the chief part of this is done, not by moral sacrifice, but by intellectual power. In quantity it is great, but it springs from the surface and spreads over the surface. Knowledge and efficiency are powerful in their outward effect, but they are the servants of man, not the man himself. Their service is like the service in a hotel, where it is elaborate, but the host is absent; it is more convenient than hospitable.

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Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc is an often-overlooked Catholic writer of the early twentieth century.

 
Belloc was one of the most prolific writers in England during his lifetime. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, sailor, satirist, man of letters, soldier and political activist. His Catholic faith had a strong impact on his works. e was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man. His poetry encompassed comic verses for children and religious poetry. He also collaborated with G. K. Chesterton on a number of works. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
 
G.K. Chesterton wrote the following biographical sketch of his friend, as an introduction to the book, Hilaire Belloc: The Man and His Work by C. Creighton Mandell (FREE ebook edition available from Project Gutenberg). In honor of Belloc’s birthday on July 27, we reprint this brief essay.
 

 Hilaire Belloc:
A Biographical Sketch
by G.K. Chesterton

 
When I first met Belloc he remarked to the friend who introduced us that he was in low spirits. His low spirits were and are much more uproarious and enlivening than anybody else’s high spirits. He talked into the night; and left behind in it a glowing track of good things. When I have said that I mean things that are good, and certainly not merely bons mots, I have said all that can be said in the most serious aspect about the man who has made the greatest fight for good things of all the men of my time.

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I recently read this brief ebook, and appreciated the critical questions it posed:
 

Pooping Elephants, Mowing Weeds:
What Business Gurus Failed to Tell You

David George Moore

Ebook: Self-published, 2018
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How to Evaluate Business Books

An Excerpt 
(Reprinted with Permission of the Author)

 

Here are some diagnostic questions which should aid in deciphering the merits of any business book:

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Dallas Willard’s unfinished masterpiece, was finished after his death by three of his students and is being published later this month.
 

The Disappearance
of Moral Knowledge

Dallas Willard
(Edited and Completed by Steven Porter, Aaron Preston, and Gregg Ten Elshof)

Hardback: Routledge, June 2018
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This is a very expensive academic book (if you’re interested in it and cannot afford a copy, maybe your local public or university library can purchase a copy).

The publisher has graciously released a 99-page excerpt from the book to give readers a substantial taste for the book’s contents.
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