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This weekend (May 19) marks the 25th anniversary of the death of lawyer, theologian, and cultural critic Jacques Ellul.

Ellul’s work offers some the most important resources for faithful Christian life in the technological world of the twenty-first century… 

If you are not familiar with Jacques Ellul’s life
and work,
we recommend

AND the two online documentary
videos included in this post… 

The Betrayal
By Technology

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Yesterday marked the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.

In honor of the occasion, we offer the following introductory guide to his work…

One of best places to start understanding the life and work of da Vinci is Walter Isaacson’s 2017 biography

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson

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Today (March 7th) is the birthday of the late Catholic monk and contemplative Thomas Keating.


*** One good book of Keating’s to start with is:
[easyazon_link identifier=”0824525299″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Intimacy with God:
An Introduction to Centering Prayer[/easyazon_link]

These brief video clips serve as a great intro to his work… 

  Summary of my beliefs:

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March 2nd marks the 115th birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) Here are our seven favorite books that he wrote and illustrated:

*** What are your favorite Dr. Seuss books?

    [easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0394831292″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”117″] 1) [easyazon_link identifier=”0394831292″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Oh, the Thinks You Can Think![/easyazon_link]

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In the last month, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing Jemar Tisby, and then this week attending a talk he gave at a local university… 

Jemar Tisby is a historian and author of the new book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about The American Church’s Complicity in Racism. [ READ our review ]  As the way forward toward a culture of anti-racism, Tisby suggests the course defined by the acronym ARC: Becoming AWARE; Fostering deep interracial RELATIONSHIPS; and COMMITTING to act against the forces of racism. 

Following Tisby’s rubric, here are some books that will help raise our awareness, and orient us into committed patterns of action:

[ Awareness of the History of Racism ] 
[ Awareness of Black Theology ]
[ White Authors Explain White Privilege ]
[ Vision for Anti-racist Action ]

Awareness of the History of Racism


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1568585985″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″][easyazon_link identifier=”1568585985″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Stamped from the Beginning:
The Definitive History
of Racist Ideas
in America [/easyazon_link]
Ibrahim Kendi

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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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February 8 marks the 20th anniversary of Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. 

In remembrance, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)   [easyazon_link identifier=”014118616X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Sea, The Sea: A Novel[/easyazon_link]

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Today is the birthday of Henri Nouwen, the noted priest, teacher, and theologian…

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

[ [easyazon_link keywords=”Henri Nouwen” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Books by Henri Nouwen[/easyazon_link] ]

*** Want to read more of Henri Nouwen’s Books?
Our Intro Guide to his Writings

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Last weekend, we hosted the annual retreat of the Nurturing Communities Network (NCN) here at Englewood Christian Church.


NCN is

“an informal and growing network of Christ-centered intentional communities. Older established communities connect with novice communities for the purpose of learning from each other, encouragement and growing.  This happens through visits, regional and local gatherings, meals together, and many conversations.  The hope is mutual encouragement in Jesus’ way of simplicity, justice and peace.”


I was inspired by this retreat to compile the following list of books that offer diverse perspectives on life in Christian intentional community. (Some of these titles are recommended on the NCN Resource list.)
If you are curious about Christian intentional community, I encourage you to take a look at some of these books, and the NCN website.


By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith


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[easyazon_link identifier=”B00A2F8ZUK” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus[/easyazon_link] 

David Janzen

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”B07D6XGB1P” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”216″]Last night, I finished reading Karen Swallow Prior’s excellent new book:


On Reading Well:
Finding the Good Life
through Great Books
Karen Swallow Prior

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2018.
Buy Now: [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B07D6XGB1P” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ] [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B07D6XGB1P” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ] 


The book is excellent. I wholeheartedly agree with Prior’s description of reading as a practice that forms virtue in us.

My only regret was that I hadn’t read (or recently read) a number of the novels that she explores in the book


Read the
Book’s Introduction:

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