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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: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle

 
 

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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June 24 marks the birthday of renowned American social critic Rebecca Solnit. 

In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

 

Rebecca Solnit has been featured on our list of
10 Social Critics that Christians Should Read

 

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)   The Faraway Nearby

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Carlo Petrini

Tomorrow, June 22, is the birthday of Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement… 

 

In honor of his birthday, here are a few brief video clips which serve as a fine introduction to his work… 

 

*** Carlo Petrini is the author of 
numerous books, including:
Slow Food: The Case for Taste and 
Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair

On Slow Food
and Terra Madre:

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Running Books

June 6, earlier this week, marked Global Running Day!

Here are our 25 favorite running books… 

Divided into these four genres… 

[ Narratives ]  [ Philosophy ]   
[ Fiction ]   [ Training Guides ] 

Narratives:

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Summer Reading 2018

Summer is almost here, a season when many people find a little more time than usual for reading!

Whether you’ll get some vacation time this summer, or whether your schedule simply slows down a bit, we hope that you will find some extra time for reading.

 

Here are 30 new-ish books that would make for superb summer reading!

 

[ Christian Discipleship ]  [ Gen. Nonfiction ]   [ Fiction ]
[ Theology ]   [ Biography / Memoir ]  [ YA / Graphic Novel ]
[ Poetry ]

Christian Discipleship:

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Tomorrow (May 19th) marks the birthday of one of our favorite writers, Marilyn McEntyre.
 
In honor of the occasion, we offer this intro reading guide to her books…

 

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)  Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

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This week, I read Christianity Today’s interview with Rosaria Butterfield, on her new book The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. The interview piqued my interest in the book, but it also raised questions about the nature and ends of Christian hospitality. 

 

Here’s a list of the most helpful books I’ve found on the Christian practice of hospitality.
(This list includes, and builds on, the list of recommended books on hospitality from Slow Church that I co-authored with John Pattison)

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

   

Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition 

Christine Pohl

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April is National Poetry Month!!!

 

To  celebrate and to encourage us all to read more poetry, here are seven of our favorite poetry collections from the last five years! 

ALSO, check out our lists of
CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY poets
that you should know… 

 

   

The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems 

Molly McCully Brown

Listen to the Poet’s Conversation
with NPR’s Terry Gross
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This week, I’ve been revising the theology chapter of my forthcoming book on conversation, HOW THE BODY OF CHRIST TALKS (Brazos Press, 2019), and getting ready for some upcoming events that I will be doing on conversation.

 

Here’s a list of books that have played a vital role in shaping the theology of my work on conversation.

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

   

Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission 

David Fitch

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Churches in the West will celebrate Easter on Sunday, and the season of Easter will continue through Pentecost.

 

Top 10 Kids’ Easter Books

 

We offer the following recommended books on the life of the resurrection. Consider reading one or two of these during the Easter season.

 

 

  

The Resurrection of the Son of God]

N.T. Wright
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