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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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In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 10 important social critics of the last 100 years. The work of social critics is vital for the health and flourishing of the church, because they remind us of the brokenness of the world and challenge us to imagine new and more healthy ways of sharing life together.

 

Here are ten women social critics whose work has been particularly helpful for me in trying to discern how to live faithfully in the twenty-first century. With each critic, I’ve included an excerpt that will serve as an introduction to that writer’s work.

 

Dorothy Day

The co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, lived among the poor and was staunch anti-war activist.

*** Books by Dorothy Day

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This week marked the 85th birthday of Old Testament scholar and theologian, Walter Brueggemann.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

This list is really just an introduction, as Brueggemann is an extraordinarily prolific author. He has also written a number of important OT commentaries, for instance, that are not included on this list… 

[ Books by Walter Brueggemann ]

[ Commentaries by Walter Brueggemann ]

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)   Prophetic Imagination: Revised Edition

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here is our recommended list of living women poets that you should be reading and talking about. We read everything we can get our hands on by these poets, and will continue to read and review their work.

 

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

These poets are arranged in alphabetical order by their last names… 
 

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, playwright, and the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2018. Periviosly she was a professor for 15 years at Yale University, where she taught poetry and chaired the African American Studies department.(via Wikipedia)

Books by Elizabeth Alexander

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Tomorrow (Feb. 23) marks the 150th anniversary of WEB DuBois’s birth. 

DuBois was a prominent sociologist and the co-founder of the NAACP.

Here are a few books and audio resources that serve as an excellent intro to his life and work:

Autobiography
(As told to Moses Asch)

This is the extraordinary life of W.E.B. DuBois in his own words, and recorded in his own voice. The autobiographical account begins at age seventeen as DuBois left Massachusetts to attend Fisk University in 1885, and ends in the 1940s as DuBois describes his struggles with the NAACP. Each experience that DuBois shares is marked by his perception of the racial environment that encompassed it and he portrays how his identity and reactions were affected. 

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