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This Sunday, May 28, marks the 101st birthday of novelist Walker Percy.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his 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)  The Moviegoer: A Novel

 
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Just in time for summer!!!

Whether strolling the beaches or lounging around the house, these literary t-shirts will be a delight to book lovers!

They make great gifts for graduations or birthdays!

Most of these shirts are available in styles for men, women, and youth…
Some are available in a variety of colors.
(CLICK IMAGE to see what options are available for each shirt)

 

1 – Hope is the thing with feathers

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I recently finished reading Richard Florida’s important book THE NEW URBAN CRISIS. While I didn’t have a chance to write my review this week (watch for it on our website in the next couple of weeks), I thought that this would be a good time to recommend books in a similar vein that should be essential reading for Christians trying to understand the urban places in which they live and/or worship.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it will set readers on an excellent trajectory for understanding urban places. 

  

The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Richard Florida

Basic Books, 2017
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This morning, the NY Times ran a conversation between Francine Prose and Thomas Mallon on books they would recommend for America’s current political moment…
 
Here are the four books that they recommended…
 
 

Francine Prose:

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Jane Mayer

(2016)

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“required reading for anyone who wants to know how our country got into the mess we’re in.”
 
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April is National Poetry Month! 

Although poetry is not easy read in our age of lightning-fast communications and instant gratification, it is an important way of learning to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and the brokenness of the world around us.
 
We all would do well to infuse our lives with more poetry!
 

Here are 10 new poetry books that will be released in 2017 and that we are super-excited about!

(Including collections by Christian Wiman, Mary Oliver, Tania Runyan, and MORE)
 
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With Easter upon us this weekend, here is our theology reading list of books that have been helpful for us in understanding the resurrection of Jesus for the life of the church… 

 

1)  The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)

N.T. Wright

*** This book is only $4.99 for Kindle, through the end of April 2017

Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?

This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians’ belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his “appearances.”

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This week is National Library Week…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a list of our favorite books about libraries (fiction and non-fiction)!

We encourage you to check these books out from your local library…

 

The Strange Library: A Novel

by Haruki Murakami 

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Yesterday (March 30) marked the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, one of our favorite artists and certainly one of the most well-known artists in history.

 
In honor of the occasion, here are five essential books for understanding the artist, his faith  and his work… 

 

1) Van Gogh: Complete Works

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It has only been within the last 75 years or so that Women artists have been widely recognized in the Art world. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are seven of our favorite artists whose work you should know…

 

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

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Frida Kahlo
(1907-1954)

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We are now in our 10th year of publishing the ERB online! 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are our favorite books by women authors from the last 10 years…

Theology, Fiction, Social Commentary, Poetry!

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

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These books are all excellent, so we aren’t going to try to rank them…
Instead they are ordered alphabetically by the author’s last name.

 

The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

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