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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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This week marks the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer… 

The February 2018 issue of SOJOURNERS asks the pointed question:
Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?

It is common to wonder what we would have done if we lived in history’s most challenging times. Christians often find moral guidance in the laboratory of history—which is to say that we learn from historical figures and communities who came through periods of ethical challenge better than others. Christians who wish to discern faithfulness to Christ often look back to learn how others were able to determine faithful discipleship when their contemporaries could not. With this in mind, Dietrich Bonhoeffer may help us out today.

[ READ the full article ]

Relevant Words of Bonhoeffer
for the Trump Age

 

 

Judging sheerly by the publishing industry, we can answer SOJOURNERS question in the affirmative…

Here are 10 helpful books on Bonhoeffer
that have been released in the last two years:

 
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Today (Feb. 7) marks the birthday of agrarian and theologian Norman Wirzba…

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips that introduce Wirzba’s work…
 

*** Norman Wirzba’s FOOD AND FAITH
was our 2011 Book of the Year!

 

Food for Thought:

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Today is the first day of Black History Month… 

Although we should be reading more books by black authors, and about black history, throughout the year, February is a good reminder of this, and an opportunity to be more intentional in our efforts to read diversely.

Looking for a book on black history to read this month?

Here are 15 important ones that might be of interest. Although not all of these would be categorized by libraries / bookstores as history books, they are all saturated with the history of the black experience in the United States. All of these (with one noted exception) were written by black authors. We’ve tried to focus on stories from black history that may not be as familiar as the MLK and Malcolm X ones from the civil rights era.

 

  

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

Henry Louis Gates

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This week marked the 70th anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination. 

The Church has much to learn from Gandhi’s life and teachings. In remembrance, we offer this brief introductory reading guide for Christians.

 
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)   An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth: A Critical Edition

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January 28 is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, perhaps the most important theologian in the history of the church.

Aquinas was an astute student of the first millennium of Christian theology, and his works have been read over the intervening centuries as a solid representation of the Christian theological tradition. Over the last century, the theological witness of Aquinas has dimmed a bit (as has the project of systematic theology that he initiated), but agree with him or not, his influence on Christian theology, but also Western philosophy and culture cannot be ignored.

 

We offer this guide as a helpful way to begin reading the works of Aquinas…

 
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NPR is one of the many sources we look to for tips on excellent new books!
We especially love their interviews with authors.

 
Here is a Top 10 list of our favorite NPR author interviews of 2017…
 

#10 – Turtles All the Way Down:
A Novel

John Green

Hardback: Dutton.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon  ]  [ Kindle ]

 
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