Archives For VOLUME 10

 

Our friends at Mission Indy are launching a fellowship program this fall. This program is an exciting opportunity for recent college graduates to learn and work in community.

Please share with any recent grads who might have interest!
 
 

Recent College Graduate?
Not Sure Where or How to Use Your Gifts and Abilities?

Don’t just want to land a job, but to change the world through the work you do?
Want to commit yourself to something bigger?
   You’re not alone.

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God Loves Stories

 
A Review of 

Reading Your Life’s Story: An Invitation to Spiritual Mentoring
Keith Anderson

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
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Reviewed by Danny Wright
 
 

In Reading Your Life’s Story, Keith Anderson provides a primer for intentional spiritual mentoring. He recognizes along with Eugene Peterson that our lives “…only become clear in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with him.”  Therefore, Anderson, the president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, has written a guide for learning to read our lives as stories within the bounds of spiritual friendships.  He wants to help people develop “intentional, planned, repeated and focused conversations” about life in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The Divine Author has written with purpose in each of our lives and we must learn to read and co-read in a God-drenched and saturated world that is overflowing with His voice and presence.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

Rod Dreher

Read our review of this book

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“We all want to go Home”
 
A Feature Review of 

Universal Harvester:
A Novel
John Darnielle

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Josh Thomas
 
 

Steal home before sunset, cover up my tracks
Drive home with old dreams at play in my mind and the wind at my back
Break the lock on my own garden gate when I get home after dark
Sit looking up at the stars outside like teeth in the mouth of a shark

I used to live here
I used to live here

-Genesis 3:23 by The Mountain Goats


 
Nostalgia as a concept is inherently fragile as it’s an abstract desire and longing for a time already passed. Perhaps the most nostalgic era in recent history is the 1990s; this was, of course, the last decade before ‘The Internet Age’ completely established itself. Information wasn’t yet accessible through smart phones and you could easily get lost relying solely on a physical map rather than a voice through your phone telling you exactly when to turn. This turn of the century—when video stores to rent VHS tapes weren’t of a bygone era—is the backdrop of John Darnielle’s second novel, Universal Harvester.
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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Bill McKibben, James McBride, JRR Tolkien, MORE)

 

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Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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#1:
The End of Nature

Bill McKibben

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I’m a big fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.  I’ve found it a great (and FREE) way to be introduced to wonderful new music. 

SO… In honor of International Women’s Day, which was earlier this week, I count down my ten favorite Tiny Desk Concerts featuring women musicians!

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

 
 

#10 – Torres

Mackenzie Scott’s quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album Sprinter unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess. (NPR)

Latest album:  Sprinter (2015)

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The new Lent 2017 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

 
Featuring interviews with Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Kate Hennessy and author Tish Harrison Warren, reviews and articles by Andy Whitman, C. Christopher Smith, David Wright, and Elizabeth Dark, two new poems by Marci Rae Johnson, reviews of new books by Makoto Fujimura, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, and MORE.
 
 
Click the cover image above to view a larger version.
 

[ DOWNLOAD A FREE SAMPLER FROM THIS ISSUE ]

 

I’ve had several people go out of their way to say that they appreciated my editorial for this issue, so I thought I’d reprint it here…

 

I write this editorial mere days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. I’m less than excited about the prospect of a president so impetuous and unprepared to take the helm of our nation. Who knows what will happen? Will the Trump presidency rapidly implode from one of the many scandals that seem to follow in his wake? Will he finish off the American nation that is already deeply fragmented and on the verge of collapse? And, of course, there are many other, less dramatic, ways in which this presidency might play out.

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I’ve started reading this new book, and am finding it utterly fascinating…
 

The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition
Russell Rathbun

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2017
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Here’s a great interview with the author about the book…

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A Particular Death-in-Life

A Review of 

Do We Not Bleed? A Jon Mote Mystery
Daniel Taylor

Hardback: Slant Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Heather Caliri

 

Can I confess something? I dislike Father Brown.

G.K. Chesterton, august Christian apologist, whose prose helped convert C.S. Lewis, created the humble everypriest sleuth. In each story, the curate faces down the sharpest criminal minds in England and wipes the floor with them—with Christian charity, of course.

I have no beef with the writing. In each story’s brief pages, Chesterton sketched derring-do with humor and panache. Each episode also features a genuine puzzler.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Exit West: A Novel

Mohsin Hamid

Read the NY Times review of this book

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