Archives For VOLUME 11

 

Standing up for Ourselves
 
A Feature Review of
 

Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality
Erin Wathen

Paperback: WJK Books, 2018
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Reviewed by D. S. Leiter

 

I’m not sure Erin Wathen would expect or approve of my reaction when I finished reading her book, but here it is: I wanted to take my car on a roadtrip to her home state, find the church she pastors, and give her a big hug, then sit down and have a long conversation with her to find out more about her views on how the church should be working to be on the forefront of feminism.

Whether or not she would approve of my action, however, there it is. (Erin, if you’re reading this, please know that I would be doing so not as a creepy stalker, but because it frankly feels like you could use a hug, and because I’d like to dialogue with you more. I won’t actually do it.)

A variety of things in the book evoked this response in me.

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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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Anna Akhmatova

Saturday June 22 is the birthday of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova

Here are four elegant poems by her…

The Voice of Memory
Anna Akhmatova

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Finding God in All Matters

A Review of 

The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength
Leslie Leyland Fields, editor

Paperback: Kregel Publications, 2018
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Reviewed by Cynthia Beach

 

Voices of friends, I thought, as I read essay after essay in The Wonder Years on topics as diverse as horses to letting go, body image to domestic violence.  And those doing the speaking are some of my favorite friends, too: Lauren Winner, Elisabeth Elliot, Brené Brown, Ann Voskamp, Madeleine L’Engle. These names are among the thirty-five other “over 40” women writers who contributed essays to the latest anthology from the deep-thinking author Leslie Leyland Fields.

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Prioritizing Hospitality

 
A Review of 

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World
Rosaria Butterfield

Hardcover: Crossway, 2018.
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake

 

Christian Hospitality:
A Reading List

 

Rosaria Butterfield doesn’t have the typical conservative Christian background, her conversion having come while researching the Religious Right as an antagonist. During that work (as she’s written on elsewhere), she became a Christian and her post-conversion life has become one of what she describes in her latest book The Gospel Comes with a House Key as “radically ordinary hospitality.” That phrase might sound heavy, but she breaks it down like this: “Radically ordinary hospitality is this: using your Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors, and neighbors family of God” (31). Throughout the book, Butterfield explores an unusual way of living that manages to be both strange and familiar at the same time.

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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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Courageous Honesty

A Review of 

Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life
Jack Deere

Hardback: Zondervan, 2018
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Reviewed by Matthew R. Bardowell

 

There is a moment in Jack Deere’s memoir that illustrates what is perhaps the book’s main theme. A 10-year-old Jack sits in his living room amidst the family’s Christmas presents. Young Jack unwraps “a sturdy, vinyl blue and yellow model airplane with a small engine” (p. 26), but what he really wanted for Christmas was a larger balsa wood biplane with a big engine. The model plane he received was for beginners, and Jack, with the outsized confidence of the very young, did not consider himself a beginner. Naturally, he is disappointed, and his disappointment soon curdles to resentment. He is sent to his room. Later in the day, as he flew his vinyl plane, young Jack “crashed it after every takeoff” (27). Recollecting this scene, Deere remarks: “I was surrounded by [. . .] gifts, unable to feel anything but anger at what wasn’t there—an object of desire that I would have destroyed” (27). In these moments, Deere’s memoir is nearly Augustinian in its insight into the fallen human condition. The vinyl airplane is his pear tree.

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Room to Dream: A Memoir
David Lynch / Kristine McKenna

 
Hardback: Random House, 2018
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David Lynch was interviewed about this book
on NPR this week.  Give it a listen:
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Enter to win a literary summer reading package of galleys of these three recent books!

 

One lucky winner will be chosen to receive a literary summer reading package that includes galleys of these recent books by Frederick Buechner, Malcolm Guite, and Michael Mears Bruner.

Enter now to for your chance to win this package!

 

Prize Package includes these galleys:

 

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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…)

  

Room to Dream

David Lynch

*** READ the Washngton Post review… 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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