Archives For VOLUME 11

 

Occupying and Holding Space Together
as Church Communities

A Review of 

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem:
What Happens When Church Show Up and Stay Put

José Humphreys

Paperback: IVP Books, 2018.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall

 

*** This review originally appeared 
on the reviewer’s website.
It is reprinted here with permission.
Browse his website for other excellent reviews!

 
I am the pastor of a predominantly white suburban church that once lived in Detroit. This church moved to the suburbs, as did other congregations in the city, because most of the members had moved to the suburbs. The congregation tried to stay put, but in the end, it made better sense for the now diminished congregation to let another congregation make use of the historic building. The choice was probably correct, but I am attuned to stories of being present in the community. To be honest, suburban communities need congregations to be show up and stay put as well, so as to demonstrate God’s love and grace, as well as challenging the status quo. Forty years after the move, this congregation is trying to stay put in the community we were replanted.
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This excellent book for younger readers released earlier this fall…
 

Louisiana’s Way Home:
A Novel 

Kate DiCamillo

 
Hardback: Candlewick, 2018.
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This book is a great gift idea for elementary readers!
Our Trending Bookcase
features this book and other gift ideas

 

Listen to a great NPR feature on this book,
from All Things Considered:

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This is an excellent new book that will be reviewed in our Advent magazine issue.
 

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“This book you now hold in your hands is a treasure.”
—Krista Tippett, host of On Being

 
 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this excellent new book:

Walking in Wonder:
Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
John O’Donohue

Hardback: Convergent Books, 2018

Thanks to the publisher for providing the prizes!

 

Not familiar with the Irish
poet / theologian, John O’Donohue?

These video clips are a
good intro to his work
!

 

Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Recontextualizing Time.

 
A Feature Review of 

Timefulness:
How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
Marcia Bjornerud

Hardback: Princeton UP, 2018
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake
 
 

With the release of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report this past October, the disastrous effects of anthropogenic climate change feel even more imminent (as if we aren’t seeing them already). Even so, neither public conversation nor policy properly addresses the problem. Marcia Bjornerud, a professor of geology and environmental studies at Lawrence University, writes that at least some of the problem with our understanding of the situation lies in our “time denial.” In Timefulness, she proposes that developing a geologist’s thinking about time will help us more properly address our current global situation.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Rachel Held Evans, Wendell Berry, M. L’Engle, Walker Percy, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

 

The VERY BEST
Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(November 2018)

 

 

#1:
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master’ 

Rachel Held Evans

*** 99c ***

 

“Funny, droll, charming, and deadly serious,
all in one set of covers.”
Phyllis Tickle
 
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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible.com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!

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Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

<<<<< Best New Audiobooks
– Oct. 2018

 

 

The Doors of the Sea:
Where Was God in the Tsunami?

David Bentley Hart

Read by: Edoardo Camponeschi
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Poet A.E. Stallings’s newly released collection of poems is one of the best poetry books of 2018

 

Like: Poems
A.E. Stallings

Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
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Here are three superb poems from this collection…

 

Art Monster
A.E. Stallings

 
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Bearing Witness Within The
Ineffective Prison System
 
A Review of 
 

Refuge in Hell:
Finding God in Sing Sing

Ronald Lemmert

Paperback: Orbis Books, 2018.
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Reviewed by Mary VanderGoot
 
 
Ronald Lemmert was a Catholic chaplain at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York for sixteen years. Refuge in Hell is his memoir. It is the story of why he chose to be a prison chaplain, why he stayed as long as he did, and why he left abruptly.

Prisons are grim places. The environment is rigid and unforgiving, but it is also unpredictable and dangerous. By reputation Sing Sing is among the worst. The first time Father Lemmert celebrated mass only twelve men from a population of 2000 attended. The chapel was “dirty and dingy….paint of the chapel walls was peeling….a large asbestos ceiling tile had become unglued and was hanging down.” (30) Lemmert determined to revitalize the chapel space and make it a place of refuge and calm.

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Fleming Rutledge’s new book on Advent is extraordinary!
 

Advent:
The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ

Fleming Rutledge

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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*** Watch for our review of this book
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue
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Watch this brief video of Fleming Rutledge
talking about the meaning of Advent…

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With the Advent season rapidly approaching, we are excited about this gorgeous new book for the Advent season… 

“This book summons an almost visceral response in its brilliant counterpoint to the customary understanding and celebration of Advent and Christmas. In the arena of wounds and griefs, though each experience is unique, we are joined in our humanness, finding common ground. … These meditations and images are a marvelous gift.”
Luci Shaw

We’re giving away THREE copies
of this excellent new book:

 

Wounded in Spirit:
Advent Art and Meditations
David Bannon

Hardback: Paraclete, 2018

 

Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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