Archives For VOLUME 12


Today (May 22) marks the anniversary of the death of poet Langston Hughes…

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

The White Ones
Langston Hughes

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This is an important book for life and work in the 21st century!

Shop Class as Soulcraft:
An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Matthew Crawford

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the audiobook for only $7.49!!!
“Every once in a great while, a book will come along that’s brilliant and true and perfect for its time. Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft is that kind of book, a prophetic and searching examination of what we’ve lost by ceasing to work with our hands-and how we can get it back.”
– Rod Dreher

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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…)

Romans Disarmed:
Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice

Sylvia Keesmaat /
Bryan Walsh

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This novel is one of the most fascinating and unique ones released so far in 2019: A Novel
Nathan Englander

Hardback: Knopf, 2019
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*** Read our review of this novel

Listen to this interview with the novelist from public radio station KCRW:

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Turning away from Disquietude

A Feature Review of

Renouncing Violence
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB

Paperback: Liturgical Press, 2018
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Reviewed by June Mears Driedger
Mary Margaret Funk’s latest book, Renouncing Violence, was born out of the fractious discourse across the world, but particularly in the United States. She writes in the preface: “The intent of this book is to gentle down. Calmness prevents and scatters violence. When violence is tamed, we find peace of heart. A working definition of violence is ‘form or forces that cause harm’.”

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Madeleine L’Engle, James Baldwin, Leonard Sweet, 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.


Walking on Water:
Reflections on Faith and Art

Madeleine L’Engle

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the audiobook for only $7.49!!!

“I had always sensed that there was a wonderful connection between spirituality and creativity, but Madeleine’s insights about both of those worlds helped me claim with more confidence my own creative gifts. This is a wise and inspiring book that should be in every artist’s library.”
–Vinita Hampton Wright

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This weekend (May 19) marks the 25th anniversary of the death of lawyer, theologian, and cultural critic Jacques Ellul.

Ellul’s work offers some the most important resources for faithful Christian life in the technological world of the twenty-first century… 

If you are not familiar with Jacques Ellul’s life
and work,
we recommend

AND the two online documentary
videos included in this post… 

The Betrayal
By Technology

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We’re really excited about ERB editor Chris Smith’s brand new book:

How the Body of Christ Talks:
Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church

Paperback: Brazos Press, April 2019.
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Chris recently recorded a webinar that introduces the book (with John Pattison, his Slow Church co-author, as moderator). Watch the video here:

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Today (May 16) is the birthday of poet Adrienne Rich.

Here are five of our favorite poems by her…

In Those Years
Adrienne Rich

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Recovering Empathy.

A Review of

Brave Souls:
Experiencing the Audacious Power of Empathy

Belinda Bauman

Hardback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by C.S. Boyll
In Brave Souls, Belinda Bauman seeks to enlist followers of Jesus to lead the charge for empathy. She admonishes Christians to live without excuse and care more deeply and fearlessly.

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