Archives For VOLUME 12

 

All-Abiding Love for the Religious Stranger

A Feature Review of

Holy Envy:
Finding God in the Faith of Others
Barbara Brown Taylor

 
Hardback: HarperOne, 2019
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[ Hearts & Minds Books ]

Reviewed by Alisa Williams
 


*** This review originally appeared 
on the Spectrum Magazine website.
It is reprinted here with permission.
 
“The only clear line I draw these days is this: when my religion tries to come between me and my neighbor, I will choose my neighbor… Jesus never commanded me to love my religion.” —Barbara Brown Taylor

 
Sitting on my desk as I write, right next to a copy of Barbara Brown Taylor’s latest book Holy Envy, is my Worldviews and Religion textbook from high school. I remember sitting in that sunlit classroom of Andrews Academy my senior year, learning about all of the world’s major religions from this slim textbook, produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Office of Education. Wrong, wrong, wrong the book seemed to intone, as it laid out these other religions, their flaws exposed to the light while Christianity’s remained in shadow.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Joan Chittister, Samuel Wells, John Fea, 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.

#1:
Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today 

Joan Chittister

*** $1.99 ***

“An invitation to spirituality for those who don’t think they are ‘spiritual,” … but far more than an invitation, a lengthy wisdom-filled conversation.”
– Eugene Peterson
 
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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)

 

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe 

Richard Rohr

Read by: Arthur Morey
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Fortress Press has just launched a major theology ebook sale. Most of their ebook catalog (800+ titles) is on sale for $4.99 or less!

 

BROWSE THE FULL SALE ]

 

Below you will find a few recommended deals on ebooks by women theologians and pastors.  Given the size of the sale, we also recommended browsing the full sale… 

 

The Hebrew Bible: Feminist and Intersectional Perspectives

Gale Yee

*** $4.99 ***

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Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel

Wilda Gafney

*** $4.99 ***

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The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church’s Response

Pamela Cooper-White

*** $4.99 ***

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The Body of God: An Ecological Theology

Sallie McFague

*** $4.99 ***

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Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature

Sallie McFague

*** $4.99 ***

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The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit: Hand-Raisers, Han, and the Holy Ghost

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

*** $4.99 ***

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Part Three of our Lent Book Conversation!

 
We are reading:
 

The Sabbath
Abraham Joshua Heschel

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*** It’s not too late to join in!
 
 

PART THREE

PREVIOUSLY: PART ONE  PART TWO
(If you are running behind, you are still welcome
to contribute the previous conversation)

 
Reading:  Chapters III and IV (pages 34-49)
 
Facilitator: James Dekker
James compiled the following discussion questions, and will be facilitating our conversation in the comments below.
 
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Doing Better With Our Conflicts

An Excerpt from

The Fool and the Heretic: How Two Scientists Moved beyond Labels to a Christian Dialogue about Creation and Evolution
Todd Charles Wood /
Darrel Falk

Paperback: Zondervan, 2018
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Hearts & Minds Books ]

 
 
This book is the story of a disagreement. It’s a disagreement that held all of the normal promise for ugliness. It still holds that possibility. But so far, in this case, the well-worn patterns of division have given up some ground. A couple of small, amputated pieces of Christ’s body have been rejoined. This happened not through anything innovative but through some meager attempts to live into the simple, and terribly difficult, patterns of childlike Christian faith. It is the story of finding a surprising— and frustrating—friend in Christ on the other side of the dividing wall.

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A very helpful book that highlights the significance of the RULE OF ST. BENEDICT for today… On sale now for Kindle:
 

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily:
Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today
 
Joan Chittister

 

*** $1.99 ***

 
 
“An invitation to spirituality for those who don’t think they are ‘spiritual,” … but far more than an invitation, a lengthy wisdom-filled conversation.”
– Eugene Peterson
 

[ Buy Now ]

 

*** The Best Ebook / Audiobook Deals
from Amazon’s monthly sale for  March

 

An insightful and provocative look at the second person of the Trinity.
 
We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this excellent new book:

The Universal Christ:
How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe

Richard Rohr

Hardback: Convergent, 2019.
 
 
Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Jana Riess’s new book on Millennials in the LDS church, is a helpful book, that is pertinent for understanding this generation in most religious communities:
 

The Next Mormons:
How Millennials Are Changing
the LDS Church

Jana Riess

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2019
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Listen to this podcast in which Riess introduces and overviews the book:

 
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Here are some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe 

Richard Rohr

Convergent Books

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