Archives For VOLUME 7

 

The Human Desire to Love and Belong
 
 
A Review of 
 

Today Will Be Different: A Novel
Maria Semple


Hardback: Little, Brown and Co., 2016
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Reviewed by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones
 
 
 
Eleanor Flood’s day is about to be different—but not in the proactive way she had committed to. Today she wants to be her “best self,” because “the other way wasn’t working” (7).

A writer and illustrator, Eleanor lives in Seattle with her eight-year-old son Timby (Timby?), a forgotten and forgettable dog Yo-Yo, and her husband Joe, well-loved hand surgeon to the Seattle Seahawks.

The book begins with the kind of vow busy parents will immediately identify with:

Today will be different. Today I will be present. Today, anyone I speak to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. (3)

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“What’s the good of living if you don’t try a few things?”
― Charles M. Schulz, Cartoonist, and creator of Peanuts,
who died on this date, 2000
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The Wake Up Call
 
Poem of the Day:
Love Winter When the Plant Says Nothing
Thomas Merton

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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy

The Brand New Book By Donald Miller!
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The Wake Up Call – February 12, 2015

 

John the Revelator

Today is the Feast day of St. John the Apostle, the presumed author not only of the Gospel of John, but also of the epistles of 1, 2 and 3 John and Revelation.  In addition to inspiring the work of many an end-times fanatic, the last of these books also was the inspiration for Blind Willie Johnson’s song “John the Revelator,” which in turn inspired a multitude of covers.

In honor of St. John the Revelator, we feature the original song and three covers of it here…

 

Which version of the song is your favorite? 

(Mine is Son House’s cover)

[ Blind Willie Johnson ] [ Son House
[ Phil Keaggy ]  [ Nick Cave ]

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The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
– Henry Miller,
novelist
who was born on this day, 1891

 

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Poem of the Day:
St. Stephen and King Herod
(A Medieval Ballad)
For the Feast of St. Stephen today
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
By Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu
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The Wake Up Call – December 26, 2014

 

St. Stephen Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, whose story is told in Acts 6:8-8:2

 
 
Here is a poem of uncertain medieval origin for the occasion.

(This version in modern English is from The Oxford Book of Ballads, Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed., 1910)
 
 
 
 

St. Stephen and King Herod.

I

SAINT STEPHEN was a clerk
In King Herod’s hall,
And servéd him of bread and cloth
As every king befall.
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The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.
– Eddie Vedder,
Lead Singer, Pearl Jam,
who was born on this day, 1964
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The Wake Up Call
 
 
Poem of the Day:
Christmas Trees
by Robert Frost
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Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions
By Rachel Held Evans
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The Wake Up Call – December 23, 2014

 

Englewood Honor Books

Here is our list of 2014′s Englewood Honor Books, the 25 Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.

Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).

[ Book of the Year ]  [ Slow and Local ] [ Theology ] [ Praxis ]
[ Fiction ]  [ Non-Fiction ]  [ Poetry/ Young Readers ]

Our Book of the Year:

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Harper Collins

A number of imprints that are part of the Harper Collins publishing group, are running end-of-the-year ebook sales (inlcuding HarperOne, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson)

[ Part 1 of this Harper Collins Sale… ]
Barbara Brown Taylor, Ann Voskamp, Rachel Held Evans

Unfortunately, there’s not a good way to search Amazon for all of the sale ebooks, and I’m not sure how long these sale prices will last.
Some books that have been on sale have already reverted to their normal prices.

Sale prices may or may not be valid outside the United States…

Here are 10+ excellent books that are part of this sale and $3.99 or less!

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Deep into the Humanity of a Great Theologian
 
A Feature Review of

Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Charles Marsh

Hardback: Knopf, 2014
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall
 
 
[This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog, and is reprinted here with his permission]
 
There are people who seem to transcend the confines of history.   They are bigger than life, casting long shadows, and inviting multiples of interpretations.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be counted as one of those figures.   For a man who died at the age of thirty-nine, while spending the final two years of his life in prison, Bonhoeffer has left an immense legacy for later generations to mine and ponder.  He has been the subject of numerous biographies and academic monographs.  His collected works, which includes his books, letters, papers, sermons, and lectures, comes to sixteen volumes.  He was a theological genius, but he was also a participant in one of the most challenging struggles the church has ever faced.   While his early works were standard theological fare, his later works emerged during the German Church Struggle against the demonic (if I can use that word) presence of National Socialism.  It is these later texts, both the ones that emerged from his underground seminary and then during the years of conspiracy and then imprisonment that have proven fruitful to later generations.
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Video of a talk that Gary Haugen gave about his excellent new book:
 

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros

Hardback:  Oxford UP, 2014
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