Archives For VOLUME 8



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”1935536656″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]Early in December, I listened to this NPR interview that Terry Gross did with the poet Reginald Dwayne Betts.

With the craziness of the holidays, I am only getting around to sharing it now. 
Betts’ newest collection of poems is:

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Paperback: Four Way, 2015
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[ Read several poems from this collection ]

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Acknowledging our Human Condition

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]An Interview with Mandy Smith,
Author of 

The Vulnerable Pastor:
How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015
Buy now:  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ] [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B017J89YXO” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ]

The current issue of our print magazine, mailed earlier this week, features an interview that John Pattison did with Mandy Smith.  John’s interview was longer than we could use and several questions were trimmed in the editing process. However, this conversation was too good to waste, so we are sharing these extra questions here.


PATTISON: How do you think vulnerability as you describe it in this book should be cultivated in our church communities?

SMITH: For us, it started with me being able to go there. Somebody has to be the first one to break out of the mold. There are all these reasons why that is scary. I hope my book can be a kind of companion along the journey, so that whoever goes first can say to their community, “This is going to be worth it.” Then, not only do they give freedom to other people, by being courageous, they themselves learn not to be ashamed, if the community is kind enough not to reject them for it.

Confession and testimony are a big part of this. They have fallen out of practice in a lot of traditions. But in my experience, that is where all this began and where it began to filter down to more and more folks.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Brennan Manning, C.S. Lewis, Ann Voskamp, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

Check out TCR’s Complete List of
Publishers’ End-of-the-Year 
Kindle Ebook Sales!

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[easyazon_link identifier=”B005FMSK50″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Furious Longing of God[/easyazon_link]

Brennan Manning

*** $1.99 ***



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Here are 10 notable people who died in 2015…

Some were friends of ours here at the ERB, others were luminaries who have shaped our work. They all will be missed!

Phyllis Tickle
(Writer / Editor )

Phyllis Tickle
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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Shane Claiborne, Rachel Held Evans, Scot McKnight, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

*** Enter now to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

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[easyazon_link identifier=”B003V4B574″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals[/easyazon_link]

Shane Claiborne, et al

*** $2.99 ***



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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”1476789967″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”221″]A Very Good Book.

A Feature Review of 

The Good Book: Writers Reflect on their Favorite Bible Passages
Andrew Blauner, Editor

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2015
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Reviewed by Jennifer Burns Lewis
It’s really a very good book, this anthology of reflections about the Bible. In some ways, it’s like having an amazing chat with friends about biblical texts about which they are passionate, except that these authors are far more eloquent and eclectic than my thirty-two closest friends. The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages is a wonderfully rich assortment of essays by an array of thoughtful, reflective, sometimes witty, often reverent writers. Representing a variety of faith perspectives or none at all, these essays offer the reader delicious morsels of goodness that invite the reader to question, ponder and consider the limitless ways in which readers encounter the Bible.

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”1625642830″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]Longing For Pilgrimage

A Review of 

A World Transformed: Exploring the World of Medieval Spirituality
Lisa Deam

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2015.
Buy now: [ [easyazon_link identifier=”1625642830″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ]  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B00WAKSDEI” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ]
Reviewed by Ellen Mandeville
With Jerusalem and Jesus’ crucifixion at its center, the Hereford Map orients East at the top, England in the lower left, and monsters at the edges. Created around the year 1300, it depicts the history, geography, and destiny of the world according to medieval Christianity. A single sheet of vellum measuring 5’ 2” high by 4’ 4” wide displays its artistry.  The original viewers were pilgrims to England’s Hereford Cathedral, some of whom made the pilgrimage annually. Hereford Cathedral still displays the map year round.

Lisa Deam holds a Ph.D. in medieval art from Chicago University. Attempting to maintain a scholarly eye while writing her dissertation on the Hereford Map, Deam discovered “that there was really no way to separate medieval art from medieval faith and spirituality — and from my own faith.” (1)  The crossroads of Deam’s scholarly work and her Christian faith has resulted in, A World Transformed: Exploring the World of Medieval Spirituality.

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Today is the birthday of poet Kenneth Rexroth, born 1905.

Here is a poem of his from the collection:

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00CFXTQWI” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Collected Shorter Poems[/easyazon_link]
Kenneth Rexroth
New Directions, 1966.
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Time Spirals
Kenneth Rexroth

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Today HarperChristian (which includes Zondervan and Thomas Nelson) launches their holiday ebook sale!

Over 100 ebooks on sale now! The sale runs through January 4, 2016…
Browse the sale:

Here are a few of our favorite books in the sale:

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”B00PWOH2CI” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”218″]Searching for Sunday:
Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church


Rachel Held Evans
(her newest book)


*** $2.99 ***


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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…)

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[easyazon_link identifier=”1612617883″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Hungry Spring and Ordinary Song: Collected Poems (an autobiography of sorts) (Paraclete Poetry)[/easyazon_link]

By Phyllis Tickle

Read an excerpt from this book...


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