This seems like a fascinating new novel!
 

Naamah:
A Novel

Sarah Blake

 
Hardback: Riverhead Books, 2019
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Masterfully Elucidating
the Context of Torah

 
A Feature Review of
 

The Lost World of the Torah:
Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context
John H. Walton, J. Harvey Walton

 
Paperback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by Joel Wentz
 
I have vivid memories of devouring The Lost World of Genesis One, a slim paperback from an Old Testament scholar I had no previous exposure to. It felt like every page packed major insight into the nuances of Hebrew language and literary genres, the cultural context of the ancient world, and comparisons to other religious literature of the Near East. I remember repeatedly thinking, “Why hasn’t anyone ever explained this to me before?!”

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Dallas Willard, Jennifer Harvey, Wendell Berry, 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:
Water To Wine:
Some of My Story

Brian Zahnd

*** $1.99 ***

Why would the pastor of a large and successful church risk everything in a quest to find a richer, deeper, fuller Christianity? In Water To Wine Brian Zahnd tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith.
 
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Part Six 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 SIX

PREVIOUSLY:
PART 1PART 2PART 3PART 4PART 5
(If you are running behind, you are still welcome
to contribute the previous conversation)

 
 
Reading:  Chapters X – Epilogue (pages 86-101)

 
Facilitator: Joshua Hale

Joshua compiled the following discussion questions, and will be facilitating our conversation in the comments below.
 
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In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few of our favorite poetry books from the last few years.  Get a taste of each book by reading some sample poems from each:

LIKE:
Poems

A.E. Stallings

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Singing and Dancing and
Living with Deep Delight
 
A Review of

Trinity:
A Story of Deep Delight

Anne Marie Mongoven, O.P.

Paperback: Columba Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Mary Paynter, O.P.
 
 
Long ago, St. Augustine wrote a long and ponderous theological study entitled De Trinitate (On the Trinity). Down the centuries ever since, other theologians have tried their hands at trying to explain what belief in the Trinity means—often in theological jargon, over the heads of most Christians. Karl Rahner, S.J., the influential twentieth-century theologian, once wryly recognized that “Christians are, in their practical lives, almost mere ‘monotheists.’”

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An important conversation on this new book…
 

Losing Earth:
A Recent History
Nathaniel Rich

Hardback: MCD, 2019.
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This classic book on Christian faith and art is on a great sale now for Kindle!
 

Walking on Water:
Reflections on Faith and Art

Madeleine L’Engle

 

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“When I discovered Walking on Water years ago, my creative self underwent a sort of liberation. 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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Casey Tygrett’s As I Recall is an exquisite meditation on the role of memory in our formation. By teaching us to pay careful attention to our memories, Tygrett points us toward a richer and more connected life.
 
 
We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this excellent new book:
 
 

As I Recall:
Discovering the Place of Memories
in Our Spiritual Life

Casey Tygrett

Hardback: IVP Books, 2019.
 
 
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The Teacher of the Human Spirit
 
A Review of

The River: A Novel
Peter Heller

Hardback: Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
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Reviewed by Al Brooke
 

The sun sets in the cold without friends
      Without reproaches after all it has done for us
It goes down believing in nothing
       When it has gone I hear the stream running after it
              It has brought its flute it is a long way.
– W. S. Merwin, “Dusk in Winter”

 
 
Peter Heller’s fourth novel starts with smoke.

From the first pages we are introduced to each of the elements which will dog the two friends — Wynn and Jack — as they canoe in the Canadian wilderness: a forest fire, two drunks on land, and a pair of arguing voices in the fog. The river itself seems no problem to them, as they feel prepared for that.

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