Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Ursula Le Guin, Joan Didion, NYTimes Cookbook, MORE )

 

THEOLOGY CLASSICS –
15 Essential Ebooks Under $3ea!
  

 

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#1:
The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin

*** $2.99 ***

 

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September 10 marks the Birthday of Jean Vanier, the French philosopher, theologian, and founder of the L’Arche communities

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce Vanier’s life and work…

*** Books by Jean Vanier

God’s Dream for Humanity:

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Today (September 7th) is the birthday of architect and New Urbanist Andres Duany.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work, which is essential reading for reflecting on the future of cities.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

Jane Jacobs 101 – 5 Short Videos

 

1)  The Smart Growth Manual

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Forming Character
 
A Review of 

The Tech-Wise Family:
Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place
Andy Crouch

Hardback: Baker Books, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [  Kindle ]

 
Reviewed by Marci Rae Johnson

 

As parents, we all struggle with setting appropriate limits on technology use for our children, and there’s no scarcity of related advice; it seems that hardly a day goes by without an article on the topic showing up in my Facebook or Twitter feed. With this little book, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch, the good advice appears in one handy volume. I like the size of this book: not only does it feel good in the hand, the small pages lead me to believe that the subject is not as overwhelming as it often seems.

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The World As a Waiting Room

A Review of

Be Still!: Departure from Collective Madness
Gordon Stewart

Paperback: Wipf & Stock, 2017
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Reviewed by Madeline Cramer

“For a split second, I imagine the world
as a waiting room.”

 

“Strange as it may seem, I often feel the way John Lennon did. I dream of a different kind of world…” the Presbyterian minister and social commentator Gordon Stewart says in “Creating Hell in the Name of Heaven”—one of a collection of brief essays in his book Be Still: Departure from Collective Madness. And, considering the timeless popularity of John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” don’t we all long for something more than what we see in front of us? Don’t we all envision a better world? If not, what would motivate us? Who would want to raise children in a world doomed to fail? Who would go to church believing that God’s kingdom would never come? But, of course, as his essay notes, that’s the Catch-22. As humans, we continue to imagine because we want a better world, but our desire for “better” also breeds anxiety. Why aren’t things already better? Who stands against us? Against our children? Is it ISIS? Is it the Republicans? Is it you?

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We reviewed this excellent new collection of poems in our fall magazine issue… 
 

Phases: Poems 
Mischa Willett

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017.
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Listen to the poet reading “Ocean of Storms,” the first section of poems from this new collection:
 
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So… We’re trying something new!

Help us pick the best Christian book covers of the fall!

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Four Rounds:  

(UPDATED 9/7 to shorten tourney length )

Round 1 – Ends Sept 12
Round 2 – Ends Sept 15
Semis    –  Ends Sept 19
Finals    –  Ends  Sept 22

 
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The new Fall 2017 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

 
Featuring interviews with Ken Wytsma and novelist Mitali Perkins, an essay on David Bentley Hart by Martyn Wendell Jones, reviews and articles by MaryAnn McKibben Dana, C. Christopher Smith, Jon M. Sweeney, two new poems by David Wright, reviews of new books by Willie James Jennings, Brian Zahnd, Arundhati Roy, and MORE.

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We are pleased to offer a FREE sampler of this issue,
featuring the first 13 pages:

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$12.95 for 1 Year (4 issues)

 
Below you will find the ERB
Table of Contents for this issue:

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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…)

   

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel

Jesmyn Ward

 

*** Read a review from The New Yorker

 

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What Does it Take
to Sustain Community?

 
A Feature Review of 
 

When the English Fall: A Novel
David Williams

Hardback: Algonquin Books, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle  ]
 
 
Reviewed by Andrew Stout
 
 
There is nothing intuitive about the notion of a dystopian story delivered in the form of a meditative, epistolary novel. However, David Williams has taken this strange notion and executed it in a way that feels perfectly natural. There is something oddly fitting about observing a widespread cultural and technological collapse through the journal entries of an Amish farmer. From the outset, Williams strikes a balance between a sense of disease and tranquility. Or perhaps it would be better to say that he effectively holds in tension a foreboding atmosphere with a sense of quiet stability.

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