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…)

  

The Farm 

Wendell Berry

*** READ a NY TIMES interview with Berry related to this book
  

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Eerdmans just released their monthly  theology ebook sale for October 2018… Bonhoeffer, Anabaptists, History of Biblical Interpretation, Calvin, MORE
(Most ebooks in this sale are $3.99 or less!)

 

BROWSE THE FULL SALE

 

Here are 12 of the Very Best Deals
from this sale… 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
A Spoke in the Wheel

Renate Wind 

*** $1.99 ***

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Anxious Souls Will Ask…: The Christ-Centered Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

John W. Matthews

*** 99c ***

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The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism

William Estep

*** $2.99 ***

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The Saint in Vivid Color
 
A Brief Review of 

St. Francis and the Animals:
A Mother Bird’s Story

Phil Gallery
Illustrated by Sybil Mackenzie

Hardback: San Damiano Books, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]
 
Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 

“These stunning illustrations and the engaging text describe how Francis related to a great variety of animals. This book is sure to spark valuable conversations.”
-Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM

Narrated by Mother Bird, this picture book is an elegantly-illustrated retelling the familiar stories of St. Francis and his interaction with the animals.

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What it Means to be a Person
(Rather than an Individual)

 
A Feature Review of

Being Human:
Bodies, Minds, Persons
Rowan Williams

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  

 
Reviewed by Rob O’Lynn
 
 

*** Our Video Intro to 
Rowan Williams’ work

 

Being Human is a collection of five essays that focus on various aspects of theological anthropology that were given over a period of four years.  A brief introduction begins the volume, in which Williams notes that this “unintended trilogy” has been “less about the basics of Christian belief and behaviour and more about the sort of questions in our culture that make us wonder what ‘real’ humanity is like and whether our most central ideas about what is human are under threat in this environment” (vii).  Williams’ argument specifically in Being Human is that answering the question of what defines a human is now more complicated than ever.  “No need to panic,” Williams notes, because “we do need more clarity than our culture usually gives us as to what we think is ‘more’ human” (vii).  The volume seeks to be somewhat apologetic, although in a more philosophical sense, in that “sources of contemporary confusion” regarding what it means to be human will be addressed so that the reader can find herself more “in alignment with the grace and joy of what is ultimately true—with God and with the will of God, as Christians would say” (vii).  In short, Williams seeks to examine some of the different pressures that are pressed upon the human in order to determine how these pressures shape us into or distort us out of the will of God.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Dallas Willard, Lauren Winner, Bonhoeffer, The Brothers K,  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.

 

The VERY BEST
Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(October 2018)

 

#1:
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God 

Dallas Willard

*** $1.99 ***

A classic, and highly recommended,
if you haven’t read it!

 
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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
NT Wright, Sarah Smarsh, The Patron Saint of Libraries,
Aaron Niequist, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.

 

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October 7 is the birthday of Michelle Alexander, the noted author and lawyer…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce her work on race and the criminal justice system.

Alexander is author of the important book
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  

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What it was designed to do.
 
A Review of 

Anti-social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
Siva Vaidhyanathan

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2018
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]
 
Reviewed by Jeff Nelson
 
 
“The problem with Facebook is Facebook.” That is the title of the introduction to Siva Vaidhyanathan’s extensive writing on the effects that social media has had on the world, on individual cultures, and on individual people. And yet, positioning Facebook as a problem rather than an aid or benefit to social interaction, personal connection, gathering around mutual interests, and political activism might be a hard sell for the millions of people who use it around the world every day. As you might imagine, Vaidyanathan is up to that task, and presents his case in methodical fashion.

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NPR’s book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews this excellent new book…

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke
in the Richest Country on Earth
Sarah Smarsh

Hardback: Scribner, 2018
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Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]
 

Listen to this review… 

 
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An excellent new book that asks the question:
How good are we?

 

*** READ Our Review

 
 

We’re giving away FIVE SIGNED copies
of this excellent new book:

The Character Gap:
How Good Are We?
Christian Miller

Hardback: Oxford UP
 
 
Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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