Enter to win a copy of the new book by Rachel Marie Stone!

 
We’re giving away FIVE copies of:

Birthing Hope:
Giving Fear to the Light
Rachel Marie Stone

Paperback: IVP Books

 

Watch for our review of this book
(and Rachel’s regular column)

in our May 2018 print magazine!
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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness. 
 
A review of

I Pledge Allegiance:
A Believer’s Guide to Citizenship in 21st-Century America
David Crump

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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Reviewed by Trudy Smith

 

I grew up Southern Baptist in a small town in Texas. I still remember singing the fight songs of each branch of the military during patriotic worship services celebrating the Fourth of July or Veterans’ Day, and pledging allegiance to both the Christian and American flags that hung in the sanctuary. According to David Crump, this display of Christian nationalism demonstrates that rather than being immersed in the gospel Jesus preached, I was instead awash in the kind of dangerous “civil religion” that characterizes much of the American church today.

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Breaking and Making Images
 
A Review of 
 

Image and Presence: A Christological Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia
Natalie Carnes

Paperback: Stanford UP, 2018
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 
To write words on a page, or to draw an image, is to restrict and confine. The full presence of a person, creature, or object can never be confined in this representation, and yet they are present in powerful ways in the representation. These dynamics of the specific limits of an image, and the presence that is contained in the same image, are central to Natalie Carnes’s insightful new book Image and Presence: A Christological Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia.

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Here are a few nonfiction new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

*** Beginnning this week we will post two lists of new book releases for each week, one fiction and one non-fiction.

[ Fiction New Releases for this Week! ]

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

James Fallows /
Deborah Fallows

***An introduction to the book from THE ATLANTIC

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Here are a few fiction new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

*** Beginnning this week we will post two lists of new book releases for each week, one fiction and one non-fiction.

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

   

Warlight: A novel 

Michael Ondaatje

“A Quiet New Masterpiece”
***READ the Washington Post review

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Lessons about Death and Dying
from an Irish Wake

A Feature Review of

My Father’s Wake:
How the Irish Teach Us How to Live, Love and Die

Kevin Toolis

Hardback: Da Capo Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Cynthia Beach

 

Syntax and word, rhythm and rite roll and surge in this tribute to a wordsmith’s dying father, Sonny—and to the neglected Irish practice of “waking the dead.”

Journalist and filmmaker Kevin Toolis confronts our cultural death denial and the “Western Death Machine.” He says, “Death is a whisper in the Anglo-Saxon world. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, lower our voices and draw the screens. We want to give the dead, the dying, the grieving, room.”

In other words, we don’t want to address the fact of death. How important is a book about death? Well, Toolis suggests, rather vital.  “If you breathe,” he says, “you die.”

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Henri Nouwen, Kate Bowler, Eugene Peterson, 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.

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
 

*** DON’T MISS
Amazon’s Monthly Ebook Sale for May! 
CLICK HERE for the best deals
from it for Christian Readers…

 

ALSO, Fortress Press is running 
a HUGE Theology Ebook Sale now!
(700+ titles for under $5 each…)

 

 

#1:
The Spiritual Life: Eight Essential Titles by Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen

*** $1.99 ***

Eight of Nouwen’s best books in one ebook! 

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Today is the birthday of Richard Foster, the noted author and teacher on spiritual disciplines…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this series of brief video clips that introduce his work.

If you want to read his work, we recommend
starting with  Celebration of Discipline

[ Other Books by Richard Foster ]

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Compassionate Presence
 
A Review of

Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life
Joyce Rupp

Paperback: Sorin Books, 2018.
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Reviewed by June Mears Driedger

 

Soon after a close friend’s death, Joyce Rupp had a life-changing experience which she describes in her new book, Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life (Sorin Books). As she stood at her patio door:

I was trying to absorb this enormous loss when a hummingbird fluttered in front of my face, just a few inches outside the glass. It hovered there, facing me for several minutes, enough time to convince me that my friend—who treasured those little creatures—was assuring me all would be well. As the tiny bird departed, an inner knowing swept through my being: ‘Love is all that counts.’ Since that moment I have never been the same. (2-3)

Rupp attributes this “showing” by her friend as a compassionate presence, convinced that the message was for her. “I turned from the patio door determined to give the rest of my life to living in such a way that compassion would be the most essential focus.” (2-3)

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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…)

   

Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light 

Rachel Marie Stone

*** LISTEN to the author read an excerpt from the book

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