Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Desmond Tutu, Wendell Berry, Sticky Faith, 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,
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ALL of the Ebooks Below
are featured in Amazon’s
Monthly Sale for February
[ BROWSE THE FULL SALE ]

 

#1:
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World 

Desmond Tutu

*** $1.99 ***

An important book on forgiveness from the black South African priest, who has many stories of forgiveness.
 
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Today is the first day of Black History Month… 

Although we should be reading more books by black authors, and about black history, throughout the year, February is a good reminder of this, and an opportunity to be more intentional in our efforts to read diversely.

Looking for a book on black history to read this month?

Here are 15 important ones that might be of interest. Although not all of these would be categorized by libraries / bookstores as history books, they are all saturated with the history of the black experience in the United States. All of these (with one noted exception) were written by black authors. We’ve tried to focus on stories from black history that may not be as familiar as the MLK and Malcolm X ones from the civil rights era.

 

  

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008

Henry Louis Gates

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This week marked the 70th anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination. 

The Church has much to learn from Gandhi’s life and teachings. In remembrance, we offer this brief introductory reading guide for Christians.

 
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.
 

1)   An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth: A Critical Edition

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“A Vision of Inclusion and Redemption”
 
A Review of
 

The War on Kids:
How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
Cara Drinan

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
Reviewed by Trudy Taylor Smith
 
 

In The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way, law professor Cara H. Drinan draws on both academic research and first-hand, personal accounts to expose the oppressive system  that funnels our nation’s most vulnerable children and youth into prisons. More than one million kids are arrested every year across the country (4), and nearly 100,000 of them will be incarcerated alongside adults (73).

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A new collection of
correspondence, articles, interviews,
and other short-form writings
by Karl Barth from 1959-1962…

 
 
We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this new book from WJK Books:
 
 

Barth in Conversation:
Volume 1, 1959-1962

Eberhard Busch, Editor.
Hardback: WJK Books

Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Jan. 28 marks the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas.

We celebrate the occasion with three hymns that he wrote, and that have been passed down through church history…

 

Want to read more Aquinas?
Our Intro Reading Guide

 

Adoro te devote
St. Thomas Aquinas

(Trans. Gerard Manley Hopkins)

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Giving Us Words
 
A Review of

Four Birds of Noah’s Ark:
A Prayerbook From the Time Of Shakespeare
Thomas Dekker

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]

 

Reviewed by Colin Chan Redemer
 
 
Recently a young mother said she wanted to start praying with her kids but didn’t know how, or what to say. Had I known then about the new edition of Thomas Dekker’s Four Birds of Noah’s Ark: A Prayerbook From the Time Of Shakespeare edited by Robert Hudson I perhaps would have been more helpful to her. It is easy for folks who’ve spent roughly a seventh of their life in a church pew to say “well just speak to God.” But prayer isn’t quite the same as chatting with a friend over coffee; it is spiritual food. I can image Jesus looking down at us and, echoing Mark 6:37, saying “you, give them [words to say].” Well this prayer book from the 1600’s offers many such words which, hundreds of years later, are fitting. The day I started reading the book was in my son’s first season of kindergarten. There I read the first prayer titled “For A Child Going to School” and I realized the value of being instructed in prayer even as my son was heading off to class. “Be my Schoolmaster to instruct me,/ that I may repeat the rules of true wisdom.” It is a striking prayer, that God would be the one who instructs us. If he uses the teacher in my son’s public school, so be it. And if that teacher fails in her cosmic duty: have faith, God will make a way. That alone is worth the price on the back.  

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An Eternal Amen
 
A Review of

Night Call:
Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World
Robert Wicks

Paperback: Oxford University, 2018
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Reviewed by June Mears Driedger

 
 
Popular Catholic writer and psychologist Robert J. Wicks offers a map for persons in healing professions (clergy, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers) to be resilient in their work or ministry. In the prologue Wicks shares an anecdote that sets the book title and the nature of his work:

During a presentation to ministers, a lecturer asked an intended rhetorical question, “What do you think is the core of your work?” But before he could proceed, surprisingly, one of the clerics in the audience yelled out, “Helping people through the night.”

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The Other Side of  Uncomfortable
 
A Feature Review of

Uncomfortable:
The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community
Brett McCracken

Paperback: Crossway, 2017
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Reviewed by Erin F. Wasinger
 
 

Last spring, my church was in the middle of a sermon series that did nothing for me. I forget what it was about. In fact, I only remember we had a lackluster sermon series because I remember a postcard that arrived in my mailbox at the same time.  A new church, opening in a hip neighborhood downtown, promised friendship and free-trade coffee on its invitation. Free-trade coffee! I read that as code for “hipster church,” a place where everyone would care about the things I do, would listen to the same music, linger in the same coffee shops.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Sara Miles, Dorothy Day, JRR Tolkien, 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
 

LOVE AUDIOBOOKS?
Audible is running a HUGE Sale
CS Lewis, Brene Brown, Tolkien, MORE
(Through Sunday)

 

#1:
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Sara Miles

*** $1.99 ***

One of the most important conversion memoirs of our day. 
 
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