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…)

    

Placemaking and the Arts:
Cultivating the Christian Life

Jennifer Allen Craft

 

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Drawing Near
 
A Feature Review of
 

The Eternal Current:
How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning

Aaron Niequist

Hardback: Waterbrook, 2018
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Reviewed by Janna Lynas

 

Growing up Christian, I believed and learned the lingo at a very young age. Subtly, and not so subtly, I learned other faith practices were not to be observed or even discussed. Eventually this thirty- something young woman wondering about a lot of things. Growing up Christian, believing and beginning to wonder if there were deeper things at hand, led me to an inductive study of the book John in the home of a woman who had a picture of the Virgin Mary on her wall and sometimes spoke of mystery and wondering as though they were acceptable and inseparable from the gospel. This once-a-week Bible study touched something that had been stirring within this “growing up Christian” woman who was just beginning to realize what was growing up within her was what would sweep her away. Aaron Niequist describes this as an universal ache for more in his first book, The Eternal Current.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( David Dark, Mandy Smith, Michael Pollan, Len Sweet,  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.

 

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One of greatest classics of social criticism
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Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Krista Tippett, Luci Shaw, Richard Foster,
Brandan Robertson, MORE

 

These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
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Last weekend, we hosted the annual retreat of the Nurturing Communities Network (NCN) here at Englewood Christian Church.

 

NCN is

“an informal and growing network of Christ-centered intentional communities. Older established communities connect with novice communities for the purpose of learning from each other, encouragement and growing.  This happens through visits, regional and local gatherings, meals together, and many conversations.  The hope is mutual encouragement in Jesus’ way of simplicity, justice and peace.”

 

I was inspired by this retreat to compile the following list of books that offer diverse perspectives on life in Christian intentional community. (Some of these titles are recommended on the NCN Resource list.)
 
If you are curious about Christian intentional community, I encourage you to take a look at some of these books, and the NCN website.

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

  

The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus 

David Janzen

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The Quiet Work of Caring:
Establishing Life-Giving Boundaries
Within and Without

 

An Essay by
Jenna Henderson and Kimberly Miller

 

“…the work now most needing to be done
—that of neighborliness and caretaking—
cannot be done by remote control with the
greatest power on the largest scale.”

—Wendell Berry

 

The idea that there’s always more deeply drives our way of life and informs the way we think of possessions, science, knowledge, and technology. To think otherwise is horrifying to many people. In his 2008 essay “Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits,” Wendell Berry mourns the effects of the “doctrine of limitlessness” on our culture and calls for “the self-restraints implied in neighborliness, stewardship, thrift, temperance, generosity, care, kindness, friendship, loyalty, and love.” He continues, “There is now a growing perception…that we are entering a time of inescapable limits.” As the illusion of limitlessness fades, we will “come under pressure to understand ourselves as limited creatures in a limited world.”

Like Berry, we are grieved by the damaging consequences of the human race’s unrestrained actions on both personal and global levels. Becoming aware of our limits is sobering, but, in the end, results in the fulfillment of our better longings. According to Berry, there’s another way to think about constraints: “Our human and earthly limits, properly understood, are not confinements but rather inducements…to fullness of relationship and meaning.”

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Listening to the Voice of God
in Your Heart

A Review of 

Grace: On the Journey to God
Michael Casey

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon

 

Reviewed by Mark Jenkins

 

With everything that Michael Casey does, I can’t help but wonder when he finds time to sleep! He is one of the most widely sought after, erudite, and respected priests active in the world of Roman Catholic monasticism. A select bibliography of his books and articles spans ten full pages, covering more than 45 years of publication. Fr. Casey has lectured and led retreats in more than forty countries on 6 continents. He was a primary force and the principal author behind the 1990 revision of the “The Constitutions and Statutes of the Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance.” He served as prior of the Tarrawarra Monastery in Australia from 1988 to 2003 and vocation director from 1998 to 2012. He has written extensively on the care and formation of novices and has contributed significant, substantial scholarship to the field of Benedictine studies.

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This is a fascinating new book…
 

Make Ink:
A Forager’s Guide
to Natural Inkmaking

Jason Logan

Hardback: Abrams, 2018
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Listen to a superb NPR interview with the author…

 
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This superb new book released this month…
 

A Sojourner’s Truth:
Choosing Freedom and Courage
in a Divided World

 
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

 
Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
 
 

IVP has released three brief trailer video
clips that introduce this book. Watch them now:

 
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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…)

    

The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin

Lauren Winner 

*** READ The Christian Century review of this book,
reviewed by James K. A. Smith
  

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