I’ve recently been digging into one of Alasdair MacIntyre’s recent books (that somehow slipped past our radar)
 

Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity:
An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative
Alasdair MacIntyre

Hardback: Cambridge UP, 2016
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Our Intro Guide to
MacIntyre’s AFTER VIRTUE

 
I turned to MacIntyre to help me understand the desires we have has humans and where they come from. Those familiar with MacIntyre’s work will not be surprised to find that his exploration of these questions winds its way back in history through St. Thomas Aquinas to Aristotle. It has been very helpful for me to follow this trajectory, and I thought it might also be helpful for some of our readers. 

[ MacIntyre ]  [ Aquinas ]  [ Aristotle ]

 
 
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Living, Loving, Dancing, Praying, and Contemplating
 
A Review of 
 

In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir
Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O.

Paperback, Ave Maria Press, 2018.
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Reviewed by Richard Goode

 

If one is looking for a guide to explain contemporary monasticism, Br. Paul Quenon offers the strongest of résumés. He is, for example, the embodiment of Trappist stability, having been a monk at Kentucky’s Abbey of Gethesemani for 60 years. As a novice he studied under none other than Thomas Merton. Br. Paul is also well published, receiving such accolades as “Best Spiritual Book of the Year” for his work. Beyond these facts, he is adept at painting a verbal picture. In the pages of this book, for example, we see the darkened Gethsemani church as the monastic choir prays Vigils at 3:15 am, an Office that the community has honored every day since its founding in 1848. Moreover, he portrays a modern Cistercian community respecting its centuries-old practice of “Ora et Labora” (prayer and work).

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An excellent new book on the present economic situation for families in the United States:
 

Squeezed:
Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Alissa Quart

Hardback: Ecco, 2018.
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Listen to an excellent NPR interview with the author…
(Interviewed by Terry Gross of All Things Considered)

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Peter of Luxembourg

Today, July 5, is the feast day of St. Peter of Luxembourg, a 14th century saint known for his extreme asceticism and also his extreme devotion to the poor and downtrodden.

 

“St. Peter teaches us how denying the self, rank, riches,
the highest dignities, and all this world can give,
may serve to make a Saint.”

 

His story… 

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Last week marked the release of Parker Palmer’s newest book!  

 
A superb book full of wisdom (and poetry!) aimed to help us age gracely…
 
We’re giving away FIVE  copies of:
 

On the Brink of Everything:
Grace, Gravity and Getting Old

Parker Palmer

Hardback: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
 
 
Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

*** Since this is a holiday week and since I was on vacation last week, this list includes titles from both last week and this week…

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

  

Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

Stanley Hauerwas / Jean Vanier

*** New, expanded edition of this classic book!!!

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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Dancing with Death

 
A review of

Here Lies: Poems
Tom Hunley

Paperback: Stephen F. Austin State UPress, 2018
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Reviewed by Aarik Danielsen

 

We encounter two sure things in life. Once Tax Day comes and goes each April, we’re left with plenty of time to think about the other one.

There are nearly as many ways of dealing with death as there are living people. My soon-to-be 5-year-old, facing the death of a family member for the first time, asked scores of questions. Some were quite innocent, others surprising: “Do you want me to die?” he asked on an occasion I met with immediate reassurance.

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Standing up for Ourselves
 
A Feature Review of
 

Resist and Persist: Faith and the Fight for Equality
Erin Wathen

Paperback: WJK Books, 2018
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Reviewed by D. S. Leiter

 

I’m not sure Erin Wathen would expect or approve of my reaction when I finished reading her book, but here it is: I wanted to take my car on a roadtrip to her home state, find the church she pastors, and give her a big hug, then sit down and have a long conversation with her to find out more about her views on how the church should be working to be on the forefront of feminism.

Whether or not she would approve of my action, however, there it is. (Erin, if you’re reading this, please know that I would be doing so not as a creepy stalker, but because it frankly feels like you could use a hug, and because I’d like to dialogue with you more. I won’t actually do it.)

A variety of things in the book evoked this response in me.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Lauren Winner, Blaise Pascal, Graham Hill, 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
 

  

#1:
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis 

Lauren Winner

*** $1.99 ***

Extraordinary memoir by one of today’s finest Christian writers!
 
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June 24 marks the birthday of renowned American social critic Rebecca Solnit. 

In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

 

Rebecca Solnit has been featured on our list of
10 Social Critics that Christians Should Read

 

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)   The Faraway Nearby

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