Archives For 2011

 

[ This Best Books piece was featured in the Advent 2011 issue
of our print magazine, but we thought we’d also feature it here for all of our readers
. ]

Englewood Honor Books – The Best Books of 2011!

Every December, we pick the best books we’ve encountered in that year. Our primary criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture us to follow in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things.

*** 2011 Book of the Year ***

Englewood Honor BooksFood and Faith:
A Theology of Eating

By Norman Wirzba.
Paperback: Cambridge UP, 2011.

“[This book] is about trying to help each other, to be merciful to each other and together to start to eat in ways that are better.  By better, I mean ways that honor God’s creation, ways that facilitate or promote health among God’s creatures, ways that create better community among people.” (From our interview with Norman Wirzba, Eastertide 2011 print issue).

[ Read our review… ]  Purchase the book:  [ Amazon ]


Englewood Honor Books
Our Best Books of 2011!

(Books are Arranged alphabetically by author’s last name…)

This Day: Photographs.
by Robert Adams
[ Read our review… ]
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Who Is My Enemy?
Questions American Christians Must Face
About Islam and Themselves
.
by Lee Camp
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ][ Kindle ]


Origin of Species: Poems
(*** Best Poetry Book )
by Ernesto Cardenal
Review in print issue #4.
Purchase the book:  [ Amazon ]


Making Healthy Places
Dannenberg / Frumkin / Jackson
[ Read our review… ]
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Year of Plenty
by Craig Goodwin
[ Read our review… ]
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Moby Duck
by Donovan Hohn
[ Read our review… ]
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The Pleasures of Reading
In An Age of Distraction
.
by Alan Jacobs
Review in print issue #3.
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The King Jesus Gospel
by Scot McKnight
[ Read our review… ]
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The Politics of Yahweh:
John Howard Yoder, The OT,
and the People of God
.
by John Nugent
[ Read our review… ]
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[ Amazon ]


The Tiger’s Wife
( *** Best Novel )
by Tea Obreht
[ Read our review… ]
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The Bible Made Impossible
by Christian Smith
(*** Most important
theological work)
[ Read our review… ]
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A Public Faith:
How Followers of Christ Should
Serve the Common Good.

by Miroslav Volf
Review in print issue #4.
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2011 Englewood Honor Books
Runners Up:

Rumors of Water:
Thoughts on Creativity
and Writing.

LL Barkat
[ Read our review… ]
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William Carlos Williams
Of Rutherford

by Wendell Berry
[ Read our review… ]
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Caleb’s Crossing:
A Novel

by Geraldine Brooks
Read our review
in print issue #4
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Seeing Trees
by Nancy Ross Hugo

[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:

[ Amazon ]

Advent Gift Ideas

November 23, 2011 — 2 Comments

 

Although we adamantly believe that the consumerism of the Christmas season is way out of control, we aren’t opposed to the giving of thoughtful gifts, particularly books.  Here are a few ideas for the readers among your friends and family.  Skip Black Friday and order some meaningful book-related gifts (and help support the ERB in the process…)

1) The Englewood Review of Books Print Edition

Gift the ERB print edition this Christmas! Share our print edition with your friends, family, pastor and even your church library!
And for a limited time 1year subscriptions are $16.95 and 2year subscriptions are $32.
CLICK HERE to share the ERB this Christmas!

2) Some of our Best Books of 2011…
Here are some of the books from our Best Books of 2011 list.
( The full list will be out soon in our Advent print issue, which is now at the printer.)


3) Amazon Kindle (Kindle Fire, etc.)
The Kindle is a great gift for the reader on your gift list.  And now there are many options to suit a wide range of readers and budgets.  If you plan to give a Kindle this Christmas, we’d love if you would use the following links…

[ Kindle Fire – $199 ] [ Kindle Touch 3G – $149 ]  [ Basic Kindle – $79 ]




 

As we are assembling the next issue of our print edition (Advent 2011), we have been reflecting on the best books of the year.

We have some ideas based on the books we’ve read and reviewed this year, but we’d love to get your input.

Using the comments below, tell us what the best book is that you’ve read this year (preferably a book published this year, but we’d love to hear from you regardless) and just as importantly, WHY you loved that book.

If you need to jog your memory, some of our reviewers and readers have already weighed in our Facebook poll, do check out what they’re saying and place a vote there…

 

In order to help us maintain our sanity and focus some more energy on making some of our other projects more sustainable, we will be making some changes to the online edition of The Englewood Review of Books for 2011:

  • Our issues of the online edition, which have been weekly thus far, will now become bi-weekly.
  • On the in-between weeks, we will post a brief update, which will feature videos, excerpts, poems, links, etc.
  • Readers who receive our email updates about new issues will still receive a weekly notice of the new issue or off-week update.
  • We will be starting a new, blog-like page where we will frequently post book-related news that will be of interest to our readers.  These posts will generally not be included in our weekly emails, and the best way to keep up with these posts will be through following us on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Our first issue of 2011, will be released this Friday January 7th.