Archives For 2013


Here is our list of 2013′s Englewood Honor Books, the Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.

Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!)
This list originally appeared in our Advent 2013 print issue.  For this issue, our Art Editor, Brent Aldrich depicted the covers of the year’s very best books as Christmas cookies. We are delighted to share pictures of those cookies here.

2013 Book of the Year:

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0738217166″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”226″ alt=”Best Food Writing” ]Making connections

A Feature Review of

Best Food Writing 2013
Holly Hughes, Editor.

Paperback: Da Capo Books, 2013
Buy now:  [ [easyazon-link asin=”0738217166″ locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] ]  [ [easyazon-link asin=”B00BAH8HO8″ locale=”us”]Kindle[/easyazon-link] ]

Reviewed by Jenn Moland-Kovash


“Take a deep breath,” she instructed. “And another one.” Pause. “Ok, good… Oh, this looks like an interesting book.”


I heard my doctor pick up the book I had set on the exam table behind me turn it over. “What’s it like,” she asked before telling me to breathe deeply again.


Between breaths I briefly explained that it was a yearly collection of essays about food and eating and cooking – some of them by chefs, others by food writers, critics, foragers, eaters. She seemed intrigued, but we didn’t exactly have time for me to flip between essays and share some of my favorite passages. I wanted to urge her to read the paragraphs I’d marked, maybe read out loud from Kevin Pang’s “His Saving Grace.” Instead, we moved on to the next part of my exam – readying my arm for a food allergy test.

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We’re convinced that books make the best Christmas gifts…

And knowing that our readers have many family members and friends who love to read, we offer the following new book suggestions…


Page 1: The Short List:

Other Categories:

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Here is our list of the worst Christian book covers of 2013…

(Numbers 13-15 on this list are ebooks, the rest are print books. If we hadn’t limited our ebook choices to three, we could have chosen literally hundreds of bad ebook covers.)

Enjoy, and share these with your friends!

Count down with us to the #1 worst Christian book cover of the year…

*** And just in case you haven’t seen it, here is last year’s list of worst covers

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#15 – [easyazon-link asin=”B00F03VFQU” locale=”us”]Ruth’s Story (Romance In Amish Country)[/easyazon-link]

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I did not know that “meh” was part of the Amish vocabulary, but it was great to see it facially depicted here. One gets so tired of seeing the cute young things with sweet faces on all these Amish romances.
(Submitted by Rick Presley)

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Worst Christian Book Covers

The most popular post on our website over the last year (far and away), was our list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2012.

So, we are planning to run a list again this year, but we need your help to make this year’s list better and even funnier!
We have a box of 50+ books that we have received for review or that our editor Chris Smith has culled from his own library. (Lots of great stuff! CLICK HERE for the list…).
We will pick a winner from your submissions and he/she will get to choose 5 books from that list (could be valued at $100+ depending on the books chosen).  A second-place winner will get to choose 3 books, and a third place winner will get to choose one book.


So, here’s how this will work….

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Next week, we will post our list of the best books of the first half of 2013…

Here are some of my personal favorites, which may or may not appear on our list…

How about you, what are the best books that you’ve read this year?



[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0801035783″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″ alt=”Best Books of 2013 so far” ] [ Our Review ]  [easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0674072790″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”106″] [easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0972203567″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”116″][ Our Review ]
[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0830836586″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”104″] [ An Excerpt ] [easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”1118203267″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”108″][ Our Review ]

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This is fabulous!   Novelist John Green gives the commencement address at Butler University, May 11, 2013.

John starts his speech at 3:15.


  • Lovely tip o’ the hat to Fred Rogers.
  • “We are taught that the hero’s journey is the journey from weakness to strength, but I’m here today to tell you that that story is wrong. The real hero’s journey is from strength to weakness.” (start at 8:00 for context)
  • “You are probably going to be a nobody for awhile” (11:45)
  • “In learning how to be a nobody, you will learn how NOT to be a jerk”. (11:55)

*** [easyazon-link keywords=”John Green” locale=”us”]Books by John Green[/easyazon-link]

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On this final day of National Poetry Month, we offer the following recap of posts in this month’s series of poets reading their work…

ALSO be sure to check out our list of 15 poetry classics that are available as FREE ebooks for Kindle/Nook

If you enjoyed these, you might also be interested in last year’s recap of National Poetry Month