Archives For 2015

 

McKnight-Fellowship

Here is our list of 2015′s Englewood Honor Books, the 2Best 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!).

[ Book of the Year ]  [ Theology ] [ Praxis ]
[ Fiction ]  [ Non-Fiction ]  [ Poetry ]

Our Book of the Year:

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Dakota-Daniels

 

The most popular posts on our website in recent years (by far), have been our lists of the Worst Christian Book Covers:
[ 2012 ] [ 2013 ] [ 2014 ]

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!

CONTEST: OVER $150 IN PRIZES!!!

We will pick three winners from your submissions:

1st Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card +
2 Year Subscription to our Print Magazine ($35 value)

2nd Prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card +
2 Year Subscription to our Print Magazine ($35 value)

3rd Prize:  2 Year Subscription to our Print Magazine
($35 value)

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The finalists in the running for the National Book Award were announced earlier this week…

[ See the full list of finalists ]

 

If you are like us, then there probably are a number of these books that you haven’t read yet.

So, we thought we’d give you excerpts from eight of them to give you a taste of their contents.

The Turner House: A Novel

Angela Fournoy

HMH Books

 
 
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Wish you could be at the Wild Goose Festival?

(Or, just returned home and want to dive into a speaker’s work?)

Here are twelve essential recent / forthcoming books by authors speaking at Wild Goose:

(We hope these books stir conversations in the communities where you live!)

 

Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe

 
 

Erin Lane
(IVP Books)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Forward Together: A Moral Message for the Nation

 
 

Rev. William Barber
(Chalice Press)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Thomas Merton Peacemaker

 
 

John Dear
(Orbis Books)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We have two interns this summer that are helping with the work of the ERB, and we are pleased to introduce them to you here:

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It’s time again for a new round of really bad Christian book covers!

Many of these covers were originally featured on LousyBookCovers.com or Kindle Cover Disasters. Anytime you need a laugh, these sites both have loads of terrible book covers…

Enjoy, and share these with your friends!

ALSO, if you enjoy these, be sure to check out our lists of:
Worst Christian Book Covers: [ 2014 ] [ 2013 ]  [ 2012 ]

 

Meet Jesus The Alchemist: Discover The Next Evolutionary Step for Humanity


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Lent is almost upon us again …

(Ash Wednesday is Feb 18…)

I’ve been asked a few times recently to recommend some books on Lenten themes that churches might read and discuss this year during Lent. And since, I think reading and discussing books together is an important practice for the health and well-being of churches, here are 10 new-ish books that would be appropriate for reading and discussion during Lent.  I offer each one with a brief explanation of why I have included it.

NOTE: I’m not recommending that any church or individual should read ALL of these books during Lent, but wanted to offer a range of options so that churches might have some flexibility in picking a book to read and discuss during Lent.

Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent


By Rowan Williams

I’ll start with the only traditional collection of Lenten reflections on this list.  Normally, I’m not a big fan of this sort of devotional-type books, but Rowan Williams is always thoughtful (and sometimes provocative), and this book’s focus on Mark’s Gospel challenges us to stay focused on Jesus, which is an important reminder in our age of ideology.

Book 1 of 10
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[ This list as a 1-Page Printable PDF ]

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Top 50 Books

Here are the top 50 books that are slated for release in 2015 and that we think will be beneficial for Christians.  Our focus is the life, health and flourishing of God’s people and we especially focus on the themes of Community, Mission, Imagination and Reconciliation.

Also note that there are many more books here from the first half of the year than from the second half, as many publishers have not released their full summer and fall catalogs yet.

We’ve broken this list up into the Top 10 books and the remaining 40, which are sorted into four categories: Christian, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Fiction…

What books are you most looking forward to in 2015?

Now Available:
[ Two-Page Printable Guide ]

[ Top 10 ]   [ Christian ]  [ Non-Fiction ]  [ Poetry ]  [ Fiction ]

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2015

 

I’m in the process of compiling a list of my most anticipated books for 2015. 

I’d love to do a little crowdsourcing here, as there are so many new books out there, that there’s no way I can keep up with all of them.

Here are a few books that might appear on my list:

  • Only One World, a new collection of essays by Wendell Berry
  • Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • This Is My Body by Ragan Sutterfield

What books are you most looking forward to in the New Year? 

If you are an author, let me know me if you have a new book coming out next year.

If you work for a publisher, let me know a couple of your books that I should especially be watching for…

Use the comments below to let me know what I should watch for…

*** Watch for my list sometime before the end of the year!