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Over the course of last year, I set aside a number of books that I wanted to read because I knew that they would make significant contributions to public conversations, but I knew that they would require some time and effort to read carefully and well.

I’m hoping to read a number of these 10 books over the coming year…

By ERB Editor, C. Christopher Smith

(In alphabetical order by author’s last name…)

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The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts

Cameron Anderson

Paperback, IVP Academic

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An Act of Hope

A Review of

Tikkun Olam—To Mend the World: A Confluence of Theology and the Arts,
Jason Goroncy, Editor

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2013
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Reviewed by Rachelle Eaton
 
Tikkun Olam—To Mend the World: A Confluence of Theology and the Arts, edited by Jason A. Goroncy, is a collection of papers that grew out of a symposium and art exhibit on the same theme. Tikkun olam, literally the healing of the world, is an idea from the Jewish tradition which the contributors explore, in Goroncy’s words, as “both a confession that things are not right with the world, and an act of hope that things might be bettered, or even made new.” The book provides not a comprehensive overview but a sampler of the variety of work being done in Christian theology and the arts as this confession and hope.

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A Brief Review of

Annie Dillard and
the Word Made Flesh:
An Incarnational Theory of Language
.
Colleen Warren.
Hardback: Lehigh University Press, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Since my intial engagements with her work in my Senior English class in high school, Annie Dillard has long been one of my favorite writers, and I especially appreciate the themes of faith that emerge as she engages the world around her in her non-fiction writings.  So, I was delighted to hear that Lehigh University Press published the new book Annie Dillard and the Word Made Flesh: An Incarnational Theory of Language by Colleen Warren.  This project, as Warren admits in the introduction, is a peculiar one, weaving strands of literary criticism and theology, but not fitting neatly into either of these categories.  The backbone of Warren’s argument here is comprised of four of Dillard’s convictions that, taken together, comprise an “incarnational theory of language”:

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29 Page Excerpt from
Cathleen Falsani’s
The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers.
Zondervan 2009
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