Archives For Best Books

 

This week is National Library Week…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a list of our favorite books about libraries (fiction and non-fiction)!

We encourage you to check these books out from your local library…

 

The Strange Library: A Novel

by Haruki Murakami 

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We are now in our 10th year of publishing the ERB online! 

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are our favorite books by women authors from the last 10 years…

Theology, Fiction, Social Commentary, Poetry!

MORE Great Reading For
Women’s History Month

(at the end of this list…)

These books are all excellent, so we aren’t going to try to rank them…
Instead they are ordered alphabetically by the author’s last name.

 

The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

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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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Rembrandt

Tomorrow is not only the Feast of St. Francis, it is also the anniversary of the death of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

In remembrance of this master painter, we offer a list of the 10 best books on his life and work.

#10 – Rembrandt: The Late Works

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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?

 

Non-fiction:

[ Our Review ]   [ Our Review ]
[ An Excerpt ] [ Our Review ]

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Best Books (and music and films) on Hildegard of Bingen
ERB Playlist #6
Compiled by Caitlin Michelle Desjardins


This is the sixth in an on-going series of “playlists,” in which we recommend books around a particular theme.

 

“Making a mixtape (or playlist) is the opposite of indifferent. It’s heartfelt, purposeful — often a subtle form of flirtation. … [The playlist] is a way of making yourself known, an interpersonal form of show business, of making news, of replicating sounds and words you find important. It’s like poetry, because poetry is what you can’t say in any other way.”
– David Dark, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
(Our 2009 Book of the Year. Read our Review…)

 

*** A Recent essay by ERB editor Chris Smith on a theology of the playlist

[ Previous Playlist – #5 Favorite Madeleine L’Engle Books ]

 

*** Watch for more ERB playlists in the coming weeks and months…

 


 

We have just passed through a seminal year for women, monastics, mystics and healers with the canonization of Hildegard von Bingen, followed by her being named a Doctor of the Church—one of only three women to hold that distinction. Hildegard, for me, has always been, first, a fascinating story and figure and, secondly, an inspiration for writing and all kinds of singing. Below are some of the works by or about Hildegard that have been most formative and delightful for me as I’ve explored her life and legacy.
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Francis Re-mixed
A Deeper Look at the Best Books on St. Francis

by Trevor Thompson

This is the latest in an on-going series of “playlists,” in which we recommend books around a particular theme. This one offers another, deeper look at the best books on St. Francis (the subject of our first playlist earlier this month).

“Making a mixtape (or playlist) is the opposite of indifferent. It’s heartfelt, purposeful — often a subtle form of flirtation. … [The playlist] is a way of making yourself known, an interpersonal form of show business, of making news, of replicating sounds and words you find important. It’s like poetry, because poetry is what you can’t say in any other way.”
– David Dark, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
(Our 2009 Book of the Year. Read our Review…)

*** Watch for more ERB playlists in the coming weeks and months, and for a forthcoming essay on playlists as a way of doing theology.


Use the comments below to let us know what you think…
Are there books that should be added to or deleted from this list?

St. Francis Remixed – Best BooksIt is thought to be the case that Francis is the most biographed person of all of history.  If this is the case, it is no doubt because of Francis’ holy and eternally compelling witness for living the gospel life.  But the number of biographies is also, quite frankly, because his image and mission are highly contested.  The argument about the “true Francis” gleaned from the variety of written sources and oral traditions coupled the wider historical-cultural critical work parallels the argument about the historical Jesus in so many ways.  Before Francis even dies, he himself is torn by the many versions of this so-called Franciscan life that were circulating around Europe.  As the history of Franciscan life unfolds, the drama is thick, chock-full of contentious feelings and deep fractures, even bloody sanctioned murder.  So, leaning into a top-10 list for Francis might be a more serious and risky venture than one imagines.

I will offer my “remix” playlist using genre-type classifications, dividing these works into five groupings.  I am conscious that with all typologies, there are weaknesses in classification, and of course, plenty of overlap, but this was a helpful way to consider all the strands of influence on me from this “poor one” we call Francis.  Francis is so deeply a part of my imagination, and so I offer this list to you with all the excitement, care, and vulnerability that I made and shared those cassettes of jams back in the day.

1.            Books that highlight Francis’ more radical social embodiment of the gospel life and freely use the language/lenses of Catholic social teaching (including care of creation), liberation theology, and labor/work

  • Boff, Leonardo. St. Francis: A Model for Human Liberation. Trans. by John W. Diercksmeier. New York: Crossroad, 2006. [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
  • Crosby, Michael.  Finding Francis, Following Christ.  New York: Orbis, 2008.  [ Amazon ]
  • Dennis, Marie, Joseph Nangle, OFM, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, and Stuart Taylor. St. Francis and the Foolishness of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.  [ Amazon ]
  • Flood, David.  Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Movement. Quezon City: Franciscan Institute of Asia, 1989.  Out of print, but a great work if you can get your hands on it!
  • Flood, David, and Thaddée Matura. The Birth of a Movement: A Study of the First Rule of St. Francis. Trans. by Paul Schwartz and Paul Lachance. Chicago, IL: Franciscan Herald Press, 1975.  [ Amazon ]
  • Flood, David.  The Daily Labor of the First Franciscans. St. Bonaventure: Franciscan Institute Press, 2010. [ Amazon ]

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Looking for some summer reading?

Here are our picks for the best books of the year so far…

(Sorted alphabetically by title… We’ve provided links to our review where possible)


Honorable Mentions:

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[ 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… ]
Purchase the book:  [ Amazon ]


Year of Plenty
by Craig Goodwin
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


Moby Duck
by Donovan Hohn
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

The Pleasures of Reading
In An Age of Distraction
.
by Alan Jacobs
Review in print issue #3.
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[ Amazon ][ Kindle ]


The King Jesus Gospel
by Scot McKnight
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


The Politics of Yahweh:
John Howard Yoder, The OT,
and the People of God
.
by John Nugent
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ]


The Tiger’s Wife
( *** Best Novel )
by Tea Obreht
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


The Bible Made Impossible
by Christian Smith
(*** Most important
theological work)
[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


A Public Faith:
How Followers of Christ Should
Serve the Common Good.

by Miroslav Volf
Review in print issue #4.
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


2011 Englewood Honor Books
Runners Up:

Rumors of Water:
Thoughts on Creativity
and Writing.

LL Barkat
[ Read our review… ]
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[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


William Carlos Williams
Of Rutherford

by Wendell Berry
[ Read our review… ]
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[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Caleb’s Crossing:
A Novel

by Geraldine Brooks
Read our review
in print issue #4
Purchase the book:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


Seeing Trees
by Nancy Ross Hugo

[ Read our review… ]
Purchase the book:

[ Amazon ]

 

The Wisdom of Stabilty - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.Here are our picks for the ten best books of the first half of 2010…
(In order, beginning with our favorite.)

Enjoy!

  1. The Wisdom of Stability:
    Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture
    .

    Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
    Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2010.
    Buy Now: [ ChristianBook.com ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  2. Journey to the Common Good.
    Walter Brueggemann.
    Paperback: WJK Books, 2010.
    Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  3. Imagination in Place.
    Wendell Berry.

    Hardback: Counterpoint, 2010.
    Buy now:  [ Amazon ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
    The Essential Box Set.

    15 Cd’s: Hachette Audio,  2010.
    Buy now: [ Amazon ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  5. The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
    Judith Shulevitz
    Hardback: Random House, 2010.
    Buy now: [ Amazon ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  6. The Seven Pillars of Creation:
    The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder.

    William P. Brown
    .
    Hardback: Oxford UP, 2010.
    Buy Now: [ Amazon ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  7. Harvesting Fog: Poems.
    Luci Shaw.

    Paperback: Pinyon Publishing, 2010.
    Buy now: [ Amazon ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  8. Manifold Witness:
    The Plurality of Truth.

    by John R. Franke.
    Paperback: Abingdon, 2010.
    Buy Now: [ ChristianBook.com ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  9. Imperfect Birds:
    A Novel

    Anne Lamott.
    Hardback: Riverhead, 2010.
    Buy Now: [ Amazon ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]
  10. After You Believe:
    Why Christian Character Matters.

    N.T. Wright
    .
    Hardback: HarperOne, 2010.
    Buy Now: [ ChristianBook.com ]
    [ *** Read our review *** ]