Archives For Bill McKibben


Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Peter Enns, Cheryl Strayed, Bill McKibben, AJ Heschel, MORE)

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Peter Enns

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Bill McKibben, Abraham Heschel, C.S. Lewis, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader…
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
be sure to connect with TCR via email or on Facebook

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Bill McKibben

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“Land really is the best art.”
– Andy Warhol
who was born on this date, 1928

Poem of the Day:
The Grasshopper”
Alfred Lord Tennyson,
born on this day 1809

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Most Important Number in the World
by Bill McKibben

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The Wake Up Call – August 6, 2014


 Interdependence Day

Celebrate Interdependence Day!!!

Five years ago, some friends and I suggested that instead of celebrating Independence Day, Christians should celebrate INTERdependence Day!

Here’s a recent reflection that I’ve written on Slow Church and why we need Interdependence Day

Here are seven books that are essential reading
for helping our churches to embody interdependence…

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Chris Smith and John Pattison

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014

[ Read our review ]  [ Read an excerpt ]

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What books have been helpful for you in thinking about interdependence in the Church?

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Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist

Bill McKibben

Hardback: Times Books, 2013
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From Verlyn Klinkenborg’s review in the New York Review of Books:
“People are now asking what they can do to prepare themselves for the world that climate change will bring. McKibben’s answer? Live ‘anyplace with a strong community.’ Where do we find those communities? McKibben: You make them.”
(HT: Ric Hudgens)

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EAARTH - Bill McKibben

A Review of
EAARTH:Making Life on a Tough New Planet.
Bill McKibben.
Hardback: Times Books, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

[ Read an excerpt from this book… ]

[ Watch two videos of McKibben talking about EAARTH ]

Since the release of his heralded book The End of Nature, almost twenty years ago, Bill McKibben has been leading the way in alerting us to the growing problem of climate change and pleading with us to change our consumerist ways.  Most recently, McKibben has been the spokesperson for 350, a non-profit that elevates this work of educating and calling for change.  McKibben’s new book, EAARTH: Making Life on a Tough New Planet, makes a case for the work of 350 and offers hope that we adapt to life in world where fossil fuels are not the predominant source of energy.  EAARTH (McKibben has said in interviews that we need to “channel our inner Schwarzenegger” in order to say the title: URRRTH) is basically divided into two parts, the first is an exposition of the problems that climate change is wreaking and will continue to wreak; in the second part of the book, he begins to imagine what a world less reliant on fossil fuels might look like.

The first half of the book paints a stark picture: global temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting and there is an “historic level of CO2 in the atmosphere.”  And not only are these ecological problems escalating, their effects are being felt most powerfully among the poorest peoples of the world.  In spite of all the evidence that McKibben provides, some critics will likely accuse him of exaggeration.  The question that I would pose to such critics, and especially those who identify themselves as followers of Christ, is what good and selfless reason do we have for not reducing our consumption of fossil fuels?

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Some excellent Wendell Berry videos here to kick off the video portion of our multimedia Tuesdays.

First and foremost, you do not want to miss this excellent show from Kentucky Public Television where Wendell Berry interviews Bill McKibben about Bill’s recent book Deep Economy.  I’m bummed that we can’t actually post the video here, but you should click here and go watch this video.
(It is an hour long, so if you want to watch the whole thing, you’ll need to carve out some time!)

Wendell Berry reads a recent poem (early 2009):

Brian McLaren reads one of Wendell Berry’s poems:


Bill McKibben Reviews The Big Necessity:
The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

This remarkable volume is in certain ways the story of euphemism, and the damage euphemism can do. We are, almost universally, at least a little disgusted by defecation and urination, and so our impulse is to turn away, to ignore the huge problems created when, several times a day, six billion of us sh-t and pee. Solving those problems—both at the level of the village, and of the globe—will require, Rose George says, fighting the urge to look the other way.

Here, for instance, is how Dr. Kar proceeds when he visits a Bangladeshi hamlet where there are, as in so much of the world, no working toilets—a village where people sh-t in the field. He asks residents to take him on a walk through their town. “It is important to stop in areas of open defecation and spend quite a bit of time there asking questions and making other calculations while inhaling the unpleasant smell and taking in the unpleasant sight of large-scale open defecation. If people try to move you on, insist on staying there despite their embarrassment. Experiencing the disgusting sight and smell in a new way, accompanied by a visitor, is a key factor which triggers mobilization.”

Kar then sits the village down and gets them to calculate how much sh-t they’re producing a day—person by person, family by family. They then try to figure out where it goes—”into their bathing ponds and rivers, and from there onto their clothes, their plates and cups, their hands and mouths.” Eventually the villagers calculated that they were eating 10 grams a day apiece of fecal matter. And after that—after that they were far more open to the idea of building a good latrine and using it.

Read the full review:

The Big Necessity:
The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

Rose George
Hardcover: Metropolitan Books, 2008
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A review of Flesh Made Word: Saints’ Stories and the Western Imagination.

Systematicians, ethicists, and historians of theology have long pondered the role of saints in the spiritual and intellectual life of the Christian community. In Flesh Made Word, Aviad Kleinberg offers a sociological perspective on hagiography that is at once provocative and challenging. He discovers in the stories of the saints from early Christianity to the later Middle Ages sources complexly formative of the Christian religious experience.

Central to Kleinberg’s project is his definition of charisma, not as an objective attribute possessed by the saint, but rather as a “disposition on the part of a particular group to attribute exceptional qualities, generally a relationship with God, to one of its members” (8). The designation of someone as charismatic is the result of a process of negotiation between the saint and the community in which the saint receives authority from the community in exchange for sharing the spiritual powers that flow from her special relationship with the divine. Kleinberg contends that while the saint’s example is a vital source of communicative religious experience, and is valued as such throughout the church, her liminal status between the human and divine also threatens the church’s power and self-understanding. Thus the saint’s story belongs to the church and yet exercises authority beyond the control of the institution’s elites. These narratives form part of a social dynamic that reinvigorates and reinterprets the Christian experience for each generation of believers.

Kleinberg’s exploration of saints’ narratives begins with the martyrs of the early church and progresses through asceticism into the late medieval period. Rather than a timeline of the genre’s development, his descriptive history offers insight into the sociological complexities in which these stories were created and received. For instance, martyrdom narratives in the early church are connected with the response of the first disciples to the death of Christ; Christianity’s emergence from Judaism and encounter with pagan nature cults; the contributions of popular piety and theological orthodoxy to developing soteriologies; and the political and cultural influence of the Roman Empire. By examining diverse aspects of the historical situation of these stories, Kleinberg prepares his readers to find in the saints’ narratives multiple messages that are as pluriform and contradictory as their historical contexts.

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Flesh Made Word: Saints’ Stories and the Western Imagination.
Aviad Kleinberg.

Hardcover: Belknap Press, 2008.
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The NY TIMES Review of LOSING EVERYTHING by David Lozell Martin

The novelist David Lozell Martin’s achy-breaky new memoir, “Losing Everything,” was written before Lehman Brothers, before WaMu and before television viewers had memorized every contour of Hank Paulson’s shaved head — before, that is, the American economy collapsed and so many lives began spinning on patches of black ice.

But Mr. Martin’s plain-spoken account of what it’s like to be stripped of everything — his spouse, his writing career, his farm, his money, his health, his dignity and eventually his sanity — may mean a lot to some people who are struggling right now. It’s a bruising survival story.

“Losing Everything” is not a tidy, perfectly stitched account of depression or a crackup, like William Styron’s “Darkness Visible” or Andrew Solomon’s “Noonday Demon.” Mr. Martin is not that kind of writer. He’s a blue-collar guy with a rowdy side, and his expletive-filled prose arrives at your door as if dressed in scuffed boots and Carhartts, ready to clean out your liquor cabinet and crank up the stereo.

Those boots will leave mud on your floor. He is not as gifted a writer as Harry Crews or Larry Brown or Stephen King, but his stuff will put you in mind of all three writers. He keeps you wincing and turning the pages in a way that some finer writers do not.

Read the full review:

David Lozell Martin

Hardcover.  Simon and Schuster, 2008.
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Christianity Today interviews James Wilhoit
author of Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered. 

“… Certainly you have those classic disciplines that [Richard ] Foster talks about [in Celebration of Discipline]. But the trouble with those disciplines is they can become kind of “quiet time only” activities. So I want to put emphasis those disciplines that are distinctively relational. We all are in the midst of being formed and challenged in relationships, and we just have to be intentional about that — about engaging people in the margin, about offering forgiveness to people that have hurt us. And so that has to be there.

Foster’s introduction is so helpful in emphasizing this, and a lot of people’s lives, like mine, were changed by it. But a lot of people read the book and practiced these activities in a way that never touches their life.

I want to emphasize the context as well as the practices. What I have seen with my students is if you take a legalist and teach them Richard Foster, they simply become a far more adroit legalist. We constantly need to go back to this theme that it is all about seeking to live out the gospel and live out of our brokenness. …”

Read the full interview:

James Wilhoit.
Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered.

Paperback. Baker Books. 2007.
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The MetroTimes (Detroit) reviews
American Earth: Environmental Writings Since Thoreau
edited by Bill McKibben

The reality of climate change is now beyond doubt in the scientific community. We also now know that it will take more than technological innovation to stave off its potentially devastating environmental consequences. As academic and laboratory squabbles about our planet’s ills begin to fade, the arduous task of correcting past and current negligence becomes, to a significant degree, an effort of rhetoric. Environmentalism today is in large part a campaign for the world’s hearts and minds, which makes the present a useful time to think deeply about the literature that addresses these concerns. American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, a 1,000-page anthology, represents a Herculean effort on the part of author and activist Bill McKibben, its editor, to bring together the texts most relevant to an audience unfamiliar with the topic. It is matchless in its heft, generous in scope (included are Sierra Club founder John Muir and Marvin Gaye), and, with a detailed chronology in its back matter, serviceable in its depth.

Environmental writing today stretches from detailed meditations on particular places, such as those written by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, to assessments, by writers active in the environmental justice movement, of the social and economic inequalities that cause environmental burdens to be distributed unequally (think of Erin Brockovich’s lawsuits). The bulk of McKibben’s anthology leans marginally closer to the wonder-of-nature end of this spectrum, and likewise skews toward the present. But nearly all of the writers we associate with the movement, from the middle of the 19th century to the present, appear here… “

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American Earth: Environmental Writings Since Thoreau
Bill McKibben, editor.

Hardcover. Library of America. 2008.
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First Things reviews Michael Ward’s
Planet Narnia.

“Late one night, a young scholar at Cambridge named Michael Ward reads “The Planets,” a minor poem by C.S. Lewis. In it he encounters a curious phrase about the influence of Jupiter: winter passed / And guilt forgiv’n. This, he notices, is exactly what happens in one of Lewis’ most famous works, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Could the poem and the book be connected somehow?

Ward quickly begins to notice connections between other books in Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series and other planets in the poem. He remembers a line from Father Silouan, the nineteenth-century Orthodox monk, about how prayer is a participation in the Holy Spirit, and he hears an echo in Lewis’ own words—’In prayer, God speaks to God.’

“I did not shout ‘Eureka!’ and run naked down the street like Archimedes,” Ward explains, “but I did jump from my bed in a state of undress and begin to pull books from my shelves, chasing links from work to work.” Indeed, he writes, “I immediately and instinctively knew, though it took much longer to understand with clarity, that Lewis had cryptically designed the Chronicles so that the seven heavens spoke through them like a kind of language or song. He had translated the planets into plots, and the music of the spheres could be heard silently sounding (or tingling, as he would have said) in each work.”

In other words, in 2003, Michael Ward discovered the secret key to the Chronicles of Narnia, a key no one had found before: Each of the seven planets of the ancient celestial hierarchy provides the atmospheric superstructure for each of the seven books in Lewis’ series of children’s books.  …”

Read the full review:

Michael Ward. Planet Narnia:
The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of CS Lewis.
Hardcover. Oxford UP. 2007.
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