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The Author To Her Book
Anne Bradstreet

This poem is found in the collection:
To My Husband and Other Poems
(Only $2.99 for Kindle!!!)

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did’st by my side remain,
Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad expos’d to public view,
Made thee in rags, halting to th’ press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judge).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call.
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight,
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.
I wash’d thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.

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We’re celebrating the twelve days of Christmas between today and Epiphany Sunday (January 6th) by giving away copies of some of the year’s best books (78 books to be given away total)!!!

Here’s how the giveaway will work:


Each day we’ll add a new book and draw a winner who will win a copy of that day’s book PLUS, copies of all the previous days’ books! (So, the grand prize winner on the final day will win twelve books, one from each of the days!!!)


We will only draw the winner for each day from entries on that day, so you are only eligible to win on days that you share the link to the contest and post a new entry.


To Enter:

1) You must be subscribed to one of our FREE email digests (either daily or weekly).


2) Post the following message on your blog, Facebook Page, or on Twitter:


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3) Leave a comment below noting which email list you are subscribed to and a link to your post for #2 (Leaving a comment is essential as we will draw the giveaway winners from among the comments left.)


After you have entered once, you only need to complete steps two and three for subsequent entries. (You must share the contest link each time you enter!)


Day #1:
26 December 2012

Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation.

Norman Wirzba / Fred Bahnson
IVP Books.

Reviewed in our Eastertide 2012 print issue.

Day #2:
27 December 2012

Doug Worgul

Burnside Books.

Read our review
Winner also gets copy of Day #1 book!

Day #3:
28 December 2012

The Awakening of Hope.

Book/DVD set.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove


Watch the Book Trailer

Winner gets Book/DVD
PLUS the books from Days 1-2

Day #4:
29 December 2012

Christianity After Religion.

Diana Butler Bass

Read our review

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-3

Day #5:
30 December 2012

Creating a Missional Culture.

J.R. Woodward
IVP Books.

Read an Excerpt

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-4

Day #6:
31 December 2012

Rule of St. Benedict: A Contemporary Paraphrase.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Paraclete Press.

Watch the book trailer

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-5

Day #7:
1 January 2013

The Intentional Christian Community Handbook.
David Janzen

Paraclete Press.

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-6

Day #8:
2 January 2013

The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Bio of Flannery O’Connor.
Jonathan Rogers

Thomas Nelson.

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-7

Day #9:
3 January 2013

This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling
Christine Jeske and Adam Jeske

IVP Books

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-8

Day #10:
4 January 2013

The Space Between
Eric Jacobsen

Baker Academic

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-9

Day #11:
5 January 2013

Being Church
John Alexander

Cascade Books

[ Read our review… ]

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-10

Day #12:
6 January 2013

Incorporation: A Novel
Will Willimon

Cascade Books

[ Read an excerpt… ]

Winner gets this book
PLUS the books from Days 1-11


Bookmark this page and be sure to enter this Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway on each day!!!

Bargain Books [Vol. 4, #27]

December 30, 2011 — 1 Comment


In our continuing effort to fund the publication and free distribution of The Englewood Review, we offer you the opportunity to buy bargain books from CBD that we think of are interest. Buying books this way is a win / win / win proposition. You get great books for a great price, CBD gets the sale and we get an excellent referral fee from CBD.

This week’s Bargains:

071478: Free for All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community Free for All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community

By Tim Conder & Daniel Rhodes / Baker Books

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In this provocative book Emerging church pastors Tim Condor and Daniel Rhodes reveal that our reading of Scripture today is held captive by our culture. Exploring the need to encounter Scripture collectively they invite us to listen in as members from their church delve into four Bible passages discussing subjects on “the obscure,” “the emotive,” “the familiar,” and “the controversial.” Ultimately, Free for All makes a compelling case for communities as valid outlets for biblical interpretation. Condor and Rhodes show how communities can provide a way for proclamation of the biblical text, liberating its voice and prompting practices of hospitality, ethics, mission, and imagination.

231743: Great Prayers of the Old Testament Great Prayers of the Old Testament

By Walter Brueggemann / Westminster John Knox Press

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What was ancient Hebrew devotional life actually like? In Great Prayers of the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann goes behind the scenes to uncover how leading figures of the Old Testament viewed their own situation, as well as the expectations they had of God in twelve specific prayers.

31192: Acts, Interpretation Commentary Acts, Interpretation Commentary

By William H. Willimon / Westminster John Knox Press

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Based on the idea that the purpose of Acts was not to make Christianity acceptable to the Roman state, but rather to preserve the integrity of the church and protect it from the onslaughts of classical culture, this astute commentary combines the latest findings in Lukan scholarship with the pastoral, educational, and theological concerns of the local church. Hardcover, John Knox Press.

3115X: Psalms, Interpretation Commentary Psalms, Interpretation Commentary

By James L. Mays / Westminster John Knox Press

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Psalms by James L. Mays is part of the Interpretation series published by John Knox Press. This volume covers all of the psalms in 457 pages. Each psalm is given a discussion which does not exceed eight pages, and some are given one page at most. The format is terse, not notated, and is designed for teaching or preaching. The biblical text is the NRSV translation (not included), and the comments are by a person who has spent considerable time teaching the subject at the college/seminary level. The book is not written from an evangelical stand point, but is pointed toward helping the pastor/teacher reach his/her audience with the aspects of biblical usage of a given psalm.

227341: Barth for Armchair Theologians Barth for Armchair Theologians

By John R. Franke / Westminster John Knox Press

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The sheer volume and complexity of Barth’s writings can overwhelm students new to his work. That’s why this introduction is a good starting point. Complemented by whimsical illustrations, Franke’s overview outlines key principles in Barth’s thought; chronicles his break from 19th-century liberalism; discusses the formation of his neo-orthodoxy; and highlights people he continues to influence. 192 pages, softcover from Westminster/John Knox.

36526: The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint

By Stephen R. Haynes / Augsburg Fortress

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Stephen Haynes offers a provocative assessment of the Bonhoeffer mystique, which interprets Bonhoeffer’s legacy through the medium of sainthood. Before casting an eye on the great pastor-theologian through a hagiographic lens, Haynes examines various receptions and appropriations of Bonhoeffer from different theological, ecclesial, and political contexts. Bonhoeffer is viewed from such divergent perspectives as radical theology and politics (exemplified in “death of God” theology), liberal theology and social ethics, conservative popular Christianity and evangelicalism, and lastly, the universal portrait of Bonhoeffer, which highlights his ecumenical significance. The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon provides an invaluable introduction to Bonhoeffer studies, while also offering its own unique analysis of Bonhoeffer’s life and thought.

638158: The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives

By Stephen R. Haynes / Augsburg Fortress

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How much did Dietrich Bonhoeffer know of the Holocaust, and what did he do to help the Jews? Should Bonhoeffer be considered one of the “Righteous among the Nations”?In this welcome sequel to his acclaimed The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon, Stephen Haynes takes up these vexing and controversial questions. While Bonhoeffer spoke out against mistreatment of the Jews as early as 1933 in a radio broadcast, his own reflection on Jewish identity in Christian theology and on the plight of the Jews developed considerably over the next dozen years. Always forthright yet fair, Haynes analyzes the historical record and Bonhoeffer’s maturing theology and shows how Bonhoeffer’s self-critical theology relates to the later advent of post-Holocaust theologies, with their sharply posed challenges to traditional Christian supersessionism.

96042: Qoheleth: Continental Commentary Series [CCS] Qoheleth: Continental Commentary Series [CCS]

By Norbert Lohfink / Augsburg Fortress

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One of the most literary—yet one of the most perplexing—books in the Old Testament, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) has roused the interest of poets, philosophers, and historians. Rather than seeing the book as a cynic’s swan song, Lohfink discovers elements of joy and a call for a more balanced view of life. 144 pages, hardcover. Fortress.


The Englewood Review will be giving away a book from Doulos Christou Press via every Thursday at 11AM (ET) this summer.

Here are the contest rules:

  1. You must follow us on Twitter @ERBks
  2. At 11AM (ET) each Thursday,  I’ll announce the start of the contest, with a question to which you must reply
  3. The third person to reply to our question will win that week’s book!
    (Note the change in rules this week, to make things more exciting!!!)

The book that we are giving away this week is Shane Claiborne’s Iraq Journal 2003, (pictured above) which tells the story in words and pictures of Shane’s time in Iraq right at the start of the present war.