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Of the many books that will get adapted to film in 2017,
Here are our most anticipated ones.

(In order, leading up to the most anticipated.)

*** Be sure to read (or re-read) the book before you see the movie!

#10
Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon
Buy now:
[ Print Book ] [ Kindle ]

 

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. 

 

 
 

Film Adaptation:

Releases: May 19. Director:  Stella Meghie
Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

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On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced.

The Pulitzer Prizes and Fellowships, established in Columbia University by the will of the first Joseph Pulitzer, are awarded by the university on the recommendation of The Pulitzer Prize Board.

Here are the winners in the Letters & Drama category…
(Some of which have been featured here over the last year)

Looking for a book to read?
These books are well worth your time…

[ Fiction ]  [ General NonFiction ] [ Poetry ]
[ History ]  [ Drama ]  [ Biography ]

 

FICTION

Winner:
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Yesterday (March 30) marked the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, one of our favorite artists and certainly one of the most well-known artists in history.

 
In honor of the occasion, here are five essential books for understanding the artist, his faith  and his work… 

 

1) Van Gogh: Complete Works

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An Open Letter

 
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Reading for the Common Good:
How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish
C. Christopher Smith

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
By Ragan Sutterfield

 

Dear Chris,

I couldn’t write a straight review of your book.  I know you too well and I couldn’t really be objective (not that that is an ideal).  Instead I want to offer a kind of open letter, a way to reflect with you about the book and invite others into the conversation.

There are two things that guided my understanding of Reading for the Common Good.  The first is that, like you, I cannot conceive of my faith apart from reading.  As a child my faith was formed by fiction—Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, and so many others.  Later, it broadened to include philosophy and theology, the classics of the spiritual masters, and profound fiction such as The Brother Karamazov.  My reading now is steady and varied, this year I’ve enjoyed books about microbiology and woodworking, Christian ethics in a time of climate change and a novel about a community in the midst of a fracking boom.  All of it has something to say to my life as a Christian because such a life is lived through the God who is the creator and sustainer of all things.  This is something you get and communicate so clearly in Reading for the Common Good.  You share this deep love and dependence on books and you make that alive to the reader.

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Tomorrow (March 26) marks the anniversary of Walt Whitman’s death in 1892.

In remembrance of him, we offer five of his poems that we love from his famed collection LEAVES OF GRASS…

Poets to Come
Walt Whitman

 

Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than
before known,
Arouse! for you must justify me.

I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.

I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a
casual look upon you and then averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.

NEXT POEM >>>>>

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Next Tuesday willl see the release of Brené Brown’s latest book Rising Strong!

In honor of the occasion, we offer an introductory reading guide to Brown’s previous work to get you up to speed…
 
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
 
 

Don’t miss our essay The Vulnerable Faith of Brené Brown
by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.

 
For the quickest immersion into Brown’s work, here are the videos of her immensely popular TED Talks:

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Hauerwas

With the release of Stanley Hauerwas’ newest book this week, we thought it would be a good time to offer an introductory guide to the work of “America’s Best Theologian” (TIME magazine, 2001).

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

*** Don’t miss some of our favorite online Hauerwas videos

 

1) Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir

 

This late-in-life memoir is a great place to start as it offers a biographical context for understanding Hauerwas’s theology.

 




 

 

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Image Credit: From the cover to Hauerwas’s memoir Hannah’s Child… (Buy it now!)

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The Story of a Man and his Obsession

 

A Feature Review of

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio
Andrea Mays

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
Reviewed by Anna Visser
 
In her prologue to The Millionaire and the Bard, author Andrea Mays says all that needs to be said about the book that is to follow: “This is a story of resurrection, of a magical book and two men, an American millionaire and an English playwright—the man who coveted the First Folio, and the man who composed it” (xvi). In this one, summative sentence, Mays reveals her awe and fascination with Shakespeare and his works, and she draws us into this tale of a man who revered Shakespeare even more than she does. The story that follows is, indeed, somehow magical—even to a reader who might not necessarily otherwise identify as a Shakespeare enthusiast.
 
Mays begins by explaining the history behind this magnificent book that would become the object of academic affection and collectors’ obsession—Shakespeare’s First Folio, a massive 900 page collection of 36 plays, collected and edited by two of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell.

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For us at Englewood Christian Church, conversation has always gone hand-in-hand with reading.

 
The mission of The Englewood Review of Books has always been to promote the practices of reading and conversation as essential to the life of local churches. We are launching these forums as a conversational resource in the hope that the opportunity to talk with Christian readers around the globe will energize and assist you in the work of reading and face-to-face conversations about reading in your local church and neighborhood.

 

The forums will fully open for conversation on Wednesday July 29.

CLICK HERE to go to the Forum. Also there is now a link to the forum at the top of our site.
 
Until then, feel free to take a look, create a user account, and introduce yourself on the Introductions board.
 
We will begin our book-of-the-month conversations in August, with two 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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