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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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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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I’m looking forward to going to the Justice Conference this weekend in Chicago!

In honor of this gathering, I offer…

10 Recent Books that will guide us toward a deeper,
more Christ-like understanding of justice.

Where applicable, I have link to our review / coverage of each book.

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One of this week’s best new book releases…


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 ]


Read an excerpt from this new book (via LitHub)…


Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

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 Give the Gift

Give the Gift of Reading This Christmas!

You may or may not know that we also publish a quarterly print magazine that contains exclusive book news, reviews and interviews that are NOT available on our website.

The print edition of the Englewood Review makes a perfect gift for all the readers on your Christmas list!

You can use these links to purchase a subscription for yourself or a friend:

ONE YEAR   ( $18.95 )    TWO YEAR  ( $35.00 )

Using the above links, make sure the recipient’s postal address is included as the SHIPPING address. We will be glad to send an email notification of this gift to your recipient! Simply include their email address as “special instructions” with your payment.

If you want to give us a gift this Christmas, and help sustain and support the work of the ERB, here are two ways to do so…

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CCDA 2014

Are you going to the CCDA 2014 Conference next week?

We will be there and will be running the main conference bookstore, as we have for the past 4 years.  Please do stop by and say hello!

Here are seven new books that we will be featuring in the bookstore!
(All of these books have been released in the last year…)

Most of these authors will also be speaking at the conference. Be sure to attend their sessions.

John Perkins | Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Lisa Sharon Harper
  | Leroy Barber
Chanequa Walker-Barnes | Slow Church | Eugene Cho

John Perkins

Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins
(U of Mississippi Press, 2013)


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 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…

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
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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