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Children's LiteratureThis is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Last week’s post:  [ Early Children’s Literature ]  1st post in this series: [ Classics of Ancient History ]

This week we focus on Children’s Literature (Pre-1922). We have selected the following books as recommended reading.
This is a follow-up to last week’s post…

These are important books that would be great for children to read or for families to read aloud together. This list is also a great resource for homeschooling families.

In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.


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2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of this important book by Jane Jacobs, but it is strikingly relevant today in light of the government shutdown and the looming possibility of economic default.

Dark Age Ahead
Jane Jacobs

Paperback: Vintage, 2004.
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I have recently written a reflection on
the relevance of this book by Jane Jacobs
in the midst of the present government shutdown

 
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Early Children's LiteratureThis is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.
 
Last week’s post (1st in the series):  [ Classics of Ancient History ]
 

This week we focus on Early Children’s Literature (Pre-1900). We have selected the following books as recommended reading.
Next week we will continue the focus on Children’s Lit with a list of 20th century classics…
 
These are important books that would be great for children to read or for families to read aloud together. This list is also a great resource for homeschooling families.

 

In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

 
Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.
 
 


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Ancient HistoryThis will be the first post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

This first group of books focus on Ancient History.  We have selected these books as recommended reading on this topic.

In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

Editor’s Note: These are all important books on this topic. However, they are all in the public domain, which means that they are at least 90 years old.  For some works, newer and better translations may exist; some parts of the historical accounts in these books may be considered outdated today, but these works still stand as solid introductions to the basic people and stories of antiquity. And, of course, they are free.


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Nectar to an Aching Soul

An essay on the classic novel

Franny and Zooey
J.D. Salinger

Paperback: Back Bay Books
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By Craig D. Katzenmiller

 

“I’m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me. I’m ashamed of it. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of splash.”

 
These are the words that Salinger puts on the lips of Franny Glass, a young university student who is rebelling against university life and one of the main characters in Franny and Zooey.
 
I was introduced to this book by a friend, who sent the above five sentence quote to me in an email. A D.Phil student in a German university at the time, I was growing frustrated with the whole academia scene, and these words were nectar to my aching soul. I sat with them as my wife and I made the decision to return to America in order to find fulfilling work. Upon my return to the States, Franny and Zooey was the first book I picked up.

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Today is the birthday of theologian Karl Barth, born 1886.

*** Books by Karl Barth

Here is an excerpt from one of his most famous books:

Epistle to the Romans.

Paperback: Oxford UP, 1968.
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David LipscombTo stir conversation among Christians in regard to the upcoming presidential election in the US, we are offering the Kindle ebook of David Lipscomb‘s classic work On Civil Government for only $0.99! (Through 31 Oct 2012)


Get your copy of this book today: 
http://amzn.to/OnCivilGovernment

David Lipscomb (January 21, 1831 – November 11, 1917) was a minister, editor, and educator in the American Restoration Movement and one of the leaders of that movement, which, by 1906, had formalized a division into the Church of Christ (with which Lipscomb was affiliated) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). James A. Harding and David Lipscomb founded the Nashville Bible School, which is now known as Lipscomb University in honor of the latter. (bio via Wikipedia)

Here is an excerpt from On Civil Government on the topic of voting:

To the claim that a Christian is bound to vote, when he has the privilege, for that which promotes morality, and to fail to vote for the restriction and suppression of evil is to vote for it, we have determined that, to vote or use the civil power is to use force and carnal weapons. Christians cannot use these. To do so is to do evil that good may come. This is specially forbidden to Christians. To do so is to fight God’s battles with the weapons of the evil one. To do so is to distrust God. Continue Reading…

 

Jane Jacobs - Death and Life of Great American CitiesHere’s a nice book trailer that introduces Jane Jacobs’s classic book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Which, incidentally, is the classic book we review in our coming print issue!

Death and Life of Great American Cities.

50th Anniversary Edition.

Jane Jacobs.

Hardback: Modern Library 2011.
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Today is the birthday of Shusaku Endo, born 1923…

In honor of his birthday, we share the brief essay that John Pattison wrote about Endo’s novel SILENCE in

Besides the Bible:

100 Books that Have, Should or Will Create Christian Culture.

Dan Gibson, Jordan Green, John Pattison.

Paperback: IVP Books, 2012.
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Besides the Bible, originally published by Biblica Books in 2010, has recently been re-released by IVP Books.