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Transformation Through Play.

A Review of (and Response to)

Learning To Speak God From Scratch:
Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them.

Jonathan Merritt

Paperback: Convergent, 2018
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Reviewed by Chris Schumerth

Who among us hasn’t had the experience of uttering, or perhaps hearing, words and phrases that are expected, so much so that they begin to lose their meaning? And then once the meanings are lost on us, and once the fad has run its course, might we just let the words slip right out of our vocabulary altogether? This is the phenomenon Jonathan Merritt takes on his new book, Learning To Speak God From Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing—and How We Can Revive Them.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Jean Vanier, Karl Barth, Fierce Conversations, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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#1:
Happiness: A Guide to a Good Life: Aristotle for the New Century 

Jean Vanier

*** $1.99 ***

A helpful bit of philosophy
from the founder of the L’Arche communities… 

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This is an important new book on the words we use and the practice of conversation!

 

*** Watch for an interview
with the author in our
Fall 2018 magazine issue!

 
 

We’re giving away THREE copies
of this brand new book:

 

Learning to Speak God from Scratch:
Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing
–and How We Can Revive Them
Jonathan Merritt

Paperback: Convergent
 
 
Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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One of the best new book releases of this week:
 

Raise Your Voice:
Why We Stay Silent
and How to Speak Up

Kathy Khang

Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
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*** Watch for our review of this book in the
Fall 2018 issue of our quarterly print magazine!!!
[ SUBSCRIBE NOW! Don’t miss this issue ]

 

“Every word of Raise Your Voice is profound, courageous, and important.”
– Jen Hatmaker

Watch the trailer video for this book:

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This week, I’ve been revising the theology chapter of my forthcoming book on conversation, HOW THE BODY OF CHRIST TALKS (Brazos Press, 2019), and getting ready for some upcoming events that I will be doing on conversation.

 

Here’s a list of books that have played a vital role in shaping the theology of my work on conversation.

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

   

Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission 

David Fitch

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A good book is a conversation, engaging other books and ideas in conversation, and setting the stage for future conversations…

This is the first in a series of posts that explore the conversation into which a particular recent book emerges. 

(Use the comments below to let us know what you think. Is this approach to a book helpful to you?
ALSO, feel free to suggest other books that are vital to this conversation…)

 

Reconstructing the Gospel:
Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Hardback: IVP Books, 2018.
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Watch for our review of this book in our May 2018 magazine issue!

 

 

Wading into the Conversation

(Helpful pre-reading)

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Today is the birthday of social critic and media ecologist Neil Postman… 

In his most prominent book Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Postman described vividly the crumbling capacity for conversation in American society, a reality that has only expanded in the 30+ years since this book was published.
 

[ Martin Buber on the Virtues of Conversation ]

 

Here are 5 important passages from Amusing Ourselves to Death on the breakdown of conversation…

 

Americans No Longer
Talk to Each Other

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This excellent book released
last month… 

All Things Hold Together in Christ:
A Conversation on Faith, Science, and Virtue

James K.A. Smith /
Michael Gulker, Eds.

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2018
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*** Watch for our review in our
Lent 2018 magazine issue [SUBSCRIPTION INFO]

 

This book was produced as part of the work of the Colossian Forum.
Watch a brief video intro to their important work….

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One of the most pressing questions among Christians in North America is about the present relevancy of the label “evangelical”… 

 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this new book from Intervarsity Press:
 
 

Still Evangelical?:
Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning

Contributors include: Shane Claiborne, Karen Swallow Prior, Lisa Sharon Harper, MORE
Mark Labberton, Editor.
Paperback: IVP Books
 
 

Enter to win a copy of this book!

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One of this fall’s best new books is:
 

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
Alan Jacobs

Hardback: Currency, 2017
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*** Watch for our review of this book
     in our Advent 2017 magazine issue.
    SUBSCRIBE NOW, and make sure you receive this issue…

 
 

LISTEN to a brief radio interview
that Alan Jacobs did with Brandon Vogt:

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