Archives For Conversation

 

Brazos Press just released a series of video clips that introduce ERB editor Chris Smith’s soon-to-be-released book:
 

How the Body of Christ Talks:
Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church

Paperback: Brazos Press, April 2019.
Pre-order now: [ Amazon ]
 
 

Watch the trailer video that overviews the book:

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This is a great interview about an important book…
 

Digital Minimalism:
Choosing a Focused Life
in a Noisy World

 
Cal Newport

 
Hardback: Portfolio, 2019.
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Listen to to this interview from public radio station WNYC…

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Flourishing in Conversation
 
A Review of

I Think You’re Wrong
(But I’m Listening):
A Guide to Grace-Filled
Political Conversations

Sarah Stewart Holland /
Beth Silvers

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2019
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers are long-time friends and co-hosts of the Pantsuit Politics podcast. More significantly though, they sit on opposite sides of the political spectrum: Sarah is a Democrat (a former Hillary Clinton campaign worker) and Beth is a Republican. Together they have written an important new book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening), that guides us toward “grace-filled political conversations.” Sarah and Beth invite us into the joys and vulnerability of a conversational life:

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This is a monumental work by Robert Alter, the product of 24 years of labor.

The Hebrew Bible:
A Translation with Commentary

(3 volume set)
Robert Alter

Hardback: W.W. Norton, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

Listen to a great NPR interview with the author:

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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
Buy Now: 
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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.
Buy Now:  [Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

Watch for our review of this book in our May 2018 magazine issue!

 

 

Wading into the Conversation

(Helpful pre-reading)

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