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One of this week’s most important new books is…
 

The New Urban Crisis:
How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Richard Florida

Hardback: Basic Books, 2017
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Listen to an interview that the author did with NPR this week…
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I’ve started reading this new book, and am finding it utterly fascinating…
 

The Great Wall of China and the Salton Sea: Monuments, Missteps, and the Audacity of Ambition
Russell Rathbun

Hardback: Eerdmans, 2017
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Here’s a great interview with the author about the book…

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Janisse_Ray

Yesterday (Feb. 2) was the birthday of ecologist and nature writer, Janisse Ray. 

 
Here are two wonderful video clips that beautifully convey her passion for being attentive to and caring for the places in which we live.

This I Believe:

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Eugene_Peterson

Sunday (Nov. 6) marks the birthday of acclaimed pastor and writer, Eugene Peterson…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips featuring Eugene Peterson

*** Books by Eugene Peterson

Conversation with Bono on the Psalms:

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One of this month’s most interesting new books is…
 

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
Richard Rohr

With Mike Morrell
Hardback: Whitaker House, 2016.
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Rohr and Morrell recorded a series of video clips that introduce the book…
 
 
Watch these clips:
 
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Eyes on the Street:
The Life of Jane Jacobs

Robert Kanigel

Hardback: Knopf, 2016
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The author recently was interviewed about the book on WYPR, an NPR affiliate in his hometown of Baltimore.
 

Listen to this interview now:

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One of the best new book releases of this week is:
 

Commonwealth: A Novel
Ann Patchett

Hardback: Harper, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
 

Listen to an NPR interview with Patchett, from All Things Considered:

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One of this week’s best new releases

 
 

Here I Am: A Novel
Jonathan Safran Foer

Hardback: FSG Books, 2016
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Here is a clip from our review by Amy Neftzger
that will run in our next print issue:
(SUBSCRIBE NOW and don’t miss this issue).

Love is integral to life and this idea is prevalent throughout the novel. In most cases love is a struggle for us as we figure out how to best love our spouses, children, parents, and others. As part of finding his identity, Jacob attempts to learn how to give and receive love. He wrestles with this, just as we all do, and he tries in his imperfect manner to reason out the best way to demonstrate love, knowing that that intent and perception may be two very different things. Eventually he comes to the conclusion that without love each of us will die. However, each of us will also die with love, but not all deaths are equal. Love won’t make anything last longer than it should, but love is essential. We all need it and it impacts the quality of our lives, as well as how we perceive our own deaths.

Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

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McKnight-Fellowship

This is a brief, but excellent introduction to two of Scot McKnight’s recent books:

Kingdom Conspiracy:
Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church

and 

A Fellowship of Differents:
Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together

( Our 2015 Book of the Year!)


 
Watch this conversation between Scot McKnight and Leslie Leyland Fields on Scot’s greatest concern for the future of the Church…

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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

The Fire This Time:
A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward

Hardback: Scribner, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Ward did this week on the book:

 
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