Archives For *Conversations*

 

NPR is one of the many sources we look to for tips on excellent new books!
We especially love their interviews with authors.

 
Here is a Top 10 list of our favorite NPR author interviews of 2018…

 #10 – Love

Matt de la Peña

Hardback: G.P. Putnam.
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Fleming Rutledge’s new book on Advent is extraordinary!
 

Advent:
The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ

Fleming Rutledge

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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*** Watch for our review of this book
in our Advent 2018 magazine issue
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Watch this brief video of Fleming Rutledge
talking about the meaning of Advent…

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This biography is one of this year’s best nonfiction books:
 

Frederick Douglass:
Prophet of Freedom

David Blight

Hardback: Simon & Schuster, 2018
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Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

 
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This collection of short stories has been nominated for a number of awards this year (long-listed for the National Book Award, Finalist for the Kirkus Prize):

Heads of the Colored People: Stories
Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Hardback: Atria, 2018
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Listen to a great interview that Nafissa Thompson-Spires
did with NPR’s Audie Cornish:

 
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One of
this week’s best new book releases is:

Insurrecto:
A Novel

Gina Apostol

Hardback: Soho Press, 2018
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This novel is also one of our
10 Fiction Books to Watch for in November

 

Listen to an NPR interview that
Gina Apostol did with Scott Simon:

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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s news-quiz, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” has just published a new book… on running.
 

The Incomplete Book of Running
Peter Sagal 

Hardback: Simon & Schuster, 2018
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The 25 Best Running Books

 

Listen to an interview that Peter Sagal did about this book 
with Ari Shapiro of NPR’s All Things Considered:

 
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I’ve just finished reading this extraordinary new book, and am writing about it for our Advent magazine issue… [ SUBSCRIBE ]
 

Reader, Come Home:
The Reading Brain
in a Digital World

Maryanne Wolf

Hardback: Harper 2018
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This book is essential reading for anyone who has the privilege of introducing young people to the wonders of language, and especially those who work with children under the age of 10.
 

This public radio interview from Boston’s WBUR,
offers a superb peek at the central ideas in the book:

 
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One of the most important books released this month is:
 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
Brené Brown

Hardback: Random House, 2018.
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*** Our Intro Guide to
Brené Brown’s Work
 

 

In this interview with CBS This Morning,
Brown offers a fine, concise intro to this new book:

 
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One of this week’s best new book releases is: 
 

Seeing Jesus in East Harlem:
What Happens When Churches Show up and Stay Put
José Humphreys

 
Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
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Listen to an interview that the author did with
The Prophetic Resistance Podcast:

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The Relational Consequences
of Sacred Talk

 

A Response to
CHRISTIANITY TODAY’s Review 

(by Tim Muehlhoff ) of Jonathan Merritt’s  New Book
Learning to Speak God from Scratch:
Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing
–and How We Can Revive Them

By D.S. Leiter

 

READ our review of this book

And Watch for our interview with the author
in our Fall 2018 magazine issue.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This reflection was
originally posted on the writer’s blog,

and is reprinted here with her permission.
 
I’ve been getting my mind in gear to teach my general education communication classes that start in just over a week. And so when I read a recent Christianity Today review that’s in my wheelhouse—I’m a communication scholar, after all, and it’s a review by a communication scholar (Tim Muehlhoff) of a recent book about sacred language by Jonathan Merritt—my mind turned to an important distinction that pops up in Chapter 1 of the interpersonal communication textbook I teach.
 
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