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Enter to win an advance copy of this excellent new book (which doesn’t release until mid-July!) by O. Alan Noble, co-founder of Christ And Pop Culture!  

 
We’re giving away FIVE Advance copies of:

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age
O. Alan Noble

IVP Books, July 2018

 

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A Holistic Vision
for Single Christians

 
A Feature Review of 
 

Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness
Joy Beth Smith

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2018
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Reviewed by Gina Dalfonzo
 
 

Looking through the table of contents of Joy Beth Smith’s Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness, one is hit by truth after mythbusting truth. It’s all right there in the chapter titles: “God Doesn’t Owe You a Husband.” “Singleness Isn’t Seasonal.” “Jesus Might Not Meet All Your Needs.”

And that’s before we even get to the section on sex.

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“A Vision of Inclusion and Redemption”
 
A Review of
 

The War on Kids:
How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
Cara Drinan

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2017
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Reviewed by Trudy Taylor Smith
 
 

In The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way, law professor Cara H. Drinan draws on both academic research and first-hand, personal accounts to expose the oppressive system  that funnels our nation’s most vulnerable children and youth into prisons. More than one million kids are arrested every year across the country (4), and nearly 100,000 of them will be incarcerated alongside adults (73).

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Are we Doomed?
 
A Review of
 

The Locals: A Novel
Jonathan Dee

Hardback: Random House, 2017
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Reviewed by Ashley Hales
 
 

I wanted so much more for The Locals: a novel set between 9/11 and the Great Recession. The sort of British nineteenth century social novel written for the American twenty-first century. I wanted a novel that keenly engaged issues of class, culture, small town life, and told the story of the town alongside the story of deeply flawed, but interesting characters. I wanted to see our own age grittily explored with stabbing political statements and observations. It promised so much.

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Caring for Both the Earth
and Those who Inhabit It

A Brief Review of 

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
Kate Raworth

Hardback: Chelsea Green Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Patrick Bowers

 

It is not very often a macroeconomic book could be praised as both approachable and revolutionary at the same time, but I think that is the only way to sum up Kate Raworth’s book.  This book was years in the making and the author very much wants the readers to follow her along on her trip from student to a shaper of economic thought.
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One of the best theology books released this month is: 

Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness
Andrew Root

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
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Here is a great book trailer video in which Root introduces the book, and its connection to philosopher Charles Taylor’s important work: A Secular Age

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible.com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
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Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

 

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart

Christena Cleveland

Read by: Randye Kaye
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This Sunday, May 28, marks the 101st birthday of novelist Walker Percy.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to his work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

1)  The Moviegoer: A Novel

 
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The Juncture of the Ordinary and the Extraordinary

A Review of 

Sheds
Howard Mansfield

Photographs by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey
Paperback: Bauhan, 2016
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Reviewed by Pam Kittredge
 

In his book, Sheds, author Howard Mansfield writes, sheds might be “the shortest line between need and shelter.” Mansfield’s book then expands on this conjecture, exploring sheds through the lenses of architecture, history and culture. He shows sheds in a variety of places, with a variety of purposes, across time.

Mansfield’s sheds form their own wildly diverse landscape of shapes and colors, of uses and purposes. Once we have observed this diversity through the author’s eyes, it seems to be everywhere. At least in New England where I live, and where Mansfield finds many of his examples, the shed is ubiquitous.

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This is a running list of the books that ERB editor Chris Smith has reviewed this year.

It will regularly be updated.

Some reviews linked here are snippets / adaptations of longer reviews that have appeared in the print ERB magazine or other publications…

 

TOP 3 BOOKS (SO FAR)

   

 
 


REVIEWED

(Starting with the most recent)

Feb. 22

Race & Place

David Leong

5 STARS

Review: 
How Racism Saturates the
Structures of our Daily Lives

 
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