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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, 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,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!


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 

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…






(Starting with the most recent)

Feb. 22

Race & Place

David Leong


How Racism Saturates the
Structures of our Daily Lives

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This week marks the release of the latest book by Makoto Fujimura, the renowned artist and author!

In honor of its release, we’re giving away
THREE copies of this new book…

Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life
by Makoto Fujimura
Paperback: IVP Books


Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

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Over the course of last year, I set aside a number of books that I wanted to read because I knew that they would make significant contributions to public conversations, but I knew that they would require some time and effort to read carefully and well.

I’m hoping to read a number of these 10 books over the coming year…

By ERB Editor, C. Christopher Smith

(In alphabetical order by author’s last name…)


The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts

Cameron Anderson

Paperback, IVP Academic

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