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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( David Dark, Mandy Smith, Michael Pollan, Len Sweet,  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.


Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(October 2018)



Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious 

David Dark

*** $4.99 ***

A poignant mediation on what it means to be religious
(or non-religious)

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Next week brings my favorite conference,
the biennial Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College!

We will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall…
Please do stop by and see us,
pick up a FREE copy of our newest print issue, and
enter to win some of the hundreds of dollars of prizes that we will be giving away!

Here’s a guide to the sessions that I would most like to attend
(No more than one per time-slot).

Although there are many other excellent sessions that run concurrently with each of these.
( Times are subject to vary. Consult your Festival program onsite to confirm time and location )

Thursday April 14 – P.M.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious

By David Dark

Read ERB Editor Chris Smith’s new
review of this book for Christianity Today


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One of the books that I’m most excited about in early 2016 is David Dark’s latest:

Life’s Too Short to Pretend
You’re Not Religious

Hardback: IVP Books, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
My blurb for the book:

David Dark is one of the most important prophetic voices of our day. Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious is another beautiful demonstration of the winsome way in which he unsettles our language and our imagination. Not content to unravel the basic fabric of our existence, Dark re-weaves the fibers into a rich and vibrant vision of the flourishing religious life for which we were created.
– C. Christopher Smith, co-author of Slow Church and founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books
Here is a nice excerpt that will give you a taste of the book…

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Zondervan $2.99 Ebook Sale!

January 5, 2015


Zondervan ebook sale

Zondervan has put many of their Kindle ebooks on sale for $2.99!

I have no idea how long this sale will last, so snag any of these that you want while you can!

to browse the full Zondervan sale

Here are twelve titles that will be of interest to our readers:
(including one that is a steal at $4.99!)

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It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, writer,
who was born on this date, 1929
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Poem of the Day:
To the Autumnal Moon
Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
born on this date, 1772
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[ *** 3 Poems by Coleridge *** ]

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
by David Dark. 
ONLY $1.99!!!      [ Tweet this ]

*** NOTE: This stated price is for the United States. Unfortunately, this offer may or may not be available in other countries. Sorry!

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The Wake Up Call – October 21, 2014


Earlier this week we announced that Zondervan had announced a huge Kindle ebook sale, hundreds of titles at 50% or more off!!!

In our first post, we picked 10 recommended titles that were on sale for $3.99 or less, from authors like Shane Claiborne and Scot McKnight. However, we’ve dug a little deeper and found another 10 books that are highly recommended (including a couple great 99c bargains from other publishers).

You can click below to browse the full sale, but we have picked ten essential titles below that will be of interest to many of our readers, from authors such as David Dark, Greg Boyd, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Lisa Sharon Harper and Margaret Feinberg.

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10 More Essential Titles from Zondervan’s Kindle Ebook Sale:


The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
** Our 2009 Book of the Year **


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By David Dark

Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey


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By Margaret Feinberg

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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
13 December 2012

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…


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Give the gift of our quarterly print edition (featuring exclusive interviews and reviews that are not available online) this Christmas for our lowest price ever!


Happy Birthday to David Dark, author of our 2009 book of the year, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything!
Read our review of this book and download a completely FREE audio book editon!!!


Advent Poem of the Day: “After Annunciation” by Madeleine L’Engle
*** Books By Madeleine L’Engle


“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” -Spanish rabbi/ philosopher, Maimonides, who died on this day in 1204
*** Books By Maimonides


Happy Birthday to Jana Riess!
Read our review of her wonderful 2011 book, Flunking Sainthood


Book News:

Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

The Wake Up Call image via WikiMedia Commons


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Since we are not running a new issue today, we thought you might be interested in seeing the most popular reviews/pages on the ERB site over the last six months:

  1. 2009 Englewood Honor Books [Special Issue – 31 Dec 2009]
  2. LEAVINGS: Poems by Wendell Berry [Vol. 2, #44]
  3. The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark. [Vol. 2, #21]
  4. DEEP CHURCH by Jim Belcher. [Vol. 2, #38]
  5. Anthony Flint’s WRESTLING WITH MOSES [Vol. 2, #43]
  6. A MILLION MILES by Donald Miller [Midweek Edition – 29 Sept 2009 ]
  7. Sufjan Stevens’ film THE BQE [Vol. 2, #43]


2009 Englewood Book of the Year

David Dark - Sacredness of Questioning Everything

The Sacredness of
Questioning Everything.

David Dark.
Zondervan, April 2009.
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Few writers have the capacity that David Dark has, to orchestrate familiar stories from literature and popular culture as part of engaging theological discourse. In his new book The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, David emphasizes that questioning, and more broadly that conversation, is an essential practice in the life of the Church. Certainly, his words rang true to us here at Englewood Christian Church, as conversation has been one of the defining practices of our church community.

“In SACREDNESS, Dark champions the power — and the spiritual necessity — of the open mind. Asking questions of our convictions, assumptions, perversions, religions, is the only way to let the light and air into them. ‘There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in,’ he maintains, using Leonard Cohen’s words. Questioning our God(s), our government, our eschatology, our language or our lusts, opens them to the possibility of rehabilitation, redemption and ultimately resurrection.” (from our review)

Indeed, conversation is fundamental to our identity as the community of God’s people, relating to one another and to God. It is a lost art that must be recovered and Dark skillfully navigates the complexity of life in conversation and we would do well to follow his lead.

Click here to see our 2008 Book of the Year…