Archives For Essays

 

Sunday September 30 is the birthday of Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of greatest nonfiction writers of our day!

 Whether you love or loathe his work, it’s hard to argue that he is one of the most thought-provoking essayists writing today. 

His atheistic naturalism, for instance, challenges us as Christians to take the Incarnation, and our bodies, more seriously.

In honor of his birthday, we offer the following list of eight of Coates’s finest essays from THE ATLANTIC!

 

Letter to My Son

An excerpt from Between the World and Me
Published: July 4. 2015

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A Reality Experienced

 

A Review of

In the Middle of Things: Essays
Meghan Florian 

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Mark Jenkins

 

I sometimes wonder if one of the greatest accomplishments in life is to arrive at the age of 60 a less grumpy person than one was at the age of 30. If so, I have failed. Because grumpy is probably the best word to describe myself when I first laid hands on Meghan Florian’s collection of essays, The Middle of Things.

I hasten to add that my ill-temper had nothing to do with the content of this book. It was more the promise made by the publisher on its back cover: “In the tradition of classic essayists from Virginia Woolf to Annie Dillard…” It is, of course, the standard overpromise intended to sell books.

Not unsurprisingly, The Middle of Things doesn’t (quite) live up to that promise. Nonetheless, the further I read in Florian’s essays, the greater I came to enjoy her company. This young author may not – yet – be a new Dillard or Woolf, but her voice is clear, strong, and often compelling.

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Enter to win a copy of Marilynne Robinson’s new collection of essays!

 
We’re giving away THREE copies of:
 

What Are We Doing Here? Essays
Marilynne Robinson

Hardback: FSG Books.
 


Marilynne Robinson
10 Freely Available Essays Online
!
(including the title essay of the prize book)

 

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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…)

  

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler

*** Read an op-ed from the NY Times based on this book

 

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Environmentalism’s Constaninian Turn 
 
A Review of
 

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays
Paul Kingsnorth

Paperback: Graywolf Press, 2017
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 Reviewed by Ragan Sutterfield
 
 
 
When I first heard of Paul Kingsnorth I was walking through the streets of New York City, megaphones near by, banners broadcasting slogans about mother earth, CO2, and poisoned water. I was walking in the “religious” section of the People’s Climate March, a gathering of over 200,000 environmentalists set on making a clear call that the time to act against the rise of climate change is now. My friend Fred Bahnson was in the crowd and since you can only chant “he, he, ho, ho, climate change has got to go” so long, we talked writing, reading, and climate as we marched.

Fred told me about an English writer, Paul Kingsnorth, who was the leader of a different kind of response to the climate crisis. Kingsnorth, he told me, had begun a project called Dark Mountain which was gathering people to create new stories about the human relationship with the earth. “There’s a great profile of him in the New York Times Magazine,” Fred said. “It’s titled ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It…and He Feels Fine.’”

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Marilynne Robinson

Sunday Nov. 26 is the birthday of Marilynne Robinson, the renowned novelist and essayist!

Marilynne Robinson’s next book, to be released in 2018, is What Are We Doing Here?: Essays

In anticipation of this essay collection, we offer the following list of ten of Robinson’s finest essays that can be read in full online!

You will find the title essay of this forthcoming collection
(which first appeared in The NY Review of Books) near the end of this list…

Top 10 Online Recordings
of Marilynne Robinson

Rachel Marie Stone’s Essay
in Appreciation of Robinson

Enjoy these essays!!!

“Fear”

Originally appeared in The New York Review of Books
and was published in The Givenness of Things: Essays

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An Earnestness and An Elegance
 
A Feature Review of 
 

The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays
Megan Stielstra

 
Paperback: Harper Perennial, 2017
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Reviewed by Seth Vopat
 
 
We have learned a mere 140 characters is all that is needed to express much in our digital world. Twitter has become the ideal platform for those with a sharp whit who speak and connect with the emotional angst we all feel about current events in our world. For those who need more space the blog has become the preferred method to speak and analyze the present.

Some might say the essay format like Megan Stielstra’s new compilation of essays entitled, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, is outdated and obsolete in our digital wrong. But, they would be wrong!

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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…)

  

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

*** Read a review from The NY Times

 

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The World As a Waiting Room

A Review of

Be Still!: Departure from Collective Madness
Gordon Stewart

Paperback: Wipf & Stock, 2017
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Reviewed by Madeline Cramer

“For a split second, I imagine the world
as a waiting room.”

 

“Strange as it may seem, I often feel the way John Lennon did. I dream of a different kind of world…” the Presbyterian minister and social commentator Gordon Stewart says in “Creating Hell in the Name of Heaven”—one of a collection of brief essays in his book Be Still: Departure from Collective Madness. And, considering the timeless popularity of John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” don’t we all long for something more than what we see in front of us? Don’t we all envision a better world? If not, what would motivate us? Who would want to raise children in a world doomed to fail? Who would go to church believing that God’s kingdom would never come? But, of course, as his essay notes, that’s the Catch-22. As humans, we continue to imagine because we want a better world, but our desire for “better” also breeds anxiety. Why aren’t things already better? Who stands against us? Against our children? Is it ISIS? Is it the Republicans? Is it you?

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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…)

   

The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel

Laurent Binet

Read a review from THE GUARDIAN… 

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