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Get a taste of this month’s best nonfiction books, by reading the following excerpts:

Romans Disarmed:
Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice

Sylvia Keesmaat / Brian Walsh

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Breaking Our Deep Connection to Whiteness

An Excerpt from Willie James’s Jennings’
paper that gave this work its title:

Can “White” People Be Saved?
Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission
Sechrist, Ramirez-Johnson, Yong, Eds.

Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
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We need at this moment a Christian faith that can start to break our deep connection to whiteness by resisting its vision of maturity. Suggesting a first step is all I have space for in this essay, but the first step is decisively the most important.

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In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few of our favorite poetry books from the last few years.  Get a taste of each book by reading some sample poems from each:


A.E. Stallings

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Get a taste of this month’s best fiction books, by reading the following excerpts:

A Novel

Helen Oyeyemi

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Get a taste of this month’s best nonfiction books, by reading the following excerpts:

Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible
Debbie Blue

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Seven Shocking Beliefs
that C.S. Lewis Held!

An Excerpt from 

ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs
of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today
Frank Viola

Paperback: Baker Books, 2019.
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The intention of this chapter (and the book) is not to degrade or criticize Lewis. It’s rather to show that despite his brilliance, he may not have gotten everything right. Because evangelical Christians, as a whole, regard Lewis to be the greatest apologist (defender) of the Christian faith in modern history, these beliefs of his will surprise (and perhaps even shock) many evangelicals because they might be regarded as unbiblical by some evangelical standards.

God undoubtedly used Lewis despite whatever he may have believed that was inaccurate or questionable. Therefore, let’s extend grace to our fellow Christians when we find ourselves disagreeing with them. The book explores how to disagree in a Christ-like manner. ]
[Despite] his amazing contribution to the Christian faith, here are seven shocking beliefs that [C.S.] Lewis held.

1. Lewis believed in praying for the dead.

Here’s a quote:

Of course I pray for the dead. The action is so spontaneous, so all but inevitable, that only the most compulsive theological case against it would deter me. And I hardly know how the rest of my prayers would survive if those for the dead were forbidden.

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Doing Better With Our Conflicts

An Excerpt from

The Fool and the Heretic: How Two Scientists Moved beyond Labels to a Christian Dialogue about Creation and Evolution
Todd Charles Wood /
Darrel Falk

Paperback: Zondervan, 2018
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This book is the story of a disagreement. It’s a disagreement that held all of the normal promise for ugliness. It still holds that possibility. But so far, in this case, the well-worn patterns of division have given up some ground. A couple of small, amputated pieces of Christ’s body have been rejoined. This happened not through anything innovative but through some meager attempts to live into the simple, and terribly difficult, patterns of childlike Christian faith. It is the story of finding a surprising— and frustrating—friend in Christ on the other side of the dividing wall.

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An excerpt from

More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overcoming Grace
Nate Pyle

Paperback: Zondervan, 2019
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Honest expression of doubt is often a sign of faith. As Episcopal priest Fleming Rutledge writes, “The very existence of such doubts are themselves a sign of the divine action that elicits the cry, ‘Help my unbelief!’ (Mark 9:24).” [1]
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Twelve Lies That Hold America Captive: And the Truth that Sets Us Free
Jonathan P. Walton

Paperback: IVP Books, 2019
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Followers of Jesus must wrestle with what it means to have an authoritative, distinctly Christian witness in our context—not one rooted in American political power, clout, and relevance driven by talk radio, Christian conferences, and televangelism. All people must be called out of what I call white American folk religion (WAFR).

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0802874576″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]The Stories that Bind Us
An excerpt from

New Vision for an Old Story:
Why the Bible Might Not Be the Book You Think It Is
Anne Robertson

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018.
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In all of life, stories are how we form, maintain, and define relationships. When we tell someone about our day, we don’t just recite a list of events. We use the day’s details as building blocks for a story about what our day was like and how we felt about it. That, in turn, gives us a bridge to nurture a relationship with someone else as we tell it and to find meaning for ourselves in what we do. Which is not to say that my Facebook post about last Thursday at work is going to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Sometimes it’s a dull story; often it’s a simple story; sometimes it’s the same story day after day after day, and a loved one’s hearing aid is discreetly switched to “off.” But it’s a story nonetheless, and it matters because, in the process of telling it, I’m inviting you into my life while trying to figure out my own small place and purpose in the world.
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