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TODAY marks the anniversary of the 1970 death of philosopher Bertrand Russell…

Russell, a committed atheist, was the author of Why I Am Not a Christian. This excerpt, however, is strikingly pertinent in our day of “alternative facts,” in which truth has little relevance. It is worth taking the time to read!

 

Free Thought and Official Propaganda
Bertrand Russell
(Excerpt)

Conway Memorial Lecture
Delivered March 24, 1922

 
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One of today’s best new book releases is:

The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It
Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin

Paperback: Nelson Books, 2017
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*** Read ERB editor Chris Smith’s
brief review of this book

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An excerpt from our 2016
novel of the year…

 

Swing Time: A Novel
Zadie Smith

Hardback: Penguin Press, 2016
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*** Browse our full
Best Books of 2016 list

 
Our review of this novel ran in our Advent 2016 print magazine… 
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One of the best new book releases of the last couple of weeks is:
 

Love, Henri:
Letters on the Spiritual Life

Henri Nouwen

 
Gabrielle Earnshaw, Editor
Hardback: Convergent Books, 2016
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Read the editor’s preface to this collection, and Brene Brown’s foreword:

 
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One of this fall’s best theology books is: 

Endangered Gospel:
How Fixing the World
is Killing the Church

By John Nugent

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon [  Kindle ]

This is a provocative book that asks vital questions about how the church should live in the world, and how we bear witness to the good news of Jesus.

 

Watch an introductory video
and read an excerpt of the book:

*** ALSO, we are planning to do a month-long read-a-long discussion of this book in November, so get a copy and start reading now!
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In honor of the Feast Day of St. Augustine on this coming Sunday (Aug. 28), here is an excerpt from the excellent new book…
 

On Augustine
Rowan Williams

Hardback: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2016
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*** Three Poems by St. Augustine *** 

 
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July 11 marks the 90th Birthday
of one of my favorite writers,
Frederick Buechner!

 

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In honor of the occasion,
here’s an Excerpt from
Buechner’s essay
“Faith and Fiction.”

 
 
This essay can be found in the new book:
Buechner 101:
Essays and Sermons by Frederick Buechner
Intro by Anne Lamott.
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If someone were to come up and ask me to talk about my faith, it is exactly that journey that I would eventually have to talk about—the ups and downs of the years, the dreams, the odd moments, the intuitions. I would have to talk about the occasional sense I have that life is not just a series of events causing other events as haphazardly as a break shot in pool causes the billiard balls to careen off in all directions but that life has a plot the way a novel has a plot, that events are somehow or other leading somewhere. Whatever your faith may be or my faith may be, it seems to me inseparable from the story of what has happened to us, and that is why I believe that no literary form is better adapted to the subject than the form of fiction.

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One of the best new releases of this month is…
 

A Small Porch:
Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015

Wendell Berry

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2016
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Here’s an excerpt from the book…

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An excerpt from the excellent new book:
 

Setting the World on Fire: The Brief, Astonishing Life of St. Catherine of Siena
Shelley Emling

Hardback: St. Martins, 2016
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*** Read a brief review
by ERB Editor Chris Smith

 
 

In the fourteenth century, Catherine’s public persona as a strong-willed woman   who never backed down was extraordinary to the point of being   freakish. At the time, women were so subservient to men that they   didn’t speak unless spoken to. And when they were spoken to, they   kept their eyes lowered. Legally, women were not allowed to appear in court. They weren’t allowed to hold any public, political or   professional office or to become a member of any of Italy’s influential guilds, such as the dyers’ guild Catherine’s father belonged to.   And they weren’t allowed to wear anything that was not of their   husband’s choosing. Women without brothers were able to inherit   land from their fathers, but they were forced to surrender it to   their husbands as soon as they married. Always, the law excluded   women as second-class citizens. “The good woman was invisible.   She wasn’t supposed to leave the house. She wasn’t even supposed   to be seen standing at the window of the house,” said Elizabeth   Petroff, a professor of comparative literature at the University of   Massachusetts, Amherst. “Yes, people looked askance [at Catherine], but she won them over, many times. She must have been just   what the times needed.”

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Did you know that Thomas Merton wrote a book about Native Americans?

Ishi Means Man
Thomas Merton

Paperback Reprint: Paulist Press, 2015
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi, a group of the Yana of California. Widely acclaimed in his time as the “last wild Indian” in America, Ishi lived most of his life completely outside modern culture. (Wikipedia)

In the title essay of Merton’s book, he reflects of the genocidal tendencies of modernity.  Here are the opening pages of that essay…
 
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