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Marilyn McEntyre, one of our favorite writers, has a new collection of poems out:

Occasions: Poems
Marilyn McEntyre

Paperback: Resource Publications, 2018.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]

 

*** Our Intro Guide to Marilyn McEntyre’s work

 

Here are three great poems from this new collection…

 

Advent on
the Central Coast
Marilyn McEntyre

 

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, and the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1913)…

Today (August 7) marks the anniversary of his death in 1941

 

We offer this timely and provocative essay on the nation-state,
which is excerpted from his 1917 book NATIONALISM
(Available as a FREE ebook for Kindle
or in a variety of file formats from Project Gutenberg.)

 

Against the Nation-State
Rabindranath Tagore
(1917)

 

We delude ourselves into thinking that humanity in the modern days is more to the front than ever before. The reason of this self-delusion is because man is served with the necessaries of life in greater profusion, and his physical ills are being alleviated with more efficacy. But the chief part of this is done, not by moral sacrifice, but by intellectual power. In quantity it is great, but it springs from the surface and spreads over the surface. Knowledge and efficiency are powerful in their outward effect, but they are the servants of man, not the man himself. Their service is like the service in a hotel, where it is elaborate, but the host is absent; it is more convenient than hospitable.

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Today is the birthday of social critic and media ecologist Neil Postman… 

In his most prominent book Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Postman described vividly the crumbling capacity for conversation in American society, a reality that has only expanded in the 30+ years since this book was published.
 

[ Martin Buber on the Virtues of Conversation ]

 

Here are 5 important passages from Amusing Ourselves to Death on the breakdown of conversation…

 

Americans No Longer
Talk to Each Other

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Tomorrow (Feb. 4) is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer… 

In the Trump era of propaganda (e.g., “alternative facts”) and violence and oppression toward anyone who is not a white heterosexual male, we would do well to return to the writings of Bonhoeffer — not just the wrongheaded spin of some who have written about Bonhoeffer (AHEM, Eric Metaxas), but his actual writings themselves.

Here are 5 stunning passages that shed light on our call to costly discipleship in the present age…

 
 

Christianity has adjusted itself much
too easily to the worship of power.

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The finalists in the running for the National Book Award were announced earlier this month…

[ See the full list of finalists ]

 

If you are like us, then there probably are a number of these books that you haven’t read yet.

So, we thought we’d give you excerpts from ten of them to give you a taste of their contents.
These excerpts feature books from all four categories


The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel

Karan Mahajan

Viking

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One of the best new releases of this week is
 

Consider Your Calling:
Six Questions for Discerning Your Vocation

Gordon T. Smith

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

 

As an introduction to the book, here are the six questions that it asks (with a tiny clip for each that sheds light on what it means)

 
You’ll have to get the book for the full explanation of each question and why it is important…

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Today is the birthday of twentieth-century French philosopher Simone Weil, born 1909.

Here’s a wonderful and concise overview of why Weil’s work matters, and especially to Christians.

This is Leslie Fiedler’s introduction to Weil’s book:

Waiting For God
Simone Weil

Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

*** Other Books by Simone Weil

 

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Today is the release date for Brené Brown’s new book…

 

Rising Strong:
The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution

Hardback: Spiegel and Grau, 2015
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Here are three crucial excerpts from the book:

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#1 – The Rules of Engagement for Rising Strong:

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Excited to share this excerpt from
one of this week’s best new book releases!

The Work of Theology
Stanley Hauerwas

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

Don’t miss some of our favorite online Hauerwas videos

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One of this week’s most anticipated books is the final novel from the late novelist, Kent Haruf:

Our Souls at Night: A Novel
Kent Haruf

Hardback: Knopf, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
 

Read the opening pages of this novel:

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