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101-TransformativeBooks - MEDIUMWe have just switched our weekly email digest over to the Aweber platform (from Feedburner, which was so antiquated that Google stopped supporting it almost five years ago, and MailChimp).

If you are already on our email list, the new weekly emails you receive from us, will look a little different — hopefully a little more stylish! — but will continue to feature all the top-notch book news and reviews that you have come to expect from us. I also expect that this new service will make it more likely that our emails will end up in your inbox and not in your spam folder or other low priority folders.

If you are already subscribed, and enjoy our emails, now would be a great time to recommend us to your friends (share this post on social media, for instance).

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Tomday (July 11) is the 90th birthday of Frederick Buechner!

 
In honor of the occasion, we’re giving away FIVE copies of the new book…
 

Buechner 101:
Essays and Sermons
by Frederick Buechner
(Intro by Anne Lamott)

 
 

Enter to win a copy of this book!

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Yesterday marked the anniversary of the death of George Fox, the founder of the Quakers.

George Fox (September 1624 – 13 January 1691) was an English Dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends.

The son of a Leicestershire weaver, Fox lived in a time of great social upheaval and war. He rebelled against the religious and political authorities by proposing an unusual and uncompromising approach to the Christian faith. He travelled throughout Britain as a dissenting preacher, for which he was often persecuted by the authorities who disapproved of his beliefs.

Fox married Margaret Fell, the widow of one of his wealthier supporters; she was a leading Friend. His ministry expanded and he undertook tours of North America and the Low Countries. Between these tours, he was imprisoned for more than a year. He spent the final decade of his life working in London to organize the expanding Quaker movement.
(via Wikipedia)

In remembrance of Fox, we are delighted to share three ebook editions of his work that is available for FREE download!

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of François Fénelon, a noted French theologian of the 17th century.

I first encountered Fenelon’s work through Richard Foster’s praise of it in Celebration of Discipline and Freedom of Simplicity.

Two of his books are available as FREE ebooks:

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Sunday (Oct. 4) is the birthday of renowned Theologian Walter Rauschenbusch…

Rauschenbusch’s view of Christianity was that its purpose was to spread a Kingdom of God, not through a fire and brimstone style of preaching but by leading a Christlike life. Rauschenbusch did not view Jesus’ death as an act of substitutionary atonement but in his words, he died “to substitute love for selfishness as the basis of human society.” He wrote that “Christianity is in its nature revolutionary” and tried to remind society of that. He explained that the Kingdom of God “is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven.” (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 7 of his books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

1) A Theology for the Social Gospel

 

FREE PDF ebook edition!
via Google Books

 



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Tomorrow (Sept. 26) marks the birthday of poet and critic T.S. Eliot.

In honor of the occasion, we offer four classic books of his that are available for FREE download in a variety of formats for almost any e-reader…

[ LISTEN to Eliot reading his poem The Waste Land ]

 

FREE Book #1:

The Waste Land

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Today marks the anniversary of William Blake’s death…

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language”. His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him “far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced”. (via Wikipedia)

Blake’s poetry is easily accessible for your e-reader, but it’s harder to come by samples of his art online. With the exception of Songs of Innocence and Experience (perhaps his most significant poetical work), the following ebooks were selected for the insight that they give into Blake’s life and the samples of his art they contain.

Here are seven illustrated books by or about William Blake that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

1) Songs of Innocence and Experience

 

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Today is the birthday of renowned children’s author Beatrix Potter…

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Potter was born into a wealthy Unitarian family. She and her younger brother Walter Bertram (1872–1918) grew up with few friends outside their large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature, and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

She was educated by private governesses until she was 18. Her study of languages, literature, science, and history was broad and she was an eager student. Her artistic talents were recognized early. She enjoyed private art lessons and developed her own style, favouring watercolour. She illustrated insects, fossils, archaeological artifacts, and fungi, along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined.  (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 10 of her fully illustrated books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

(NOTE: Many of these are available as Kindle ebooks through Amazon, but the free Kindle editions do not include Potter’s illustrations.)

1) The Tale of Peter Rabbit

 

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Jane Austen…

Have you read all of her novels?

They are all available as FREE ebooks
(for Kindle, iPad, Nook, and pretty much any ereader)

 

Pride and Prejudice

 

FREE ebook edition for a variety of devices!
via Project Gutenberg

 

 

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Poetry is often much better heard than read off the page.

Here are seven of our favorite poetry collections that are available for FREE download from Librivox.

Included here are sample poems from each collection for your listening pleasure…

 

Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

*** FREE Audiobook Download ****

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