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101-TransformativeBooks- SMALLThe BRAND NEW ebook:

101 Transformative Books
For Churches to Read & Discuss

by ERB Editor Chris Smith

is now available.

 

This ebook is a companion to Chris’s new book Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish. (Read an excerpt of RFTCG)  It is available for FREE download to readers who subscribe to our email digest.
 

Working under the convictions that 1) God is reconciling all things (cf. Col 1:15-20), and 2) that God’s reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel to which our churches bear witness, I want to encourage churches to read broadly and to create spaces in which they can discuss together what they are reading.  This annotated list of 101 books reflects the broadness of the life and work into which we have been called as God’s people.

 
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Read More Poetry

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more poetry?

If not, it’s not too late to do so. 

“For me, poetry is a practice that is helping me begin to slow down and become more attentive. Learning to read a poem carefully trains us to pay extraordinary attention to the sounds and images of language that we might easily overlook in our haste. … Poems offer us an invitation to abide with their words.”

– ERB Editor, Chris Smith, In Defense of Poetry

To help you read more poetry, we will be publishing two lists of recommended poets.

This first list will feature classic poets, whose work is freely available in the public domain.  These poems are good because they have withstood the test of time, and because they are easily and freely accessible. Their drawbacks are that they are dated (Many of them, for instance, write in verse, a form that is widely rejected among poets today), and that although we have tried to make our list as diverse as possible, there tends to be less diversity (A hundred years ago or more, the vast majority of poets being published were white males).

Our second list, which will be posted next week, will feature the work of contemporary poets.

It will be beneficial to develop habits of reading poems from both of these lists. The classics help us understand the tradition of poetry, and contemporary poets wrestle with contemporary concerns in the forms of today.

Classic Poets:

All the poems in these books are in the public domain. Read them on your device, print them out, post them on your blog, slice them, dice them and remix them into your own poems. Most of all, have fun!

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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 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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This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

As last week marked the anniversary of the death of G.K. Chesterton, we focus here on the best of his works. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

 

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

 

Five FREE Audiobooks by Chesterton!

 
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Sunday June 14 marks the anniversary of the death of G.K. Chesterton…

Here are five classics by him that are available for download as FREE audiobooks from Librivox:
(These are great for taking with you on your travels this summer!)

*** Also, check out Three of our favorite Chesterton poems

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Read the Classics this summer….

Here are 10 classics that are worth reading (or re-reading) this summer.

All of these are available in FREE ebook editions, or I suspect that your local library will have a copy of most of these.

Enjoy, and share these with your friends! Maybe you can even get a group together to read one or more of these classics…

 

Jane Eyre: A Novel

By Charlotte Brontë

 

Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was published the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action—the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility, and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry—Jane Eyre revolutionised the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the ‘first historian of the private consciousness’ and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.
(via Wikipedia)

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IMAGE CREDIT: Pacostein – Creative Commons License via Wikimedia Commons

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 10 FREE classics by women author’s that you should have on your e-reader!

 

Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three Series, Complete

 

Alt.Kindle and other FREE versions of this ebook
available HERE via PROJECT GUTENBERG

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Charles Dickens

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

As tomorrow is the birthday of Charles Dickens, we focus here on the best of his works. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

 

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

Continue Reading…