Archives For James K.A. Smith


Our most anticipated book of this fall is ..


Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies, Book 3)
James K.A. Smith

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
Pre-Order Now:  [ Amazon ]

The publisher has just released a series of
five brief videos that give a nice taste of the book.

We highly recommend watching these videos when you get a chance!


Video #1 – Awaiting the King:

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Ron Hansen, James K.A. Smith, Bob Dylan, MORE)


Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
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(N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Kurt Vonnegut, MORE)


The Last Temptation of Christ: A Novel

Nikos Kazantzakis

*** $3.99 ***


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Reordering Our Loves

A Feature Review of

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
James K.A. Smith

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
Reviewed by Jeff Crosby

Most of us have heard the aphorisms since childhood from parents, pastors or other well-intentioned people concerned for our welfare and trying to ensure we find a productive, healthy place in the world:

“You are what you eat.” (So be sure to eat that broccoli!)

“You are what you think.” (So be careful what books you read and songs you listen to!)

“You are what you speak.” (So be certain to control your tongue and if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!”)

Or if you grew up around a fan of the music of Frank Zappa, you might have heard: “You are what you is!” (“And that’s all it ‘tis.”)

Calvin College professor of philosophy James K.A. Smith begs to differ just a bit with our parents about eating, our pastors about thinking, our teachers about speaking, and even the inimitable Zappa about whatever esoteric truth he was articulating in his 1981 recording that still garners a cult following more than three decades later.

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I wrote brief reviews of the following books that were released this week:

by C. Christopher Smith, editor of The Englewood Review of Books
Becoming Wise:
An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

Krista Tippett
* * * * * (out of 5 stars)

Imagining a more meaningful and more elegant way of life.
Krista Tippett, the host of public radio’s On Being, weaves threads of her own story with sizable clips of interviews from the show to offer us a rich vision of what it might look like for us to become wise in the twenty-first century. This book is especially recommended for those who yearn for something deeper than the daily grind of consumerism in which we are all too often ensnared. Tippett helps us loosen our bonds and imagine a more meaningful and more elegant way of life.

You Are What You Love:
The Spiritual Power of Habit

James K.A. Smith
* * * * * (out of 5 stars)

Taking a hard look at who and what and how we love.
We are constantly being formed by the choices we make and by our day-to-day relationships. This is the central idea at the heart of You Are What You Love. Given that we are always being formed by the people and things surrounding us, Smith argues that the church community should be at the very heart of our formation as Christians. This important book challenges us to take a hard look at who and what and how we love.

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One of this week’s best new releases is:

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
James K.A. Smith

Hardback: Brazos Press, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
The author recorded these five brief video clips as an introduction to the book…

Part 1: A Spirituality for Culture-Makers

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)


You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

By James K.A. Smith

Read a review of this book by Byron Borger of Hearts and Minds Books


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“Elegance is inferior to virtue.”
– Mary Shelley,
who was born on this day, 1797

Poem of the Day:
By Seamus Heaney
***Plus, 9 other poems read by the poet, who died on this day one year ago.

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
Letters to a Young Calvinist
by James K.A. Smith
Only $2.99!!!

*** NOTE: This stated price is for the United States. Unfortunately, this offer may or may not be available in other countries. Sorry!

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The Wake Up Call – August 30, 2014


We Are All Secular

How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

James K.A. Smith

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2014
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Reviewed by Brad Fruhauff
James Smith sets out to accomplish two main things in his short book. First: to paraphrase and condense Charles Taylor’s magisterial 2007 A Secular Age as “an homage and a portal” to the larger book. Second: to translate some of Taylor’s philosophical musings into practical questions for reflection for Christians in ministry or leadership contexts. It’s important to keep in mind that, unlike some accounts of secularism, this isn’t primarily about disarming the logic of secularity or explaining why the New Atheists are wrong. Nor is Smith about to use to Taylor to sound an altar call back to some foundational truth of Christianity as an antidote to secularity. It is neither polemic nor didactic in that way. It is, however, always intriguing and often illuminating. Thus it succeeds as an “homage.”

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A great conversation with James K.A. Smith about his new book on Charles Taylor:


How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor
James K.A. Smith
Paperback:  Eerdmans, 2014
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James K.A. Smith talks about his newest book
(which is one of my best books of the first half of 2013)

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works.
James K.A. Smith

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2013.
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*** Other Books by James K.A. Smith

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