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The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God

Dallas Willard

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This week marked the death of one of the most important social and theological thinkers of the last century, Rene Girard.

Receiving his PhD in history, Girard began his academic career by teaching French literature, and it was his work in literary theory that would guide him into the study of scripture, theology and society.

At the core of Girard’s work is the concept of mimetic theory, i.e., that our human desires take shape by imitation, by desiring things that others desire. But these desires lead us into conflict and violence because there is a scarcity of the thing desired.

In remembrance of Girard, we offer the following introductory guide to his work (which focuses particularly on his theological work).


Introduction to Mimetic Theory:

This is a great, half-hour video in which Girard lays out the basic components of his mimetic theory. It is a good place to start engaging Girard’s work, as it is clear and relatively concise…

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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…)

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

By Jen Hatmaker

Read our interview with Jen Hatmaker about this book… 


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An excerpt from one of this week’s most anticipated books…

The Fellowship:
Literary Lives of the Inklings

Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

Hardback: FSG Books, 2015.
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The Word is Life Indeed

A Feature Review of

Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief

Roger Lundin

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2014
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Reviewed by Jeanne Lehninger
For me, what could be better than a book about words and stories—my stock in trade. I am a teacher of literature and a reader who delights in graceful words perfectly placed and in perceptive stories which tell me the truth about life and people, and so about myself. That Jesus himself is the Word made flesh full of grace and truth renders me breathless. That the mystery of the incarnation reverberates in writer’s words that thrill with grace and truth can give me goose bumps. Not only my mind, but my flesh responds to words of beauty and truth, and I am changed by them. Roger Lundin would agree that words have power, that they matter, and that how a culture apprehends words and stories can change everything.

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The Metaphor is the Book Itself

A Review of

Denis Donoghue

Hardback: Harvard UP, 2014
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Reviewed by Jacob Slaughter


I am sure that anyone reading this review could provide me with an example of a metaphor. Any metaphor will do. Go ahead, the comment box is below. Yep, right now. Did you do it? Fine, you don’t have to, but at the very least I’m still betting that you would be able to identify a metaphor among a list of other rhetorical devices. Metaphors are something we all recognize. We use them all the time. And like anything we use regularly it is easy to take them for granted. We forget that there are complex processes at work in order for them to even exist, let alone function with minimal effort in our everyday speech. How is it that metaphors have become an essential part of our language and yet are often overlooked and taken for granted?

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Free Ebooks

Looking for something to read?

Here are hundreds of classics that are available as FREE ebooks for your Kindle, iPad or other e-reader…

Mix up your reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books…

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…

Stay tuned as as we will be adding
more categories to this list!

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20th Century Fiction

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

Most recent post: [ Science ]
1st post in this series: [ Classics of Ancient History ]

This week we focus on 20th Century Fiction. 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 in 2013.

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A Window on the Truth

A Feature Review of

George Orwell: English Rebel

Robert Colls

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2013
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Reviewed by Taylor Brorby
George Orwell was nothing if not contradictory. As Robert Colls points out in his latest book, George Orwell: English Rebel, Orwell “was what they used to call a ‘Socialist’. He shared also some attitudes to life that used to be called ‘Tory’.” But, as Colls highlights, Orwell’s contrariness goes even deeper—he was a privately educated (scholarship-funded) student who chose to decline attending Cambridge; he joined the Imperial Police, going to Burma, though he disdained British imperialism; he was thoroughly British, though he swore no allegiance to his homeland. Orwell, in many ways, was the precursor to another of Britain’s more famous sons, Christopher Hitchens.
Colls’s book deftly illustrates a rather conflicted man: Orwell left no major body of work, though his works play a large part in literature and political science classes, and, as a result, leave him without classification—is Orwell a satirist? Polemic? Allegorist? Essayist? Novelist? Since Orwell lived in no narrow genre, his mind lives largely in many areas of scholarship.
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Filtering Through the Good and the Bad
A Feature Review of

Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me

Karen Swallow Prior

Paperback: T.S. Poetry Press, 2012
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Reviewed by Cody Stauffer.

Read Karen Swallow Prior’s new CHRISTIANITY TODAY essay
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I still remember the first book I read that I was not supposed to. A book stirred something of an uproar in my small, conservative Idaho town when our teacher started to read it to our 4th grade class. The parents, having literally judged the book by its cover, were certain it was not safe.  Depicted on the front was a half man, half horse with wings flying over a disembodied green head with red glowing eyes that had been encased in a blue sphere, which itself was hovering in a valley between dark, formidable peaks. OBVIOUSLY symbols of the occult or New Age thought! Then of course, there were three “witches”: Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which.

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