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This distinctive new book is both a poignant and funny teaching memoir, 
and a keen reading of William Shakespeare’s play ROMEO AND JULIET:
 

The Teacher Diaries:
Romeo & Juliet

Callie Feyen

Paperback: TS Poetry Press, 2018
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An excerpt from this book:

 
It’s easy to wince when reading the Nurse’s debut scene. In fewer than fifty lines, we learn of her daughter’s death, and she shares the very palpable details of how she weaned Juliet, as well as her body’s reaction to that weaning. We learn that her husband is also gone, and we hear a little anecdote about Juliet’s toddler years. After my first reading of the Nurse’s speech, I wrote in the margin, “Girlfriend could’ve started a blog.”

Shakespeare’s Nurse is off-color, and she gives far more information than she needs to. She is also the person Juliet trusts most. When I teach Romeo and Juliet and we get to this part in the play, before we read, I give my students a warning.

“She says way too much, and she might make you squirm a bit.”

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One of the best new releases of last week was:
 

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved
 
Kate Bowler

 
Hardback: Random House, 2018
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Listen to an extraordinary interview
that the author did with NPR’s Terry Gross:

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Hauerwas, Anne Lamott, Michael Horton, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader
To keep up with all the latest ebook deals,
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#1:
Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir

Stanley Hauerwas

*** $1.99 ***

An intimate memoir by one of today’s most important living theologians.

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Words That Propel Us Forward

A Review of

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
Jill Bialosky

Hardcover: Atria Books, 2017
 
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Reviewed by Jenn Moland-Kovash
 
 

The author of this book has come under fire
on accusations of plagiarism. She has refuted these charges,
and been backed by many of her writer colleagues.
Despite these charges, this book is one that merits our attention.

 

The first thing you need to know about Poetry Will Save Your Life Buy it in print. Buy the hardcover edition. This is a book you’ll want to hold. Keep the dust jacket on as you read it: the jacket has a fine texture to it, the finest of fine grits of sandpaper. And once you open the cover, you’ll find a marbled green and gold paper lining the front and back. Is it supposed to evoke topography, the ranges of life? Or an art project from youth? Or do the glimmers of gold shimmer with the insights that Jill Bialosky, the author, draws from the lines of poetry tucked inside her memoir?
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Driving into the Light from Deep Darkness

A Review of

Night Driving:
Notes from a Prodigal Soul

Chad Bird

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017

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Reviewed by James Dekker

 

In Night Driving , former pastor and seminary teacher Chad Bird has given us a short, intense book, one that is hard to put down. All told, this is a confessional memoir, but in that telling Bird regularly shifts genres like the gears on the Mack Truck he drove for some years after his affair and divorce.

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Memory Carved Into the Land

A Review of 

Riverine: A Memoir
from Anywhere but Here
Angela Palm

Paperback: Graywolf Press, 2016
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Reviewed by Sarah Lyons

 

How is it possible to forget something that the land itself remembers?

When Angela Palm was in high school, her next-door neighbor and the boy she loved was sentenced to life in prison.  Corey, just coming off drugs and suffering from withdrawal—details Palm would not learn until much later in her life—murdered two of their elderly neighbors and then stole the couple’s car, lighting it on fire a few towns away in an attempt to erase what he’d done.  In the days that followed his arrest, Palm’s rural Indiana hometown would speculate as to what his motives were.  Her government class took the opportunity to talk about opposing views on the death penalty.  Coworkers whispered rumors until they noticed her listening, and then silenced themselves in a weak attempt to protect her.  No one asked Palm if she was okay, and so she buried the trauma silently inside her.

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October 13 marks the Birthday of Lauren Winner, noted author, and seminary professor at Duke Divinity School.

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce her work…

*** Books by Lauren Winner

Being Clothed in Christ:

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A Life Whose Very Breath
Depended on Prayer
 
A Review of 

Motherprayer:
Lessons in Loving

Barbara Mahany

Hardback: Abingdon Press, 2017
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Reviewed by Janna Lynas
 
 
 
I shift my weight on hard wood floors, beneath middle aged knees, offering pleas to the air, because he’s in the air, God is, for my children. There are a whole litany of requests and generalities, but sometimes things specific and so guttural I can barely get the words to pass over dry lips. There are prayers of thankfulness and scripture that are repeated because it is truth and is as much a prayer over my babies as it is story from long ago. And it’s in these moments I find myself, as Barbara Mahany suggests in her most recent book, Motherprayer, wrapped in the “shawl of prayer… with utterances that come from our most stripped-down essence.” (4)

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This week marked the 70th birthday of poet and memoirist.  In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
 
 

1)  The Cloister Walk

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Encouragement in the Struggle

A Feature Review of 

The Light Is Winning: Why Religion Just Might Bring Us Back to Life
Zach Hoag

Paperback: Zondervan, 2017
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Reviewed by Leroy Seat.

 

The present day often seems like a rather discouraging time for many Christians. Those who are in the “moderate” camp are embarrassed by many of the things conservative evangelicals say and do. But the moderates are also unhappy with the way many of the progressives/liberals deny or downplay some of the most central aspects of the Christian faith. Additionally, many of today’s Christian denominations—whether conservative, moderate, or liberal—seem to be in decline.

This new book by Zach Hoag, who self identifies as “an author, preacher, and creator from New England,” speaks a word of hope into these discouraging times through sharing his own story and some ongoing theological reflections.

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