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One of this week’s best new book releases is…

My Life, My Love, My Legacy
Coretta Scott King

Hardback: Holt, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle ]
 

*** Read ERB Editor
Chris Smith’s review of this book

 

Here is a great video intro to the book from Good Morning, America,that features a brief interview with King’s daughter, Bernice…

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Praying for Justice

This extraordinary new book guides through daily prayer for the marginalized in U.S. society (and the world) through all four years of the Trump presidency…

 

Praying for Justice: A Lectionary of Christian Concern
Anderson Campbell and Steve Sherwood

Paperback: Barclay Press, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]

 

From the introduction:

“It’s easy to look at the campaign rhetoric during the previous eighteen months and conclude that the next four years are going to be profoundly difficult for the vulnerable in our society. The reality is that, for them, every year is difficult. Most of the Founding Fathers were slaveholders. Franklin Delano Roosevelt interred more than one hundred thousand Japanese American citizens. Liberal and conservative presidents led a country that for decades allowed Jim Crow laws to remain in place and denied women the right to vote. John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy dragged his feet on civil rights reform. Ronald Reagan’s policies on mental health led to an explosion in the number of homeless in our country. Bill Clinton ushered in the mass incarceration of young African Americans. Barack Obama has deported more undocumented immigrants than any president before him. If one is convinced, as we are, that God’s heart is uniquely for those without power, without recourse to justice, then there has never been a time in our nation’s history when the powers that be have been in alignment with this passion of God’s.”

 

My endorsement for this book:

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Advent2016 - COVERThe new Advent 2016 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

 

Featuring interviews with singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer and theologian David Fitch, reviews and articles by C. Christopher Smith, Cara Meredith, and Todd Edmondson, two new poems by Luci Shaw, reviews of new books by J.D. Vance, Ann Patchett, Zadie Smith and MORE.

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Below you will find the ERB Table of Contents for this issue:
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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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The new Harry Potter Book is coming at midnight on Sunday July 31! (J.K. Rowling’s birthday)

 
A library or bookstore in your town will likely be celebrating the release…

If not, you can order a copy of the book here: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

The book is the script of a new play that has already been playing in London. J.K. Rowling has pleaded with theatre-goers to stay mum about what they have seen, but impatient readers can find details with minimal searching.  We will honor Rowling’s request, and urge you instead to check out these official videos about the play while you are waiting for the release.
 

Paul Thornley as (grown-up) Ron Weasley:

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The Unexamined Life and Politics of Donald Trump

 

C. Christopher Smith

 
Donald Trump’s inclination to not read books has been highlighted in two recently published articles. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter who collaborated with Trump on his bestselling book, The Art of the Deal, was recently interviewed in The New Yorker, expressing his deep regrets for “presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.”

Schwartz emphasized Trump’s inability to concentrate and his apparent lack of an attention span, and then proceeds to draw a connection between that and Trump’s seeming avoidance of reading books:

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What if the problem is not out there, but in our own hearts?

A Feature Review of

Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love
William Willimon

Paperback: Abingdon Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

 

Reviewed by James Honig

 

The long months of the presidential campaign have given people of faith plenty of self-righteous high horses from which to rail at those who would stir up the juices of our all too common human fear of the other.

Reminds me of that delicious story in Luke’s gospel of a Pharisee named Simon who throws a dinner party and invites Jesus (Luke 7). When a woman with a reputation crashes the party, Simon takes the occasion for some self-righteous harrumphing about Jesus’ rusty skills as a prophet. Jesus doesn’t even know who it is who is wetting his’ feet with her tears and wiping them dry with her hair, Simon says to himself. In a brief and masterfully told parable, Jesus turns the tables on that highly religious man, exposing Simon’s self-righteousness and need for forgiveness.

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The new book from ERB editor Chris Smith is almost here… 

(Copies arrived in our office today!!!
And will be available in bookstores and online within 2ish weeks…)

Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish
C. Christopher Smith

Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
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*** Scroll down for a special offer when you order now!
 
*** Kindle and other ebook editions will also be available soon!

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What people are saying:

“C. Christopher Smith offers a fresh, rich and quite unfamiliar proposal concerning human renewal and church regeneration. He exposits the cruciality of reading, thinking and conversing in the community as a bedrock practice for a sustainable missional community. His project serves to awaken us from our numbing ‘electronic slumbers’ into a slow engagement with imaginative words. I suggest that this book can be a valuable reference for pastoral nurture and education in the church.”  – Walter Brueggemann

“Having devoted the entirety of my personal and professional life to the vision and practices laid out in Reading for the Common Good, I offer a hearty ‘Hear! Hear!’ This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church.” – Karen Swallow Prior
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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…)

 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By Matthew Desmond

Read Barbara Ehrenreich’s review in the NY Times.

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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Starting in March, we will be featuring a book each month, and inviting you to read along with us, sharing quotes on social media, and inviting you into a conversation about the book and its themes.

 
Our inaugural Book-of-the-month will be:

Trouble I’ve Seen:
Changing the Way
the Church Views Racism

Drew Hart

Paperback:  Herald Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon
 
 

Stay tuned for more details…

But in the meantime:

  1. Order a copy of the book for yourself

  2. Find a few others in your church, neighborhood, or city who will read along with you

  3. Watch this video of a recent talk the author gave related to the book

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