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The new Lent 2017 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

 
Featuring interviews with Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Kate Hennessy and author Tish Harrison Warren, reviews and articles by Andy Whitman, C. Christopher Smith, David Wright, and Elizabeth Dark, two new poems by Marci Rae Johnson, reviews of new books by Makoto Fujimura, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, and MORE.
 
 
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I’ve had several people go out of their way to say that they appreciated my editorial for this issue, so I thought I’d reprint it here…

 

I write this editorial mere days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. I’m less than excited about the prospect of a president so impetuous and unprepared to take the helm of our nation. Who knows what will happen? Will the Trump presidency rapidly implode from one of the many scandals that seem to follow in his wake? Will he finish off the American nation that is already deeply fragmented and on the verge of collapse? And, of course, there are many other, less dramatic, ways in which this presidency might play out.

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The new Lent 2017 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

 
Featuring interviews with Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Kate Hennessy and author Tish Harrison Warren, reviews and articles by Andy Whitman, C. Christopher Smith, David Wright, and Elizabeth Dark, two new poems by Marci Rae Johnson, reviews of new books by Makoto Fujimura, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, and MORE.
 
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We are pleased to offer a FREE sampler of this issue,
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We are super-excited about our Lent 2017 print magazine, which just came back from the printer this afternoon.

The issue features interviews with Kate Hennessy (the granddaughter of Dorothy Day) and Tish Harrison Warren, as well as reviews of new books by Bruce Springteen, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Makoto Fujimura, and MORE!!!
 
 

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TODAY marks the anniversary of the 1970 death of philosopher Bertrand Russell…

Russell, a committed atheist, was the author of Why I Am Not a Christian. This excerpt, however, is strikingly pertinent in our day of “alternative facts,” in which truth has little relevance. It is worth taking the time to read!

 

Free Thought and Official Propaganda
Bertrand Russell
(Excerpt)

Conway Memorial Lecture
Delivered March 24, 1922

 
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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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We are pleased to offer a FREE sampler of this issue,
featuring the first 13 pages:

[ DOWNLOAD NOW ]

CLICK HERE to buy a digital copy of the full issue

$2.95 for a limited time (Through Mon. Dec 12)
40% off the usual single digital issue price!
(May take up to 48 hours for the issue to arrive in your inbox)

*** Even Better, SUBSCRIBE NOW in print or digital format!


Print edition:
$18.95 for 1 Year (4 issues) / $35 for 2 Years (8 issues)

Digital edition:
$12.95 for 1 Year (4 issues)


 

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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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