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Too often in our consumer culture, we jump over the season Advent and straight into Christmas. It is especially easy for us to do so with the holiday music to which we listen.

As we prepare for the beginning of Advent on Sunday, we offer this playlist of Advent-themed songs. Some of these are were not necessarily written as Advent songs, but they wrestle with vital themes of the season nonetheless. 
 

A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

*** includes most, but not all the songs below
Browse the list below for other excellent songs 
that are NOT available on Spotify

 

  1. Josh Garrels
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    from The Light Came Down


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Taking a road trip over the holidays?
Take one of the year’s best audiobooks
with you to listen to on your way!

While these audiobooks are available through Audible-dot-com, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

 

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Here are our picks for the best audiobooks of 2017
(Eugene Peterson, Christena Cleveland, Neil Gaiman, Brene Brown, MORE)

(Counting down to the #1 audiobook of the year)
 
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Today is the birthday of Krista Tippett, the renowned host of public radio’s On Being!

We are big fans of On being, and in honor of the occasion, we offer our list of the Top 10 episodes of the show…

Featuring John Lewis, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, David Brooks, and MORE

 

Krista Tippett’s Newest Book is:
Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

 

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Padraig O’ Tuama
Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both

*** Padraig O’ Tuama’s book
In the Shelter

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This week marked the 500th anniversary of the date when Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church… 

The past year has seen a slew of new books about Martin Luther arrive in bookstores. Some of the most distinctive of these books are the ones that tell Luther’s story for younger readers…  

Here are some of the best of these books:
 

1) Renegade: Martin Luther, The Graphic Biography
Dacia Palmerino (Author), Andrea Ciponte (Artist)

Paperback: Plough Books, 2017.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]

Video trailer for this book…

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This week marks the birthday of novelist Ursula Le Guin.  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)   Rocannon’s World

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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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Inspired by this great public radio interview with Bruce Handy, author of the new book, Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, I asked my Facebook friends for their favorite kids books that they have re-read as adults.

“Images from children’s books — a great green room and a red balloon, the white witch’s Turkish Delight, a lean and wicked cat in a red top hat — act as madeleines (or portkeys, or time turners, or rabbit holes, or wardrobes) calling up sleepiness, childhood rooms, grilled cheeses, long parental legs coming in and out of rooms, and that particular, pleasant ache of nostalgia. [Bruce Handy] … puts extraordinary care into replicating and preserving those feelings.” – NPR

Here are twenty of the most frequently-named
children’s books that are enjoyed by adults.

(In alphabetical order by author’s last name)

 

*** What other kids books
have you enjoyed as an adult?

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Bob Dylan’s Best Albums

Compiled by Madeline Cramer

 

“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.
 

*** For a limited time, the ebook 
   The Gospel according to Bob Dylan
   by Michael Gilmour is only $1.99 for Kindle!

 
(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )
 

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan 
(1963)

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Here are our favorite biographies and companion guides to C.S. Lewis’s work.

Compiled by Marina Konow


 

Though the celebrated C.S. Lewis, didn’t necessarily have a long life, he managed to accomplish a great deal with the time he was given. In his 65 years on earth, Lewis went from being raised Christian to later becoming atheist; only to be brought back to the Christian faith later. His famous friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, played a key role in his return to the faith.

Lewis created a world near and dear to many hearts through his well- known Narnian stories, which continue to influence our culture, over 60 years after the last book was published, For instance, three of the seven books have recentlybeen turned into major motion picture productions. Since 1950, (the year The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was published) The Chronicles of Narnia series has sold over 100 million copies and has been published in 47 different languages.  

Lewis continues to inspire all Christians through his essays and novels. Besides the Narnia series, his novels Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce are but a few of his insightful works.

With all the wonderful stories and perspectives Lewis gave us, many authors have tackled the challenge of writing about him and his work. Through these books, one is able to gain more perspective of Lewis’s character and backstory; as well as an understanding of his faith journey.

Listed below are some of the works that help us better understand C.S. Lewis.  We’ve included excerpts from the books where available via Google Books.

 

1)   Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis
by George Sayer

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This week is National Library Week…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a list of our favorite books about libraries (fiction and non-fiction)!

We encourage you to check these books out from your local library…

 

The Strange Library: A Novel

by Haruki Murakami 

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