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In the last month, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing Jemar Tisby, and then this week attending a talk he gave at a local university… 

Jemar Tisby is a historian and author of the new book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about The American Church’s Complicity in Racism. [ READ our review ]  As the way forward toward a culture of anti-racism, Tisby suggests the course defined by the acronym ARC: Becoming AWARE; Fostering deep interracial RELATIONSHIPS; and COMMITTING to act against the forces of racism. 

Following Tisby’s rubric, here are some books that will help raise our awareness, and orient us into committed patterns of action:

[ Awareness of the History of Racism ] 
[ Awareness of Black Theology ]
[ White Authors Explain White Privilege ]
[ Vision for Anti-racist Action ]
 
 

Awareness of the History of Racism

 
 

Stamped from the Beginning:
The Definitive History
of Racist Ideas
in America

 
 
Ibrahim Kendi

 
 
 
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Last night, I finished reading Karen Swallow Prior’s excellent new book:

 

On Reading Well:
Finding the Good Life
through Great Books
Karen Swallow Prior

 
Hardback: Brazos Press, 2018.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle

 
 

The book is excellent. I wholeheartedly agree with Prior’s description of reading as a practice that forms virtue in us.

My only regret was that I hadn’t read (or recently read) a number of the novels that she explores in the book

 

Read the
Book’s Introduction:

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This week, I read Christianity Today’s interview with Rosaria Butterfield, on her new book The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. The interview piqued my interest in the book, but it also raised questions about the nature and ends of Christian hospitality. 

 

Here’s a list of the most helpful books I’ve found on the Christian practice of hospitality.
(This list includes, and builds on, the list of recommended books on hospitality from Slow Church that I co-authored with John Pattison)

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

 

   

Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition 

Christine Pohl

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April is National Poetry Month!!!

 

To  celebrate and to encourage us all to read more poetry, here are seven of our favorite poetry collections from the last five years! 

ALSO, check out our lists of
CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY poets
that you should know… 

 

   

The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems 

Molly McCully Brown

Listen to the Poet’s Conversation
with NPR’s Terry Gross
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In honor of Women’s History Month, here is our recommended list of living women poets that you should be reading and talking about. We read everything we can get our hands on by these poets, and will continue to read and review their work.

 

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

These poets are arranged in alphabetical order by their last names… 
 

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, playwright, and the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2018. Periviosly she was a professor for 15 years at Yale University, where she taught poetry and chaired the African American Studies department.(via Wikipedia)

Books by Elizabeth Alexander

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This week marks the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer… 

The February 2018 issue of SOJOURNERS asks the pointed question:
Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?

It is common to wonder what we would have done if we lived in history’s most challenging times. Christians often find moral guidance in the laboratory of history—which is to say that we learn from historical figures and communities who came through periods of ethical challenge better than others. Christians who wish to discern faithfulness to Christ often look back to learn how others were able to determine faithful discipleship when their contemporaries could not. With this in mind, Dietrich Bonhoeffer may help us out today.

[ READ the full article ]

Relevant Words of Bonhoeffer
for the Trump Age

 

 

Judging sheerly by the publishing industry, we can answer SOJOURNERS question in the affirmative…

Here are 10 helpful books on Bonhoeffer
that have been released in the last two years:

 
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This week marked the 70th anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination. 

The Church has much to learn from Gandhi’s life and teachings. In remembrance, we offer this brief introductory reading guide for Christians.

 
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)   An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth: A Critical Edition

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NPR is one of the many sources we look to for tips on excellent new books!
We especially love their interviews with authors.

 
Here is a Top 10 list of our favorite NPR author interviews of 2017…
 

#10 – Turtles All the Way Down:
A Novel

John Green

Hardback: Dutton.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon  ]  [ Kindle ]

 
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Christmas

For the upcoming Christmas season…
Ten of our favorite Christmas books!
By authors such as JRR Tolkien, Maya Angelou, and Madeleine L’Engle!

You still have a few days before Christmas to get these books from your local bookseller (or from Amazon)…

Most of these books are short and easy to read in one sitting!

 

[ Classic Christmas Stories – FREE Ebooks! ]

[ Our Favorite Christmas Albums! ]

 
 

#10

The Nativity 

By Julie Vivas

 

The biblical story of the Nativity is one about faith, love–and a miracle. With illustrations that are enchanting and unexpected, Julie Vivas reveals the human side to Mary’s story, beautifully imagining the Angel Gabriel delivering the news to her, the exhausting journey with Joseph to Bethlehem, and at last the deliverance of the baby Jesus.

 


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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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