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As we tiptoe into 2019, here are the 30 new books that we are most eager to read…

 
Due to the nature of publishers’ catalogs, this list mostly cover just the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.
 

[ Top Ten -Pt A ] [ Top Ten- Pt B ] [ Faith-in-Practice ]
[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]
[ Poetry / Young Readers ]  [ Honorable Mentions ]

 

TOP TEN (Part A):

 
 
These titles are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…
 
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This week marks the anniversary of both the birth (1 Jan 1956) and the death (4 January 2008) of the Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue…  

 

O’Donohue’s posthumous book 
Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
was released in the U.S. last fall.

Our review ran in our Advent 2018 magazine issue!
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*** Our Intro Guide
to John O’Donohue’s work

 
We remember the poet with
four of our favorite poems by him…

 

Thought-Work
John O’Donohue

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Rooted Strongly in History
 
A Feature Review of
 

LIKE: Poems
A.E. Stallings

Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Reviewed by Sarah Lyons
 
 
When I was growing up, I was like many other kids and infatuated with the myths of Greek and Roman gods.  I would pull reference books from the library, hunting for narratives of men and women interacting with the divine.  With each new discovery I grew to both adore these stories and hate them—the arbitrary punishments, the rise and then deaths of heroes, the bright-burning romances and their ensuing jealousies, agonies, heartbreak.  I distinctly remember sitting down, pen and paper in hand, and attempting to make a list of myths that I could identify with; I wanted to keep track of ones that “ended well,” that offered some piece of hope toward the future.

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This is an excellent new book that will be reviewed in our Advent magazine issue.
 

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“This book you now hold in your hands is a treasure.”
—Krista Tippett, host of On Being

 
 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this excellent new book:

Walking in Wonder:
Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
John O’Donohue

Hardback: Convergent Books, 2018

Thanks to the publisher for providing the prizes!

 

Not familiar with the Irish
poet / theologian, John O’Donohue?

These video clips are a
good intro to his work
!

 

Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Poet A.E. Stallings’s newly released collection of poems is one of the best poetry books of 2018

 

Like: Poems
A.E. Stallings

Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Here are three superb poems from this collection…

 

Art Monster
A.E. Stallings

 
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The 2018 National Book Award winners
were announced last night!

Learn more about the five winning books…

 

[ FICTION ]  [ NONFICTION ]  [ POETRY ]
[ YOUNG PEOPLE’S LIT ]  [ TRANSLATIONS ]

 

FICTION WINNER:

The Friend:
A Novel

Sigrid Nunez

Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ] [ Audible ]

 
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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s newly released collection of poems is undoubtedly one of the best poetry books of 2018

 

Monument:
Poems New and Selected
Natasha Trethewey

Hardback: HMH Books, Nov. 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 

Here are four superb poems from this collection…

 

Gathering
Natasha Trethewey

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Transforming Memory
into a Place of Solace
 
A Review of 

Acacia Road:
Poems
 

Aaron Brown

Paperback:
Silverfish Review Press, 2018
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]

 
Reviewed by Ben Rawlins
 
 

Aaron Brown’s Acacia Road flows from a remembered intimacy with a particular place foreign to most of us. In the opening poem, “N’Djamena Morning,” the speaker strolls through the African city as a popular song crackles on the radio, and a lizard scurries across a wall. N’Djamena is the capitol of Chad, a land-locked country in north-central Africa and Brown’s home through childhood and adolescence until violence forced his family to leave. Even as these poems provide continued connection to past meaningful experience, they also acknowledge the palpable sense of loss inherent to translating memory into poetry.

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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…)

    

The Church and Its Vocation: Lesslie Newbigin’s Missionary Ecclesiology 

Michael Goheen

 

*** READ an excerpt from this book

 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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“This Kindly Working Love”
 
A Review of 
 

The Farm
Wendell Berry

 
Hardback: Counterpoint, 2018
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 
The newly released book The Farm by Wendell Berry is a worthwhile purchase simply for its beauty. A trade reprint of the hard-to-find letterpress edition by Kentucky’s Larkspur Press, this new book retains the elegance of the original in both its design and its monochrome drawings by Carolyn Whitesel.

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