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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1594206112″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”165″]One of the best new book
releases of this week
is …


Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World
Christopher de Hamel

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2017.
Buy Now:  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”1594206112″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ]

Here are several brief videos featuring Christopher de Hamel
that introduce the captivating world of medieval books…

BBC Video that introduces de Hamel’s book…

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We Need Diverse Books!

January 15, 2016


WNDB_ButtonAfter Matt de la Peña received the Newbery Medal this week for his book Last Stop on Market Street,  I was reminded of his work in promoting diversity in publishing.

De la Peña is on the advisory committee for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit “dedicated to highlighting the best of diverse literature for children and teens and to heightening awareness through continued education.”

Here at the ERB, we value the practice of reading diversely and strive to recommend books that are written by diverse authors and that promote understanding of the experiences of diverse people.

Novelist John Green on why we need diverse books:

Browse the WNDB YouTube channel



Ever since the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement began, the group has had overwhelming support and positive reception. Once we started our initial campaign in late April and early May, right away we had people asking how they could help and offering to volunteer time, resources, and more. It’s been incredibly heartening. WNDB is currently working hard on a volunteer program for all interested parties. In the meantime, here are a few ways that everyone can help promote diversity in children’s literature!
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LifeWay Bookstores Drops Mark Driscoll's Books

Christianity Today has just reported that LifeWay Bookstores has pulled 37 titles authored or contributed to by Mark Driscoll from it’s bookstores:

“LifeWay Stores and are not selling Mark Driscoll’s books while we assess the situation regarding his ministry,” Marty King, LifeWay’s communications director, told CT. Earlier this month, LifeWay offered 42 products authored by or connected to Driscoll. Now, only five books that Driscoll contributed to remain.

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Barna Frames

I’m very intrigued by the newly released collection of 9 little books in the Barna Frames series…

The series positions itself as an introduction to 9 crucial issues of our time, written by some of the sharpest thinkers around…

The books are:
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A Brief Review of

A Path to Publishing:
What I Learned By Publishing a Non-Fiction Book
Ed Cyzewski.
Paperback: Self-published, 2010.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

In his most recent book, A Path to Publishing, Ed Cyzewski provides simple, straight-forward advice from his own experiences in the world of publishing.  Cyzewski, the author of Coffeehouse Theology, serves as a guide to key facets of publishing including “developing your expertise,” “developing networks” and “working with an editor.”   From my own experiences in writing and publishing, the advice given in A Path to Publishing rings true.  Cyzewski’s broad approach, covering everything from the discipline of writing through the editing process to the marketing of one’s book is to be commended, as many authors who have tackled similar projects in the past have focused on much narrower sections of this path.  Although he does not go into great detail on any of the topics along the way, he does often mention resources to which writers can turn if they seek to explore a particular topic in more depth.  The largest section of the book addresses the topic of marketing your book, and particularly the online marketing of your book.  For people who have been longtime internet users and who are comfortable searching around for the information they need, most of the information in this marketing chapter can be found for free online, on such sites as John Kremer’s

Put simply, Ed Cyzewski’s A Path to Publishing is a clear and helpful guide for those who have an idea for a book (and particularly a non-fiction book), but who have no idea how to see that idea to fruition.  However, it is not the only book or resource of its kind, so I would highly recommend that writers get a diversity of opinions in conjunction with Cyzewski’s, from other books (e.g., Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, which – contrary to its title – has plenty of wisdom for any writer who seeks to be published) or websites.