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Write a Better Year End Letter

Rachel Marie Stone

*** This piece appeared as Rachel’s column in our 
Advent 2018 magazine issue (SUBSCRIBE NOW ),
but it was too good not to share online!


It’s a tradition to mock people who send the kind of holiday letters (and accompanying photograph, preferably snapped on a mountaintop or an exotic vacation spot) that seem designed to elicit envy. Their children have always achieved more than yours; they’re in better shape; they know more about food and wine than you do; and are more skilled at framing their own consumption as virtue than you are. They get a lot more done than you do—more books read, more trips taken, more hours worked, or, conversely (perversely?), they are keen to announce just how centered, non-striving, and so not as addicted to screen-time as you are. In recent years, they may have ‘purged’ most of their crap to make room for only the highest-quality things that spark the most joy for them; this coming year, they are likely to have been cultivating a Scandinavian brand of coziness, or style of parenting, or way of living in nature, so prepare yourself: it’s going to be all about quality time and quilts, socks and stews and fireplaces, or else wellness and meditation, or more time in the forest. They will have more of all of this than you will, and theirs will be better.

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”083084533X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]Enter to win a copy of the new book by Rachel Marie Stone!

We’re giving away FIVE copies of:

Birthing Hope:
Giving Fear to the Light
Rachel Marie Stone

Paperback: IVP Books


Watch for our review of this book
(and Rachel’s regular column)

in our May 2018 print magazine!

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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…)

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[easyazon_link identifier=”083084533X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Birthing Hope: Giving Fear to the Light[/easyazon_link] 

Rachel Marie Stone

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Rachel Marie Stone

[ Editor’s Note:  I was honored to be part of a panel conversation on Slow Reading and Slow Writing, at last week’s Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College.  The other panelists were Rachel Marie Stone, author of the award-winning [easyazon-link asin=”0830836586″ locale=”us”]Eat with Joy[/easyazon-link]; John Wilson, the heralded editor of Books and Culture; and Leslie Leyland Fields, author of many books including [easyazon-link asin=”0849964725″ locale=”us”]Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers[/easyazon-link].  As Rachel was traveling back to the US from Africa just prior to the festival, she wrote out her talk ahead of time and graciously gave us permission to run it on our site.]

Slow Reading
A Story
by Rachel Marie Stone


Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, my great-grandmother Katherine somehow saved up a few thousand bucks to buy a little sandy plot on the corner of Jacqueline Road and Surf Drive and there she built a little beach cottage among the open sand dunes.

It was a five-minute flip-flop walk to the roaring Atlantic, and a wonderful, wonderful place to read; cozy couches and bookshelves lined the walls; no television pulled anyone’s gaze from the page.
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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”083084306X” locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”222″ alt=”Laura Sumner Truax” ]Put Back Together by God’s Grace

A Feature Review of

Undone: When Coming Apart Puts You Back Together
Laura Sumner Truax

Paperback: IVP Books, 2013
Buy now:  [ [easyazon-link asin=”083084306X” locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] ]   [ [easyazon-link asin=”B00EPM5NMY” locale=”us”]Kindle[/easyazon-link] ]

Reviewed by Rachel Marie Stone

Laura Sumner Truax is one the keynote speakers at next week’s CCDA conference in New Orleans!
Don miss her talk!!!


My grandmother had been languishing in her dingy apartment, drinking herself to death, for decades. Despite what was obvious to the rest of us, my grandmother persisted in the delusion that she knew better than any of us, and rebuffed all our attempts at intervention. When some people from Alcoholics Anonymous came to talk to her, she listened politely and later dismissed the encounter with, “the poor dears are so sincere,” as the ice tinkled in its tumbler of pure vodka. My grandmother spoke in a sort of fake Hollywood/French/British accent to disguise her impoverished, Yiddish-speaking upbringing. She was convinced that she knew better than everyone how to live, an illusion she could maintain only by keeping everyone away, including her family. Because it only took one look at her wizened frame and yellowed skin to see that her idea of herself didn’t match up with any reality that others could see. Looking at my grandmother; hearing her voice over the phone, I became convinced that facing reality, however ugly or harsh, was to be valued far above any masks that might prettify the truth.

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977089_10152016104209409_1697721619_oThe new ERB print issue is back from the printer now and was mailed to subscribers this morning…


Yes, it is running well over a month late, due to a number of scheduling conflicts. Our apologies to subscribers who were eagerly awaiting it! We hope to be back on schedule with our next issue.

Featuring an interview and review on Rachel Marie Stone’s new book EAT WITH JOY.  And a superb lineup of reviews: new books by Christian Wiman, Ragan Sutterfield, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Giorgio Agamben, Maurice Manning, and MORE!


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Below you will find the ERB Table of Contents for this issue…

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0830836586″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”104″ alt=”Book Giveaway” ]Our Latest Book Giveaway…


We’re giving away three copies of Rachel Marie Stone’s new book
Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food
!   (IVP / Likewise 2013)

[ Read an excerpt of this book… ]


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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0830836586″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”104″ alt=”Rachel Marie Stone” ]An excerpt from Rachel Marie Stone’s delightful new book:

Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food
Rachel Marie Stone

Paperback: IVP / Likewise, 2013
Buy now:  [ [easyazon-link asin=”0830836586″ locale=”us”]Amazon[/easyazon-link] ]  [ [easyazon-link asin=”B00BCI688C” locale=”us”]Kindle[/easyazon-link] ]

Watch for Katherine Willis Pershey’s review, a brief interview with Rachel and her review of Robert Farrar Capon’s classic book The Lamb’s Supper in our next print issue. (Not a subscriber?   CLICK HERE for more info… )


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Rachel Marie StoneIn 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.


We’ve asked a number of noted writers to pick the classics that they often return to, and we will be running these lists as a weekly feature on our website through 2013.

This week’s post in the series is by Rachel Marie Stone.

Writers on the Classics:
[ #1 – Shane Claiborne ] [ #5 (Last Week) – Jen Pollock Michel ]


Rachel Marie Stone is the author of Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food, just out from InterVarsity Press. She’s also the author of a book about Jesus for children with the working title God’s Upside-Down Kingdom, forthcoming from Olive Branch Books this year. Her writing appears in places like Christianity TodaySojourners, Books & Culture, The Huffington Post, The Christian Century, RELEVANTCatapult, The Suffolk Times, PRISM, The Progressive Christian, Creation Care Magazine, and Flourish Magazine. She’s a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s popular women’s blog, Her.meneutics, and tweets @rachel_m_stone.



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