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Elizabeth_Strout

Today (Jan. 6) marks the birthday of noted novelist, Elizabeth Strout.

In honor of the occasion, here is an introductory guide to her novels…


Olive Kitteridge

 

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

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Flannery-Peacock

This week marked the anniversary of the death of Flannery O’Connor (3 August 1964), one of the greatest fiction writers of the twentieth century.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following 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.

*** Don’t miss these rare clips of
Flannery O’Connor reading her work 

 

1) The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connnor

 
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Thomas_Merton

Sunday is the birthday of Thomas Merton, born 31 January 1915.

Merton was a monk who not only wrote elegantly about contemplative life, but also was a gifted poet and social critic. Here is an introductory guide to some of his best books. I’ve included an excerpt, where possible with each of the books.

 

1. The Seven Storey Mountain

 

Merton’s bestselling autobiography of how he found his way to monastic life. This is the most familiar of Merton’s books, but if you haven’t read it, it is a great place to start.

 

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Lengle-Ordering

This Sunday, September 6th, marks the anniversary of the death of Madeleine L’Engle.  In honor of one of our favorite writers, 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.

*** Don’t miss L’Engle on Writing (3 Brief Videos)

 

1) A Wrinkle in Time

 

This Newbery-Award winner is where most people inevitably start reading L’Engle’s work, often in elementary or middle school. It has in recent years also been made into A Graphic Novel.  Once you have completed this novel, you might consider reading the subsequent books in the Time Quintet series (in order):

 




 

 

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Image Credit: From the cover to Ordering of Love: Poems… (Buy it now!)

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Next Tuesday willl see the release of Brené Brown’s latest book Rising Strong!

In honor of the occasion, we offer an introductory reading guide to Brown’s previous work to get you up to speed…
 
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
 
 

Don’t miss our essay The Vulnerable Faith of Brené Brown
by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.

 
For the quickest immersion into Brown’s work, here are the videos of her immensely popular TED Talks:

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Hauerwas

With the release of Stanley Hauerwas’ newest book this week, we thought it would be a good time to offer an introductory guide to the work of “America’s Best Theologian” (TIME magazine, 2001).

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.

*** Don’t miss some of our favorite online Hauerwas videos

 

1) Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir

 

This late-in-life memoir is a great place to start as it offers a biographical context for understanding Hauerwas’s theology.

 




 

 

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Image Credit: From the cover to Hauerwas’s memoir Hannah’s Child… (Buy it now!)

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Jacques Ellul

This week marked the anniversary of the death of Jacques Ellul….

Jacques Ellul was one of the keenest and most provocative Christian thinkers of the 20th century.

In remembrance of him, we offer this introductory reading guide, which highlights his most important books and suggests an order in which to read them.

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