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Teaching Us to Slow Down

A Review of 

Prayer: Forty Days of Practice
Justin McRoberts, Scott Erickson

Paperback, 2016
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith


The new book Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson is a unique book, that doesn’t teach us how to pray or offer a theology of prayer. Rather, what this elegant little book does is to offer a series of simple, but compelling images and brief guided prayers that are paired with each image. (See examples below)

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“What is poetry which does not save nations or people?”
Czeslaw Milosz
who died on this date in 2004 
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Czeslaw Milosz
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Thinking Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

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The Wake Up Call – August 14, 2014


Gradual Sweetness and Strength

A Feature Review of

Slow Reading in A Hurried Age

David Mikics

Hardback: Harvard UP, 2013
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith

[ Read a summary of Mikics’s 14 Rules for Slow Reading ]

This Book was Chosen as our 2013 Book of the Year!
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One of the greatest challenges that we face in Western culture at the turn of the 21st century is the problem of speed. This problem has been described in a number of different ways, perhaps most strikingly by sociologist George Ritzer, as the “McDonaldization of Society” (the title of his important 1992 book). Ritzer and other critics, including Wendell Berry, have emphasized the destructive powers of speed.  Indeed, one of the most pressing questions that humanity will have to address in this century is: how do we slow down?  As co-author of the forthcoming book Slow Church, I have spent the last few years reflecting on this very question, but if I was pressed to name a single practice that would be most transformative in helping us to slow down, I would say learning to read slowly and well. Reading is essential to Western culture, and we all do substantial amounts of it every day, but the challenge, of course, is to create space in our lives for reading slowly and attentively. As we begin to do so, we will find ourselves slowing down in other parts of our lives.

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10 Recommended Kindle ebooks for $3.99 or Less!

Prices on these ebooks should not change before Jan. 31, 2013.
But to be on the safe side, please refresh the Amazon page before ordering…

(NOTE: Prices listed may or may be not be valid outside the United States… Sorry!)


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1) In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore – $2.99


2) A Treasury of 24 Dorothy Sayers Stories by Dorothy Sayers – $2.99


3) The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers – $2.99


4) The Odyssey of Homer Translated by Richard Lattimore – $2.99
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David Haskell - The Forest UnseenThe Beauty in Slowness

Feature Review of

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

David Haskell

Hardback: Viking, 2012
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Reviewed by Sam Edgin

Self-reflection is aggravating. The ice-water shock of realization tosses a man or woman who feels in control into a downward spiral of doubt and emotionally forced commitment to betterment, all for the grand goal of “self-improvement.” It is a speed bump to an otherwise usual and very comfortable day, the stop signal to our pleasing hundred-mile-per-hour lives.  How little we actually like to realize the extent of our personal flaws; there is no summer blockbuster finale excitement in that. We crave speediness and comfort. We enjoy settling into the soft flow of conflict-free life. No one truly wants to engage in the demands of reflection.

But of course we all need it. Participation in the social, ecological, and religious communities that surround us in any kind of healthy way requires the knife in the gut of self-reflection. Otherwise how are we to contribute? True growth comes mainly through the acknowledgement and confrontation of our faults. In order to have something to give we must set ourselves straight.

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“Built-in Opportunities for
Human Relationships, Health, and Flourishing

A Review of
Cities for People.

Jan Gehl.

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

Cities for People.
Jan Gehl.
Hardback: Island Press, 2010.
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In a city like mine, a story which is typical of many US cities has happened: built over the last 200 years, emptied out since the 1960s, and now making a few steps to revitalize the health of what makes cities great; there are hopeful moves of homes rehabbed and occupied, small businesses open, narrow bike stripes painted. And like other cities, we’ve gotten on board with the ‘greening’ of the city – thousands of new trees, some green roofs and rainwater collectors, and small but productive gardens.

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ERB editor Chris Smith has been curating a series of Advent reflections on the daily Lectionary texts on the Slow Church Blog.

We invite you to check out the following reflections that have been posted this week, and if you find them helpful, you can keep up with this daily Advent series, by following on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.

Monday 11/28: Fear Not! (Chris Smith)

Tuesday 11/29: The Immense Joy of Christ’s Victory (Chris Smith)

Wednesday 11/30: Incarnating Christ in our Places (Chris Smith)

Thursday 12/1: The Whoring Bride of Christ (Chris Smith)

Friday 12/2:  A Season Wrought With Tension (Kyle Mobley)

Watch for reflections by other frequent ERB contributors over the Advent season…

To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.


ERB editor Chris Smith and ERB contributor John Pattison recently launched a blog called Slow Church on

During Advent, Chris will be posting daily reflections on the that day’s lectionary text.  Advent is too often a season when the pace of life speeds up instead of slowing down.  Through these Advent reflections, we hope to challenge ourselves to slow down and remember all the gifts of life that surround daily.

To be sure you don’t miss these reflections, connect with  the Slow Church blog on Facebook, Twitter or by entering your email address on the righthand sidebar of the blog.

Slow Church blog…

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Last week, ERB editor Chris Smith and ERB contributor John Pattison launched a blog called Slow Church on

This new blog will explore many of the same themes that we do here in The Englewood Review, but will do so with a broader range of approaches than simply book reviews/news.

The blog first post, by Chris Smith, invites readers into a “Slow Church Conversation.”

The most popular post so far has been John’s reflection on John Drane’s book The McDonaldization of the Church.

Check it out and if you like what you see, please do keep up with the blog and conversation on Facebo0k, Twitter or by entering your email address on the righthand sidebar of the blog.