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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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Tania Runyan



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April is National Poetry Month! 

Although poetry is not easy read in our age of lightning-fast communications and instant gratification, it is an important way of learning to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and the brokenness of the world around us.
We all would do well to infuse our lives with more poetry!

Here are 10 new poetry books that will be released in 2017 and that we are super-excited about!

(Including collections by Christian Wiman, Mary Oliver, Tania Runyan, and MORE)
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April is National Poetry Month…

Here are some resources to help you celebrate.

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”B004KA9RPA” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”107″] Tania Ruyan’s excellent collection of poems,

[easyazon_link identifier=”B004KA9RPA” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Simple Weight: Poems[/easyazon_link]

is ** FREE ** right now for Kindle.

It will make great reading for National Poetry Month!

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Tania Runyan

This is a new weekly feature where we highlight 3 poems from a recent collection of poetry.

If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.

“Like a rich and carefully crafted dessert, one must savor a poem in order to enjoy it fully—its images, its context, its sounds. A good poem is hospitable, inviting us to sit for awhile and enter into a conversation. Poetry, however, does not come naturally for us in our times; it is a discipline to which we must commit ourselves.”

This week’s collection of poems is:

Second Sky: Poems

Tania Runyan

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2013
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Poem #1: Approach with Boldness

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“The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.”
-GWF Hegel, born this date, 1770

Poem of the Day:
Blessed are the Merciful
Tania Runyan


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On the Road with the Archangel:
A Novel
 by Frederick Buechner
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*** NOTE: This stated price is for the United States. Unfortunately, this offer may or may not be available in other countries. Sorry!

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The Wake Up Call – August 27, 2014




I read this beautiful poem at our church service at Englewood yesterday.

(Indianapolis folks: We will be hosting an event with Tania Runyan on this Thursday evening, May 22.  You won’t want to miss it!)


Blessed Are The Merciful
Tania Runyan

Amish schoolhouse shooting, Nickel Mines, PA



I didn’t trust their forgiveness.

Before the blood cooled on the schoolhouse floor
they held the killer’s widow in their arms,

raised money for his children,
lined his grave site with a row of patient horses.

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Tania Runyan

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0982861249″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”108″]Tania Runyan is author of the
2012 Englewood Honor Book, [easyazon-link asin=”1602260095″ locale=”us”]A Thousand Vessels: Poems[/easyazon-link]

These two poems are found in her collection:

Simple Weight: Poems
Paperback: Future Cycle Press, 2010.
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Tania RunyanIn 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 Tania Runyan.

Writers on the Classics:
[#1 – Shane Claiborne ] [#12 (Previous Post) – Brent Bill ]


Tania Runyan is the author of Second Sky (forthcoming from Antler in 2014), A Thousand Vessels (WordFarm), Simple Weight (FutureCycle Press) and Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press), which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Mid-American Review, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, Willow Springs, Nimrod, and the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011. She tutors high school students and edits for Every Day Poems and Relief.


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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
28 February 2013

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…


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LAST DAY to get our recommended Kindle ebook bargains for February. Ten titles for $3.99 or less.
Annie Dillard, Gandhi, Kierkegaard, MORE!


“Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.”  – Michel de Montaigne, born on this day in 1533


“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”  – Novelist, Henry James, who died on this day in 1916
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Book News:


Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

The Wake Up Call image via WikiMedia Commons

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Tania Runyan - A Thousand VesselsThe Spiritual Discipline of Earnestness.

A Feature Review of

A Thousand Vessels: Poems.

Tania Runyan

Paperback: WordFarm, 2011.
Buy now: [ WordFarm ]

Reviewed by Emma Stencil

Tania Runyan demonstrates her abilities as an accomplished poet in a study of certain key women of the Bible. The result is A Thousand Vessels, a beautiful collection of verse. This collection is divided into sections, one for each Biblical figure that Runyan explores through intensely personal verse. With grace and perception, the poet develops the emotions of these women, breathing life into characters whose depths are only hinted at in the thin paper pages of the Bible. An obscuring veil is gently lifted and we, as readers, are privileged to glimpse the inner monologue of long-revered heroines, imagining with Runyan their triumphs and heartaches. Runyan at once honors and reinvents the singular experiences of these few women of the Bible, specially chosen as “vessels” and figured prominently in God’s plan for the world.

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