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Beyond Suburbia

A Review of

The Embrace of Buildings:
A Second Look at Walkable City Neighborhoods

Lee Hardy

Paperback: Calvin College Press, 2017
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Review by Erin F. Wasinger
 

When I moved a few years ago, I joked that I only knew my way around the city if all routes started at my front door. I saw my home on the map as if it were the center of a bicycle wheel, each spoke pointing to a different destination: store, church, schools, library. Until I internalized the city’s layout, each trip functioned as if the world revolved around my garage.

Many of us view our environments that way, much to the detriment of communities, Lee Hardy argues in The Embrace of Buildings: A Second Look at Walkable City Neighborhoods. A certain flavor of the American dream envisions a well-manicured lawn in suburbia, a fence separating the yard from the neighbors’. Hardy is as Copernicus, reminding readers that our enclaves aren’t the centers in our individual universes. Instead, he invites us to imagine ourselves orbiting a shared space: our cities.

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A Call for Adventure
 
A Review of 
 

Stay in the City:
How Christian Faith is Flourishing in an Urban World

Mark Gornik / Maria Liu Wong

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017
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Reviewed by Kevin Book-Satterlee
 
 
Stay in the City is one of the most fun, quick, and inspiring little texts on urban mission. Gornik and Wong bring forth small anecdotes to narrate a grand emerging adventure. We often think of adventure as journeying out, into the unknown, but in the city, with all its change, the familiar becomes unkown and recycles back to familiarity once again. This is the adventure of urban mission, the complex intertwining, changing dance with rehearsed steps to developing beats. Staying in the City inspires dance-lessons and improvisation to tell the journey of what God is doing in our cities across the globe.
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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…)

  

The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

James Bryan Smith

Watch a trailer video for this book… 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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I recently finished reading Richard Florida’s important book THE NEW URBAN CRISIS. While I didn’t have a chance to write my review this week (watch for it on our website in the next couple of weeks), I thought that this would be a good time to recommend books in a similar vein that should be essential reading for Christians trying to understand the urban places in which they live and/or worship.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it will set readers on an excellent trajectory for understanding urban places. 

  

The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Richard Florida

Basic Books, 2017
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One of this week’s best new releases is:
 

Another Brooklyn: A Novel
Jacqueline Woodson

Hardback: Amistad, 2016
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Here’s an excellent NPR interview that Woodson did this week on the book:

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RD-Betts

We recently posted Terri Gross’s recent NPR interview with poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

I just found this PBS video of him reading one of the poems from his latest collection:

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Paperback: Four Way, 2015
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[ Read several poems from this collection ]

 

For the City that Nearly Broke Me
Reginald Dwayne Betts

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One recent book that was released without catching our attention was
 

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Benjamin Barber

Hardback: Yale UP, 2013
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I’m very grateful to Tim Soerens, co-author of The New Parish for bringing this book to my attention…
 

Here is a great TED talk video that Benjamin Barber gave on the book:

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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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Thomas Merton: Selected Essays
By Thomas Merton

 

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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A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America
By Vishaan Chakrabarti

Watch a lecture that overviews the material in this book

 

Having done a wee bit of urban exploration myself, I am eager to check out this new book:

Hidden Cities : Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Great Metropolises; A Memoir of Urban Exploration

Moses Gates

Paperback: Tarcher, 2013
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