Partnering with God in
Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom

A Review of 

Becoming A Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom
Adam Gustine

Paperback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by Joshua Rhone
“I am a liability in the work of justice.” So begins Adam Gustine’s book on justice, the church, and God’s plans for creation (3). If what Adam sets forth in the remainder of the book is to be believed, and I think that it is, that statement is true, not just of him, but of many of us, as well as the churches to which we belong.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Wendell Berry, Thomas Merton, Leslie Leyland Fields, Walker Percy, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.


Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition

Wendell Berry

*** $2.99 ***

As a poet, novelist, and farmer, Wendell Berry has worked and written in favor of tried and tested ways, rejecting the notion that the modern is always to be preferred over the old. Technology may have its uses, he has insisted in books like The Gift of Good Land, but what matters more is the crafting of sound human communities and of self-reliant living. Religious faith lies at the heart of Berry’s unapologetically old-fashioned program. Faith, which supposes that life is full of unpredictable mysteries, stands against much of modern science, an opposition that Berry explores in Life Is a Miracle.
– review

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Audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books while you are on the go!

While these audiobooks are available through, we encourage you to check for them at your local library, where you may be able to listen to them for FREE!

If you find yourself regularly purchasing audiobooks from Audible, you might want to sign up for a subscription,
$14.95/month, plus two FREE audiobooks for signing up!


Here are the best audiobooks that will be released this month…
(Some of these are new books, others are older books just released as audiobooks)

Consider the Women: A Provocative Guide to Three Matriarchs of the Bible

Debbie Blue

Read by: Sheri Beth Dusek
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Get a taste of this month’s best nonfiction books, by reading the following excerpts:

Romans Disarmed:
Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice

Sylvia Keesmaat / Brian Walsh

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The Story the Suburbs Sell

A Review of 

The Promise of the Suburbs:
A Victorian History in Literature and Culture
Sarah Bilston

Hardback: Yale UP, 2019.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by Ashley Hales

In the 90s cult film, Grosse Pointe Blank, a hitman (John Cusack) returns to his hometown – a fictional suburb – and in what seems a throwaway scene, pulls in to park in the driveway of his parents’ suburban home, only to pull out again and properly park at the next home. The audience chuckles knowingly, “Yes, all of suburban houses look the same;” we’re led to ask, at some level, when everything is cut from the same cookie cutter, does it really matter which house is his? This short nod to the suburbs as a cultural wasteland is our shared joke between movie makers and viewers of taste. But the plot is nothing new.

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The now out-of-print Christian Mission and Modern Culture Series, is one of our favorite and most often-reread series. This week, we are giving away these FIVE books from the series: 

All of these books are Like New copies, in the original paperback edition as pictured above.

We will pick one winner who will get all five of these books!

Enter now for your chance to win these books!!!
(It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3)

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Today (May 22) marks the anniversary of the death of poet Langston Hughes…

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

The White Ones
Langston Hughes

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This is an important book for life and work in the 21st century!

Shop Class as Soulcraft:
An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Matthew Crawford

*** $4.99 ***

*** PLUS, buy the ebook, and get
the audiobook for only $7.49!!!
“Every once in a great while, a book will come along that’s brilliant and true and perfect for its time. Matthew B. Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft is that kind of book, a prophetic and searching examination of what we’ve lost by ceasing to work with our hands-and how we can get it back.”
– Rod Dreher

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*** The Best Ebook / Audiobook Deals
from Amazon’s monthly sale for May

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…)

Romans Disarmed:
Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice

Sylvia Keesmaat /
Bryan Walsh

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This novel is one of the most fascinating and unique ones released so far in 2019: A Novel
Nathan Englander

Hardback: Knopf, 2019
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audible ]


*** Read our review of this novel

Listen to this interview with the novelist from public radio station KCRW:

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