Here are 5 essential August 2021 ebook deals that are worth checking out: Stanley Hauerwas, John O’Donohue, Sherry Turkle, 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.
Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian
Stanley Hauerwas & Romand Coles
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Hauerwas and Coles call us to a revolutionary politics of “wild patience” that seeks transformation through attentive practices of listening, relationship-building, and a careful tending to places, common goods, and diverse possibilities for flourishing. Both authors translate back and forth across–as well as dwell in the tensions between–the languages of radical democracy and of trial, cross, and resurrection. Engaging each other through a variety of genres–from essays, to letters, to cowriting and dialogue–Hauerwas and Coles seek to enact a politics that is evangelical in its radical receptivity across strange differences and that cultivates power in relation to vulnerability.
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“This marvelous posthumous collection from Irish poet-philosopher O’Donohue (Anam Cara) comes as an unexpected gift for his fans…[his] work remains a rich banquet for those interested in spirituality and his particular expression of contemporary Celtic mysticism.” —Publishers Weekly
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“As the digital age sparks increasing debate about what new technologies and increased connectivity are doing to our brains, comes this chilling examination of what our iPods and iPads are doing to our relationships from MIT professor Turkle (Simulation and Its Discontents). In this third in a trilogy that explores the relationship between humans and technology, Turkle argues that people are increasingly functioning without face-to-face contact. For all the talk of convenience and connection derived from texting, e-mailing, and social networking, Turkle reaffirms that what humans still instinctively need is each other…” -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Alan Hirsch and Mark Nelson
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Hirsch and Nelson bring to this book a wide reading and a deep pondering. They mobilize a rich learning to offer a telling critique of our present disenchanted world–what my Dad used to term “the acids of modernity.” Happily they go beyond exposé to offer a thick direction for reenchantment. They appeal to narrative (whereby we may speak and hear of one-off impossibilities), imagination (that opens new worlds beyond our control), and repentance (that may yield fresh reframing.) This is a timely book for the current flattened, frightened world in which we live.
–WALTER BRUEGGEMANN, COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
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“Contemporary Catholic and Protestant ethics are rather divided on the significance of the renewed focus on Christian identity in theology. Whatever side one is on, Michael Budde’s The Borders of Baptism is essential reading. Budde’s vision of ecclesial solidarity is stunning, moving the discussion beyond platitudes and slogans to both argue for and display the practices necessary for Christians who wish to take seriously their baptismal commitment.”
Lupina Centre for Spirituality
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Katie Selby is Associate Editor of The Englewood Review of Books. Prior to her family‘s recent transition to the Englewood Christian Church community, Katie served various churches and organizations in Nebraska, East Tennessee, India, and Ethiopia. She is an M.Div. graduate of Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University.