Here are 5 essential August 2022 ebook deals that are worth checking out: Steven Garber, Jen Pollock Michel, Tish Harrison Warren, 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.
Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good
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“Every generation wonders at its place in the world. Every adolescent agonizes over the ‘purpose of my life.’ But in such a time as ours―with the world at our fingertips and seemingly endless opportunities to choose from―such questions are particularly fraught. Into these questions of calling and vocation, Steven Garber steps with characteristic grace. Part prophet, part pastor and part teacher, Garber reminds the reader that to be alive on this earth is to be called―to be implicated in the common good of your time and place. Now that you know what you know, what will you do? he asks. Garber helps Christians―young and old―press into their vocation as a response to the wounds and burdens of their particular context. This compelling and convicting book does not give easy answers but instead offers a robust definition of vocation to which Christians can cling no matter their age, location or circumstance.”
— Roxanne Stone, vice president of publishing at Barna Group, Outreach Magazine’s Resources of the Year, March/April 2015
Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home/a>
Jen Pollock Michel
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“Keeping Place weaves together a wide range of materials and supports, drawing from history, cultural studies, literature, and the Bible. It discusses crossing borders, immigration, and mobility, and considers each topic through the author’s personal vignettes and published reports of other individuals’ stories. All this theory wraps up in the book’s second half, which includes a dash of do-it-yourself to help turn its big ideas into reality. While theory often sounds better that its iterations in lived reality, Keeping Place is cognizant of offering practices and ideas for truly building a better home. It considers the importance of neighbors, church, love, and marriage, among other aspects. There is a place for this book in the heart of a world so divided along national and international lines. Keeping Place stands ready to offer alternative sites within a world that often feels divided―places where home really matters, with the idea that everyone is welcome to find their own place.”
— Jeremiah Rood, Foreword Reviews, May/June 2017
Prayer in the Night: For Those who Work or Watch or Weep
Tish Harrison Warren
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“We pray the church’s liturgical prayers at night―Compline―because they give us words when we don’t know what to say, and they give us better words to say than we might give. This little book is holy glow in your hands: read it, savor it, and most of all join Tish Harrison Warren in prayer in the quiet of the night. Those who pray well are honest, vulnerable, frustrated, hopeful, learning, and most of all they are listeners―all on display in Prayer in the Night. But don’t let the beauty of this book captivate you; let its subject capture you into becoming a person of prayer.”
— Scot McKnight, author of The King Jesus Gospel, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary
When Everything’s on Fire: Faith Forged From the Ashes
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“Pastor Zahnd’s fluid voice, both tempered and animated by a mystical streak, creates a deceptively accessible work, especially given its intellectual heft and range of sources (Nietzsche, Derrida, and Dostoyevsky, among others): faith and reason both find common ground in Zahnd’s writings. His followers will be glad to hear from him again, and Christian seekers new to his thinking will appreciate his passion and intellect.”
— Publishers Weekly Review, November 2021
You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World
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“In You Are Not Your Own, Alan Noble offers a deep diagnosis of the dysfunction and disease in our contemporary culture. And he shows that the challenging hope offered in the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism―that I belong not to myself but to Jesus Christ―is the only cure to this sickness. This is a rich book, eloquently and perceptively exploring the damage inflicted by the myth of autonomy and offering the healing resources of the Christian faith. Anyone hoping for a deeper understanding of our contemporary malaise or wanting to explore what it might mean to belong to Christ should read this timely, well-written, and wise book.”
— Tish Harrison Warren, Anglican priest, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary and Prayer in the Night
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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.
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