Book Deals, News, VOLUME 12

5 Essential Ebook Deals for Church Leaders [8 August 2019]

Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( Robert Putnam, Rebecca Solnit, Gun Violence, 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.


Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Robert Putnam

*** $2.99 ***

“There are just a few essential reads if you want to understand the American social and political landscape today. Robert Putnam’s Our Kids . . . deserve[s] to be on that list.” 
– David Brooks, The New York Times


Common Ground: Talking about Gun Violence in America

Donald Gaffney

*** FREE ***

//Featured on our recommended reading list
on Reducing Gun Violence!

“Donald Gaffney offers an insightful and faithful perspective on the issue of guns in America. Here is an exploration of gun violence that encourages honest conversation with self, neighbor, and God. Gaffney’s book offers a way forward just as many religious Americans are beginning to recognize the social and theological costs of silence with regard to gun violence in all our communities.”
–Matthew Crebbin, Lead Pastor, Newtown (Connecticut) Congregational Church, UCC, and Clergy First Responder at Sandy Hook Elementary School


Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

Webster / Vernick, Eds.

*** $2.99 ***

//Featured on our recommended reading list
on Reducing Gun Violence!

“An anthology of studies, condensing and summarizing the actual state of our knowledge about the subject of gun violence in this country―what real, tested social science shows.”
– Adam Gopnik, New Yorker


The Faraway Nearby 

Rebecca Solnit

*** $4.99 ***

[ Our Intro Guide to Rebecca Solnit’s books

“What Solnit offers us, I think, is the future of memoir. Not the story of the self . . . but the ways in which one’s story opens into other stories . . . literary nonfiction doesn’t get more beautiful and compelling.”
–The American Scholar


The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

James McBride

*** $1.99 ***

“A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride…a brilliant romp of a novel…McBride–with the same flair for historical mining, musicality of voice and outsize characterization that made his memoir, “The Color of Water,” an instant classic–pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page.”
The New York Times Book Review

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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