About Us

Trailer video by the talented young film-maker Sophia Muston
(who also made this longer documentary about Englewood Christian Church)

Launched in 2008, The Englewood Review of Books is a weekly online book review published by Englewood Christian Church on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. We focus on covering books related to the themes of community, mission, imagination, and reconciliation, and hope to cultivate a vision of Reading for the Common Good, a way of reading that is driven primarily not by one’s personal desires but by an attentiveness to the communities in which we are embedded: church, family, neighborhood, workplace. The books we review are not necessarily books from the “Christian market,” but we hope that they will be vital to fostering Christian faithfulness in our increasingly Post-Christian age.

For almost a decade (from the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2020), The ERB also published a quarterly print magazine.


C. Christopher Smith, Founding Editor.
In addition to editing the ERB, Chris is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Slow Church (2014, co-authored with John Pattison) and his most recent, How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (2019). All of his work — reading, writing, speaking — focuses on helping congregations cultivate a deeper life together by reading, thinking, imagining, and most importantly, by talking together. He regularly teaches these interwoven practices in congregational, academic, denominational, and ecumenical settings.

John Wilson, Contributing Editor.
Formerly the senior editor of the celebrated, but now sadly defunct magazine, Books & Culture, John has served as contributing editor since the summer of 2018. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Wheaton, Illinois, where they are members of Faith Evangelical Covenant Church.


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