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 each of the new book releases)
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*** Our Starred New Book of the Week:
The Ballot and the Bible: How Scripture Has Been Used and Abused in American Politics and Where We Go from Here
( Brazos Press )
“A nuanced look at America’s legacy of scriptural language.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
How do Bible passages written thousands of years ago apply to politics today? What can we learn from America’s history of using the Bible in politics? How can we converse with people whose views differ from our own?
In The Ballot and the Bible, Kaitlyn Schiess explores these questions and more. She unpacks examples of how Americans have connected the Bible to politics in the past, highlighting times it was applied well and times it was egregiously misused.
Schiess combines American political history and biblical interpretation to help readers faithfully read Scripture, talk with others about it, and apply it to contemporary political issues–and to their lives. Rather than prescribing what readers should think about specific hot-button issues, Schiess outlines core biblical themes around power, allegiance, national identity, and more.
Readers will be encouraged to pursue a biblical basis for their political engagement with compassion and confidence.
***READ the Publishers Weekly starred review of this book…
Reading for the Common Good
From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior
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