Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out…
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*** Our Starred New Book of the Week:
The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints
Jessica Hooten Wilson
How do we become better people? Initiatives such as New Year’s resolutions, vision boards, thirty-day plans, and self-help books often fail to compel us to live differently. We settle for small goals–frugal spending, less yelling at the kids, more time at the gym–but we are called to something far greater. We are created to be holy.
Award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson explains that learning to hear the call of holiness requires cultivating a new imagination–one rooted in the act of reading. Learning to read with eyes attuned to the saints who populate great works of literature moves us toward holiness, where God opens up a way of living that extends far beyond what we can conjure for ourselves. Literature has the power to show us what a holy life looks like, and these depictions often scandalize even as they shape our imagination. As such, careful reading becomes a sort of countercultural spiritual discipline.
The book includes devotionals, prayers, wisdom from the saints, and more to help individuals and groups cultivate a saintly imagination. Foreword by Lauren F. Winner.
***Listen to an interview with the author about 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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