Our podcast producer Joel Wentz hops into the host seat for a fun and freewheeling conversation with two ERB reviewers about recent books they’ve written about, what they are looking forward to in publishing, and of course, what we are all currently reading.
Justin Cober-Lake is a pastor in central Virginia. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Virginia and has worked in academic publishing for the past 15 years. His editing and freelance writing have focused mostly on cultural criticism, particularly pop music.
Sara Easterly is an adoptee and the author of the award-winning memoir, Searching for Mom, and a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and Freedom Road Institute’s Global Writers’ Group. Her adoption- and faith-focused articles and essays have been published by Psychology Today, Red Letter Christians, Godspace, Her View From Home, and Severance Magazine, to name a few. Sara is also the founder of Adoptee Voices, leading writing groups and managing an e-Zine to help other adoptees express their stories. Find her online at saraeasterly.com.
Books Mentioned in this Episode:
If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
- How to Have an Enemy: Righteous Anger and the Work of Peace by Melissa Florer-Bixler
- Justin’s Review of “How to Have an Enemy” on ERB
- Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch
- Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and the World – And How to Repair it All by Lisa Sharon Harper
- Sara’s Review of “Fortune” on ERB
- Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by March Charles and Soong-Chan Rah
- Christian Ethics: A New Covenant Model by Hak Joon Lee
- Justin’s Review of “Christian Ethics” on ERB
- The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament’s Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross by Greg Boyd
- Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Greg Boyd
- All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep: Hope – and Hard Pills to Swallow – About Fighting for Black Lives by Andre Henry
- My Body is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church by Amy Kenny
- Beyond Welcome: Centering Immigrants in Our Christian Response to Immigration by Karen Gonzalez
- Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri
- The Destruction of the Canaanites: God, Genocide and Biblical Interpretation by Charlie Trimm
- The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan
- Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- How (and why) to make your lover’s head disappear by Gero Mannella
- Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren
- How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur
- The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Reimagining Adoption: What Adoptees Seek from Family and Faith by Sally Ankerfelt and Gayle Swift
- Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation by Peter Marshall
- Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books
(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
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