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(Copies arrived in our office today!!!
And will be available in bookstores and online within 2ish weeks…)
Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish
C. Christopher Smith
Paperback: IVP Books, 2016
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What people are saying:
“C. Christopher Smith offers a fresh, rich and quite unfamiliar proposal concerning human renewal and church regeneration. He exposits the cruciality of reading, thinking and conversing in the community as a bedrock practice for a sustainable missional community. His project serves to awaken us from our numbing ‘electronic slumbers’ into a slow engagement with imaginative words. I suggest that this book can be a valuable reference for pastoral nurture and education in the church.” – Walter Brueggemann
“Having devoted the entirety of my personal and professional life to the vision and practices laid out in Reading for the Common Good, I offer a hearty ‘Hear! Hear!’ 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
“There are many books on the common good, but C. Christopher Smith’s new book on reading for the common good is one of the most intriguing and compelling to come out in a long time. Reading for the Common Goodweaves personal enrichment, ethics and education into a beautiful and simple unity. It is a paradigm-altering book and one that is sure to enrich and inspire as we seek to find meaningful ways to think about and engage our communities, cities and the world.” – Ken Wytsma
“In this hectic age, with its flood of electronic scraps aimed at five-second attention spans, how refreshing it is to meet a champion of slow, sustained and meditative reading of books. And not just any books, but ones that nurture compassion and community. Chris Smith illustrates in his own work and in his account of the work of his church what it means to love one’s neighbor. It means more than kindly feelings. It means kindly actions. It means caring for others, beginning with those who share the place where we live, and above all those who are most in need. The wealth Smith celebrates is not to be found in stock markets or bank accounts, but between the covers of books, between person and person, and in the loving heart.” – Scott Russell Sanders
*** Purchase the book by June 30,
and receive the free ebook companion!
101 Transformative Books
for Churches to Read and Discuss
by C. Christopher Smith
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The FREE ebook will be sent to you during the week of June 6th (or thereafter, if we receive your receipt, after that week)
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: C-Christopher-Smith.com