Conversations, Podcast, VOLUME 11

Vital Conversations – Podcast Roundup – July 5

OtherWISE podcast

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Bibliotherapy, Poetry, ERB Editor Chris Smith,
Dominique Gilliard, MORE


These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.


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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”083084449X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]ERB editor Chris Smith was recently a guest on [easyazon_link identifier=”0830846271″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Casey Tygrett[/easyazon_link]’s new OtherWISE podcast. Casey’s book Becoming Curious was one of our best books of 2017, and Casey’s curiosity is splendidly reflected in this new podcast about wisdom.

Chris and Casey talk about Chris’s recent book [easyazon_link identifier=”083084449X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish[/easyazon_link] and his forthcoming book on conversation, How the Body of Christ Talks. Specifically, they explore how reading, presence, and conversation can transform our communities and help us love our neighbor as ourselves.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1717355412″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”164″] I have recently been enjoying Anne Bogel‘s What Should I Read Next? PodcastIn one recent episode Anne talks with novelist and former social-worker Leigh Kramer about bibliotherapy and grief.  Leigh and Anne find that grief is an essential underpinning in so many of their favorite stories, and they talk about why that is.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0618919996″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]NPR’s Fresh Air recently ran a retrospective look at the life and work of poet [easyazon_link keywords=”Donald Hall” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Donald Hall[/easyazon_link], who died recently. Hall “lived for most of his life in a 19th century farmhouse in rural New Hampshire and lived, by his own account, much longer than he or anyone else expected. About 30 years ago, Hall lost half his colon to cancer and began working on a memoir called “Life Work.” Midway through writing that memoir, his cancer reappeared and metastasized to his liver. His memoir ended just as his chemotherapy was about to begin. And doctors gave him a 1 in 3 chance of living more than five years. That was 25 years ago, in 1993.”



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0830845291″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]Dominique Gilliard, author of the excellent book [easyazon_link identifier=”0830845291″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores[/easyazon_link], who we interviewed in our Lent 2018 magazine issue, is featured on the newest episode of the Seminary Dropout podcast. Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He then shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1931871116″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”164″]And finally, on one of my favorite culture podcasts, Strong Towns, host Chuck Marohn talks with David Rau, a New York-city based architect and Steve Mouzon, an architect and author of [easyazon_link identifier=”1931871116″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Original Green[/easyazon_link], discuss the past, present and future of American architecture. They contemplate what it means for a new generation to reject or forgive the design choices of previous generations, particularly in light of recent conversations about the removal of Confederate monuments in American cities. On a deeper level, this conversation is a poignant exploration of the interplay of tradition and innovation.



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:

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