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Vital Conversations – Podcast Roundup – October 4

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
NT Wright, Sarah Smarsh, The Patron Saint of Libraries,
Aaron Niequist, 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=”0061730580″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”165″]NT Wright was recently on the Nomad Podcast talking about his work on Paul. If you found the 1800 page tome that was Paul and the Faithfulness of God a little intimidating, then perhaps try his mere 500 page Paul: A Biography. Or failing that, how about a 50 minute Nomad interview to bring you up to speed with Tom’s new insights on the apostle Paul. And fascinating insights they are too. Did you know, for example, that Paul struggled with doubts and with his mental health? No, we didn’t either.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1501133098″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”163″]Sarah Smarsh talks about her new memoir[easyazon_link identifier=”1501133098″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth[/easyazon_link] on the NY Times Book Review Podcast.  Smarsh grew up in Kansas, and in her new book, Heartland, she writes about the working poor in the Midwest from firsthand experience: “The culture I grew up in is a very individualistic one, but for understandable reasons,” she says. “If you live in a geographically remote area, your relationship to government and public systems is just different — not for any political reasons, but just by definition of where you are on the earth. Your water comes out of a private well that you maintain yourself. There’s no one coming down with a snow scoop on January 7; you’re doing that for yourself and your neighbors. It’s very easy to feel somehow detached from not just the power centers of this country but even just the social fabric of it.”




[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”B014X3JJWO” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”165″]BookRiot’s ANNOTATED podcast (An “audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.”recently ran an episode on Andrew Carnegie, the “patron saint of libraries.” They offer the story of how Andrew Carnegie transformed the public library in America.



Anne Bogel talks with Kari Sweeney on the What Should I Read Next? podcast. Sweeney is a working mom of four who has developed a unique system to keep her reading life running like clockwork. So many books, so little time is a universal reader problem, so how about we help each other out in the comments – share the reading hacks that revolutionize YOUR life. Kari and I are also chatting about wishy washy star ratings, the right season for the right book, how she freed herself from book guilt… and she’s sharing her secret to getting the hottest new books the week they release — for FREE.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0735291160″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”161″]And finally, Casey Tygrett talks with Aaron Niequist on the OtherWISE podcast.  Casey talks with Niequist about his love for the Cubs, liturgy, and how our gatherings form our spirits. HIs new book,  [easyazon_link identifier=”0735291160″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning[/easyazon_link] is out now and is well worth your time.



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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