2015

 

I’m in the process of compiling a list of my most anticipated books for 2015. 

I’d love to do a little crowdsourcing here, as there are so many new books out there, that there’s no way I can keep up with all of them.

Here are a few books that might appear on my list:

  • Only One World, a new collection of essays by Wendell Berry
  • Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
  • This Is My Body by Ragan Sutterfield

What books are you most looking forward to in the New Year? 

If you are an author, let me know me if you have a new book coming out next year.

If you work for a publisher, let me know a couple of your books that I should especially be watching for…

Use the comments below to let me know what I should watch for…

*** Watch for my list sometime before the end of the year!

 

Mary Oliver

This is a new weekly feature where we highlight 3 poems from a recent collection of poetry.

If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.

“Like a rich and carefully crafted dessert, one must savor a poem in order to enjoy it fully—its images, its context, its sounds. A good poem is hospitable, inviting us to sit for awhile and enter into a conversation. Poetry, however, does not come naturally for us in our times; it is a discipline to which we must commit ourselves.”

This week’s collection of poems is:

Blue Horses: Poems

Mary Oliver

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2014
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Poem #1: What I Can Do

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If we are the greatest nation the sun ever shone upon, it would seem to be mainly because we have been able to goad our wage-earners to this pitch of frenzy.”
- Upton Sinclair,
who died on this date in 1968.

 
Poem of the Day:
I sing the Mighty Power of God
A Hymn by Isaac Watts,
who died on this date in 1748

 

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Arctic Dreams
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By Barry Lopez

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The Wake Up Call – November 25, 2014

Philip FreemanNew Eyes to see the Marvels in our own Time and Place

A Feature Review of

The World of St. Patrick

Philip Freeman

Hardback: Oxford University Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Alden Lee Bass

 

“I am Patrick, a sinner and a very ignorant man.” With these words Patrick begins both of his surviving works, which do much to make strange this saint we think we know so well. In the first place, Patrick was not Irish as all, but British; as a child he was dragged to Emerald Isle against his will by a band of pirates, and he spent the years of his early manhood enslaved there. He was also an atheist during those early years, despite the fact that his family had been leaders in the British Church for several generations. When he as 22 years old and still a slave, he received a heavenly vision outlining a plan for escape, which he followed, eventually ending up back home in Roman Britain. Patrick did not immediately return to Ireland, but traveled around Europe several years before returning to the land of his captivity. Once there, he never turned back, and with the help of a few friends Patrick is said to have converted most of the island to Christianity by the close of the fifth century.

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Gratitude

Gratitude should guide our daily lives, and indeed it is at the heart of a different way of being, and as John Pattison and I have argued in SLOW CHURCH, it is at the heart of a different sort of economy.  Here are five classic poems that express gratitude for the abundant life of creation.

i thank You God for most this amazing
e.e. cummings

 

*** books by e.e. cummings

 
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Dennis OkholmAn Antidote to Sin?

A Review of

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks

Dennis Okholm

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Julie Lane-Gay
 
Despite constant occurrences of politician’s sexting employees, NFL players assaulting women and Wall Street tycoons cheating investors, sin remains fascinating, and ubiquitously destructive. The litany of lousy things people do to each other, and to themselves, continues to need our attention.
 
Dennis Okholm’s, Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of the Ancient Monks is a study of sin, of what the Catholic church and many others, refer to as the cardinal sins: gluttony, lust, greed, anger, envy, sloth and vain glory. These seven aren’t just the most common; they’re the parents from which all other sins originate. More specifically, Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins is a look at the seven sins from parallel perspectives: that of early monks, namely, Evagrius (4th C.), Cassian (5th C.) and Gregory the Great (6th C.), and that of current psychologists.

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas Edison,
Edison announced the invention of the phonograph on this date in 1877.
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Poem of the Day:
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
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*** From our feature:
Three Snow Poems

 

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The Poems of Rowan Williams

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The Wake Up Call – November 20, 2014

Here is our list of the worst Christian book covers of 2014…

It’s that time of year again, a tradition almost as familiar as the Thanksgiving turkey or trimming the Christmas tree…
It’s time to honor the worst Christian book covers of the year!!!

(Numbers 12-15 on this list are ebooks, the rest are print books. If we hadn’t limited our ebook choices to four, we could have chosen literally hundreds of bad ebook covers.)

Enjoy, and share these with your friends!

Count down with us to the #1 worst Christian book cover of the year…

*** And just in case you haven’t seen it, here is last year’s list of worst covers
(and our inaugural list from 2012)

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#15 – Homeland’s Hope

 
This begs the questions: What is the homeland: France (Eiffel Tower) or the US of A (flag)? And what is it’s hope: bomber planes, giant flag or badly photoshopped lady?
(Submitted by J. Roberts)

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Amazon is currently running The Big Deal ebook sale again.
We pick the best ebooks from this sale that are available for $3.99 or less!!!

CLICK HERE to browse the full The Big Deal sale of over 400 titles

Prices good through Nov 23…

The Big Deal

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The Poems of Rowan Williams

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Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis

By Jeffrey Krames

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A Space for PeaceWe are proud to announce the release of the new ebook:

A Space for Peace in the Holy Land: Listening to Modern Israel and Palestine
Alex Joyner

Ebook: Englewood Review of Books, 2014.
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“In A Space for Peace in the Holy Land, Alex challenges Christians to bear witness to the space that God has opened in the world by the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, to pray and to work for the reconciliation of Palestinians and Jews in the Middle East, and to support those persons, institutions, and policies that will make for peace in this most contested place in the world. The vision that he presents does not allow us to succumb to frustration or ideological posturing, but challenges us to serve the work of reconciliation that God has entrusted to us through Jesus Christ.”
-Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, United Methodist Church

“A Space for Peace in the Holy Land is a particularly helpful resource that sheds light on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This little book is essential reading for any Christian who desires to understand and to be engaged in this conflict.”
- C. Christopher Smith, co-author SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

 

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