Englewood Honor Books

Here is our list of 2014′s Englewood Honor Books, the 25 Best Books of the year for the life and flourishing of the Church.

Our criterion both for selecting books to review and for honoring the year’s best books is to choose books that are “for the life and flourishing of the Church” – i.e., books that energize us to be the local community of God’s people that God has called us to be and that nurture our mission of following in the way of God’s reconciliation of all things (in all its broadness!).

[ Book of the Year ]  [ Slow and Local ] [ Theology ] [ Praxis ]
[ Fiction ]  [ Non-Fiction ]  [ Poetry/ Young Readers ]

Our Book of the Year:

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Harper Collins

A number of imprints that are part of the Harper Collins publishing group, are running end-of-the-year ebook sales (inlcuding HarperOne, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson)

[ Part 1 of this Harper Collins Sale… ]
Barbara Brown Taylor, Ann Voskamp, Rachel Held Evans

Unfortunately, there’s not a good way to search Amazon for all of the sale ebooks, and I’m not sure how long these sale prices will last.
Some books that have been on sale have already reverted to their normal prices.

Sale prices may or may not be valid outside the United States…

Here are 10+ excellent books that are part of this sale and $3.99 or less!

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Charles MarshDeep into the Humanity of a Great Theologian
 
A Feature Review of

Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Charles Marsh

Hardback: Knopf, 2014
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall
 
 
[This review originally appeared on the reviewer’s blog, and is reprinted here with his permission]
 
There are people who seem to transcend the confines of history.   They are bigger than life, casting long shadows, and inviting multiples of interpretations.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be counted as one of those figures.   For a man who died at the age of thirty-nine, while spending the final two years of his life in prison, Bonhoeffer has left an immense legacy for later generations to mine and ponder.  He has been the subject of numerous biographies and academic monographs.  His collected works, which includes his books, letters, papers, sermons, and lectures, comes to sixteen volumes.  He was a theological genius, but he was also a participant in one of the most challenging struggles the church has ever faced.   While his early works were standard theological fare, his later works emerged during the German Church Struggle against the demonic (if I can use that word) presence of National Socialism.  It is these later texts, both the ones that emerged from his underground seminary and then during the years of conspiracy and then imprisonment that have proven fruitful to later generations.
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Gary HaugenVideo of a talk that Gary Haugen gave about his excellent new book:
 

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros

Hardback:  Oxford UP, 2014
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This is what a family is all about – one another, sitting around the table at night. And it’s very, very important, I think, for the kid to spend time not only around the table eating with their parents, but in the kitchen.”
- Jacques Pepin,
French Chef,
who was born on this day, 1935

 
The Wake Up Call
 
Poem of the Day:
Christmas Poem
by G.K. Chesterton
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*** G.K. Chesterton on Santa Claus

 
 

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
*** Christmas Bonus… 2 Bargains Today!
1) The Writing Life
Annie Dillard

Only $1.99!!!
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2 )  The Case for the Psalms
N.T. Wright

Only $3.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – December 18, 2014

I am always wary of decisions made hastily. I am always wary of the first decision, that is, the first thing that comes to my mind if I have to make a decision. This is usually the wrong thing. I have to wait and assess, looking deep into myself, taking the necessary time.”
- Pope Francis,

who was born on this date in 1936

 

The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
Somehow, Not Only For Christmas
by John Greenleaf Whittier,
who was born on this date in 1807
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
Ann Voskamp

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The Wake Up Call – December 17, 2014

Harper Collins

A number of imprints that are part of the Harper Collins publishing group, are running end-of-the-year ebook sales (inlcuding HarperOne, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson)

Unfortunately, there’s not a good way to search Amazon for all of the sale ebooks… Sale runs through January 5th.

Here are ten excellent books that are part of this sale and $3.99 or less!

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Thomas KiddFire in the Heart.
 
A Review of

George Whitefield: American’s Spiritual Founding Father.
Thomas Kidd

Hardback: Yale UP, 2014
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By Douglas Connelly

 

The year 2014 marks the 300th anniversary of George Whitefield’s birth (December 16, 1714 to be exact).  Thomas Kidd, professor of early American history at Baylor University, has written a very readable and warm-hearted biography of the great evangelist to reaffirm and re-establish Whitefield’s place in the story of the Great Awakening in the 1700s.  Spiritual revival swept the American colonies, England, Wales and Scotland, and George Whitefield’s preaching was the catalyst that sparked much of that spiritual stirring.

 

Whitefield (and the name is pronounced “Whit-field” rather than “White-field”) was probably the most celebrated preacher and religious leader of his day.  John and Charles Wesley were part of the same evangelical revival in England and Jonathan Edwards led the way for renewal in America, but Whitefield crisscrossed the Atlantic thirteen times and was a major force for revival on both sides of the ocean.  Wherever Whitefield travelled, throngs of people turned out to hear him preach.  Long before large auditoriums or loud-speaker amplification existed, Whitefield raised his voice to speak to thousands of people and to call them to faith in Jesus Christ.

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My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.
- Jane Austen,

who was born on this day, 1775

 
The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
A Christmas Carol
by George Macdonald
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
A People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn

Only $2.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – December 16, 2014

The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love.”
- Sitting Bull,
Native American Leader,

who died on this date in 1890.
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The Wake Up CallPoem of the Day:
After Annunciation
An Advent Poem by
Madeleine L’Engle
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
Learning to Walk in the Dark
the new book b
y Barbara Brown Taylor

Only $1.99!!!
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The Wake Up Call – December 15, 2014