Paul WillisFishing for Poems

 

A Feature Review of

Say this Prayer into the Past: Poems
Paul Willis

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2013.
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 Reviewed by Philip Zoutendam

 

I made two mistakes when reading this book. The first time, I didn’t read the first poem carefully enough. The second time, I read it perhaps too carefully and applied it too absolutely.

 

In my defense, the first poem inhabits the no-mans-land between the table of contents and Part 1. I hope this excuses my first mistake. I always half-read introductions: I’m eager to get to the book itself, to cross the border into the territory proper, to read the book rather than read about it.

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David Fitch

Here is the second of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.
*** CLICK HERE for the 1st talk that we posted, by Willie Jennings.

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]

David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago.

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Rachel Marie Stone

[ Editor's Note:  I was honored to be part of a panel conversation on Slow Reading and Slow Writing, at last week's Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College.  The other panelists were Rachel Marie Stone, author of the award-winning Eat with Joy; John Wilson, the heralded editor of Books and Culture; and Leslie Leyland Fields, author of many books including Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers[/easyazon-link].  As Rachel was traveling back to the US from Africa just prior to the festival, she wrote out her talk ahead of time and graciously gave us permission to run it on our site.]

Slow Reading
A Story
by Rachel Marie Stone

 

Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, my great-grandmother Katherine somehow saved up a few thousand bucks to buy a little sandy plot on the corner of Jacqueline Road and Surf Drive and there she built a little beach cottage among the open sand dunes.

It was a five-minute flip-flop walk to the roaring Atlantic, and a wonderful, wonderful place to read; cozy couches and bookshelves lined the walls; no television pulled anyone’s gaze from the page.
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Easter

Enjoy these seven classic poems for the Easter Weekend…

The More Earnest Prayer of Christ

Scott Cairns

[found in Upholding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry ]

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Glynn YoungSpeaking With Poetic Precision

A Review of

Poetry at Work

Glynn Young


Paperback: T.S. Poetry Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Micheal Hickerson

 

This book, the first of T.S. Poetry Press’s Masters in Fine Living series, is intended to be read slowly and reflectively. Poetry at Work consists of 20 short, practically poetic chapters, each offering a few pages of thoughts about a specific area of work, along with a poetic exercise and, in many chapters, a few lines of Young’s own poetry about his work. The chapters largely deal with Young’s own experiences with turning to poetry for encouragement, inspiration, and comfort during his career in speechwriting, public relations, and social media. He wants readers to share his discovery that poetry can be used to discover beauty and purpose in the everyday.

Key to the book is this passage:

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These Kindle ebooks by NT Wright and Marcus Borg are on sale for a limited time…

 

NT Wright
Surprised by Hope
By NT Wright
$2.99(through Apr 30)
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Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today
By NT Wright
$2.99
(through April 21)

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DivergentDivergent and The Hunger Games: Dystopias in Print and On Screen

By Elizabeth Eckhart

Young adult novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games have stirred dystopian fiction fans into a frenzy. While the two series share many similarities, they also possess many differences. With the March 21, 2014 release of the first Divergent movie, the interest in both Veronica Roth’s book series and the ensuing movies will garner much attention not only for her stories, but a renewed interest in The Hunger Games as well.

Each book and movie based on these series’ have faced both acclaim and criticism. They have also spawned interest in other books with similar themes. Here’s a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of both series and a suggestion for the next series to read.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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The Church of Mercy

by Pope Francis

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Willie Jennings

Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]

Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.

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James MartinBest Friend and Lord

 

A Feature Review of

Jesus: A Pilgrimage

James Martin, SJ

Hardback: HarperOne, 2014
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Reviewed by Jon M. Sweeney

 

Best known today as the chaplain to Stephen Colbert’s alter ego on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” or as the Catholic priest who presided at the funeral mass in New York City for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Martin SJ also writes great books. He’s been doing so for a long time. I suspect the simplicity of the title of this one is deliberate.

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