Bryan Stevenson

Today is the release date for Bryan Stevenson’s new book, and he was recently on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing it.

This is one of the year’s most important books, and I encourage you to watch these two segments of the Daily Show interview.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson

Hardback: Spiegel & Grau, 2014
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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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Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church

by Scot McKnight

Read a review of this book from Bob Cornwall

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It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, writer,
who was born on this date, 1929
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Poem of the Day:
To the Autumnal Moon
Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
born on this date, 1772
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[ *** 3 Poems by Coleridge *** ]

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
by David Dark. 
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The Wake Up Call – October 21, 2014

Tim Otto
I had the privilege of reviewing this book by Tim Otto in our current print issue.  I was delighted to find out today that this book trailer video has been made to introduce it. It might be one of the most important books released this year.
 
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Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
-John Dewey, philosopher
and educator,
who was born on this date, 1859

 
Poem of the Day:
Waiting
Robert Pinsky,
born on this date, 1940

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart At A Time
by Jeremy Courtney. 
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The Wake Up Call – October 20, 2014

Earlier this week we announced that Zondervan had announced a huge Kindle ebook sale, hundreds of titles at 50% or more off!!!

In our first post, we picked 10 recommended titles that were on sale for $3.99 or less, from authors like Shane Claiborne and Scot McKnight. However, we’ve dug a little deeper and found another 10 books that are highly recommended (including a couple great 99c bargains from other publishers).

You can click below to browse the full sale, but we have picked ten essential titles below that will be of interest to many of our readers, from authors such as David Dark, Greg Boyd, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Lisa Sharon Harper and Margaret Feinberg.

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10 More Essential Titles from Zondervan’s Kindle Ebook Sale:

Zondervan Kindle Ebook Sale

 

The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
 
** Our 2009 Book of the Year **

$2.99

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By David Dark

Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey

$2.99

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By Margaret Feinberg

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Everything comes out in blues music: joy, pain, struggle. Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance.”
- Wynton Marsalis,
Jazz Musician,
who was born on this date, 1961
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Poem of the Day:
Homecoming
- Marjorie Maddox,
from our new 3 poems feature.
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Awakening of Hope.
By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

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The Wake Up Call – October 18, 2014

Steve AlmondFootball: A Lover’s Struggle

A Feature Review of

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

Steve Almond

Hardback: Melville House, 2014Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by Cody Stauffer
 
I love football. I have played it well. I have inflicted damage and my body has taken damage. I have devoted entire days to watching it live and listening to people talk about the glorious nuance of the game.
 
Lately, I have struggled with my love for the sport. It began when Dave Duerson, a Super Bowl champion safety, took his own life in 2011. He left a note requesting that his brain be donated to a brain bank doing research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a debilitating brain injury found in many boxers and now an increasing number of former NFL players. It became serious when I learned about Nathan Stiles, a 17-year-old football player who died shortly after his homecoming game due to a series of concussive and subconcussive blows to the head.

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Marcia Mount ShoopThe Gifts of Vitality, of Community, and of Transformation

A Review of

Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports

Marcia Mount Shoop

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Bernie Schock
 
In Touchdowns for Jesus, Marcia Mount Shoop offers a unique perspective on the inside world of big-time college athletics, especially big-time football. She is a trained theologian (PhD in religious studies from Emory University), an ordained Presbyterian minister, and her husband has coached in the NFL and NCAA Division I football.

 

Even though Marcia Mount Shoop and I may not agree on all issues, I appreciate her efforts to find “God’s fingerprints” in the world of sports. She believes that God is involved in complex ways in the details of our lives—even our sporting lives—and she is on a “quest for truth that can both convict and transform us.”

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AmishVampires

The most popular posts on our website in recent years (by far), has been our list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2012 and 2013.

So, we are planning to run a list again this year, but we need your help to make this year’s list better and even funnier!

CONTEST: OVER $300 IN PRIZES!!!

We have a box of 30 books that we have received for review or that our editor Chris Smith has culled from his own library. (Lots of great stuff! CLICK HERE for the list…).

We will pick three winners from your submissions:

1st Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card +
Your Choice of 5 Books from the Prize Box (Value: Up to $100+) +
2 Year Subscription to our Print Magazine ($35 value)

2nd Prize: Your Choice of 5 Books from the Prize Box (Value: Up to $100+) +
2 Year Subscription to our Print Magazine ($35 value)

3rd Prize: Your Choice of 3 Books from the Prize Box (Value: Up to $50+ ) +
2 Year Subscription to our Print Magazine  ($35 value)


 

So, here’s how this will work….

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