Matthew Paul TurnerI wasn’t able to get a list of new book releases to watch for posted this week, but here’s one book release this week that you won’t want to miss…
 

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity

Matthew Paul Turner

Hardback: Jericho Books, 2014
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*** Featured on our list of 25 Books to Watch for this fall

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Leonard HjalmarsonCloser to Home than we Realize
 
A Review of

No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place

Leonard Hjalmarson

Paperback: Urban Loft Publishers, 2014.
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Reviewed by Alden Bass.
 
I grew up in a tradition which resolutely refused to meeting places “sanctuaries.” There was no biblical warrant for the term, and besides, it sounded too Catholic-y. Had not Jesus himself prophesied that the time of sanctified places was coming to end? “The days are coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem…but true worshipers will worship in spirit and truth.” The apostles, too, seemed to deny the holiness of any particular place, preferring to characterize the saints – either individually (Paul) or corporately (Peter) – as the new, bodily temple of God. “O Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary.” We preferred to call our meeting places “auditoriums,” using the neutral latinate designation for “a large room for hearing speeches,” (in the process revealing our predilection for the word over the sacrament). For altogether different reasons, there is a movement afoot among the church-growth sector to eschew the freighted and old-fashioned designation in favor of the more neutral and seeker-friendly “auditorium” as well. Unsurprisingly, th­­­­­­­is trend has resulted in many anxious late-night word studies by blogging seminarians.

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To All NationsBoth Inspiring and Terrifying

A Review of

To All Nations From All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement
Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi and Justo L. González

Paperback: Abingdon Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Douglas Connelly

 

I haven’t read widely in the story of Christian missions, but what I have read has focused on the modern missionary movement – 19th and 20th century evangelical Protestants, prompted by a compelling desire to preach the gospel to every person, going to Africa and Asia and Latin America with the message of Jesus’s saving grace.  Even as a boy, my parents put biographies of Adoniram Judson and William Carey and Hudson Taylor in my hands to bolster my vision of a world waiting to hear the good news.  (And if those names don’t ring any bells, you really need to read this book!)  So I picked up this new history of Christian missions expecting pretty much the same focus.  I was in for a surprise – and an education.

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“Art is the most beautiful deception of all.”
- Claude Debussy, composer
who was born on this day, 1862
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Poem of the Day:
Song in a Minor Key
Dorothy Parker
who was born on this day 1893

 
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Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories
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The Wake Up Call – August 22, 2014

Benjamin BarberOne recent book that was released without catching our attention was
 

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Benjamin Barber

Hardback: Yale UP, 2013
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I’m very grateful to Tim Soerens, co-author of The New Parish for bringing this book to my attention…
 

Here is a great TED talk video that Benjamin Barber gave on the book:

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“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”
- St. Francis DeSales
who was born on this day, 1567
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Poem of the Day:
For Allen Ginsburg
XJ Kennedy
who was born on this day 1929

 
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A Tree Full of Angels:
Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
by Macrina Wiederkehr
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The Wake Up Call – August 21, 2014

“The first duty of love is to listen.”
- Paul Tillich
who was born on this day, 1886
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Poem of the Day:
Sacrifice

By Edgar Guest,
who was born on this day  1881
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Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story
by Wyclef Jean
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The Wake Up Call – August 20, 2014

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
- Blaise Pascal
who died on this day 1662
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Poem of the Day:
I Didn’t Go To Church Today

Ogden Nash,
who was born on this day 1902

 
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Rethinking the Church
by James Emery White
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The Wake Up Call – August 19, 2014

“It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action.”
- Honore de Balzac,
who died on this day 1850
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Poem of the Day:
Summer Begins to Have the Look

Emily Dickinson
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The Shaping of Things to Come
by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost
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The Wake Up Call – August 18, 2014

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”
- E.F. Schumacher, philosopher and economist, author of Small Is Beautiful,
who was born on this day in 1911 

 
Poem of the Day:
Charles Bukowski reading his poem “The Bluebird”
Bukowski was born on this day in 1920
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E. F. Schumacher: He Taught Us To Build Bridges and Plant Trees
by Will Raap
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The Wake Up Call – August 16, 2014