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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!

 

 

Tomorrow is All Saints Day, the day when the Church remembers the faithful ones who have gone before us.

To help you get acquainted with the saints, we recommend the following books.  We’ve tried to emphasize collections that feature the stories of a wide range of saints, as a reminder that we are all saints, and not just the super-heroes of faith (the Francises, the Mother Teresas, etc).

All Saints Day > > > >
Next Book

Butler’s Lives of the Saints: Concise Edition, Revised and Updated

*** For a limited time, this paperback edition is available for $6.98

A decent FREE ebook edition of the original work is available from Project Gutenberg. Note that navigating this massive work on your e-reader might be a challenge…

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Disquiet TimeThis delightful book hit bookstores last week…
You should definitely check it out!
 

Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant, Eds.

Hardback: Jericho Books, 2014
Buy now:   [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
 
Book Trailer:
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Dylan Thomas

Today marks the centennial of the birth of the renowned Welsh poet Dylan Thomas

In commemoration, we offer this wonderful essay by the poet on why he writes poetry.  This essay can be found in:

The Poems of Dylan Thomas

Hardback: New Directions, 2003
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]
 

Notes on the Art of Poetry
Dylan Thomas

“The joy and function of poetry is, and was, the celebration of man, which is also the celebration of God.”
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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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

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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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Way back in June, at the Wild Goose Festival, Intervarsity Press filmed a video segment with myself and Tim Soerens, talking about our new books, and how they reinforce each other:

Slow ChurchSlow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Chris Smith and John Pattison

[ ERB Review  Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

– and –

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks and Dwight Friesen

[ ERB Review ]   Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Tim and I had a lot of fun filming this video, and we are delighted to share it with you here…

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Rembrandt

Tomorrow is not only the Feast of St. Francis, it is also the anniversary of the death of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

In remembrance of this master painter, we offer a list of the 10 best books on his life and work.

#10 – Rembrandt: The Late Works

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CCDA 2014

Are you going to the CCDA 2014 Conference next week?

We will be there and will be running the main conference bookstore, as we have for the past 4 years.  Please do stop by and say hello!

Here are seven new books that we will be featuring in the bookstore!
(All of these books have been released in the last year…)

Most of these authors will also be speaking at the conference. Be sure to attend their sessions.

John Perkins | Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Lisa Sharon Harper
  | Leroy Barber
Chanequa Walker-Barnes | Slow Church | Eugene Cho

John Perkins

Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins
(U of Mississippi Press, 2013)
 

 

NEXT (Wilson-Hartgrove) >>>>>>

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David Foster Wallace

Today marks the anniversary of the death of prominent novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest and other books.

*** Books by David Foster Wallace

 [ DFW’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing” Only $1.99 for Kindle! ]

In memory of this brilliant young writer, who died way too young, here are three important interviews that he did…
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