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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 ]

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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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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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Greil Marcus

Noted Rock critic Greil Marcus has just released a new book, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs (Yale UP).

For your listening pleasure, we are delighted to feature here the 10 songs covered in this new book. For a complete explanation of why he chose these songs, you will have to buy the book!

*** Books by Greil Marcus ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#1 – Shake Some Action – The Flamin’ Groovies 
[ Buy MP3 - 99c ]

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Tomorrow (September 6) marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Madeleine L’Engle.

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorite writers and If it were not for her work, I probably would never have met my wife!

*** Books by Madeleine L’Engle

In remembrance of Madeleine, here are 3 short clips of her discussing the craft of writing…

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FootballA new book, out tomorrow, makes a broad case against football.

Publishers Weekly’s review notes:

Almond makes a convincing case for the theory that Americans have turned to football in order to meet spiritual needs that arose as a result of industrial and social progress.

Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto
Steve Almond

Buy now:   [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

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Long Live the Pamphlet!

I have long been a fan of the pamphlet as a concise and affordable way to disseminate ideas.  In fact, my first entrée into the world of publishing was a series of pamphlets that I published.

For all the flaws of reading electronically, e-readers have helped to revive the pamphlet genre that was all but dead.

The Kindle Singles series is one of the most prominent collections of e-pamphlets.
Here are 10 titles in this collection that are worth reading… (All of which are under $3!)

Long Live the Pamphlet!

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