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Marilynne Robinson

This fall promises the release of LILA, a new novel by Marilynne Robinson,

which among many readers of the ERB, seems to be the most anticipated new release of the season.  As we all await its release, we are delighted to offer this Top 10 list of online recordings of Marilynne Robinson, which includes interviews, readings and lectures!

Don’t miss the video of her appearance with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, which ends in typical form with quite the zinger!!!

*** Books by Marilynne Robinson ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Reading from GILEAD

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LifeWay Bookstores Drops Mark Driscoll's Books

Christianity Today has just reported that LifeWay Bookstores has pulled 37 titles authored or contributed to by Mark Driscoll from it’s bookstores:

“LifeWay Stores and Lifeway.com are not selling Mark Driscoll’s books while we assess the situation regarding his ministry,” Marty King, LifeWay’s communications director, told CT. Earlier this month, LifeWay offered 42 products authored by or connected to Driscoll. Now, only five books that Driscoll contributed to remain.

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Today I stumbled upon the series of E.F. Schumacher Lectures that are available as 99c Kindle bargains!

E.F. Schumacher is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. According to The Times Literary Supplement, his 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II. (via Wikipedia)
 

Wendell Berry gave the inaugural lecture in this series, but unfortunately it is not available in a Kindle Edition.
HOWEVER, you can listen to the full lecture (for FREE) online by CLICKING HERE.

I don’t know if these titles are on sale or if 99c is their standard price…

Here’s a list of the ones that I think are most important, but I highly recommend that you

Browse the full list of lectures

 

99c Kindle Bargains 1) Becoming Native To This Place by Wes Jackson
- 99c

2) Call For A Revolution In Agriculture – Wes Jackson
- 99c
3) The Most Important Number In The World by Bill McKibben
- 99c

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Wendell Berry

Today is the 80th birthday of Kentucky farmer/writer Wendell Berry!

I realize that there is some irony in doing this (Berry was, after all, the man who stood firm and penned “Why I am not going to buy a computer“), but to commemorate the occasion we offer the Top 10 online recordings of Berry to date. These recordings, some brief and some long, serve as a wonderful guide to the breadth and depth of Wendell Berry’s work: fiction, poetry, technology, community, land, etc., all the great genres and themes in which he has written.

***  Books by Wendell Berry  |  Poetry   |  Fiction  ***

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#10 – On Online Community

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Stanley Hauerwas

Today is the birthday of theologian Stanley Hauerwas!

Although I don’t always agree with him, Stanley Hauerwas’s work (and that of his many students, e.g., Phil Kenneson and others associated with The Ekklesia Project) has been absolutely vital to the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I co-wrote.

In honor of his birthday, I pick out 10 brief video clips of Hauerwas talking about key virtues and practices related to Slow Church. If you want to read one book by Stanley Hauerwas that is most compatible with Slow Church, I suggest Living Gently in a Violent World (co-written with Jean Vanier).

Several of these clips were made by Travis Reed of The Work of the People. Be sure to visit his website, check out other extraordinary videos he has created and contribute generously to his work!
*** Check out the full catalog of TWOTP’s Stanley Hauerwas videos
 

Enjoy these short videos with Stanley Hauerwas:

Prayer/Waiting | Presence | Church Growth Movement
Patience | Formation in the Church  | The Whole Church  | 
Joy
Hope is Presence | Engaging Evangelicals  | Community and Conflict

Prayer and Waiting:

“If prayer has taught me anything, it has taught me how to wait.”

 




 

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Image Credit: From the cover to Hauerwas’s memoir Hannah’s Child… (Buy it now!)

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Will CampbellToday is the Birthday of Will Campbell, noted preacher and Civil Rights activist. He would have been 90.

If you don’t know who Will Campbell was, then I highly recommend this online documentary

*** Books by Will Campbell

This video features Campbell reading a scene from his novel PROVIDENCE, followed by a song by noted songwriter Ken Medema.
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 Interdependence Day

Celebrate Interdependence Day!!!

Five years ago, some friends and I suggested that instead of celebrating Independence Day, Christians should celebrate INTERdependence Day!

Here’s a recent reflection that I’ve written on Slow Church and why we need Interdependence Day

Here are seven books that are essential reading
for helping our churches to embody interdependence…

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

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014

[ Read our review ]  [ Read an excerpt ]

 

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What books have been helpful for you in thinking about interdependence in the Church?

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Are you going to the Wild Goose Festival this weekend?

I am, for the first time and will be doing a session on Slow Church.

There are so many wonderful authors and activists and musicians who will be presenting that it will be hard to decide who to check out.

Since our focus is on books, here are seven authors of new-ish books that you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy these short videos and book excerpts as an introduction to these authors:

Sara Miles  |  Fred Bahnson  |  Tim Soerens  | Joerg Rieger
Alexia Salvatierra  | Jon Sweeney  |  Kelly Bean

Sara Miles, Author of

City of God: Faith in the Streets
(Jericho Books, 2014)

 




 

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Slavoj Zizek

Watch this video, the first ever biographical interview of Slavoj Zizek.

The interviewer is George Elerick, author of Jesus Bootlegged

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Wendell BerryA great conversation between Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, on the occasion of their new book

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2013
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