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George SaundersAs announced in yesterday’s list of new book releases to watch for this week, one of this week’s most interesting books is:

Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.
George Saunders

Hardback:  Random House, 2014.
Buy now:  [ Amazon  ]   [ Kindle ] 
 
You can actually read the full text of George Saunders’ 2013 Syracuse graduation speech here, but this is a lovely hardback edition that would make a wonderful gift for your family and friends who are graduating this spring.   I can think of no better advice to graduates than what Saunders offers here: to prefer kindness to self-focused ambition.
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Christine Pohl

Here is the third of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted earlier this month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]

Christine Pohl is Professor of Church and Society at Asbury Theological Seminary.

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David Fitch

Here is the second of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.
*** CLICK HERE for the 1st talk that we posted, by Willie Jennings.

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]

David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago.

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Rachel Marie Stone

[ Editor's Note:  I was honored to be part of a panel conversation on Slow Reading and Slow Writing, at last week's Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College.  The other panelists were Rachel Marie Stone, author of the award-winning Eat with Joy; John Wilson, the heralded editor of Books and Culture; and Leslie Leyland Fields, author of many books including Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers[/easyazon-link].  As Rachel was traveling back to the US from Africa just prior to the festival, she wrote out her talk ahead of time and graciously gave us permission to run it on our site.]

Slow Reading
A Story
by Rachel Marie Stone

 

Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, my great-grandmother Katherine somehow saved up a few thousand bucks to buy a little sandy plot on the corner of Jacqueline Road and Surf Drive and there she built a little beach cottage among the open sand dunes.

It was a five-minute flip-flop walk to the roaring Atlantic, and a wonderful, wonderful place to read; cozy couches and bookshelves lined the walls; no television pulled anyone’s gaze from the page.
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DivergentDivergent and The Hunger Games: Dystopias in Print and On Screen

By Elizabeth Eckhart

Young adult novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games have stirred dystopian fiction fans into a frenzy. While the two series share many similarities, they also possess many differences. With the March 21, 2014 release of the first Divergent movie, the interest in both Veronica Roth’s book series and the ensuing movies will garner much attention not only for her stories, but a renewed interest in The Hunger Games as well.

Each book and movie based on these series’ have faced both acclaim and criticism. They have also spawned interest in other books with similar themes. Here’s a look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of both series and a suggestion for the next series to read.

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Willie Jennings

Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]

Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.

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Slow Church

Yesterday was a big day for the SLOW CHURCH book!

Bob Smietana of Religion News Service (RNS) wrote a really positive article on the book and the growing conversation about Slow Church, and this article was picked up by a number of outlets including The Washington Post!

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Yesterday, I sorted through the massive pile of books that I need to assign for review…

I also discovered the following new book trailers for 3 of the books in this pile…

New Book TrailersJesus is Better Than You Imagined
Jonathan Merritt

Hardback: FaithWords, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

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Slavoj Zizek

Today is the birthday of Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek…

His latest book is:

Žižek’s Jokes
(Did you hear the one about Hegel and Negation?)

Hardback: MIT Press, 2014.
Buy now:   [ Amazon ]  Kindle ]


Zizek on John Howard Yoder

Here are two of my favorite short videos in which he explains his economic theory:



 

Other Books by Slavoj Zizek



IMAGE CREDIT: “Slavoj Zizek in Liverpool” Creative Commons License via Wikimedia Commons.



 

Walter BrueggemannGreat video of Walter Brueggemann discussing his new book:

Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks.

Paperback:  Eerdmans, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon

This book is one of our New Book Releases to Watch for this week

Books by Walter Brueggemann

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