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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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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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MLE-Ordering

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 ]
 

Read an excerpt from the book, and tell us what you think…

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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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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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 
*** Featured on our list of 25 Books to Watch for this fall

Our Book Trailer of the Week:

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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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
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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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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