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David Bentley Hart


We are Meant to Play and Create

An Interview with David Bentley Hart,
Author of The Experience of God
(Yale UP, 2013)

by Todd Edmondson

Amazon ImageSince his first book-length publication, 2003’s The Beauty of the Infinite, David Bentley Hart has established himself as one of the most exciting and eloquent voices in Christian thought. His subsequent books have explored a diverse set of concerns, and each new, eagerly anticipated release invites readers to engage more deeply with matters of faith as well as the cultural streams in which we live and move. Following the publication of his most recent work, The Experience of God, Mr. Hart was gracious enough to participate in a conversation, via email, about his work. What follows is a transcription of that conversation.

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Philip Gulley

An Opportunity to Live Differently

An Interview with Philip Gulley
Author of
Living the Quaker Way
(Convergent Books 2013)

by Bob Henry


Amazon ImagePhilip Gulley is the author of more than fifteen books, including If Grace Is True, The Evolution of Faith, and several collections of his beloved “Front Porch Tales.” His most recent book, Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today (Convergent Books, 2013), is an introduction to five key Quaker values—simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality—written for people who aren’t necessarily Quakers themselves.

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St. NicholasToday is the Feast of St. Nicholas…

And on this occasion, we offer this video interview with Adam English, author of:

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

Hardback: Baylor UP, 2012.
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

[ Read our review of this book ... ]

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We’re convinced that books make the best Christmas gifts…

And knowing that our readers have many family members and friends who love to read, we offer the following new book suggestions…


Page 1: The Short List:

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Madeleine L'Engle  Today is the birthday of Madeleine L’Engle… She would have been 95 today.

I recently discovered this new ebook containing an essay of hers on children’s literature…

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

“Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” is Madeleine L’Engle’s spirited defense of the responsibility of children’s literature to confront difficult questions, as she did in all her work, particularly her masterpiece A Wrinkle in Time. This e-book contains the text of her famous speech as well as her introduction to the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time and a facsimile of a chapter from the original manuscript with Madeleine’s notations.

This ebook is essential reading for fans of Madeleine’s work!!!
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Slow ChurchMany of you know that I have been co-writing a book with John Pattison, entitled:

SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus.

(IVP / Praxis Books / June 2014)
I haven’t said much about the book here, so thought I would fill you in on a few things.
The book is now available for pre-order (ships after Memorial Day):
[ Amazon  ]    [ Intervarsity Press ]
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Robert EllsbergToday is the birthdate of Dorothy Day (b. 1897), and 2013 marks the the 80th anniversary of the Catholic Worker movement.
Here’s a recent video of Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, discussing the life and legacy of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement…

Robert Ellsberg is editor of the volume:

Dorothy Day: Selected Writings.

Paperback: Orbis Books, 2005.
Buy now:   [ Amazon

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John NugentThe book review that has gotten the most attention on our website by far is John Nugent’s review of Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine.

We also published an initial response by Leithart.
The ensuing conversation inspired an issue of The Mennonite Quarterly Review and the new book Constantine Revisited: Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian Debate (Wipf and Stock, 2013).
John Nugent offers here further thoughts on this conversation about Constantine.



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Wendell BerryA talk by Wendell Berry given at Georgetown College earlier this year…

Even if you don’t agree with Berry (and I imagine that most would object to some facet of what he says here…), there is much to think about in this talk.  I encourage you to take half-an-hour and watch it.

A brief synopsis of this talk by Wendell Berry can be found here

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Worst Christian Book Covers

The most popular post on our website over the last year (far and away), was our list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2012.

So, we are planning to run a list again this year, but we need your help to make this year’s list better and even funnier!
We have a box of 50+ books that we have received for review or that our editor Chris Smith has culled from his own library. (Lots of great stuff! CLICK HERE for the list…).
We will pick a winner from your submissions and he/she will get to choose 5 books from that list (could be valued at $100+ depending on the books chosen).  A second-place winner will get to choose 3 books, and a third place winner will get to choose one book.


So, here’s how this will work….

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