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One of this week’s excellent new book releases is:

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.
Jon Krakauer

Hardback: Doubleday, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]


Listen to an interview that Krakauer
did with NPR’s Weekend Edition

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One of this week’s excellent new book releases is:

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.
Kevin Kruse

Hardback: Basic Books, 2015
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

I recently reviewed this book for the May issue of Sojourners.
( CLICK HERE to read
Only subscribers can read the full review).


Listen to an interview that Kruse
did with NPR’s Terry Gross about the book…

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The Vulnerable Faith of Brené Brown

by Jamie Arpin-Ricci


Jamie Arpin-Ricci is the author of the new book:
Vulnerable Faith: Missional Living in the Radical Way of St. Patrick

Few things are more coveted to writers than the Midas-touch of an endorsements by Oprah Winfrey. Most will never earn such a boon, but those who do often find themselves launched into stunning commercial success (or at least, a bolster to their pre-existing fame). Such titles have included Pulitzer Prize winning novels and new age, self-help guidebooks. When Brené Brown’s appeared on Oprah’s ‘Super Soul Sunday’, her books joined the ranks. The topic of Brown’s books, however, held a unique and unexpected theme: the importance of making yourself willingly vulnerable. Who chooses that? And why would that appeal to someone like Oprah and her countless fans?

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I’ve heard a good deal of complaining recently about how they aren’t many good kids books related to the Christian holiday of Easter.  Not about spring, and cute bunnies and ducklings, but about the Easter story.

So, I set out to compile a top 10 list…

And along the way, I stumbled upon the wonderful blog, Aslan’s library, that features “beautiful and true theological books for kids.” (I highly recommend connecting with them!) Aslan’s Library confirmed a number of titles I already had on my list, and added a few more. If they have reviewed a book on the list below, I will link to their review…


10) Peter’s First Easter

by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

I love Wangerin’s writing, but the artwork in this book is not my favorite…
Read a review from Aslan’s Library.


9) Easter

by Fiona French

Read a review from Aslan’s Library.

8) Easter

by Jan Pienkowski

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Rachel Held Evans


Church Matters:
An Interview with
Rachel Held Evans


I was excited to have the opportunity to talk recently with Rachel Held Evans about her excellent forthcoming book Searching for Sunday (which just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly).

[ Pre-order now: PaperbackKindle ]
ERB: One of the things that I really appreciated about your book was the deep love that was evident for the church. If I could oversimplify things a bit and summarize the book in only two words, I would describe it as “Church matters.”  In that vein, it seems like you are using your story to very gently and kindly push back on the “Spiritual, but not Religious” mentality. Is that a fair assessment of the book?

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LGFrancisStaying Awake


An Op-Ed on Ferguson and Faith


By Leah Gunning Francis,
author of Ferguson and Faith
(Forthcoming, Chalice Press,
Summer 2015)

In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech titled Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution during a Unitarian Universalist General Assembly meeting in Hollywood, Florida.  King’s speech was a clarion call for the church to remain awake to the social injustices of the day, and join the efforts to eradicate oppressive systems in the United States and abroad.  It was one year after “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama where peaceful protests were lodged to lobby for African Americans to have the rights to vote, but were met with violent opposition from police and civilians. The images from “Bloody Sunday,” coupled with Dr. King’s invitation, compelled hundreds of clergy from around the country to come to Selma and join the struggle for voting rights.
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Our book trailer of the week, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…


Vulnerable Faith: Missional Living in the Radical Way of St. Patrick
Jamie Arpin-Ricci
Foreword by Jean Vanier

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2015
Pre-order now:  [ Amazon ]
Watch the book trailer…

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Simple Lessons from Small Talk


Why young mothers should read Amy Julia Becker’s newest book

by Jen Pollock Michel


Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most
Amy Julia Becker
Paperback: Zondervan, 2014

She kept a list. She wrote reminders. Something to ask. A story to tell. An opinion to solicit. My friend’s list was our only real hope for sustaining thought in the sitcom quality of life during the years when our children were young. We suffered the constancy of commercial breaks: to change a diaper, to zip up a jacket, to retrieve Buzz Lightyear who’d been mercilessly thrown into the toilet. To think that our friendship survived the bleary-eyed years of that episodic sanity, when we were cycling and recycling through the states of pregnancy and nursing and potty-training is a testament to the great mercy of God.


I’ve almost forgotten how harried those days actually were. My friend’s list of conversational prompts remind me, however, that it was once an Olympic feat to finish a sentence, much less see to the cohesion and conclusion of a conversation. I can take for granted the long stretches of quiet I now have to myself to write and study in the middle of the day when the children (all five of them!) are off to school. I even make uninterrupted phone calls.

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Tomorrow, January 31, marks the centennial of the birth of Thomas Merton!

If you are not familiar with Merton, the monk, poet and social activist, I highly recommend starting with his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

In honor of the occasion,
A number of Merton’s books are on sale for Kindle!
(via our sister site

Here are some of our favorite posts about Merton that have run on our site over recent years:

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