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A Space for PeaceWe are proud to announce the release of the new ebook:

A Space for Peace in the Holy Land: Listening to Modern Israel and Palestine
Alex Joyner

Ebook: Englewood Review of Books, 2014.
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“In A Space for Peace in the Holy Land, Alex challenges Christians to bear witness to the space that God has opened in the world by the empty tomb of Jesus Christ, to pray and to work for the reconciliation of Palestinians and Jews in the Middle East, and to support those persons, institutions, and policies that will make for peace in this most contested place in the world. The vision that he presents does not allow us to succumb to frustration or ideological posturing, but challenges us to serve the work of reconciliation that God has entrusted to us through Jesus Christ.”
-Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, United Methodist Church

“A Space for Peace in the Holy Land is a particularly helpful resource that sheds light on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This little book is essential reading for any Christian who desires to understand and to be engaged in this conflict.”
- C. Christopher Smith, co-author SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

 

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Anne LamottAn excerpt from Anne Lamott’s brand new book…

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable moments of Grace
Anne Lamott
Hardback: Riverhead, 2014.
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“An essay collection that tackles tough subjects with sensitive and unblinking honesty…Lamott is refreshingly frank…[and] has the rare ability to weave bracing humor seamlessly with earnest, Christian faith.”
Publishers Weekly

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Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh

The friendship between Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, short-lived as it was (lasting only about two years until Merton’s death in 1968), was a robust example of interfaith conversation.  In honor of Thich Nhat Hanh’s birthday tomorrow (Oct 11), we offer this brief essay by Merton.

Thich Nhat Hanh is My Brother

Thomas Merton

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Chanequa Walker-BarnesOne of the most popular books at the recent Christian Community Development Association conference was:

Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength

Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2014
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I knew this book was going to be popular at CCDA, and I had included it on our list of books to watch for at CCDA, but we still really underestimated the number of copies that we should stock, and sold it of it rapidly and had a continuous stream of people asking for the book for the rest of the conference!

[ Read an interview that the author did with Rachel Held Evans ]

If you don’t have a copy of Chanequa Walker-Barnes’s new book, you should get one now…

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Tim SuttleToday is Tim Suttle’s birthday and an opportune time to recommend his excellent new book:

Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture.
Tim Suttle

Paperback: Zondervan, 2014.
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Watch the book’s trailer here

Here is the blurb that I was honored to write for the book:

In the tradition of the biblical prophets, Tim Suttle boldly but gently calls us out of our American obsession with bigness and greatness and toward a vision of church life rooted in faithfulness. Shrink is one of the wisest and most significant evangelical books that I’ve read in the last decade; it is essential reading for every pastor and church leader!

-C. Christopher Smith, co-author Slow Church and Founding Editor of The Englewood Review of Books

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Marilynne Robinson

For many of our readers, the most anticipated book of 2014 is Marilynne Robinson’s new novel LILA, the third in her series set in Gilead, Iowa.

 
“This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson’s work . . . Lila is a superb creation.”  – Publishers Weekly
 

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You can now get a sneak peek of LILA! 
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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

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Molly WorthenThis is an important book about Evangelical culture, that I’m just starting to dig into…

Apostles of Reason:
The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

Molly Worthen

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2013
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Walter WinkTomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of the death of theologian Walter Wink.

This new posthumous book was released earlier this year.  Read an excerpt below…

Just Jesus: My Struggle to Become Human
Walter Wink

Paperback:  Image, 2014
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Inside this PlaceI am a big fan of the “Voices of Witness” series, and this volume is essential reading for Women’s History Month…

Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons

Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi, Editors

Paperback: McSweeney’s, 2014
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Inside This Place, Not of It is essential reading for anyone interested in the stories of women who compel us to see their humanity, tenacity, and value as people.  That the woman who share their stories here have lived within the vast U.S. criminal justice system reveals a hidden and heart-wrenching reality. Their voices insist that the civil and human rights abuses that take place daily behind the walls of our prisons and jails must be out in the open to be recognized and remedied.”
–Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black

 

Here’s one story from this important book:

 

Irma Rodriquez

 45, currently imprisoned

 Excerpted from Inside this Place, Not of It edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi. Published by Voice of Witness Books.

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