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Sunday (Oct. 4) is the birthday of renowned Theologian Walter Rauschenbusch…

Rauschenbusch’s view of Christianity was that its purpose was to spread a Kingdom of God, not through a fire and brimstone style of preaching but by leading a Christlike life. Rauschenbusch did not view Jesus’ death as an act of substitutionary atonement but in his words, he died “to substitute love for selfishness as the basis of human society.” He wrote that “Christianity is in its nature revolutionary” and tried to remind society of that. He explained that the Kingdom of God “is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven.” (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 7 of his books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

1) A Theology for the Social Gospel


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Today is the release date for Brené Brown’s new book…


Rising Strong:
The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution

Hardback: Spiegel and Grau, 2015
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Here are three crucial excerpts from the book:

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#1 – The Rules of Engagement for Rising Strong:

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Excited to share this excerpt from
one of this week’s best new book releases!

The Work of Theology
Stanley Hauerwas

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2015
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Releasing on August 18…


For the Love:
Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards

Jen Hatmaker

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2015
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Read my advance copy of this book last night. 

Here are two important thoughts from the book that really got my attention…



Read an excerpt of the book that contains this quote in context….
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An excerpt from one of this week’s most anticipated books…

The Fellowship:
Literary Lives of the Inklings

Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

Hardback: FSG Books, 2015.
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One of this week’s most anticipated books is the final novel from the late novelist, Kent Haruf:

Our Souls at Night: A Novel
Kent Haruf

Hardback: Knopf, 2015
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Read the opening pages of this novel:

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A new book of Pope Francis’s writings came out this spring:

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
Pope Francis

Paperback: Loyola Press, 2015
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Watch for our review in
our summer print issue


Two excerpts from the book:

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month…

As our churches struggle to enter compassionately into the mental illness of our members and our neighbors, this recent book is helpful resource:

Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Families and the Church
Sarah Griffith Lund

Paperback: Chalice Press, 2014
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Read an excerpt of this book on Google Books


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Alexander Schmemann

Since the Christmas holiday, I have been enjoying Alexander Schmemann’s classic book For the Life of the World.

I also recently discovered that a pamphlet that he wrote on Lent is available in the Public Domain.

The following piece is adapted from that pamphlet.

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(Alt.Kindle, epub and versions for other e-readers
are available at Project Gutenberg…)



Lent in the Orthodox Tradition
Alexander Schmemann

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Dallas WillardA Sneak Peek At Dallas Willard’s book that will be out later this month!

The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
Dallas Willard

Hardback: HarperOne, 2015
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