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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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
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.

DOWNLOAD the full pamphlet for Kindle!

(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
Pre-order now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]


[ Seven Essential Books by Dallas Willard ]

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In Honor of Lewis Carroll’s birthday today…
Part of what made his Alice books extraordinary were the illustrations by John Tenniel.

Here are 10 of our favorite illustrations…

Get the Alice Books on your E-reader for FREE!

(Unfortunately, these editions are sans illustrations)


Frontispiece to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

(CLICK image to enlarge)

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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.
Buy now:  [ Kindle ]

“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…

Read an excerpt of the book:

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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.
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

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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