Archives For *Excerpts*
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:
45, currently imprisoned
Excerpted from Inside this Place, Not of It edited by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi. Published by Voice of Witness Books.
The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks
Paperback: IVP Books, May 2014
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Here’s a blurb that I wrote for this book:
In The New Parish, Paul, Tim and Dwight offer a theologically rich vision of church life intertwined with the places we inhabit. In stark contrast to the displacement and fragmentation that dominates our age, this important book calls us to slow down, become rooted, and experience a taste of the abundance and healing that God intends for all creation. Church leaders take heed, the New Parish is, without question, the church of the future!
- C. Christopher Smith co-author, SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Editor, The Englewood Review of Books
Our 2013 Book of the Year is Slow Reading in a Hurried Age by David Mikics.
(It was not the only book on Slow Reading released this year, I reviewed another one here.)
At the heart of this book, lie 14 rules that define the practice of Slow Reading. We offer these rules here, with brief elaborations from Mikics’s book.
(Presenting these rules in this slideshow format seems to go against the grain of Slow Reading. We do so only with the hope that this representation will entice you to immerse yourself in a slow and careful reading of the full book!)
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
Hardback: Times Books, 2013
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From Verlyn Klinkenborg’s review in the New York Review of Books:
“People are now asking what they can do to prepare themselves for the world that climate change will bring. McKibben’s answer? Live ‘anyplace with a strong community.’ Where do we find those communities? McKibben: You make them.”
(HT: Ric Hudgens)