Some New Books to Explore

If this were an ideal world and I had all the time in the universe to do everything I would like, I'd be reading all sorts of books — and writing lengthy reviews of many of them on this blog. But, alas, ours is not an ideal world, and so like everyone else I have to make do. And so, in that spirit of making do, here are a few brief comments about some interesting books that have come to my attention lately. Some of them are new and some have been around for a while, but I think they are all w … [Read more...]

A Flock of Books (for the Wild Goose Festival)

Here's a gallery of selected books by some of the speakers, authors, conversationalists, storytellers, and agitators who will be present at the first Wild Goose Festival, to be held in North Carolina this coming June 23-26. If you're like me, you probably find this list of books in itself to be pretty exciting. Imagine the opportunity to hear — and interact with — the authors of all these books, along with a few thousand other creative, visionary, and justice-oriented people of faith. Throw in so … [Read more...]

The Early Goose gets the $99 Worm!

Advance tickets are now on sale for the Wild Goose Festival! Now through November 9, early bird tickets are available for the rock-bottom price of $99 ($49 for kids, with special pricing for families and single-parent families). In exchange for your hard-earned cash, your ticket provides you with 3 days of camping and access to one of the most exciting events you can imagine: a nexus of spirituality, art, and justice/activism. This event will feature exciting and visionary leaders from the … [Read more...]

Economy of Love

Economy of Love: Creating a Community of Enough A Resource of Relational Tithe Video Sessions with Shane Claiborne Kansas City: The House Studio, 2010 Review by Carl McColman"America thrives on a simple message — that what we currently have is not enough. Not big enough, not nice enough, not fast or hip enough."This is the tag line on the back of the Economy of Love box, which contains a 120 page book (that can be easily read in a single sitting) and a DVD with five short video segments, f … [Read more...]

The Unformed Future

National Catholic Reporter has published a wonderful article about the recent "Emerging Church" conference in Albuquerque, hosted by Richard Rohr and featuring Shane Claiborne, Cynthia Bourgeault, and others. Read about it here:The Unformed Future … [Read more...]

New Monasticism

New Monasticism: What it Has to Say to Today's Church By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2008 Review by Carl McColman"We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another — doubtless very different — St. Benedict," says Alasdair Macintyre at the conclusion of After Virtue, his withering critique of the ethical vacuum in postmodern society. And while the triumphalist voices on the hard Catholic right might loudly proclaim that this mantle belongs to Benedict XVI, for many ot … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do.— Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers … [Read more...]


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