The most important book of 2013…

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My pick for the most important book of 2013 is the new collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath Poems, entitled This Day. I'll admit that it was a really close call between this book and David Mikics's volume Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, but Berry's book wins by a nose as it takes a broader view, and offers not only carefully-crafted poems, but a way of living and being in the world.  Slow Reading starts to move in the same direction, but never seems to look much beyond the scope of the reader, his or her book and its author.I posted a sample poem from Berry's collection on this blog … [Read more...]

Reflecting On The Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!

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The Englewood Review of Books's list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013 went live last week ...Although this list has drawn a huge amount of attention, laughter, and sharing on social media, it also has had some critics.I thought therefore that I would write a bit here about how and why we have done this list (as it has some continuity with John and I's Slow Church project), and hopefully address some of the concerns that critics have raised.One common misconception is that the list is primarily about design. Yes, design is one key piece of our evaluation, but this project … [Read more...]

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Wendell Berry Sabbath poem – “Will-lessly the leaves fall”

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Just finished my review of the new, complete collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath poems entitled This Day.My review will appear in the Advent print issue of The Englewood Review of Books.For now, here's a quick look at one excellent poem from the collection that is fitting for this late fall day...  … [Read more...]

Further Conversation on Andy Crouch’s PLAYING GOD

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So David Fitch initiated a new conversation on his blog today about Andy Crouch's new book PLAYING GOD...Affirming much of what Andy offers in the book, David raises the following concern: All this to say, Crouch’s book is good but Crouch’s book is dangerous. Some may read it and take it as a Christian user’s manual for power and then go out and use their power in a more benevolent way in their businesses or places of work and think they can redeem the world. It may lead us to think that once we get our understanding of power sorted out we can go out and better exercise it. It may lead us … [Read more...]

Alan Hirsch offers the first blurb for the Slow Church book!

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We received our first blurb for the Slow Church book today... from Alan Hirsch: "Chris and John have done a fantastic job of envisioning a wholesomely sustainable, spiritually alluring, and thoroughly kingdom-centric church that is simply fulfilling its purpose of witnessing to Jesus in the rhythms of God’s grace. I just have to join in! An inspiring read."Funny story about this.  When I inquired with Alan about the blurb, he said he'd be willing to write one, but might not get it done within the timeframe we needed it.  He joked that life was a bit "fast" for him now... Apparently, by fas … [Read more...]

Andy Crouch on Anabaptists and Power [Patheos Book Club]

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Playing God ]I recently had the opportunity to interview Andy Crouch about his new book PLAYING GOD: REDEEMING THE GIFT OF POWER (IVP Books, Fall 2013).  My interview appears in the current print issue of The Englewood Review of Books, but there was a sizable chunk of the interview that had to be trimmed to fit the allocated space, so I thought I would share a couple of questions related to the Anabaptist tradition here. Andy's responses to these questions was not necessarily what I would have … [Read more...]

Help Pick the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!

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Last year, the assistant editor of The Englewood Review of Books and I, picked the 12 worst Christian book covers of 2012. (Be sure to check them out if you haven't already!) This year we are going to be making a list for 2013, but we need your help to make this year's list better and even funnier. So, The Englewood Review is running a contest to get your recommendations for worst Christian book cover and to allow you to vote for your favorite contest entries.... [ CLICK HERE to enter and vote on contest entries... ] Here's a slideshow of some of the worst covers from last year and some … [Read more...]

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