Want to be a better leader? Read more literary fiction

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew.Here's a novel idea.  If you want to improve your efficacy as an empathetic leader of your company, read more literary fiction.Such is the implication of a study that came out of an article in Science a couple of years ago.  The piece was published by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, out of New York's New School For Social Research.  Without going into meticulous detail, their study compared control grou … [Read more...]

What is the most important issue in the economy? Economic Shalom by John Bolt

A review of Economic Shalom by John Bolt (Christian's Library Press, 2013)By Pete RizzoBolt (Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary) acknowledges the challenge that Christians face in determining what the Bible says about economic policy right away in his book. In doing so, he identifies prior theologizing on the subject including social gospel, redistribution of wealth and the validity of the free market. Then Bolt makes his own argument for how Christians … [Read more...]

Why you should read 50 books this year (and how to do it)

That's the title of an article over at Fast Company.  Read it for some tips on how to read all the great books we're recommending you!  Author Stephanie Vozza says, If you want to get ahead in business, sit down and pick up a book. Warren Buffett spends 80% of his day reading. Bill Gates reads for an hour each night before going to bed. And Mark Cuban credits part of his success to the fact that he is willing to read more than anyone else. … [Read more...]

Life and books with some pretty well-read people

The Gospel Coalition  has been running a great series called "On My Shelf: Life and Books With..."  Four have come out since the last time we updated you. Check them out and find out what is on the nightstands of these thoughtful Christians!Life and Books with Rod Dreher (best-selling author)Life and Books with John Frame (professor at Reformed Theological Seminary)Life and Books With David Wells (professor at Gordon-Conwell)Life and Books With Marvin Olasky (editor of WORLD) … [Read more...]

Sabbath as Resistance

A review of Sabbath as Resistance: Saying no to the culture of now, Walter Brueggemann (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)By Sarah RoopBy practicing Sabbath rest, one can receive God’s gifts with gratitude and effectively counter the restless anxiety, coercion, exclusivism, and commodity of culture. By looking at the fourth commandment through the lens of the Israelites’ story throughout the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann (Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theo … [Read more...]

Let us read together: a report from Jubilee

The big Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh is over (except for putting away all the unsold books - thousands and thousands. Yikes!)  We thank you for your prayers and encouragement; we were stressed and aching from all the mental work of curating the selections and from the physical labor of lugging the boxes and in the middle of the chaos of setting up last Thursday and Friday we almost wanted to walk away and give up.  Our staff back at the store worked really hard getting us there and our CCO f … [Read more...]

“My passions feel at odds with each other”: Wonder Women by Kate Harris

By Allie AlayanReview of Wonder Women: Navigating the Challenges of Motherhood, Career, and Identity by Kate Harris, formerly executive director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture.  (Zondervan, 2013, 91 pages)In this book, Harris focuses on the complicated life of the modern American woman. She provides a counter-thought to the idea that women need to have a work-life balance, and that women need to “have it all”. While most women want to be able to have it all, … [Read more...]

A big deal for the Kingdom of God: reflections on the 2016 40th Anniversary Jubilee Conference

We have been choosing, ordering, pulling and packing, stacking and lugging boxes and boxes of books for what seems like weeks, getting ready for our beloved Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh. You know how hard our staff work in February getting ready for this huge event with more than 3000 college students. It's no tragedy, I know, but my fingers are bleeding from the cardboard cuts and my weak back is hurting -- well, that is a bit serious. Beth's weird symptoms from what we suspect is the … [Read more...]

What are you up to and what are you into?

This is a participation in the Patheos Book Club on David Dark’s Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious. We announced this a month ago, glad to be able to give an early shout out about David's forthcoming book. Now it is here, and I've been itching to write about it. More, I've been itching to read it. Some circles of the internets have been been happily ablaze with discussions of it.  Our friends over at Englewood Review of Books have offered a free chapter.  Patheos h … [Read more...]

I’ve Never Pretended I’m Not Religious

This is a participation in the Patheos Book Club on David Dark's Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious.When I was a kid, I was always the odd one out whenever rebellion was contemplated.  From the 1970s (my natal decade) I took away in full measure the messages of Marlo Thomas' "Free to be You and Me" about gender and racial equality, but I missed the whole hippie ethos that accompanied them.My teenage years were spent in the decidedly Establishment 1980s, but I was … [Read more...]