New Love Wins companion book, and all Rob Bell books and DVDs on sale

nightshot.jpgWhen he said “Thanks for coming, for rousing from your tryptophanic stupor” I knew it was going to be a fun night.  Rob Bell’s casual demeanor, even allowing us to chat during the sound check, and how he recalled something funny about our bookstore that he oddly remembered, further reassured me that the long drive to Pittsburgh—how noble of me to do something for the bookstore that took me out of the shop on Black Friday!—was a fine decision.  Chris, Karen and Sean were stalwart helpers, getting our display of old Bell merch, Noomas and the like, ready for the pressing crowd.  I figured we’d get to talk to a lot of folks, guide them through the best of Bell’s resources, and at least get a story to write about here at BookNotes.  A 3:00 AM, still cruising home, Eastbound on the dark Pennsylvania Turnpike, jacked up on Bell’s riveting stories, gospel truths, and no small amount of sugar and caffeine, I wrote about five versions of this piece in my head.  Shades of my over-kill on the massive BookNotes Love Wins conversation?  Oh yeah.  Back at the house, earlier that evening, my gentle fam was watching the very quiet Tree of Life.  I’m zooming through the turnpike tunnels, music blaring, wondering how I can describe how much I enjoyed hearing Bell without annoying too many faithful customers. I don’t know which is more complicated, that acclaimed film or my desire to admit I’m a Bell fan without people thinking I’m doctrinally off kilter.

Bell did say, expounding Galatians 2:20, that once we are in Christ, our desire for acclaim isrob_bell.jpg crucified with him; that whole ego thing can be put to rest.  He suggests that, in Christ, we won’t be easily offended and we won’t be easily discouraged.  We’ll be like that tree in the Psalms, planted firmly by the waters, able to bend, but grounded.  Like the sturdy vessel commandeered by the Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, which was designed to blast through icebergs, we’ll be “ready to smash ice.”  We’ll throw ourselves into our small calling—there was a hilarious story about a oddly mellow breakdancer in a gorilla mask that the Bell family saw on Santa Monica Boulevard, which became a metaphor for us putting on the costume and going all out.  Our little efforts may be linked to a cause, some passion for social justice, or some mission welling up within us– it may be large or small, but we will, with good humor, and an ability to laugh at ourselves, pick up the move we are given, and with great joy, keep at it, bit by bit. 

He didn’t cite Bruce Cockburn’s famous line, but he could have:  in our own little way we’ll “kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight” in our corner of God’s world.  And so, agree or not with Bell’s last book, or think I’m a lunatic for driving to Pittsburgh and back again the same night, I want you to know we felt God’s presence, had a good time, loved Rob’s upbeat talk, and met some new friends who talked about books, about reaching new folks with God’s good gospel, and about how to stay in touch across county lines.  We met Presbyterians and Nazarenes, pastors and seekers, older folks and college students–including a few that knew our store!  If it would have been possible, I’d have grabbed that gorilla mask from Rob and put the thing on myself.  This is my calling, my little role, selling books at good events, chatting with folks about resources, inviting people to read for the Kingdom.

You know there was quite a bit of debate this spring about the strengths and weaknesses of Love Wins.  In a set of BookNotes posts (here, here, here  here, here and the podcast, here) we called folks to read carefully, discuss civilly, and to understand the backstory of Bell’s vision, the contribution he has made in helping us remember that the Story of God is about God showing up in the ordinary, about restoring the creation, about Christ’s offer of grace and how we can live more freely in the world.  His consistent message that there is no sacred/secular dualism, that Christ’s Kingdom is a restoration of creation, that God is saving the world, not evacuating us while He burns it up, is the Biblical basis for his study of what happens after we die.  Not unlike the very important Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, which offers excellent background for this particular question, the book doesn’t stand alone, but should be read in the broader context of his other work, books and films.  I may not agree with every bit of Love Wins, but I chided those who cheaply called it crass heresy, even though they hadn’t even read it, or those who insisted he didn’t cite the Bible when, in fact, he did, sometimes quite insightfully.  I suggested it is better to read, to talk, to pray, to look of the texts, to consider.  We lost some customers over it.

Still, after last evening, I realize, again, why some people really do appreciate his ministry, and am glad that some are quite willing to read with an open mind even as they are willing to ask how his books and videos line up under the light of the Scriptures.  Good for them.  This is how it should go: read openly and with theological discernment. Dig deep into the full gospel story. Talk together, learn from each other, using books to help you live more faithfully in the world. 

And so, we will offer you some of the books we had last night. The crowd was, not surprisingly, considerably smaller than what the publicist and promoter predicted—there was that holiday tryptophane, and, of course, Pittsburgh hockey. So, you get make out like a bandit in a gorilla mask since we have some overstock.  One week only or while supplies last.
Sale expires December 2nd

velvet elvis hardcover.jpgVelvet Elvis  (Zondervan) hardback; usually $19.99 Sale price: $10.00  This is awesome, the original white hardcover, with some color pages inside, an aesthetic that has in many ways defined Bell’s work, and a cool look that the publisher didn’t think would work.  This hardback is much nicer than the black paperbacks, I think, and we have ’em cheaper than the paperbacks.  I’ve read this more than once; makes a great gift, especially for your younger friends who may not read much. This often works as it’s style is breezy, lots of white space, short sentences, yet nearly poetic. 

You may know that the title has to do with those who paint Elvis Presley–once radical and raw and world-changing–in a safe, velvet kitsch.  We’ve sort of done that with Jesus, and we’ve got to get back to the real King, repainting Him to be more authentic, stripping away that which has made him safe and familiar. Wow.  While supplies la

Ssexgod.pngex. God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality  (Zondervan) hardback; usually $19.99  Sale price:  $10.00  Oh. Yeah.  Again, the sturdy hardback, the crisp design (no paper dust jacket needed) at a price cheaper than the cheap paperbacks.  The subtitle says it all, and, again, Bells offers stories, Bible discussion, contemporary ruminations, in a provocative style.  And, we have it here at a bargain price that should make your heart all aflutter.

jesus-wants-to-save-christians.jpgJesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile hardback; usually $19.99  Sale price:  $15.00  This is going to go out of print in hardcover, I predict, as a paperback will be released with a new publisher next year.  But the very cool look makes it a keeper—especially next to the hardbacks of the previous two.  (And this price is most likely cheaper than the paperback will be–whoot!) I said in my essays about Love Wins that this was the one to read to understand much of Bell’s passion about justice, about new creation, about the missional perspective that sees God calling us out of exile, away from the American dream. I think this is a tremendous book, even though (like every other book by every other person) there are some lines that may not be fully to your liking. His co-author is a passionate anti-hunger leader who works for World Relief. Very important.

drops like.jpgDrops Likes Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering  (Zondervan) $19.99 paperback  Sale price: $15.00  You may know that this first came out as a over-sized hardback, a great gift book, lots of dramatic photos, pretty much hipster art with a message about how suffering can yield great creativity.  Not everybody wanted to shell out for the $35 hardback, or lug such a large thing, so this smaller paperback is pretty great, hand-sized, still colorful, in some ways much nicer than the biggee.  I’m not just saying that, either.  Small is the new big.  When you read the book, by the way, you’ll get the beautiful image from which he draws the allusive title.  Nice.

love wins cover.jpgLove Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived  (HarperOne) $23.95 hardback;  Sale price: $15.00  For this limited time only we will offer this nearly at cost, selling it at the marked down price of fifteen bucks.  If you don’t have it yet, you should—we’ll offer this deal while this batch lasts, no exceptions.  As I’ve said, this book is really good to consider, talk about, study, ponder, formulate what you believe about it, and why.  Get the new companion study resource, call up some friends.  Hey, as you should know, Advent is the season in the liturgical calendar to study the end times, to await, again, the coming King. Okay, so it isn’t your typical Advent event with studying the nativity.  Light some candles, get some nog and you can call it a Love Waits group.  Or Love Wins as we Wait. Or not.

love-wins-companion-study-guide-for-those-who-rob-bell-paperback-cover-art.jpgThe Love Wins Companion: A Study Guide For Those Who Want To Go Deeper edited by David Vanderveen  (HarperOne) $13.99 paperback Sale price: $10.00  This is a brand new compendium, a heft study resource that is a great stand alone book on its own, although it was designed to help enhance your reading of Love Wins.  This is not a simple study guide or a list of discussion questions (although there are some very good ones, chapter by chapter.)  It is a full book, a few sheets shy of 200 pages.

Here is what is included.  Each chapter begins with Rob explaining what was going on as he wrote that particular chapter in Love Wins.  It serves as a nice overview, a good summary, almost like when you have a Director’s Cut of a film, with the Director talking over each scene; there is some “next step” stuff where Rob offers his vision for the conversations that might arise from this.  Then, Rob’s co-writer for this project,  David Vanderveen,  offers a good overview of that chapter, sort of suggesting what you were supposed to get out of it, why he liked it, what to look for.  Then there is an excerpt of an article or book chapter (or two) by another contemporary writer or theologian, offering another view on something akin to that particular chapter.  These are very interesting, and include pieces by N. T. Wright,  Anne Lamotte, Pope Benedict, Richard Mouw, Frederick Buechner, Oswald Chambers, David Dark, Donald Miller, Peter Rollins, Cathleen Falsani, and more.  Then, of course there are the Bible texts and discussion questions, suggestions for group experiences.  Finally, there is an appendix of quotes and excerpts from works through-out church history illustrating the variety of teachers offering views on topics similar to what Bell is wrestling with.   Huge kudos to Vanderveen, Bell, and HarperOne for making this useful resource available.  Order it today at this special price.

After seeing Rob in action for two hours last night, I’m fired up anew about his long form DVDs.  They are all well done, capturing other tours from other years, nearly performance art, a postmodern Garrison Keillor storyteller and avant garde lecturer. These are beyond TED talks, more than sermons, not quite drama, but they are quite dramatic.  The first is our favorite, although the second one gives you much to ponder, and the third one is extraordinary, certainly the most visually striking.  We offer them to you, as part of this deal, on sale, for a limited time only.  There are three of them. You will watch them more than once so I think they are a good investment.  And they make cool gifts for that hard to buy for person on your list…

live tour presentation DVD  Drops Likes Stars             regularly $19.99  now just $15.00
live tour presentation DVD The Gods Are Not Angry  regularly  $19.99  now just $15.00
live tour presentation DVD  Everything is Spiritual     regularly  $19.99  now just $15.00

nooma blue.jpgAnd then there are the short-form nooma DVDs.  Ya gotta love the noomas.

Here is the deal, this week only.
$10 each.  Buy two at the sale price, get a third, free.

That just rocks.  There are 24 of them and I bet you don’t even have most of them yet. And you should.  l really003.jpg love most of them, appreciate them all, a few not so much, but most. 

Here are my favs.  The little lines are my own. Get ’em while you can.

Trees.    Planting a tree and living between the garden and the new creation. The best.
Fire.      About sex.  He sets stuff on fire. Amazingly well done.
Dust.     Following Jesus, so the dust of his sandals covers us.  The Rabbi chooses us!
Shells.  Letting go, holding hands, caring for what matters.  Awww.  
Bullhorn.  Really Bad evangelism.  Are we any better? Great to discuss.
Rich.  We sometimes say we are blessed.  Are the poor unblessed?  What’s with that?
Kickball.  God has a better plan when God says no.  Very nice.
Rain.  This was the first one, still many people’s favorite.  God is with you even in the storm.
Corner.  Why is it that when we get what we want, we still feel empty?
Lump.  About coping with our past.  Some folks love this one; heavy.
Today.  If you are too hung about the past, you miss the sacredness of this moment.
Matthew.  About a friend of Rob’s dying of cancer.
She.  The feminine face of God. You got a problem with that, pal?
Whirlwind.  What do we do when there aren’t nice, neat answers?

We’ve got all 24 and all are on sale.  This week only. 

As always, thanks for caring, for caring about the Christian mind, and for reading and watching resources we suggest, with discernment.  Have fun.

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Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science and Art by Abraham Kuyper

wisdom & wonder_front.jpgWisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science & Art  Abraham Kuyper (Christian’s Library Press) $14.99  It is finally here — the long-awaited, freshly-translated, newly-produced, collection of newspaper pieces that Dr. Kuyper wrote so many years ago.  Handsomely produced by our friends at Russell Media, published by the Christian’s Library Press, this good paperback is a gem of a book, offering insights of the Dutch statesman and reformational theologian Abraham Kuyper to contemporary readers.  This is one of the publishing events of the year, bringing this remarkable old insight to modern light.  As Nicholas Woltersdorff notes, it is “an eloquent theological antidote to the anti-intellectualist and anti-artistic impulses that infect so much of the contemporary church….Though Kuyper wrote these words more than one hundred years ago, they have lost none of their bite and relevance.”

You may know that Kuyper wrote, in the early 1900s, a major, three-volume work on what the Reformed call “common grace.” These interesting pieces were actually attached as a bit of an appendix to that theological tome (which will itself someday be translated afresh; Wisdom and Wonder is perhaps the first fruits of this translation project, what Richard Mouw has called “a large dream come true.”)  These do make an argument that God cares about daily life, and that human flourishing is a good thing (including the cultural activities of those who are not followers of Christ) and they focus specifically on how God’s good creation is formed in ways that invite sustained involvement in the arts and the sciences.

I read an advance copy of this months ago, and, in fact, wrote a blurb or two for use on their promotional website.  Given a few other irons we have in the fire here today, I just don’t have time to describe the whole book, but you should know that I could hardly be happier than to announce the availability of this historic release.  I think what might be most helpful for our BookNotes fans, now, is just to cite some of the endorsing rave reviews the book has garnered already. 

We are selling Wisdom and Wonder at 20% off, from the regular $14.99 down to just $11.99.  Just click on the link below. You know we’ll send it out with a smile, since we’ve been fans of Kuyperian thinking for quite some time.  (In fact, here and here are two previous pieces I wrote about the lovely book about Kuyper and his thought system that Richard Mouw published with Eerdmans earlier this year.  Again, we highly recommend his book, Abraham Kuyper: A Personal and Short Introduction which we also have on sale, noted at the review page.)

Here are just a few of the glowing endorsements of Wisdom and Wonder:

How do we make sense of the contributions of, say a
Steve Jobs, to human culture? How do Christians account for the rather
immeasurable amount of good achieved by those presumably uncovenanted
with God? Common grace is the answer: His mercies are over all his
works. This first-ever English translation of Abraham Kuyper’s work on
common grace hits the sweet spot for Christians seeking answers to
questions about the breadth of the gospel, their own roles in public
life, and the beneficial contributions of others, especially in science
and art. Highly needed and recommended.

David K. Naugle,  Dallas Baptist University, author of Worldview: The History of a Concept and Reordered Loves, Reordered Lives

The wisdom of Kuyper remains both relevant and necessary for our
age. Here we have a public theologian eager to embrace the high callings
of artists and scientists, while reminding them that their genius is
rooted in the glorious Creator and is meant to be directed towards the
ever-increasing revelation of His beauty. Kuyper’s ability to show how
this does not confine but instead expands these vocational pursuits is
brilliant. In Wisdom & Wonder we have a wise and
celebratory perspective rooted in the rich theology of Creation, Fall,
Redemption, and Consummation. Truth is timeless, and readers will find
the insights from this old book both fresh and refreshing in a
contemporary context that so often falls into the extremes of either
fearing or idolizing art and science.

Amy L. Sherman, senior fellow, Sagamore Institute Center on Faith in Communities,  author, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (forthcoming)

God’s redemption is as wide and high and deep as the
expanse of his creation. This is the central message of Abraham Kuyper
that has been heard anew by a generation of young evangelicals who have a
new appreciation for the importance of Christian culture-making. This
book is a wonderful way to meet Kuyper face-to-face and hear from him
first hand. I look forward to pointing friends and students to this
wonderful anthology. It’s just what we need.

James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy, Calvin College, author of Desiring the Kingdom and Letters to a Young Calvinist

American evangelicals are deeply influenced by
Neo-Calvinist authors who stand on the shoulders of Abraham Kuyper.
Thanks to Acton Institute and Kuyper College, we are now able to drink
large gulps straight from the man himself. Wisdom & Wonder is
essential reading for all of us who aspire to live well in God’s world,
and these lectures on science and art are a particularly relevant place
to begin. Nothing is more hotly contested and confused than these two
areas of culture, and nothing stands in greater need of Kuyper’s
biblical tension between creation and fall and between common and
particular grace. Kuyper’s deft handling of these worldview themes
proves once again that sometimes the way forward begins with a glance

Michael Wittmer, professor of systematic and historical theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and author of Heaven is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters to God

The wisdom of Abraham Kuyper can be seen in his refusal to fragment reality into isolated domains. In Wisdom & Wonder
Kuyper holds together worship and academic reflection, art and science,
creation order and redemption, and piety and cultural engagement.
Against the forces of his age, and ours, Wisdom & Wonder
continues to give voice to the essential insight that creation’s unified
purpose is to offer praise to its Creator. Kuyper’s work remains
crucial for those struggling to be faithful in living out the cultural

Matt Bonzo, director of the Institute for Christianity and Cultural Engagement and professor of philosophy, Cornerstone University, author of  Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life

Well, you get the picture.  Folks we know and trust (and whose books we adore) all exclaimwisdom & wonder_front.jpg how useful and important this mature work is.  You should not take that lightly.  These days there is much talk about evangelical Christians moving beyond old limitations and moralism to embrace a missional Kingdom vision of cultural engagement, transforming the principles and practices of our broken, needy world.  We can rejoice that from all quarters we are reminded of our vocation to care for God’s world and to be salt and light in every area of life.  But how in the world do we do that?  How far will be get if we are not carefully attentive to God’s directing Word?  Once we get beyond the rhetoric of being social restorers and agents of reconciliation, what do we do?  What principles should guide us?

Abraham Kuyper, limited only a bit by his own day and age, was a wise pioneer in thinking about common grace, Christ’s Lordship, and how to engage the worlds of the arts and the sciences.  Here is real food for the journey, insights for cultural transformation, theology packed with implications for living out our vision of cultural witness, the meaty stuff we need for next steps in this day and age.  What a blessing to have these remarkable insights made so readable, to inform us in this new moment of evangelical cultural engagement.  Kuyper is often-cited in recent years but too few have actually read him. Thanks to those who published this volume, that can now be happily remedied. 

  And we can indeed celebrate this for the wonderful way the translators adapted the 19th century prose into relevant, contemporary language and packaged it with a very artful design throughout.   There is a very helpful forward by Jon Tyson and Gabe Lyon and a truly important introduction by a renowned black evangelical, Vincent Bacote, that are themselves very much a integral part of the text and will help give clues what to look for in the text.  This truly is a lovely way to introduce readers to the depth and insight of the great Dutch statesman, itself full of wisdom and of wonder.  Kudos to all involved!

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30% off Bob Lupton’s books on urban ministry, and a free one. One week only.

While with good folks at the beloved PA State Council of Churches State Pastor’s Conference the other day, my wife zipped over to another large event in Harrisburg, the upbeat and visionary gathering of the Pennsylvania Housing Alliance.  City mayors and community development activists, policy wonks and loan officers for banks committed to working with the poor all gathered for their annual meeting. learning how to advocate for better housing policies and affordable homes, green homes, group homes for the hurting, the aging and those with special needs and the like. (Here is a very moving video made by Wells Fargo Bank awarding two tenacious leaders in our state for fighting those who would marginalize others, standing up for the voiceless to insist on fair housing policies. It’s a pretty moving clip, and an example of the kind of folks who were at the Alliance conference which we visited.)

Interestingly, this largely secularized social service movement of various coalitions and nonprofits and agencies had as one of their keynote speakers a hero of ours, the evangelical anti-poverty activist and great author Robert Lupton.  Somebody within the Alliance knew that we had interests in faith-based anti-poverty work and had sold books for the Christian Community Development Association at one point or another and so asked us to step in to help with an autographing session with Lupton after his speech.  What an honor that was!

The folks at this high-profile, sophisticated and very exciting conference—they want to change the world, after all, so you could feel the hopeful energy!—seemed, though, to not know much about faith-based community development and had little idea who Lupton was.  Kudos to whoever booked him, for wanting to build that bridge between serious social change advocates and evangelical workers and kudos to our Pittsburgh friend Joanna who got us in on it.  What a morning it was!

Lupton wisely built a bridge with his listeners by doing top rate social analysis, telling lots of stories of his own years of hard work in social change amongst and with the poor, and, as one listener put it, “earned the right to be heard.”   One of the strengths of his books is the way he brings balanced, prophetic insight and lots of moving examples and real stories. He finally called on the housing scholars and activists to discover sustaining faith, and to consider working more closely with church folk, often a solid asset in the neighborhoods.  Lupton knows what he is doing, has written very important, lively books on the subject, and we think he did a stellar job in a pretty different setting than most Christian conferences he might attend.

In this particular crowd, on this particular day, the book sales did not go well.  Alas, it is to your benefit, as we have to get rid of some of these. Quickly.  We need the cash and don’t want to pay hefty shipping charges to send ’em all back.  Why not build your library about God’s care for the poor and wise work in the city?  Why not study this topic yourself, start a book club, or propose an adult reading group in your fellowship or parish?  Maybe you have friends who live in the inner city who would appreciate these or know college students majoring in urban sociology–they sure appreciate these, I’m sure.  Maybe you have read Lupton’s big seller Theirs Is the Kingdom and loved it, and now are ready to dig a bit deeper.  Maybe you realize that he has, indeed, earned the right to be heard, to be read, and want to hear him out on his brand new one, Toxic Charity.  Perhaps his Bible study on Nehemiah would inspire you or your group. We have a great deal going on here, for one week only, while supplies last.  You don’t want to miss this.

Order any of the first three Lupton books listed below at 30% off and when you order two we will throw in a copy of his Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life for absolutely free.  In addition to the deep discount, this bonus book is a gift from us, a $12 value.  Going to the Housing Alliance conference was a bit of a risk, but we piled up his books deep and wide, hoping just being there was a witness about Christ, and a testimony of good work done by a solid brother who has paid his dues doing this complex work over a lifetime.  Whether they sold or not, it was a blessing to represent Christian publishing in a less than religious environment.  Now, you get to reap some benefit, too.  Great books, cheap price, free gift. 

This week only, the offer expires Friday, November 25th.  Use our website order form page.
(If you do not want to buy two in order to qualify for the free one, you can still get the 30% discount on any of those listed.)

Theirs-Is-the-Kingdom-Lupton-Robert-D-9780060653071.jpgTheirs is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America  (HarperOne) $13.99  30% OFF SALE PRICE $9.79  This was his first  book and it a fabulous collection of great stories, moving insight, challenging teaching, hard-hitting, yet positive that the gospel can make a real difference in the lives of others.  It was just given a new cover, but it has been out since 1989 and is still a classic intro book on the topic.  How about this Yancey blurb:  “When Bob Lupton speaks of the inner city, the rest of us ought to sit up and take notice.”  Indeed. 

Toxic-Charity-Lupton-Robert-D-9780062076205.jpgToxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How To Reverse It.)
(HarperOne) $22.99 30% OFF SALE PRICE: $16.09  Here is the
long-awaited, new, resource by Lupton,
developing his ideas after decades of serious, wholistic
ministry in the city.  This is important, even if you aren’t an
urban activist: if you follow the debate about justice vs
charity, about helping vs transformation, about how to balance
governmental, private sector and individual responsibilities, this
book ruminates on the many sides of how to bring lasting,
wise change to persons, communities, and institutions.  It looks at
the “problem of good intentions”, “the problem of giving” and a host
of often-unaddressed problems for those longing for
substantial and helpful change.  I cannot overstate how important
I think this is, and how interesting it is, challenging the
sacred cows of the left and the right, the big picture structural change
advocates and the personalist views of those who minister one by one. 
We all need this big picture, and this hard hitting clarity about how to
move forward.  Interested in any sort of social change?  In missionary
endeavors?  Read this book!

renewing the city lupton.jpgRenewing the City: Reflections on Community Development and Urban Renewal  (IVP) $16.00  30% OFF SALE PRICE $11.20 The copy on the back cover says “when an expatriate bureaucrat toured a devastated city, he saw more than ashes and ruin.”  As you may guess, this book starts with a study of Nehemiah, and offers that as a role model for urban community transformation.  It isn’t every author who can weave together incisive Biblical insight, thoughtful proposals about structural change in city neighborhoods, and tell fabulous stories about his own fight for justice.  As Walter Brueggemann puts it, “The book lives precisely at the interface between ancient text and current urban transformation.  It’s powerful testimony will provide guidance and courage for those who read.”  There is a good preface by Raymond Bakke, himself an long-standing urban minister and important theologian of the city.
Lupton loves kids, by the way, but don’t let the sweet cover lull you into thinking this isn’t a mature, important work; it surely is.

compassion, justice.jpgCompassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor  (Regal) $11.99 30% OFF SALE PRICE $8.39 OR  FREE with purchase of any other two, while supplies last  This little volume is a jam-packed powerhouse of a book, drawing on his years of experience in a changing urban landscape.  Shane Claiborne says “he’s one of the most cutting-edge thinkers on economic development on the planet, yet he’s stubborn enough to keep his feet on the ground where struggle still has names.”   Lupton has done housing work, he has organized neighborhoods, done zoning battles, fought the NIMBY attitude, and sometimes even opposed church work that is less than helpful for the moral fiber of the sustainable community. The intro alone is inspiring as he explains his passion and experience.  This is tremendous, gusty stuff.  It is co-published officially by CCDA.  And we have some which we are willing to give away free, with the purchase of any other Lupton book.  This is fabulous stuff, with a glowing forward by none other than John Perkins.

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As you may have heard, we had the great opportunity last night to sell books for the worldvolf sitting.jpg-famous theologian from Yale Divinity School, Dr. Miroslov Volf.  We have read much of his work, and carry all his titles, so we were thrilled and honored when the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore asked us to serve them by setting up books.  We were with Volf at an important working seminar in the afternoon, exploring questions about the common good from his latest book A Public Faith and heard him do a prestigious lecture series in the evening.  I must say that all that we have heard about how personable he is was true.  And the bit about him being a so smart, sharp and clear, it’s true, too.  What an engaging lecture he gave, and what grace he showed to hang out with us a bit.  We loved his Croatian accent, the stories he told, and his generous attitude about world religions and public justice.  Mostly, though, we were glad that in this very ecumenical setting–kudos to the E.I for this amazing ability to draw such a diverse crowd for such good work—he gave testimony to Jesus Christ, expressed in utterly classic, historic clarity, without equivocation.  It was a good, good, day for us; hard work, but rewarding.

Volf_lg.jpgWe now have some EXTRA BOOKS left over and, to be perfectly honest, it is better for us to sell ’em really cheaply than to pay to send back.  Why not make it a win/win situation and buy some of these are great, deep discounts?  The following titles are all 35% OFF discounted while supplies last, THIS WEEK ONLY.  THIS OFFER EXPIRES NOVEMBER 18TH.  Prices shown, as always, are the regular retail prices, and we will deduct the discount for you.

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public faith.gifA Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good 
(Brazos Press) $21.99  I have written about this elsewhere and suggest
it is one of the best and most important books of the year. (Publisher’s Weekly has agreed, by the way.)  It gives excellent insights about how we can work for human flourishing, navigate pluralism, and offer uniquely Christian insights about the common good.  This is the sorts of stuff that BookNotes fans love, I’m sure, and a helpful bit of bread for our journey towards this Kingdom vision.  Rave
reviews from the likes of Nicholas Wolterstorff and Richard Mouw give a
hint of how insightful it is.  This really is a must-read!  Why not start a book group around this, or buy some to give to people who need to be reminded of the relationship between personal faith and public discourse?

allah.gifAllah: A Christian Response  (HarperOne)  $25.99  A masterful and methodological argument on how we can know if anyone worships the same God, what various faith communities claim about right worship, and why seeing common concerns with Muslims and Christians might help us live in our globalized, shrinking world.  Very, very interesting, looking at not just interfaith conversations, but fascinating concerns of Muslims about (what end up being wrongheaded) views of the Trinity.  Agree or not with all of his conclusions (and I am not sure I do) this is very important and a good example of rigorous theological thinking.  Fascinating.

free of charge.gifFree of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (Zondervan) $12.99  If you haven’t read Volf, you could easily start here: a personal favorite, readable, clear, inspiring and very helpful.  How can we be gracious in a world were people are “voted off the island” and we all talk about “rights” and we are told we must all “pay our own way.”  This truly is gospel stuff, liberating and radical, written in a reflective, quiet tone. Very highly recommended—one of his best.  Forward by Rowan Williams, and an endorsing blurb on the cover by the popular John Ortberg. 

exclusion and e.gifExclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation (Abingdon Press) $28.00  This is the one that catapulted Dr. Volf to fame, a book that is a serious, heavy study of “otherness” and pushes us towards God’s vision of ethnic reconciliation. That it has in its shadow the background of genocide in his former homeland of Yugoslavia gives it credibility and considerable anguish.  For anyone concerned about justice, global witness, and the hard work of peace-building, this is a seminal book, one-of-a-kind, and very, very significant, which many of taken as a great sign of faithfulness and hope.  Award-winning and still his most well known.

captive to the word volf.gifCaptive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection (Eerdmans) $18.00  The subtitle says it all.  This includes incisive Biblical study, but is mostly about how we approach the Bible, how to use it, how to apply it for our contemporary formation.  Many folks wonder how theologians use the Bible, and many wonder if there are reasonable insights about how to wisely plumb the Biblical narrative for our daily living in ways that aren’t simplistic or cheesy or forced.  This is a noteworthy model of how a working thinker engages the Scriptures and a helpful pointer to us on our submission to the Biblical text.  Nice to know this high regard for Scripture is known at places like Yale! 

after our likeness.gifAfter Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity  (Eerdmans) $27.00  One might think this hefty doctrinal study in a big paperback volume is his hardest  — and you would be wrong, I think.  This is meaty, thorough, serious, but quite accessible, on a topic which every Christian should read about from time to time.  The doctrine of the trinity is itself a mind-blowing subject, and this not only explores it well, but shows its relevance for our life together.  This is a very good example of how theology can serve the church, serious thinking for the people of God.  Kudos!

end of mem.gifThe End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World  (Eerdmans) $22.00  Beth and I found the first part of this great fodder for good conversation, and it stands at once as both a book about forgiveness, and also a profound meditation on memory, naming, justice, and so much more.  As many truly great books are, it is a bit difficult to describe simply but it is rich, multi-faceted and generously reflective about faith and reconciliation and God’s call for us to be realistic, honest, real, and taken by the forgiveness of God in Christ Jesus.  A very handsome hardback, highly recommended.

against the tide.gifAgainst the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities (Eerdmans) $18.00  Besides the splendid title, I told a few people last night that they should get this if they were unfamiliar with him.  These are all very short pieces—most just two or three pages–and allows him to colorfully ruminate on all manner of topics.  Sort of a “greatest hits” it is almost like a Volf devotional.  Lovely, inspiring, useful, wide-ranging on a vast array of topics and areas of life, from work to church, exploring how love makes a difference.  This would make a lovely bedside book, a fine one to discuss together, section by section, or a nice gift that isn’t too demanding of time.  Is there a name for this kind of book that you can dip in to so easily? Nice.

work in the spirit.gifWork in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work (Wipf & Stock)  $27.00 This is a major, scholarly contribution to the conversations about  a Christian view of work, one in which he takes exception to more typically Reformed views of our human callings to particular vocations, based on our mandate to be “culture makers” in various spheres of creation.  Rather, Volf here brings to the conversation a serious, sustained study of the role of the Holy Spirit in gifting us to serve the common good.  That his father was a Pentecostal pastor maybe influenced him a bit, and this “pneumonology” of work is years later still a book that serious thinkers often cite on this topic.

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Epic list posted at the November monthly column

I know BookNotes reviews and lists sometimes get a bit wordy, but that is some of the fun, isn’t it?

My desultory theory goes that the BookNotes are usually somewhat shorter and the big whoppers are for the monthly columns.  Well, this month, this is true: I shared memories of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Gospel & Culture conference, sponsored by the Center for Faith and Work and listed lots of great books. There are even other titles I could have page-voc2.jpg mentioned, others that should have been noted, and stories I could have told, like the poignant testimony of a woman whose fashion line business failed, but who has now been positioned by God to teach at Parsons, or the good conversation I had about asylum law with a doctor who has worked with women fleeing personal mutilation, or the inspiring stories of entrepeneurs stepping out, trusting God, doing something good for the world, or the gladness I felt when a professor of architecture complimented us on a particular book we had selected.  I was jazzed to describe books about Bible-based creation-care to a guy working on wind turbines.  And how cool it was that I got to show off L.L. Barkat’s book Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity and Writing to aspiring writers, or that we sold Jeremy Begbie’s fantastic Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music to several professional musicians.  Redeemer’s folks really were an amazing lot and we were thrilled to be there. 

A guy can only go on for so long, though.  I hope you understand when we say that this long list was given as a gift to God’s reading people, for those who have “ears to hear” or who are themselves already interested in spreading the news of the full gospel, Christ’s reign related to work and culture.  I suppose not everyone wants books on Christ’s Lordship over professional spheres, rethinking economics or wondering about how to subvert the status quo in fields that are dysfunctional, or ways we can work for the common good in typical workplaces.  I realize that not everyone is passionate about helping nurture conversations about ordinary folk serving God in ordinary jobs, careers and callings.  But we think it is life-giving, world-changing stuff, and are glad you care.  Thanks for following our reviews, for buying books, for spreading the word.

Please do visit the November Hearts & Minds monthly column if you have not, read through the many titles and my asides about them. I am sure there will be something there you need to know, something new or interesting that will help you, even today.  Don’t delay.  The discount for the time being on those titles listed is 30% off.  We need to “move some product” as we say in our industry and hope offering the deeper than usual discount will be a way to help you, our friends and fans, and help us get some much needed shelf space (and some much needed cash.)  It’s a good, big list on a whole lot of topics, offered at a great bargain. As I literally heard one New Yorker say, “What’s not to like?” 

You might even want to forward that column on to others — church librarians or fellowship group leaders or your pastor.  Put it on facebook and tweet away, friends; let’s keep this party going on.  Kudos, again, to everyone at Redeemer, new friends and old, that made our time there so very, very rewarding.  And thanks for reminding us that there is a hunger for the printed page, a desire for solid theology applied winsomely across the whole of culture.  Thanks be to God.


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generous-justice-timothy-keller-hardcover-cover-art.jpgAND CHECK THIS OUT — JUST WONDERFUL.
How about this wonderful video clip?  It very nicely expresses in just a few minutes much of what we think about why this topic is so important.  Do you see work as an opportunity to worship?  Does your congregation even talk about these things much? If you agree with most of this, what next?  What might you read, who might you partner with, how can you learn to think and live more faithfully in this large, strategic side of life?  Maybe a book group?   Let us know if we might help.  Remember our Books By Vocation bibliography.

Books Sold and Recommended at the Redeemer Gospel & Culture Conference on Work

At the risk of making some of our faraway friends jealous, we want to report that the Center for Faith and Work conference sponsored by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC was truly fantastic, a great blessing, affording us an incredible opportunity to get to know and sell some books to some remarkable (mostly youngish) New York professionals.  What a privilege to have them inquiry about books for their unique journeys: judges, United Nations diplomats, Broadway actresses, hedge fund guys, a working clown, several teachers, physical therapists, designers, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers.  Okay, that last part I made up; I don’t think we chatted with any candlestick makers, although there were some Episcopalians and Catholics who surely have lit some candles.   It was a stimulating conference and we had a ball, despite the considerable effort it demanded of us. Plus, we got to get caught up with a few old friends, too, and learn again to navigate the van in mid-town traffic! And we only got a little bit lost in North Jersey coming home in the middle of the night.

mouw.jpgIn a wonderfully delightful sermon that was at once pleasant and challenging, Fuller Seminary’s President Dr. Richard Mouw started the event alluding to the themes of his book He Shines in All That Fair: Culture and Common Grace (Eerdmans; $14.00) and drew from the rich neo-calvinist insight so clearly explained in his study of Dutch theologian and statesman, Abraham Kuyper, the one simply called Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction (Eerdmans; $16.00.) Both books are excellent and mean a lot to us.  (See my recent reviews of the book about Kuyper here and here.) We also highlighted Mouw’s truly wonderful book on civility and graceful dialogue—you know I’ve mentioned it often and think it is a must-read—Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World (IVP; $16.00.) I was glad that his book on Reformed theology—Calvinism at the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World—is nowpraying at BK.jpg available in a handsome, small paperback (Zondervan; $14.99) and figured Redeemer folks would benefit from it. 

A sleeper of a little book of RIch’s is a fine collection of very short meditations, small talks he’s given here and there, weighing in on this and that, interestingly called Praying At Burger King (Eerdmans; $16.00.)  (By the way, he thinks you should.)  I’ve read a few of these out loud in classes and they are ideal for conversation starters or short devotionals. And of course we always take his great book about the renewal of the creation shown in his fabulous, innovative, insightful study of one chapter of Isaiah’s promise of new creation called When The Kings Go Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem (Eerdmans; $15.00.)  I’ve read it several times and consulted it often and hope you know it.

If you wonder why I like Rich Mouw so, listen to this audio podcast lecture—it is a great sermon which I’m sure you’ll find edifying, and maybe a bit stretching. (And yes, he cites some old hymns, even as he did at Redeemer.)  He’s really preaching by the end, and it is good, good stuff.  Mouw has long been one of my favorite writers and it was a pleasure to hear him in New York, to be reminded why we so recommend his titles, and to have the chance to hang out a bit laughing over some old stories of really old friends, like a mentor of mine and friend of his, the late, Peter J. Steen, whose Dutch Kuyperianism taught me of the Kingship of Christ.  If Steen were alive, I’m sure, he’d be pressing Mouw’s books into your hands and insisting you study them right away. 

From the main stage of the marvelous St. Bart’s Cathedral who hosted the Redeemer event we heard from a CEO of an instantly recognizable global corporation and a Broadway actor and actress (who we had mailed books to a few years ago), listened to an innovative organ recital by an wonderful classical musician, heard of the courage of a high school principle who stood up to an unjust administration; I was impressed by the gentle insight of a talent agent (who represents some A-list stars), was excited about the presence of some local civic leaders who talked politics, heard about the journey of a brave woman who has served the disabled in her medical work and another who has now chosen to be a stay at home mom.  I got to hang out backstage with controversial television journalist Martin Bashir whose family comes from the Indian-Pakistani border and came to faith later in life while in London. The day before he has challenged a supporter of candidate Cain for racially demeaning comments and interestingly stood up for Cornel West.  What an interesting, complex journalist he is.

tim_keller.jpgAfter a characteristically culturally-insightful and gospel-centered call to join God’s work in the world by having our own hearts clearly transformed by Christ, and our minds set on His glory, Tim Keller interviewed Bashir, asking about the unique foibles and temptations found in his particular field of celebrity journalism.  Many, many of the ambitious, young professionals surely resonated when Bashir warned against both narcissism and cynicism.  Keller is always helpful, intelligent, sound, and honest about very real things.
 His book counterfeit gods.jpgCounterfeit Gods: The Empty Gods of Money, Sex and Power and the Only Hope That Matters (Dutton; $15.00) I have often said, is the best thing I’ve ever read on idolatry, and it is urgent, smart, and touching. (And it is just now out in paperback—yay!)  I wondered if Mr. Bashir knew it.

henri_nouwen_in_the_name_of_jesus.jpgInterestingly, though, the first book that came to my mind as he reflected on these duel trouble spots was Steve Garber’s Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (IVP; $16.00) as its profound view of long-term, sustainable hope in daily living (and how to keep it) is a large part of the antidote to narcissism and cynicism. I got to hand-sell it to a few thoughtful participants and trust it will serve them well. (I found myself recommending some of the excellent essays at his Washington Institute on Faith, Vocation & Culture website, too, which would be enlightening for anyone struggling with such big concerns.)  I also thought right away of the little book by Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership (Crossroad Publishing; $16.00) realizing it contains such wise council for leaders of any sort.  We sold a couple of those, too, and we were glad that we had a few in our section on leadership.

As you can imagine, I’m always thinking about connecting books and people in situations like this and I wanted to suggest a book that came to mind to each and every speaker; I’m tempted sometimes to shout right out to the crowd that if you like what that woman said, if you appreciated that film segment or spoken prayer, if your really interested in that notion, you should get this book or that one for further study or clarification.   Such missed opportunities leads me to share a few fairly random titles now, ideas emerging from the invigorating day at Saint Bart’s, Park Avenue.  Thanks to all who put together that great event. Thanks to those who asked us good questions in the frantic moments of the book browsing breaks. We rejoice in the historic orthodoxy of Redeemer and how they’ve boldly applied a gospel centered vision to the spheres of work, business, and the arts, and appreciate how they’ve so graciously brought us into their conference. 

Buying and reading and discussing the books we list is a good way to join the conversation, get caught up to speed or follow through on your hopes to live into the gospel call to “do your work with all your heart, as unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23-24) and “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31.) Please take up our offer on these books, offered at a deep 30 % off of the regular prices I’ve listed (while supplies last.) Getting this vision and these kinds of books out there, I hope you agree, is of the first order of importance. People are drifting from faith (and sometimes the idea of Christian study is mocked) because all many folks know is cheesy, sentimental books of shallow piety or obscure and inflexible dogmatic tomes.  We rejoice that there are indeed these kinds of refreshing, relevant books and ministries like Redeemer that promote this solid view of whole life discipleship. The link at the bottom will take you to our order form page where you can list whatever you want.  We’ll take it from there.

So, here are some we sold well, or would have talked about more if time would have allowed.  They are all pretty great and should be known among us.

What Do I Do With My Life.jpgWhat Do I Do With My Life: Serving God Through Work  Kenneth Baker (Faith Alive) $9.99  This is a small group resource that is excellent for small Bible study groups or adult Sunday school classes.  There is a bit to read —five short readings for each day of the week (so each member will need one) but it is mostly designed for good conversations. It has helpful discussion questions, some activities, lots of Bible verses to consider exploring what the Scriptures say about the 9 to 5 and our other callings to work in various aspects of our lives.  This is a very fine and solid overview of missional thinking and how our various labors matters to God—I don’t know of many resources like this for small groups so we hope you keep it in mind.  Thanks to the CRC publishing arm for doing such quality work.  Nicely done.

taking your soul to work.jpgTaking Your Soul to Work: Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace  Paul Stevens (Eerdmans) $15.00  There are a many great books about a Biblical view of the work-world and the role of the laity in being “priests” in the marketplace, but few get down and dirty as elegantly as this wonderful book.  It is a real gem!  Taking Your Soul To Work is arranged as a study of the seven deadly sins (and then some) but brings unique insight to their deforming power and how to resist them by illuminating how they show up particularly in our work lives.   (Hint: part of the redemptive answer to spiritual maturity at work is applying the fruits of the Spirit, a topic about which he writes expertly and beautifully.) This is a rare find, a treasure of spiritual formation linked to a faith-based vision or the glories of work.  At New York we heard the true truth that all of life is worship, that we can worship God in our cubicles, computers, classrooms, our factory floors or studios.  Few books explore how to have a worship, Godly attitude in such a realistic way as this masterpiece.  There’s a nice forward by Eugene Peterson, too.    A must-read, urgent, helpful, good.

work matters.jpgWork Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work Tom Nelson (Crossway) $15.99  A few good friends of mine have had some opportunity to teach and consult with the folks at Tom Nelson’s church and it seems to be nearly one of the nation’s best centers of culturally-engaged, thoughtful nurture of the gifts and insights of laypeople and professionals for marketplace service.  After years of reflecting on the Word as it is broken open in their midst and equally paying attention to the contexts of the various workers at the church, this brave pastor has learned to equip the people for relating faith and work, Sunday and Monday, prayer and public life.  Reverend Nelson and his staff and congregants are really doing it, and their vision for why it all matters is nicely spelled out in a way you’ll surely appreciate.  There are numerous two-page sidebars, too, documenting the stories of some of the folks in the church—a brilliant, Christ-honoring architect, an ethical businessperson, a good teacher, a Christian lawyer, and the like.  This may be the best book I’ve seen in years on this topic and it was highlighted on a special page in the Redeemer conference program (so I’m not alone in raving about it.)  If this topic is somewhat new to you, please consider buying this (and, even better, buy one for your pastor.)  If you are a fan and connoisseur of this topic and have read well in the field of relating faith and work, I can assure you that you will be pleased to own this, will be encouraged by it, and will find new insights and stories that will bolster your own journey and allow you to more clearly explain to others your passion for developing a Christian perspective on the work-world.  Three cheers for a great, accessible, inspiring book!  Here is a brief review I did of it a month ago in Comment.

work-kingdom-perspective-on-labor-ben-witherington-iii-paperback-cover-art.jpgWork: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor Ben Witherington (Eerdmans) $18.00  This is pretty short but don’t be deceived by its simple size and shape.  Ben Witherington is one of our finest New Testament scholars and has a profound awareness of the teachings about the Kingdom of God deep in his bones.  As he writes about work one can sense his great vision, his good concerns, his practical, Biblical insight, especially as he unpacks some of the parables of Jesus to help us get a Kingdom vision of our jobs and labor.  This helpfully breaks down the pagan sacred-secular divide and calls us all to a robust way of life where discipleship colors all we do, even our daily 9-to-5 labor.  Very, very good and its Biblical teaching makes it ideal for adult Sunday school classes or to inspire a sermon s
eries on work.  Great!

to-change-the-world.jpgTo Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World James Davison Hunter (Oxford University Press)
$27.95  In his closing address at the conference, Tim Keller named this book in passing as a key title making a case for some distinctively faithful practices regarding our Christian presence in the world.  Indeed, Keller has a blurb on the back saying how much he has learned from it.  Be aware, though, this is a rigorous, sociological read.  And it is doubtlessly one of the most talked about books of its kind in years.  Not a few of us are reading it more than once.  Here is an often-cited few sentences which offer a glimpse of his concern:

“Christians need to abandon talk about ‘redeeming the culture’, ‘advancing the kingdom’, and ‘changing the world’. Such talk carries too much weight, implying conquest and domination. If there is a possibility for human flourishing in our world, it does not begin when we win the culture wars but when God’s word of love becomes flesh in us, reaching every sphere of social life. When faithful presence existed in church history, it manifested itself in the creation of hospitals and the flourishing of art, the best scholarship, the most profound and world-changing kind of service and care – again, not only for the household of faith but for everyone. Faithful presence isn’t new; it’s just something we need to recover.”

Public Faith Volf.jpgA Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good  Miroslov Volf (Baker) $21.99  Again, Rev. Keller alluded to this recent work in his address as a very important book.  Dr. Volf, a professor at Yale Divinity School who became famous for his very important Exclusion and Embrace (Abingdon; $28.00), is one of many who are asking tough questions about uniquely Christian cultural witness in our pluralistic world.  Nicholas Woltersdorf writes that it is “a wonderful guide for the perplexed.”  Richard Mouw endorsed it, too, saying it is “an important book, packed with wisdom” and (yup) I wanted to stand up and shout–hey, both our keynote speakers, Mouw and Keller, recommend this book.  Why isn’t everybody rushing to buy it?  I figure if the leaders of the whole day both cite something, that is no small indication of it being a must-read.  We will be with Volf in a few days, by the way, and hope to get a few autographed.  Let us know right away if you want one…

generous-justice-timothy-keller-hardcover-cover-art.jpgGenerous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just  Timothy Keller (Dutton) $19.95  Okay, I suppose that most folks at the event are members of Keller’s PCA church and I suppose they’ve heard these talks, listened to the podcasts, and have a chance to buy the book at their meetings.  Still, this little book should have been a central resource for our thinking about the gospel and culture and I was surprised we didn’t sell more.  Keller is as solid as anybody relating the core truths of the gospel to the urgent demand for social justice in the world.  Can justification make us just?  Can we root our longing to see the world and the workplace transformed and just in God’s own justice?  Please, please, buy this book and share it with somebody who yearns for evangelical faith and social transformation.  Or read it yourself and realize the deep, deep connections between the benefits of the cross and the demands to be active working for a just social order.

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling
  Andy Crouch (IVP) $26.00  I have saidculture-making.jpg repeatedly that this is an all-time favorite book and one very sharp customer (and very thorough reader) told me again today, for about the third time, that this was maybe the best book he’s read in five years.  All of us interested in making something of our time in history, that want to engage the built environment and witness to the goodness of God by making creative contributions, will be inspired by this insightful, foundational book.  Andy touches on so much here—the implications of being made in God’s image, the need to grapple with questions of power, the benefits of practice and creativity, how to be faithful in small things, inspiration for starting some new iniative in your own locale–that it is hard to describe.  I gave a shout out to it in my short talk at the conference and wish I could have explained more clearly why I think it is an essential resource for our efforts at social, cultural, and work-world reformation.  I wonder what might come of it if a small group committed to reading this together with a prayerful openness to see if some helpful social initiative, civic involvement or ministry might arise.  Or maybe a new hobby, or, heck  a new job?  Read it and hope for the best!

other six days.jpgThe Other Six Days: Vocation, Work and Ministry in Biblical Perspective  Paul Stevens (Eerdmans) $27.00 Stevens teaches at one of the greatest institutions of higher learning in North American, Regent College in Vancouver, and they have one of the best programs of serving Christian lay people as they take faith into their vocations and callings in the world.  Stevens is one of the reasons why they have this emphasis and he has written a lot.  This is a masterpiece of studying the Biblical foundation for thinking about what we make of the distinctions between clergy and laity and why we all need to see ourselves as agents of God’s Kingdom, in all aspects of our daily lives.  Seriously excellent.

Character Counts: The Power of Personal Integrity Charles Dyer  (Moody Publishers)  $13.99 This is not rocket science, but every now and then I think it is very important to revisit some basic questions about ethics, virtue, character and integrity.  I know I am daily tempted to fudge, to be less than honest, to take short cuts, to take something somewhat other than the high road.  Most of us are not jerks or abusive, most of us don’t blatantly cheat or act unjustly. Few of us curse our Lord.  But maybe there are blind spots, sore spots, tough spots.  It is easy to be expedient. This Bible-drenched book can help us.  I’ve always loved Bill Hybell’s simple but powerful read Who Are You When No One’s Looking (IVP; 15.00) or the more academic study, Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World (Baker; $26.99)–both of which we had at the display at the St. Bart’s conference.  This new one is an easy read, a realistic and God-centered call to character.  

work love pray.gifWork, Love, Pray: Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women  Diane Paddison (Zondervan) $14.99  Okay, I’m not going to lie: I don’t know much about this topic so can’t really say if this is truly great or not.  People who we trust say it is, several sharp young women at the Redeemer conference studied it over and concluded it was worth purchasing.  Everybody wonders if the shoes work.  The allusion to Eat Pray Love is in the title, but she doesn’t develop it in the book; it would have been a hoot if she had.  The author is a top-shelf executive, does important work in the corporate world and brings both Biblical vision and practical advise for women in the work-world.  It is pretty interesting to see how she was able to raise her children and hold down a demanding job, and how she maintained a solid and inspiring faith through it all.  It may be a cliche to say she understands how to juggle career and family and how she and her husband navigated their otherwise conservative, two-career marriage.  Early reviews have been passionately favorable—“buy this book for your granddaughters” one grandma writes.  Another said it was the first book she ever read that understood the tensions of her own life.  And ya know what?  Not surprisingly, several folks said that it would be very helpful for husbands of career women, too.  Right on.

Max-Anderson-_23-2.jpgThe MBA Oath: Setting a Higher Standard for Business Leaders Max Anderson (Portfolio)MBA-Oath300pix.jpg $24.95
  Meeting this guy and hearing his story was one of the highlights of the Redeemer event and I was energized to sell this book more intentionally that we had before.  In the year the economy went hay-wire, Anderson—himself a former intern at Redeemer’s Center for Faith and Work and one who is well acquainted with evangelical theology—was about to graduate from Harvard Business School.  He realized that unlike the medical profession MBA’s don’t have anything like a “Hippocratic oath.”  He and his classmate Peter Escher wrote this pledge, hoped to get a handful of their fellow students to recite it to one another during graduation, and, well, the rest is history.  Jon Stewart mocked those who hadn’t signed on, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported about it, other students at other schools took up the cause and what started as a small dream of getting some MBA students to promise to a certain code of conduct in business and economics, turned in to an international movement of ethical reform and new principles for appropriate conduct in the executive suites.  If the leading MBA professors don’t teach this stuff and our some of our best and brightest business leaders are being convicted of high crimes and cutting corners for profits, idealistic students will have to lead the way.  Such am epic scenario sounds almost Biblical, doesn’t it?  What a book!
Please visit to learn more about it, watch the great video clip, and then come on back and order a few to share with business folks you know.  Max is a really, really good guy and this is a perfect example of how to take deeply faith-based ideas and work them into the culture in a restorative way. Thanks be to God.

busin for common good.jpgBusiness for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace  Kenman Wong & Scott Rae (IVP) $24.00  This publisher has four or five excellent books of varying levels and writing styles on business and I recommend them all.  I like this one for a couple of reasons.  It is meaty, thorough, serious, and yet offers stories of real business folk making efforts at “another way of doing business.”  This is more than a survey of business ethics, but offers transformational principles and practices for integrating faithful ideas into every aspect of the business enterprise.  It significantly asks which things in the corporation can be practiced “as is” and which must be rejected or transformed.  It covers various aspects of the business, too, from management to environmental impacts, to honest marketing, etc. I appreciate that they have this notion of the common good as primary,  as it radically relativizes the role of profits.  Certainly, profit-making isn’t wrong, but it isn’t the ultimate thing.  Very thoughtful.  For a quick exposure to just one bit of his work, see this short post of Mr. Wong from Q Ideas, and the discussion thread that follows.  This is the sort of question we simply must be asking.

Sequencing: Deciphering Your Company’s DNA  Mike Metzger (Game Changer Books)sequencing.jpg $17.95  I’ve written about this interesting “game changer” book before and almost every week or so find myself re-tweeting Mike’s fascinating and learned Doggie Head Tilt web column.  This is a complicated book to explain, but I can say two simple things: it is cool and it is crafty.  Firstly, it is stunning to read and enjoy, with large graphics and interesting black and white photos offered in a very edgy, eye-catching design.  Secondly, besides the witty look and pithy quotes, this is a book that will help you explain profoundly Biblical principles without any religious jargon.  Mike doesn’t want to comprise his evangelical faith but he also knows that long-term cultural renewal of the sort we so desperately need will have to bubble up from institutions and organizations—like businesses—who rethink their purpose and retool their internal DNA.  This book helps explain what I often call the four-chapter gospel story (or what N.T. Wright calls the five act model of the Biblical drama) in ways that are creative and based in our shared experiences, using common language of the workplace, not theological lingo.  Jesus said to be harmless as doves but crafty as snakes.  Metzger is one of the best I’ve ever seen at this important virtue.  This is the best Christian business book that might actually be read by a non-Christian executive or nonprofit leader. Go here to see a fabulous short video of Mike talking about the book and how it can help you unlock the culture of your organization, and how to determine if your company will be able to be innovative, or renewing, over the long haul. Mike also makes an appearance as one of the session leaders in the Q Ideas curriculum DVDs, the one called The Kingdom Way of Life.

The Next Christians Gabe Lyons (Doubleday) $19.99  Speaking of this
four chapter NextChristians3d.jpg story—first named in Al Wolter’s Creation Regained and
Walsh & Middleton’s Transforming Vision—Gabe makes the powerful
case that younger adults are resonating with this vision of a faith that
makes a difference, they want to find meaningful vocations that helps
make the world a better place, they see the gospel in terms of pointing
to God’s restoring work in history, not merely a ticket to a heavenly
afterlife.  He blows away the vestiges of the “Christian American”
notion that held sway in previous decades of culture wars and
re-envisions a faithful engagement with work and culture based on this
wholistic view of the Kingdom of Christ.  I would think that most of the
folks at our conference would find themselves described in this book
and would appreciate it’s tone and perspective.  It gives language to
our yearnings, Biblical meat to some intuitions we have, some good
direction for those wanting to be agents of reformation and renewal.  If
you want one book to give to an energetic young person who is less than
inspired by old patterns of faith and religiosity, this book is the one
to share. Very well done.

where mortals dwell.jpgWhere Mortals Dwell: A Christian View
of Place for Today
  Craig Bartholomew (Baker Academic) $29.99  You may
know I’ve briefly reviewed this before (here and here) and I think it is another one of the
year’s most extraordinary books.  He studies why a sense of place is so
important, drawing not only on the wonders of Wendell Berry and Norman
Wirzba, but on early church fathers and ancient theologians and
contemporary thinkers like Bob Goudzwaard and Eric Jacobsen.  He is nothing if not extensive, tirelessly showing how a Biblical
view of place is or is not (usually is not) appreciated by historic
theologians or philosophers.  As Brian Walsh and Steven Bouma-Predigar show so
powerfully in their one-of-a-kind masterpiece Beyond Homelessness:
Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement
(Eerdmans; $27.00) the
Western, modern tradition has not been friendly to responsible
stewardship over our embedded places.  Most Christians, too, have
ignored God’s Word of homecoming and have lived either valorizing exile
or awaiting an end-time rapture.  To be responsible, to care, to dig in
for the long haul may never happen well unless God’s people discover a
theology of place.  Where Mortals Dwell is a major contribution, perhaps
the only book of its kind in church history that so thoroughly explores the topic in
light of the Bible, philosophy, and contemporary social thinking. It is a truly interesting book, too, with some pictures, maps, even, showing how our understanding of our placed-ness really, truly matters.  To care about nearly anything (and, obviously, home and family, church and politics) is to necessarily care about place.  Bartholomew, who knows the Bible so very well, has studied aesthetics and theology and philosophy, and is himself somewhat of an exile (he is from South Africa, now living in Canada, teaching at Redeemer University in Ancaster) so he is most certainly well prepared for this audacious undertaking.  One of the books of the year!   

House: The Litany of Everyday Life
Margaret Kim Peterson (Jossey-Bass;
$21.95)keeping house.jpg This is a book that invites us all, men and women, to reflect on
the essential meaning of homemaking as a calling.  There are few good
books on this oh-so-basic topic; The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith
Schaeffer (Tyndale; $12.99) which remains a fine standard despite its
slightly dated style but this more recent on by Peterson is by far the
best book we’ve ever seen.  Not everyone who takes care of homes as
their primary calling may need to think about it, but why not?  Surely,
as with banking or doctoring or teaching there are normative approaches,
rights and wrongs, built into God’s creation, so what may seem
commonplace might be in need of a little intentional consideration. 
Anyway, this book is a delight, well written, wise, and tender and sure
to be a rewarding read, in between laundry and dishes, of course. 
Highly recommended.

Well, at the conference we had books on
creation-care and engineering, art and music, theater and architecture. 
We had sections on politics and law, teaching and education, media
studies, advertising and literature.  A few people asked about special
education resources and we sold a book on Christians in social work. We
talked about resources for multi-cultural ministry, and promoted a few
on urban design.  I suspect we won’t offer such a wide-ranging and interesting spread of these kinds of titles until the epic Jubilee 2012 in Pittsburgh. Where, by the way, Richard Mouw will be giving the Sunday morning presentation. 

Whether one is a professional young urbanite who needs
a book like Michael Schutt’s Redeeming Law (IVP; $24.00) or a small town business
person needing to think about The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local
Businesses are Beating the Global Competition
by Michael Shuman (BK;
$16.95), or someone needing some spiritual guidance to discern a new vocation or calling as you could helpfully find in Gordon Smith’s great updated Courage and Calling: Embrace Your God-given Potential (IVP; $17.00) there are plenty of resources to help you relate faith to
calling, values to vocation, piety to public life. And, if in doubt, you may know that one of my all time favorite books, and one of the ones I most often recommend on these pages, is The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness (Nelson; $17.99.)  Why not pick one of those up at this good price—you know you it makes a handsome and rich gift, wonderfully written, and inspiring.  Let us help you answer the call of God in Christ, that Guinness reminds us is for “everyone, everywhere, in everything.” 

Check out our (soon to be updated) “books by vocation” link at the Hearts & Minds
website where you’ll see an annotated listing of basic resources of wise books on
everything from science and math to special education and sports and engineering and business.  More
will be added, but I wanted to keep it pretty basic; there is more than enough there to whet an appetite for this wholistic Kingdom vision of whole life discipleship as it is lived out in various professional spheres.  For now, why not start or expand your library of this kind of dynamite by buying a few of the ones we’ve listed above at our sale price of 30% off.  They will help you, we are
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10 more brand new books—man, am I excited about reading. Sam Wells, Joan Chittister, Bill Cosby, Tom Long

In the last post I mentioned 12 books that were waiting here for us after a week away from the shop.  Actually there were more.  Here’s 10 of ’em.  They deserve more discussion, they really do.  But here ya go, short and sweet.  Readers of BookNotes get a 20% discount—the handy link at the bottom takes you to our order form where you can type in whatever you want.  We’ll take off the discount and ship it right away.

more lost than found.gifMore Lost Than Found: Finding a Way Back to Faith Jared Herd (Nelson) $15.99  After reading and hearing David Kinnaman talk about his research of the epidemic of twenty-somethings drifting or dropping out of church, presented in the must-read You Lost Me, I now more than ever can’t wait to share this.  Herd has a history of losing faith, now works with young adults, and is about as pop culture savvy as they come (drawing on Barry Taylor and Neil Postman and David Dark and David Bazan, and a fascinating crew of outside-the-box thinkers, writers, social critics and theologians.)  Agree fully or not, this is a wild ride and a generous invitation to realize how God is calling us back to faith.  Pretty darn cool, provocative, and finally quite helpful.  The back cover suggests that “Herd comes alongside anyone who has ever struggled with faith to reengage them in the truth they long to hear.  If you have ever felt you didn’t fit at church or had questions about God, may it’s time to give your faith another chance.”  Herd’s messy family life–baptized in religion before he was every baptized in church–gives him a certain vantage point to understand the hurting and de-churched. 

be not afraid.gifBe Not Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith  Samuel Wells (Brazos Press) $17.99  Wells is the brainy British scholar-pastor who took Will Willimon’s place as the Dean of the Chapel at Duke.  He is known for sparkling, powerful preaching, remarkable use of language, and solid, freshly construed, orthodox theology.  Blurbs on the back are from Scott Bader-Saye, Lillian Daniel, Tom Long and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, all who rave about his “deep thought and wordsmith’s craft.”  Long says “each essay is a gem…directly addressed to the reader’s heart and mind…” Wilson-Hartgrove avers that “Sam Wells is a great gift to the church today.  Listen to him.”  Lillian Daniel notes that the book is “witty, vulnerable, challenging delight, a perfect bedtime companion in the dark night of the soul and a worthy friend when the lights come back on.” A much-needed voice on a variety of deep questions and mature, vital matters.  Go to the Brazos website to see the list of chapters and their topics. 

grace for the journey alban.jpgGrace for the Journey: Practices and Possibilities for the In-Between Times  Beverly A. Thompson & George B. Thompson (Alban Institute) $17.00  You may know that we stock nearly all of the Alban Institute’s many books and often affirm the way they bring serious research-based findings into view for mainline congregations.  If you need practical stuff on vision statements, large or small churches, pastoring with fruitfulness, coping with clergy burnout issues, thinking about worship or preaching, or any number of such things about congregational management, they are a very valuable asset.  And yet, they also do these occasional books that are just luminous, beautifully conceived, full of great stories and sweet passion for the call to ministry in our time.  This book is grounded in Scripture, spiritual disciplines, and an astute understanding of congregational life, and yet is more than a practical resource, it is a warm and uplifting read that will fire your imagination about how to be a congregational leader.  George also wrote Church on the Edge of Somewhere which was about how we place ourselves in our social terrain, one of the most stimulating and curious books I read last year. The couple co-pastors a Presbyterian congregation in Atlanta and work with the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) there. 

Close Enough to hear God Breath.jpgClose Enough to Hear God Breath: The Great Story of Divine Intimacy Greg Paul (Nelson) $15.99  I have said before that I believe Greg Paul is one of the finest writers doing Christian books these days, easy to read (despite their raw honesty about the pain of this fallen world and broken culture) and hopeful. His first two books (God in the Alley and The Twenty-Piece Shuffle) were about urban mission, about the relationship between the well off and the poor,  about how we all need each other to reflect God’s good desires for the planet. They are hardly known in some circles, and that is a shame.  He is a creative writer (but not overly eccentric) and a passionate prophet.  Leonard Sweet notes, in a spectacular rave endorsement, “This book has a heart that beats louder than most any book you’ll ever read.”
Here is what is says, loudly, on the back cover: “There are a thousand voices telling me who I am or who I should be.  I want to hear what God has to say.  I want to know that he’s really there.  I want to know that in the whole grand, tangled sweep of the human story, my little story matters.  I need to hear his voice, speaking to me, in my own ears…”  Yes, there are dozens of fine books on God’s relationship with us and how our stories and lives matter to Him.  Reading the Bible, they assure us, should help us understand that.  This one really does.  I’ll admit this has been here a few weeks, but it is still pretty new and I just had to give it another shout out.  Won’t somebody give it a try? 

happiness.gifHappiness Joan Chittister (Eerdmans) $20.00  The last few books by Sister Joan have been little prayer books, devotional pieces, delightful works of spirituality.  This is brand new release is a bit more hefty, if you will, drawing on a variety of sources to explore the nature of human happiness.   Of course she brings her sort of liberal Benedictine spirituality to it all–Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun calls her a spiritual elder who is a “wise woman.”  As Phyllis Tickle puts it, “Sr. Joan Chittister never disappoints, but here she has had exceeded even her own high standards.  Happiness is a penetrating, insightful, wide-ranging study…it is pastoral.  A thoughtful reader will be wiser for having read it, certainly, but also more complete and, I would wager, more at peace.”  A quick skim of the table of contents assures readers that this is thorough, thoughtful, and covers a wide range o
f concerns, rooted in traditional insight of the Judeo-Christian heritage.  Not preachy or directly theological, this could be a real gift for somebody you know.

christian college phenom.jpgThe Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America’s Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Learning  Samuel Joeckel & Thomas Chesnes, editors (Abilene University Press) $24.99  I was sold on this book’s importance before I even ordered it and can’t wait to work through it’s copious amount of statistics and findings.  Yes, evangelical Christian colleges are the fasting growing sort of colleges (by far; there are 110 college, by the way, in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) and they are growing, and often changing, dramatically, while working hard to be more integrated as wholistic institutions. Most are clear about wanting to honor God and serve their students well in everything from residential life to academic affairs, from multi-cultural concerns to service learning opportunities.  Further, the language of relating faith and learning is common-place and most at least attempt to guide their students towards seeing their majors as holy vocations, not a passport to privilege but a door to serve. (This is a great passion of ours, by the way, cheering and resourcing uniquely Christian colleges in their thinking faithfully about these very things.) 

Here, now, we have the inside scoop, with amazing research done on how faculty are doing, what the problems of race and gender might be, how scholarship is done, what research and teaching look like, and how the faith development of students is pursued.  In my quick skim I am already hooked, wanting to know more about how these teachers and administrators really feel and what they reveal about their work.  As Richard Hughes—himself a wise scholar and astute observer of these very matters—puts it, “This richly nuanced portrait of Christian higher education in the evangelical genre is a tour de force.”  Know anybody who works in higher education?  Anybody who cares about Christian colleges and universities?  Anybody who is wondering about the next generation of evangelical leaders arising now in these places? Good reviews of this great book have been done by Mark Noll, and Lauren Winner (both who have PhDs in history, of course, and are sharp social observers.)  Joeckel is an associate professor of English and honors professor at Palm Beach Atlantic (and has written on everything from C.S. Lewis to humor theory) and Chesnes is an associate professor of biology at the same institution.  He is a rising voice in the conversations about faith and science and makes a perfect fellow researcher with Joeckel.  Renowned scholars George Marsden and Martin Marty provide incisive concluding essays.  A must-have work for anyone interested in this field.  AUP is doing great work these days. Remember, you heard it here, first.   

essential commandment.gifThe Essential Commandment: A Discipleship Guide to Loving God and Others  Greg Ogden (IVP) $16.00  I hope you know Ogden’s other popular workbooks like this (The Discipleship Essentials and Leadership Essentials.)  They are very useful, including 24 different Bible studies or lessons good for individuals, small groups, mentoring, or classes.  These are in-depth and well tested, evangelically clear, Biblical, solid as can be. I know churches that use them, campus ministers, folks who mentor others.  Well, this is a brand new collection of 12 similarly thorough studies, complete with questions for discussion, that obviously come out of Ogden’s renown mentoring/disciple-making ministry at his Presbyterian Church.  As the subtitle notes, these lessons are on just two big topics, two essential commandments: loving God and loving others.  This stuff could deepen your own discipleship, transform your fellowship, rock your class, shape your congregation.  Once again, IVP offers a clear, solid, useful tool, filling a need for just this kind of curriculum piece.  Kudos to all involved.

what shall we say?.gifWhat Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and The Crisis of Faith  Thomas G. Long (Eerdmans) $25.00  Long is one of those eloquent and elegant erudite gentleman whose books some of us read regardless of their topic.  One of our finest and best-read customers, a United Methodist pastor, just today emailed me saying he has started this and it is a great read.  I’ve not read it at all yet, but was with him almost a year ago and he reminded me just was a great communicator he is; I’ve been waiting for this.  Richard Lischer–who wrote one of my favorite preaching books, ever—from Duke notes that Long “knows where the action is—in the gulch between humanity’s perennial questions and God’s eternal revelation.”  Yes, there are oodles of other theodicy book out there, but this looks to be very nicely done, warm and incisive, too.  This project began, by the way, as the 2009 Thomas White Currie Lectures at Austin Theological Seminary, a distinguished series which includes in its linage Richard Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture.  Long is a preaching prof at Candler, which is part of Emory University.

I Didn't ask to be born.gifI Didn’t Ask to be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)  Bill Cosby (Center Street) $21.99  Did I say above that one of these astute authors of a fairly serious book at studied the nature of humor.  Well, Cosby has studied this his whole life and here he gives us a plain old book of humor pieces, the first one since his classic Cosbyology.  I don’t have to say much about this, except maybe to note that I have been laughing right out loud a lot reading Flunking At Sainthood that I mentioned in the last post.  She disses many of the spiritual classics and fails at most of her well-intended efforts to live out the practices (a different one each month) that she is reading about.  It is splendid, insightful, and really, really funny.  Cosby isn’t like that.  He is just flat-out funny.  He makes up some characters that may someday stand with Fat Albert and the Cosby kids.  This looks great.

barefoot church.gifBarefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture Brandon Hatmaker (Zondervan) $18.99  The Leadership Network has created a series of books called Exponential, which is mostly about church planting, innovative outreach, missional initiatives to expand God’s Kingdom.  This book deserves a longer review and I certainly hope to write more about it once I’ve read more of it—it brings together the Biblical insistence that we serve the poor and oppressed with the desire to reach the un-churched in authentic and caring ministry.  This is loaded with ideas, powerful stories, extreme challenges.  Two friends of mine in the last few weeks have mentioned this guy to me and I’ve wanted to know more about his Austin New Church and t
he strategic missional effort called Restore Austin. I presumed the book title emerged from the “barefoot doctors” movement in China but, in fact, the story is told about a Texan gentleman giving up his expensive cowboy books.  Hatmaker brings serious missional thinking, good cultural criticism, tons of cool citations and footnotes and moves from their own inspiring work to offering ways to help you and yours get busy doing this wholistic ministry of word and deed, evangelism and justice.  This book deserves to be considered, discussed, tried and tested.  Join me in spreading the word.  Good work, Austin folks.  Good work, Zondervan.

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