The Weekly Hit List: May 20, 2016

Cover ArtBethany Hanke Hoang was interviewed about The Justice Calling on Equipped with Chris Brooks.

“As we look at the evil in the world, we may be tempted to toss up our hands in despair and ask ‘Is it even worth trying to make a difference for good?’ Guest host Susie Larson will talk with author and speaker Bethany Hoang. They will remind us of the One who is the source of justice and who calls us to join Him in His victorious work in the world!”

Andrew Wilson reviewed James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love.

You Are What You Love is a wonderful book: rich, readable, searching, provocative, theological, practical. For a book on how to live the Christian life well, it has remarkable depth; for a book on worship and character formation, it has remarkable bounce. I highly recommend it.”

Quick Hits:

At Godspace, Christine Sine reflected on Lisa Graham McMinn’s To The Table, and share the excerpt “Every Meal Holds the Hope of Life“.

J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, reviewed When Breath Becomes Air for Christianity Today.

Spiritual Friendship, by Wesley Hill, was featured in the Christian Century’s Take & Read.

First Things will be hosting a book talk and reception with theologian and pastor Victor Lee Austin, author of Losing Susan.


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The Weekly Hit List: May 6, 2016

Cover ArtAt Comment Magazine, Christen Borgman Yates reviewed The Justice Calling, by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

“Hoang and Johnson have given us a gift in The Justice Calling. In a world with so many distracting voices, they’ve helped clarify the biblical account of God’s desire for this world to be set to rights, and have invited us to practice renewal in a thousand small, daily ways.”

Jonathan Storment, at Jesus Creed, finished his series on James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love.

Quick Hits:

At Relevant Magazine, J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, discussed how lament could help us fight racism.

Matthew Skinner’s article Exposing a Government’s Abuse of Power was featured at Sojourners, and drew from his book Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel.


The Weekly Hit List: April 29, 2016

Cover ArtJames K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love, was interviewed by Heather Walker Peterson at Humane Pursuits.

“Nobody thinks their way into consumerism. Rather, the liturgies of the mall and market co-opt our love by capturing our imagination.”

In Justice, Beauty, and Habits of Waiting, Christen Borgman Yates reviewed Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson’s The Justice Calling for Comment Magazine.

Hoang and Johnson have given us a gift in The Justice Calling. In a world with so many distracting voices, they’ve helped clarify the biblical account of God’s desire for this world to be set to rights

J. Todd Billings was part of a Calvin Institute for Christian Worship panel discussion on Rejoicing in Lament and racism – connecting lamenting cancer with lamenting cancerous racism.

“As Yale theologian Willie James Jennings has argued, racism is ‘woven like a cancer’ into American Christianity. Like cancer, racism is a deep-seated disease that requires more than a ‘quick fix’ treatment.”

Quick Hits:

James K. A. Smith was interviewed on The Eric Metaxas Show, Equipped with Chris Brooks, and Newsworthy with Norsworthy.

You Are What You Love was reviewed by The Gospel Coalition, Influence Magazine, and Jesus Creed.

J. Todd Billings recently wrote the post Superficial Resurrection Hope? and his article A Luminous Mystery was honored at the annual Associated Church Press competition.

The Weekly Hit List: April 15, 2016

 Cover ArtNijay Gupta, at Crux Sola, reviewed Matthew Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel.

“I heartily recommend Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel to everyone and encourage a wide readership. It’s good for the soul – and body – and church!”

The Future of Our Faith, by Ron Sider and Ben Lowe, was reviewed at Leadership & Life.

“A compelling, thoughtful and challenging book that every North American Christian should read.”

Quick Hits:

J. Todd Billings spoke on The Church’s Witness in the Midst of Dying and Death at TEDS. Also, First Things recently made available an essay drawn from Billings’ Rejoicing in Lament.

Matthew Skinner, author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel, shared some commentary on Acts 2:1-21 at Working Preacher.

At Marketplace Faith, Dr. Chip Roper reflected on how James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love gives insight into how we can find wholeness in our work.

The Latest on You Are What You Love

Cover ArtYou Are What You Love released last week, and the reviews are already starting to come in. Check out some of the latest below.

“If you’ve already engaged Smith’s work as I have, I think you’ll find plenty that’s worth your time. If you’ve never read Smith’s work, this is probably the best place to start.”

“I will be recommending You Are What You Love widely and often.”

“What we love matters, and the habits we develop may yield more insight into what/who we’re loving than any amount of information and words might.”

“The part of the book I appreciate the most, Smith has an uncanny ability to culturally critique things that we have grown blind to.”

“I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”

“This important book challenges us to take a hard look at who and what and how we love.”

“The reading is very enjoyable and there are plenty of fascinating ideas to contemplate. If you are a note taker, keep a pen and highlighter handy.”

“I have looked forward to this book, more than any other, for many months.”

“Absolutely the most brilliant book I have read in years and years and I cannot recommend it highly enough.”


Now Available – You Are What You Love


James K. A. Smith’s You are What You Love officially releases today!

To order a copy you can visit Hearts & Minds, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, AmazonFamily Christian, or your local bookseller.

Reviews and interviews are already coming in:


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The Weekly Hit List: March 18, 2016

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith and the forthcoming Public Faith in Action, joined David Brooks for a conversation about human flourishing.

Brazos Press is pleased to announce we are working with Karen Swallow Prior on a forthcoming book. Releasing in early 2018, Prior’s book will model the exercise of virtue through the reading of classic works of literature, works that navigate the universal themes that inform and shape human life in all its moments, both bright and dark.

Quick Hits:

At, David Roark’s discussion of Terrence Malick drew on James K.A. Smith’s concept of “cultural liturgies” in books like You Are What You Love.

Bryan at The Happy Alternative reviewed Wesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship.

Moroslav Volf’s A Public Faith was reviewed at BLOGEGESIS.

Jim Wallis, author of America’s Original Sin, was part of the conversation What’s Happening to “Value Voters?” at To The Point on KCRW.

The Latest on The Justice Calling

Kristen Deede Johnson discusses the passion for justice she sees in her students, and asks what it might look like for them to still be that passionate when they are 40 with a mortgage.

Bethany Hanke Hoang wrote “one key to walking through suffering” for Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience.

“Lament is a gift.

In the midst of everything going wrong around us – whether in the world at large or in the lives of people whose names and faces we know and hold dear – lament is a gift given to help us hold fast to God.

God invites lament because He knows our temptation to turn away rather than toward Him in the heat of hardship.

The more we probe Scripture to see how prophets and leaders and ordinary people lamented their circumstances, the more it becomes clear that God invites our questions and pleadings rather than our despair and silence.”

Quick Hits:

Kristen Deede Johnson and Bethany Hanke Hoang wrote “Live As Saints (Not Heroes)” for Perspectives Journal.

Lived Theology featured The Justice Calling on its reading list, and will host a book launch on Thursday, March 17.

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The Weekly Hit List: February 26, 2016

 The Englewood Review of BooksBook Trailer of the Week was for The Justice Calling by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

Byron Borger praised The Justice Calling as well as The Future of our Faith by Ron Side and Ben Lowe.

“What a book! On the heels of #Jubilee2016 this is perfect for me, since the conversations within circle around a huge question for many of us: what is the future of the evangelical movement, in what ways do the rising Christian leaders see things similarly or differently than older church leaders, and what are the burning issues pressing on us now, and looming on the horizon.”

Quick Hits:

Peter Leithart’s Traces of the Trinity was reviewed at Mere Orthodoxy.

At Thoughts, Prayers, and Songs, James called Kathryn Greene-McCreight’s Darkness is my Only Companion “required reading for anyone doing pastoral work.”

Kristen Williams reviewed To The Table by Lisa Graham McMinn.