The Weekly Hit List: A regular round-up of all things Brazos from around the web - including reviews, interviews and other activity.

The Weekly Hit List: August 15, 2014

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness, was interviewed by Jonathan Merritt on his Religion News Service blog.  

“RNS: Many have argued of late that there is no middle ground and no third way on the issue of sexuality for Christians. What say you?”

“WV: If middle ground is seen as some sort of wishy-washy compromise, it is rightly judged as neither upholding deeply held convictions nor working towards the undoing of injustice and oppression. However, if a posture like generous spaciousness is recognized as the narrow path of humbly humanizing the other through intentional listening, then it shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. In a perfect world, we would be free to hold our deepest beliefs and no one would experience marginalization. We should recall our interdependence and, as Desmond Tutu says, remember that if I diminish you – then I diminish myself.”

Read the rest of “A third way for Christians on the ‘gay issue’?” here.

 

Jim Wallis, author of The (Un)Common Good, spoke with Relevant Magazine about “8 Ways to Change the World.”

“If you want to make a difference in your own community or neighborhood or world, start by looking at what’s wrong and then figuring out how to make things right.

“In particular, what most breaks your heart or offends your sense of justice? Where do you feel the pain of the world most personally and passionately? Then find the other people who feel the same pain and passion around that reality and work with them to make a difference.

“But it has to take concrete shape in real contexts and situations, not just in our heads and rhetoric. What things have gotten your attention that you think are wrong? That is how every movement for justice starts, and changing the world through justice is as simple as that.”

Read the rest of “8 Ways to Change the World” here.

 

Quick Hits:

Daniel Carroll, author of Christians at the Border, will appear on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem for a live interview on Tuesday, August 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Jim Wallis, author of The (Un)Common Good, was quoted by The Christian Post.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed by The Orphan Age.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was recommended by The Seedbed Blog.

The Student Creed in Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby was recommended by The Emerging Scholars Blog.

 

The Weekly Hit List: August 8, 2014

Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster, was interviewed by Tina Bustamente.

“The main theme throughout A Beautiful Disaster is finding God in the wilderness, coming to know Jesus and His presence in the arid seasons of one’s life, and you do such a tender job talking about all the different kinds of wildernesses we go through. What is one thing you’d like people to walk away with after they read your book? Something you hope for them?”

“My deepest desire is that those who read my book will know that they are deeply loved by God – even in the wilderness. Sometimes it’s hard to believe in and feel God’s love in what for some seems like a hell on earth because God at times can seem so distant. I hope to have in some ways shown how God is very close to us in our sufferings. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not snuff out (Isa. 42:3).” 

Read the entire interview here.

 

Quick Hits:

Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight (October 2014) was recommended by Nijay Gupta: “Scot has his finger on the pulse of Christianity in America today and he is a doctor that tells it straight. This incisive and challenging work will be very useful to current and future church leaders.”

Wesley Hill, author of the forthcoming (May 2015) Brazos Press book Spiritual Friendship, was quoted in Religion News Service and The Washington Post: “Gay, Christian and celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate”

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness, was mentioned by David Gushee is his column for ABPnews/Herald.

Live to Tell by Brad Kallenberg was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was quoted by Panhandling Philosopher.

Be Not Afraid by Samuel Wells was reviewed by Michele Morin.

 

Ebook Specials:

Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor by David Augsburger is only $2.99 (88% off) from participating retailers through August 10.

God Does Not…: Entertain, Play “Matchmaker,” Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness by D. Brent Laytham is only $1.99 (90% off) from participating retailers through August 14.

The Weekly Hit List: August 1, 2014

Colossians (BTCB) by Christopher R. Seitz was reviewed by Robert Gundry in the July/August issue of Books & Culture.

“Seitz offers a wealth of canonical and theological commentary on the text of Colossians. . . . Readers will be enriched both theologically and historically. . . .

“Happily for me, Seitz’s commentary, while paying due attention to the history and importance of theological interpretation as represented in the Nicene tradition, seems to prioritize the scriptural text.

“Well done!”

Subscribers can read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Byron Borger on Hearts & Minds.

Devin Brown, author of A Life Observed, will be the guest speaker on the Educational Opportunies Tours’ May 2015 tour through England, “A Journey with C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien.”

Darkness Is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight was reviewed by Michele Morin.

The Weekly Hit List: July 18, 2014

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

This is a remarkable book that tries to build bridges of understanding instead of fences of distrust. VanderWal-Gritter tries to encourage us to adopt the attitude of humility, hospitality, and honesty. 

“There are already many hurts and hurting people. The Church has already been divided and people are causing unnecessary harm and hurt on people when what they need is healing and a loving heart.

In an age where people often see the homosexuality issue as black and white, or with binary clarity, VanderWal-Gritter reminds us that we are to love our neighbour regardless of their sexuality.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by Michael J. Kruger for The Gospel Coalition.

“Blomberg has produced a deeply valuable and much-needed defense of the authority of Scripture in our modern age. While I disagree here and there, I appreciated his willingness to engage modern scholarship head-on over a wide range of significant issues.

“In a world where evangelicals are regularly denigrated in the academy, Blomberg has offered a helpful tool to encourage Christians that God’s Word really can be trusted.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Congratulations to Craig Detweiler! iGods won Silver in the Popular Culture category of Foreword Reviews‘ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.

iGods was also recommended by Pastor Jason Esposito.

Jim Wallis, author of The (Un)Common Good, was reviewed on the Every Child podcast, which was linked to on Bill Blacquiere’s Christian Post blog.

Jim Wallis was also written about in Christian Today: “Jim Wallis at Synod: ‘Politics and markets are riddled with sin’”

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, was interviewed by Faith & Leadership.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by Merv Budd.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed by Dan McDonald.

A Beautiful Disaster was excerpted on Litfuse, who are also giving away a copy.

Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R. was recommended on Sizemores in Honduras.

 

Ebook Specials:

Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World: A Little Direction by Daniel de Roulet is on sale for $3.99 (50% off) through July 31.

The Weekly Hit List: July 11, 2014

iGods by Craig Detweiler was recommended by Neil Stavem on Connecting Faith.

Today the world is literally at our fingertips through amazing technology, but what is all this access and information doing to us?

“Craig Detweiler, professor, filmmaker, cultural commentator and author says how we use technology shapes our faith in more ways than we realize.

In Craig’s book, iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives, he gives an overview of the impact of 21st-century technology.”

Read the rest of “How technology shapes our faith” here.

 

Quick Hits:

iGods was recommended by Joy J. Moore on Catalyst.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was recommended on Urban Faith.

Marlena Graves co-wrote “Faith Unsettled: Pushing beyond the easy-believism of evangelicalism” for Her.meneutics.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was mentioned in an article by Jonathan Merritt for The Week.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed by Guylou.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed on Conversation in Faith.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was reviewed by Michele Morin.

Spirituality and the Awakening Self by David G. Benner was quoted on Richer by Far.

The Weekly Hit List: July 04, 2014

Christianity Today published an excerpt from A Beautiful Disaster in their July/August 2014 issue.

There is a silence we choose. Our retreats into our cells of silence and solitude still the noise pollution in our lives so that we might eventually be still. Quieted enough to hear the whispers of God. Still enough to feel the Holy Spirit winds blowing through our lives and to observe the effects of the Spirit winds all around us.

“We retreat in hopes of delight, in hopes of tasting the good, the true, and the beautiful.

“Our eyes adjust. We acquire night vision so that even on the darkest of nights, we’re eventually able to see the glory and faithfulness of God. We’re able to clearly see the beautiful truths concealed by the helter-skelter of a too-busy, disintegrated daily life.”

Read the rest of “The Spiritual Blessings of Seeking Solitude” here.

 

 

Other A Beautiful Disaster media:

Nastasha Sistrunk Robinson reviewed A Beautiful Disaster.

Suzannah Paul shared an excerpt from A Beautiful Disaster.

The Blade wrote about A Beautiful Disaster.

Little House on the Circle recommended A Beautiful Disaster.

 

Quick Hits:

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was quoted in The Washington Times.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was quoted in Corsicana Daily Sun.

 

Ebook Specials:

Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do by Phillip Cary is on sale for $6.99 (59% off) through July 12.

The Weekly Hit List: June 27, 2014

In case you missed it, Marlena Graves, author of A Beautiful Disaster, was interviewed on Her.meneutics.

“As a female minority born into poverty, Graves did not have the option of postponing lessons of dependence on God. She admits, ‘Growing up, I begged God to take the cup of suffering from me, but mostly he didn’t.’

“By stubbornly, perhaps naively, clinging to him, she discovered ‘the desert land is fertile ground for spiritual activity, transformation, and renewal.’ . . .

Quite miraculously, during her many desert sojourns, Graves has made wise choices that have allowed both her faith in God and her identity as a child of God to prosper.

“I asked her to share how she has navigated the desert’s many temptations in the hope that her experiences would encourage and guide others.”

Read the rest of “A Field Guide for Suffering Well” here.

 

Quick Hits:

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was recommended by The Englewood Review of Books.

Esther & Daniel (BTCB) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner was reviewed on Examiner.com.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by Cliff Richardson.

Wesley Hill, author of a forthcoming Brazos Press book, was interviewed by Katelyn Beaty on The Living Church.

The Liberating Image by J. Richard Middleton was discussed by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

The Weekly Hit List: June 20, 2014

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

“Allow me to say clearly how helpful this is for those wanting a spirituality of the ordinary, of finding God’s presence amidst the turmoil of daily life and the injustices we ourselves face. (Not only did Graves grow up with some hardships, she’s observed some harsh injustices, even within Christian organizations, and she names some of these travesties, telling us how she reacted.)

“She is brave, but yet down to Earth; she writes as a young woman, mother, youth leader at a church, and now active writer and blogger — fairly ordinary, actually. She knows what you are going through. She guides readers towards the virtues of steadfastness and joy, bringing living water to the deserts of our lives.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

The (Un)Common Good Media:

Jim Wallis appeared on Morning Joe.

Jim Wallis appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry.

Jim Wallis wrote “A Letter to Graduates: Whatever Happened to the Common Good?” for TIME.

 

A Beautiful Disaster media:

Her.meneutics featured an interview with Marlena.

Addie Zierman shared a guest post from Marlena Graves.

Preston Yancey reviewed Marlena’s book.

Dorothy Greco reviewed Marlena’s book.

Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books reviewed Marlena’s book.

 

Quick Hits:

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut won in the Culture category of the 2014 Word Awards.

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, appeared live on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem.

iGods by Craig Detweiler and Sidewalks in the Kingdom by Eric O. Jacobsen were recommended in the June 28 issue of WORLD Magazine.

Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam, was interviewed on the Newsworthy with Norsworthy podcast.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was reviewed by Jennifer Neyhart.

The Liberating Image by J. Richard Middleton was discussed by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

The Weekly Hit List: June 13, 2014

Jim Wallis, author of The (Un)Common Good, was interviewed by The Christian Post.

“The Sojourners president believes that liberals and conservatives both have a part to play in improving the common good.

“‘The best conservative idea is the idea of personality responsibility. I’ve never seen a problem solved or poverty overcome or the things I care about without personal responsibly as a part of the solution,’ said Wallis. ‘The best liberal idea is social responsibility: taking care of not just ourselves but taking care of each other.’”

Read the rest of “These 3 Things, Not Government, Will Eliminate Poverty, Social Justice Advocate Jim Wallis Says” here.

 

Other The (Un)Common Good Media:

Jim Wallis appeared this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Don’t miss Jim Wallis tomorrow (Saturday) morning on MSNBC’S Melissa Harris-Perry.

Jim Wallis wrote “How the Bible Understands Justice” for OnFaith.

Jim Wallis wrote “Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good” for God’s Politics.

 

A Beautiful Disaster Blog Tour:

Halee Gray Scott shared an excerpt.

Rachel Marie Stone reviewed the book.

Amy Simpson shared an excerpt.

Alexandra Kuykendall shared some excerpts.

Laura Turner reviewed the book.

Katherine Willis Pershey shared some excerpts.

Giveaway winners were announced!

 

Quick Hits:

Craig Blomberg, author of Can We Still Believe the Bible?, was interviewed on Books at a Glance.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? was reviewed on in Christ Jesus.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed by Bronwyn Lea.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed on Fulcrum.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed on Sacred Tension.

The Liberating Image by J. Richard Middleton was discussed by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

 

Upcoming Radio Interviews:

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, will appear live on Connecting Faith with Neil Stavem on Tuesday, June 17, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness, will appear live on The Bob Dutko Show on Wednesday, June 18 at 1:08 p.m. ET.

The Weekly Hit List: June 6, 2014

We’re in the middle of the blog tour for A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves.

The following bloggers participated this week:

Caryn Rivadeneira shared an excerpt.

Ellen Painter Dollar interviewed Marlena.

Jen Pollock Michel reviewed the book.

Joel Willitts reviewed the book.

Megan Hill reviewed the book.

Micha Boyett shared an excerpt and is giving away three copies of Marlena’s book.

Michelle Van Loon interviewed Marlena.

Sharon Hodde Miller shared an excerpt and is giving away two copies of Marlena’s book.

Don’t miss our five-book giveaway grand prize on the blog tour web site!

 

Quick Hits:

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness, wrote “I Beg to Differ: With the Right and the Left” on the New Direction Ministries of Canada blog.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by John Shaffet on Modern-day Pilgrim.

Jim Wallis, author of The (Un)Common Good, wrote “Moment of Truth on Immigration Reform Is Now” for National Journal.

Good News for Anxious Christians by Phillip Cary was reviewed on Books at a Glance.

Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby was reviewed on Conversation in Faith.

Crosslight wrote on Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith.

Miroslav Volf was interviewed for Engage.Mail.

The Liberating Image by J. Richard Middleton was discussed by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

 

Ebook Specials:

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne is only $2.99 (83% off) through June 10.