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: April 11, 2014

Two Brazos Press titles were selected as finalists in the 2014 Christian Retailing‘s Best Awards.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was nominated in the Church and Culture category.

 

 

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was nominated in the Social Issues category.

 

 

The complete list of finalists is available here. Winners will be announced in June.

 

Quick Hits:

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, appeared with Edward Blum on Religions & Ethics Newsweekly on PBS.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, wrote “School Equality as a Matter of Faith” with Aria Kirkland-Harris for PRISM Magazine.

Craig Blomberg, author of Can We Still Believe the Bible?, was interviewed by Margaret Feinberg: “The Most Misinterpreted Verse in The Bible Uncoded”

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was recommended by Nate Claiborne.

Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

Generous Spaciousness (May 2014) by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was mentioned by Publishers Weekly.

The Weekly Hit List: March 28, 2014

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed in Portland Book Review.

“The danger of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter is when we allow their influence to convince us that we, too, hold the prominence of what Detweiler calls ‘iGods’: ‘The temptation of Google goes back to the garden – to become like God. … The proper response remains timeless – resist temptation. Acknowledge how little we know despite the resources available. Practice humility because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (225).

“With a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary and a self-proclaimed love of all things Apple, Detweiler presents a cogent, important argument in a book that shouldn’t be missed.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

iGods was also recommended in WORLD magazine.

 

Can We Still Believe the Bible? Media:

Margaret Feinberg published the third of several weekly interviews with Craig Blomberg—and is giving away three copies of Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

This week for the Can We Still Believe the Bible? blog tour, Daniel Wallace responded to chapter 1, Darrell Bock and Michael Bird responded to chapter 4, Matthew Montonini and Nijay Gupta responded to chapter 5, and David B. Capes and Craig Keener responded to chapter 6.

Giveaway winners were also announced.

 

Quick Hits:

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, appeared on the Christ & Pop Culture podcast.

Kevin Schut also spoke for Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was referenced by My Kids Adventures’ in “5 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids.”

Spirituality and the Awakening Self by David G. Benner was referenced and quoted by Peter Enns.

 

Ebook Specials:

Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction by Terence Nichols is only $3.99 (83% off) through April 3.

The Weekly Hit List: March 21, 2014

Five Brazos Press titles were selected as finalists in the ForeWord Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards.

A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by Devin Brown in the Biography category
Drawing on Lewis’s autobiographical works, books by those who knew him personally, and his apologetic and fictional writing, this book tells the inspiring story of Lewis’s journey from cynical atheist to joyous Christian and challenges readers to follow their own calling. The book allows Lewis to tell his own life story in a uniquely powerful manner while shedding light on his best-known works.

 

 

Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham in the Education category
Education expert explores what Christians can—and should—do to champion urgently needed reform and help improve our public schools. The book provides concrete action steps for working to ensure that all of God’s children get the quality public education they deserve.

 

 

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler in the Popular Culture category
Provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today’s social media culture. Detweiler interacts with major symbols, or “iGods,” of our distracted age—Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter—to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we’ve been and a prophetic look at where we’re headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.

 

Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games by Kevin Schut in the Popular Culture category
Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon.

 

 

On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good by Jim Wallis in the Religion category
Wallis explores how Jesus’s agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.

 

 

 

The complete list of the ForeWord Reviews’ 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists is available here.

The full press release from Brazos Press is available here.

 

Can We Still Believe the Bible? Media:

Margaret Feinberg published the second of several weekly interviews with Craig Blomberg.

This week for the Can We Still Believe the Bible? blog tour, Ken Schenck responded to chapter 1, Joel L. Watts and Lee Martin McDonald responded to chapter 2, and Phillip J. Long responded to chapter 3. The remaining blog tour posts will appear next week.

Don’t miss our five-book package giveaway (worth $180), which ends next Thursday, March 27.

 

Quick Hits:

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, wrote “Exclusion or Saturation? Rethinking the Place of Religion in Public Life” for ABC Religion and Ethics.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Jim Kane.

Just Politics by Ronald J. Sider was recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books.

 

Ebook Specials:

Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition by James K. A. Smith is only $2.99 (80%) off through March 27.

The Weekly Hit List: March 14, 2014

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed by Christianity Today.

“Over decades toiling away in the weeds of biblical scholarship, Denver Seminary’s Blomberg has seen fashionable theories and methodologies come and go. None of them has dented his confidence that Scripture is the revealed Word of God. In fact, that confidence has been fortified.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Margaret Feinberg published the first of several weekly interviews with Craig Blomberg. She also recommended Can We Still Believe the Bible? as one of her “Best resources for this week’s reading.”

Can We Still Believe the Bible? was reviewed and recommended by Dr. David B. Capes.

 

Quick Hits:

Daniel Taylor, author of Creating a Spiritual Legacy, appear on My Faith Radio program Connecting Faith.

Glittering Vices by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung was reviewed by John Frye on Jesus Creed: part 1 and part 2.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by Ethos.

Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

The Weekly Hit List: February 28, 2014

Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby was reviewed and recommended by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books

Learning for the Love of God fleshes out the vision, explains the challenge and offers essential guidance to all that we mean by ‘developing the Christian mind’ in just the right way and a cheerful, intermediate level. It is easy to read and yet challenging, thoughtful but not arcane.

Learning for the Love of God is ideal for students, offering insight about the nature of learning, the ways to think faithfully in college, and how to discern God’s fingerprints (and the smear of idolatry and ideology) all over the subjects they are studying.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was reviewed by Kristen Hannum.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Stephen Hiemstra.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was quoted by Ben Ditzel.

 

Ebook Specials:

Why You Should Care about the Person Who Made Your Cell Phone by Jim Wallis is FREE until March 5.

The Weekly Hit List: February 21, 2014

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was reviewed by M. Daniel Carroll R. for Denver Journal.

“I recommend God and Charles Dickens to Dickens enthusiasts. That wonderful storyteller of another time can cultivate our moral awareness in his intricate and complex portraits of humanity that present people in all of their baseness and glory; he exposes us, too, to the harsh realities of personal and systemic sin in powerful ways.

“Now, what we might appreciate in a new way is that in his works Dickens also offers us wonderful models of charity through whom we might see the Savior and learn to live as more faithful disciples.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

 

Quick Hits:

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed on Sunshine Lenses.

Paul Louis Metzger, co-author of Exploring Ecclesiology, wrote “Life Together in the Land of Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Donald Miller and the Northwest Church.”

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, was interviewed on the life worth living by The Marginalia Review of Books.

M. Daniel Carroll R., author of Christians at the Border, wrote “Frustration with Congress and the Political Football of Immigration Reform” on his Denver Seminary blog.

 

Ebook Specials:

Postmodernism 101: A First Course for the Curious Christian by Heath White is only $1.99 (89% off) through February 27.

The Weekly Hit List: February 14, 2014

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Englewood Review of Books.

“As the dust continues to settle in the Information Age and we further acquiesce our lives to ever-evolving technologies, Detweiler presents an astute perspective that dually avoids blind embrace as well as stubborn discount of today’s most important technologies. . . .

“Hopefully, Craig Detweiler encourages others to continue the push and pull and give and take necessary to sustain this ever-changing dialogue regarding an ever-evolving world, and will force each of us to pause in the midst of our technologically obsessed days to reflect on the presence of God in every moment amidst whatever technology we may find ourselves utilizing.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed by Dr. Conrade Yap.

Videoof Educating All God’s Children author Nicole Baker Fulgham’s talk at Calvin College’s The January Series is now available.

Nicole Baker Fulgham will be speaking next weekend, February 21-22, at The Justice Conference.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was quoted by pastor Paul VanderKlay.

 

Ebook Specials:

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler is only $8.99 (50% off) through February 15.

Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church by Christine A. Colón and Bonnie E. Field is only $2.99 (80% off) through February 15.

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung is only $2.99 (83% off) through February 20.

 

The Weekly Hit List: February 7, 2014

Devin Brown, author of A Life Observed, was interviewed on Dr. Bill Maier Live.

“C. S. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian writers of our time. The Chronicles of Narnia has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and all Lewis’s works are estimated to sell 6 million copies annually. At the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Lewis expert Devin Brown brings the beloved author’s story to life in a fresh, accessible, and moving biography through focusing on Lewis’s spiritual journey in Brown’s book – A Life Observed.

“Although it was clear from the start that Lewis would be a writer, it was not always clear he would become a Christian. Drawing on Lewis’s autobiographical works, books by those who knew him personally, and his apologetic and fictional writing, this book tells the inspiring story of Lewis’s journey from cynical atheist to joyous Christian and challenges readers to follow their own calling. The book allows Lewis to tell his own life story in a uniquely powerful manner while shedding light on his best-known works.”

Hear the entire interview here.

 

Quick Hits:

iGods by Craig Detweiler was recommended by Tim Challies.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was recommended by Buddy Greene in Homecoming Magazine.

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, was quoted on God & Politics in the UK.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was mentioned in Huffington Post article “Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not.”

The Evolution of Adam was recommended by Internet Monk.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, was quoted in Religion News Service article “National Hispanic Leadership Conference Joins Christian and Conservative Leaders in Support of Common Core State Standards.”

 

Ebook Specials:

God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author by Gary L. Colledge is only $3.99 (80% off) from participating retailers through February 13. 

The Weekly Hit List: January 31, 2014

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed by James Allen for Teachings of Enoch.

This interview originally aired on KKVV AM 1060 in Las Vegas.

  

Quick Hits:

Devin Brown, author of A Life Observed, will appear on Dr. Bill Maier Live tomorrow (Saturday, February 1) at 12:10 p.m. ET.

The Mennonite wrote about how Living into Focus by Arthur Boers inspired a couple to embark on a six-week, 500-mile walking pilgrimage.

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was mentioned by Practical Catholic Evangelization.

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed in The Christian Chronicle“iGods and other devices: Teens connected and distracted.”

iGods was quoted by Professor Josh Chalmers.

Nijay Gupta recommended the forthcoming Brazos Press book by Craig Blomberg, Can We Still Believe the Bible?.

The Weekly Hit List: January 24, 2014

Hearts & Minds Books named On God’s Side by Jim Wallis the “Best Book for the Common Good” of 2013.

“I think this one is a splendid example of a third voice between the so called religious right and secular left.

“Here he has given us his best book in years, and an important set of considerations for citizens who have long worked for the common good, and a great starter book for anyone beginning to read for the first time about evangelical faith and public life.

“I really love much about this, and very sincerely want to honor it.”

Read the rest here.

 

 

 

Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed by Joshua Reich.

CRC News and Views wrote about Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, in “Seeking God in Video Games.”

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, author of Glittering Vices, wrote New Life in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for Public Life” for Comment magazine.

 

Ebook Specials:

Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants by Dennis Okholm is only $2.99 (81% off) from participating retailers through January 25.