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: 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.

The Weekly Hit List: May 30, 2014

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves (June 2014) was reviewed in the June 14, 2014, issue of CBA Retailers + Resources.

A Beautiful Disaster examines the many and varied “disasters” that Graves endured from childhood to adulthood. She transparently shares numerous life-altering events that compelled her to seek Jesus more intimately.

“Because life is fraught with difficulty and pain, Christians must make peace with that truth and build their faith upon the foundation of God’s love and His Word. Graves tenderly opens the deepest of her own heart’s wounds while demonstrating that God is always present in our pain, always attending to us in our troubles, and always at the ready to provide us the strength and grace to endure.”

The text of the full review is available to subscribers of CBA Retailers + Resources.

 

Quick Hits:

The May issue of Border Crossings is now available.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was mentioned by Publishers Weekly.

Generous Spaciousness was reviewed on A Queer Calling.

Generous Spaciousness was also recommended by the CRC’s YALT and Norville Rogers.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended by Rachel Held Evans.

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, delivered four lectures at the Re:Thinking a Public Faith conference in Sydney. The lectures are available via the Centre for Public Christianity.

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

The Weekly Hit List: May 23, 2014

On Monday, President Barack Obama unexpectedly showed up at Jim Wallis’ son’s Little League game.

Jim Wallis, author of The (Un)Common Good, wrote in TIME:

“Some of my baseball parents know that the President has been a friend of mine for a long time. I was a member of his original faith council and have worked with him on issues like poverty and immigration. But I had no idea he was coming and he was as surprised to see me as I was to see him. ‘Wallis, what are you doing here!’ Obama yelled with a big smile as he walked onto Friendship Field. Like the best moments in sports—some things just happen.”

Read the rest of Jim’s article here.

 

Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis spoke on leadership for The Washington Post series “On Leadership.”

Craig Detweiler was interviewed about iGods on The Wednesday Bookmark on Family Radio (CHRI, 99.1).

Luke (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by David Lyle Jeffrey was reviewed by Stuart Dunn.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was mentioned by Englewood Review of Books as a new book release “worth checking out.”

 

Ebook Specials:

Today is the last day of our ebook special for every book in the Ancient-Future Bible Study series by Stephen J. Binz. Each volume is only $1.99 (83% off).

Click here for links to purchase each volume from participating retailers.

The Weekly Hit List: May 16, 2014

Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness, wrote
“Gay Christians Go to Your Church. How Should the Church Engage Them?” for OnFaith.

“‘Gay Christian’ is not an oxymoron. Many gay women and men hold on to a resilient faith despite hostile religious environments and culture war complexities. It isn’t easy to be a Christian in the gay community; it isn’t easy to be gay in the Christian community.

“Among gay Christians there can be a fair bit of diversity. Some experience God’s grace in a mixed-orientation marriage (that is, they are married to an opposite gender spouse, despite being same-sex oriented). Others have committed to a celibate life. Many are searching and struggling and unsure of what to believe about the potential of a committed same-sex relationship. Yet others have promised to be faithful to one life-partner in whatever civil capacity is available to them.

“Regardless of how they are navigating their life of discipleship, these men and women and fellow-followers of Jesus need the fellowship of a hospitable church community as much as any other Christians do.”

Read the rest of the article here.

 

Quick Hits:

Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, was interviewed by the Centre for Public Christianity.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was recommended by Dr. Jimmy Latimer.

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