The Weekly Hit List: May 31, 2013

On Gods SideJim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, was interviewed by Sarah van Gelder for YES! Magazine.

van Gelder: If you could suggest one thing to a YES! reader that they could do to reach out to people who are ideologically very different than they are, what would you say?

Wallis: The first thing I would say to a YES! reader is, religion has no monopoly on morality. We need all of us in this conversation. I want to speak to the genuine fears that secular activists may have of religious communities, because there have been people wanting to impose their religious agenda on the country using political power.

I fought my whole life against religious fundamentalists, but there also are secular fundamentalists who don’t want people of faith around, and who can be as narrow as the religious fundamentalists.

“So let’s talk about a common ground for the common good, including people of faith, people who are spiritual but not religious, or secular but with moral sensibilities. I want to get over our fear of each other and embrace each other’s best moral values and find where we can work together.”

Read the rest of the “Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who’s Leading a Revival—of ‘the Common Good’” here.


More On God’s Side media:

“Jim Wallis, Frank Wolf Discuss How Politics Can Serve the Common Good” in The Christian Post

“The Common Good, The Planet, and Humankind” by Joanne Boyer for Wisdom Voices

“Common Ground for the Common Good” by Gary Manning

“Helping the Poor in the Concrete” by  Faith McDonnell for Juicy Ecumenism


In Case You Missed It:

We are holding a summer book giveaway for one lucky reader to win five Brazos Press titles:

– On God’s Side by Jim Wallis
– Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham
– Of Games and God by Kevin Schut
– A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf
– A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson

Don’t miss your chance to enter, here.


Quick Hits:

Don’t miss Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, this Sunday, May 26, at 7:00 a.m. ET, on Washington DC’s WPGC 95.5 FM.

Claiming Abraham by Michael Lodahl was shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Ramsey prize.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was reviewed by T. E. Hanna for Of Dust And Kings.

Eyes Wide Open by William D. Romanowski was recommended by Hearts & Minds Books.

Spirituality and the Awakening Self by David G. Benner was referenced by Tennessee Baptist Cooperative Fellowship.

Psalms for All Seasons was referenced in Reformed Worship.


Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

Today is the last day of our May ebook specials, which are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 52% off.

Searching for Home by Craig M. Barnes
Conversations with Poppi about God by Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold
Everyday Apocalypse by David Dark
The Early Church on Killing edited by Ronald J. Sider
Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory by Markus Bockmuehl

The Weekly Hit List: April 19, 2013

Of Games and GodOf Games and God by Kevin Schut received a 4.5 star review from Ted Turnau for Christianity Today

“Evangelical Christian books on video games have typically been dreary, censorious affairs. Painting with oversized brushes, concerned authors with knitted brows have warned us for decades that our children and country are going to hell in a handbasket because of these games. They have not, let us say, been all that subtle or nuanced in their assessments.

“As a ‘gamer’ myself, I have toyed with writing a book on video games, since there seemed to be a need for a balanced voice in the conversation.”

“I’m glad I never got started on that project. Kevin Schut has already written it.”

Read the rest of the review here.


On God’s Side media:

 “Tell Me More” on NPR

– KUOW-FM NPR, Seattle, “Weekday”

Newsweek, “God and Country”

Powell’s Books

The Huffington Post, “We Are in a Battle for the Common Good”

– Washington Square News, “National and community prosperity require rapport-building”

Don’t miss Jim Wallis tomorrow (Saturday, April 20) on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show (MSNBC), at 10:00 a.m. ET. The show will focus on the Boston Marathon bombings.


Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers is a finalist in the Christian living category of The 2013 Word Awards.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children  will appear on The Dr. Kay Show with Dr. Kay McElvey on 1240 WCEM-AM on Monday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. ET

Educating All God’s Children was mentioned by Joshua DuBois in The Daily Beast.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was reviewed by The Christian Century.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was reviewed by The Christian Century.

Claiming Abraham by Michael Lodahl was reviewed in Church Times (full review available to subscribers): “[Lodahl] reveals the most critical and significant differences between the two faiths, and also their common concerns.”


Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

April ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 50% off.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers
Living the Sabbath by Norman Wirzba
Psalms as Torah by Gordon J. Wenham
The Virtuous Reader by Richard S. Briggs