The Weekly Hit List: December 20, 2013

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was reviewed for Spirituality & Practice.

“Speaking from his role as an evangelical leader, Wallis asks Americans to move from satisfying their appetites to living their values day-by-day: ‘People were made for family, community, and human flourishing, not consumerism, materialism, addiction, and empty overwork.’

“Wallis prophetically criticizes the damaging role money is playing in politics, and he is upset about the growing inequality between the rich and the poor. He ends with praise for the old fashioned values of marriage and parenting, noting with pride his love of being a Little League coach.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

Quick Hits:

Gary Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens, was interviewed for the CBN.com article “Writings of Charles Dickens were inspired by faith.”

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was one of Revangelical Blog’s Best Books of 2013.

A Life Observed by Devin Brown was recommended by Dr. Joel Heck as the “Best Biography of Lewis.”

A Life Observed was referenced in “The C.S. Lewis Industry” by The American Spectator.

Testing Scripture by John Polkinghorne was referenced by Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed.

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was recommended by Shout It Ministries.

A Hobbit Journey was also recommended on Shadows of History.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was recommended on Catholic Cravings.

The Weekly Hit List: December 21, 2012

PeterStephen J. Binz, author of the Ancient-Future Bible Study series, was interviewed by Fr. Dwight Longenecker.

Here is an excerpt:

“‘Ancient-Future’ expresses the connection between ancient wisdom and future possibilities that I want to create in this series. The term is used in the arts to emphasize a blending of tradition and innovation.

“Ancient-future music and dance fuses centuries-old traditions with contemporary genres and technology. By learning from the world’s great traditions and ancient practices, artists create cross-cultural expressions that are richly profound yet also widely appealing.

“In this series, I combine the ancient art of lectio divina with contemporary Bible study to produce work that is richly traditional and attractively engaging.”

Read the rest of the review and interview here.

 

Quick Hits:

Gary L. Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens, was interviewed in a CBN News article, “God and Scrooge: Finding the Faith of Charles Dickens.” Video can be seen here, starting at 18:23.

Matthew Dickerson was interviewed on Faith Radio Mornings about A Hobbit Journey.

A Hobbit Journey was included in an article by Publishers Weekly: “The Souls of Hobbits: New Books Unearth Tolkien’s Christian Themes.”

A Hobbit Journey was also included in an article on Busted Halo: “Of God, Tolkien, and Hobbits.”

Darkness Is My Only Companion by Kathryn Greene-McCreight was recommended by Kyle Roberts on the Cultivare blog.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

December ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 60% off.

The Virtuous Reader by Richard S. Briggs
Healing in the Bible by Frederick J. Gaiser
1 & 2 Kings (BTCB) by Peter J. Leithart
Broken Hallelujahs by Christian Scharen
Claiming Abraham by Michael Lodahl
Where Mortals Dwell by Craig G. Bartholomew
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass
The Vampire Defanged by Susannah Clements
Adventures in Daily Prayer by Bert Ghezzi
Seven Deadly Spirits by T. Scott Daniels

The Weekly Hit List: November 30, 2012

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Lawrence E. Garcia.

“Not many, including myself at one point in time, would have considered mythology an avenue to the betterment of the world in which we live, but after reading Matthew Dickerson’s A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth I not only consider this genre a valid option, but a necessary one.

“After all, Tolkien’s world is ‘in some sense connected to our own history’ (albeit only culturally and literarily); it is not merely a never-never land as Tolkien himself might say, but a tall tale that is meant to incite our hearts and imaginations to set in motion a more transcendent way of life for all earth’s inhabitants.”

Read the rest of the review here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

The Space Between by Eric O. Jacobsen, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom, was reviewed by Elliot Ritzema.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was reviewed by Brian LePort.

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was reviewed by Mark Braye.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

Today is the last day our November ebook specials are running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 60% off.

Luke (BTCB) by David Lyle Jeffrey
Beginnings by Peter C. Bouteneff
Creation Untamed by Terence E. Fretheim
From Stone to Living Word by Debbie Blue
Evangelicals and Empire by Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Goodwin Heltzel
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass
God in the Gallery by Daniel A. Siedell
The Vampire Defanged by Susannah Clements
Adventures in Daily Prayer by Bert Ghezzi
Seven Deadly Spirits by T. Scott Daniels

The Weekly Hit List: October 5, 2012

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed in the September/October 2012 issue of Faith Today.

“The book finds its own pleasant balance between theory and practical realities, offering tips for managing technology as basic and important as the use of email to resolve conflict. . .; reclaiming Sabbath; questioning how busy, busy, busy we are and what we can do about it.

“This is a significant and readable book for any person of faith wanting to at least consider we might actually be servants of technology, instead of the other way around.”

To read the rest of this review, click here.

 

 

Quick Hits:

James K. A. Smith, author of Letters to a Young Calvinist, had an article in the September 2012 issue of Christianity Today: “What Galileo’s Telescope Can’t See.”

Eric O. Jacobsen, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom, was interviewed on Christianity Today‘s blog This Is Our City: “Why Suburbia Really Is Affecting Your Spiritual Life.”

God and Charles Dickens by Gary Colledge was reviewed on by Glynn Young on his blog, Faith, Fiction, Friends.

The Huffington Post shared The Work Of the People video of Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith, on “the moralizing framework and the blissful innocence that is puzzling to many about America.”

The October issue of Border Crossings, our monthly e-newsletter, is now available.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

October ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 75% off.

Deconstructing Theodicy by David B. Burrell
Song of Songs (BTCB series) by Paul J. Griffiths
Under the Influence by Monica Ganas
The Mind and the Machine by Matthew Dickerson
John (Paideia series) by Jo-Ann A. Brant
The Fall of Interpretation by James K. A. Smith
Killing Enmity by Thomas R. Yoder Neufield
Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World by Daniel de Roulet
Second Corinthians (CCSS series) by Thomas D. Stegman, SJ
A Liturgy of Grief by Leslie C. Allen

 

The Weekly Hit List: September 21, 2012

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was reviewed by Comment Magazine

“Gary L. Colledge’s God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author (Brazos 2012) makes the convincing case that behind each of Dickens’s novels is a consistent vision of Christ’s ministry of reconciliation. . . . This is an aspect of Dickens that we have not heard enough about this year, the 200th anniversary of his birth, neither in the public commemorations nor in the academic press.”

You can read the rest of the review here.

 

God and Charles Dickens was also reviewed by Gene C. Fant Jr. for The Gospel Coalition.

“Gary Colledge’s helpful work, published on the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth, urges Christian readers in particular to consider rescuing Dickens from the literary quicksand of the past. . . . Colledge, adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, proposes that Dickens’s voice is as relevant today as it was in the past, as his works address significant issues of poverty, justice, personal hypocrisy, and faith.”

You can read the rest of Fant’s review here.

 

Gary Colledge was also featured in an interview last week with Dr. Bill Maier on Faith Radio.

 

Quick Hits:

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was reviewed by Englewood Review of Books.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed by The Christian Chronicle.

A Hobbit Journey by Matthew Dickerson was reviewed by Jeffrey Overstreet on his Patheos blog.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was recommended in Religious Herald.

Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam, was interviewed on Beyond the Box podcast.
Listen to: “The Nature of Scripture and the Question of Evolution with Peter Enns.”

We Were the Least of These by Elaine A. Heath was reviewed by Scott Endress on ClergySpirit and shared on the The Methoblog.

Arthur Boers, author of Living into Focus, was quoted extensively in the article “Virtual Virtue” on pages 18-23 of the July/August 2012 issue of Faith Today.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

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

Who Is My Enemy? by Lee. C. Camp
A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf
Christians and the Common Good by Charles E. Gutenson
War and the American Difference by Stanley Hauerwas
The Politics of Discipleship by Graham Ward
Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R.
Hope in Troubled Times by Bob Goudzwaard and David Van Heemst and Mark Vander Vennen

The Weekly Hit List: August 3, 2012

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was reviewed in Englewood Review of Books.

“. . . Colledge’s work has been among the most valuable contributions to Dickens scholarship in recent years. His new book, God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author, focuses on a crucial aspect of Dickens’s life and work that has been sadly neglected of late.

“Without an awareness of this aspect, Colledge rightly believes, we are hampered in our understanding of  Dickens’s work. . . .

“. . . The resulting book will appeal to and enlighten Dickens readers at all levels, from the casual fan to the serious scholar.”

 

Quick Hits:

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K. A. Smith was reviewed in American Theological Inquiry.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed in the July issue of Salvationist.

The Bible Made Impossible  by Christian Smith was reviewed on the blog Late Emerger.

 

We are giving away copies of two September 2012 Brazos Press releases over on Goodreads.

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We currently have giveaways posted for A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth by Matthew Dickerson and Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement by Ronald J. Sider.

 

The Weekly Hit List: July 20, 2012

Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam, was interviewed by The Discarded Image.

Following is an excerpt of his response to the question, “How much value should opinions of what is orthodox or what is heretical drive or limit one’s consideration of new ideas?”

“That’s a tough question, in part because orthodoxy and heterodoxy are not always as clear across the Christian spectrum as we might like to believe. . . . I think one’s exploratory thinking shouldn’t constantly reinvent the wheel, but be in conversation both with the broad Christian tradition and with those who disagree on the basis of their perceptions of what that tradition requires. . . .

“. . . when perceived systems of orthodoxy are seen as unquestioned arbiters of new ideas, the truth is not going to be served, and therefore God is not going to be served. Rather than, ‘What you say challenges our system, and so you are wrong,’ I would like to hear, ‘What you say challenges our system, yet we assume what you have to say is worth listening to. We do not know exactly where this will go at the outset, but let’s trust each other as we take this journey together.’”

 

Quick Hits:

Psalms for All Seasons was reviewed by Worship Leader.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed in Signs of the Times.

The Bible Made Impossible  by Christian Smith was reviewed on Lawrence Garcia’s blog.

Dale Goldsmith,  co-author of Speaking of Dying, was featured on the Princeton Alumni Weekly blog.

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was recommended summer reading on Her.meneutics.

Exploring Ecclesiology by Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger was recommended by Andy Naselli.

The Weekly Hit List: July 13, 2012

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was reviewed by Comment Magazine.

“Smith’s argument, however, is not simply critical. He offers a positive, even if tentative, plan for rightly dividing the word of truth.

While his main argument is that ‘pervasive interpretive pluralism’ violates the expectations that biblicism itself sets up, Smith appears also to think that biblicism helps generate (or at least exacerbate) interpretive pluralism.

Thus, his positive account functions, in part, to rein in some of biblicism’s more egregious results.”

 

Quick Hits:

God and Charles Dickens by Gary L. Colledge was discussed in the WORLD Magazine article “Victorian Culture Warrior.”

Stanley Hauerwas speaks on healthcare and dying in this The Work Of The People video.

James K. A. Smith, author of Letters to a Young Calvinist, was interviewed on Australia’s ABC Radio National.

Ben Witherington III wrote an article for Christianity Today on God’s grace and the gravity of sin: “‘Behavior Doesn’t Interrupt Your Relationship with Christ’: A Recipe for Disaster.”

Brian LePort has continued to write a series of posts on the “historicity” of Adam, comparing The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns and Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins.
Jesus’ understanding of Adam: the options” is the latest post in this series.

 

Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

For a limited time, the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series (a 16-volume set) is 40% off from Logos Bible Software.

July ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these ebooks are at least 50% off (and, in most cases, 70% or more):

A Cross-Shattered Church by Stanley Hauerwas
Good News for Anxious Christians by Phillip Cary
Testing Scripture by John Polkinghorne
Power Failure by Albert Borgmann
Is the Reformation Over? by Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom
Transforming Conversion by Gordon T. Smith

You can read more regarding the special ebook sale prices at www.brazospress.com/ebookspecials.

The Weekly Hit List: June 1, 2012

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was reviewed on Stephen Barkley’s blog.


Brian LePort is writing a series of posts on the “historicity” of Adam, comparing The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns and Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins.

Read part 1.

Read part 2.

Read part 3.

 

Creating a Spiritual Legacy by Daniel Taylor was recommended on the Living Story blog.

“Making lists of stories and characters, organizing around scenes, and
telling the truth are just a few of the many excellent suggestions
he offers. . . .Buy the book. Write a story. Leave a legacy.”

 

Summer Reading Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to David Dunkleberger.

David won our Summer Reading Giveaway on The Brazos Blog.

The book package he won included:

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf
Broken Hallelujahs by Christian Scharen
The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns
God and Charles Dickens by Gary Colledge
Living Into Focus by Arthur Boers

Keep checking back for our next giveaway.

The Weekly Hit List: May 25, 2012

Publishers Weekly interviewed Gary L. Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens.

“Charles Dickens, the iconic 19th-century English author who penned such classics as A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, filled his works with Christian references in a bid to encourage authentic devotion to Jesus Christ. But scholars and critics have ignored or downplayed this aspect of Dickens to such a degree that readers now commonly miss it. 

“That interpretation of Dickens’ legacy has driven Gary L. Colledge, an Ohio pastor and Moody Bible Institute instructor, to write God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author (Brazos Press, June).

“The book popularizes insights gleaned from Colledge’s graduate work on Dickens at St. Andrew’s University. Writing in accessible prose, Colledge quotes extensively from Dickens’ fiction and a bit from his journalism in order ‘to let him speak so that we might hear Dickens the Christian.’”

Read more at “Charles Dickens, Christian Writer: PW Talks With Gary Colledge.”

 

Quick Hits

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed on A. T. Ross’s blog.

Broken Hallelujahs by Christian Scharen was reviewed on Keith Clark’s Exploring Apprenticeship blog.