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 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. 

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

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“Colledge’s work has been among the most valuable contributions to Dickens scholarship in recent years. His new book . . . focuses on a crucial aspect of Dickens’s life and work that has been sadly neglected of late. . . . The resulting book will appeal to and enlighten Dickens readers at all levels, from the casual fan to the serious scholar. . . . Colledge gets right to the point very early in the book: ‘The Christian nature of his work is straightforward and conspicuous. And it is no wonder, because Dickens was deliberate and intentional in expressing his Christian convictions in his work.’ It’s a bold statement, but Colledge spends the rest of God and Charles Dickens backing it up, thoroughly examining what both Dickens himself and those around him had to say about his own faith and its impact on his writing. . . . Colledge makes a very convincing case for the authentic Christianity of [Dickens’s] voice–a case that will be difficult for any honest critic to ignore.”
Englewood Review of Books

“Gary Colledge’s helpful work, published on the 200th anniversary of [Dickens’s] birth, urges Christian readers in particular to consider rescuing Dickens from the literary quicksand of the past. . . . Working from Dickens’s letters and the best of scholarship, Colledge asserts that the author’s Christian faith was so vital that it can still speak to us today. . . . Colledge offers a passionate case, both well-researched and well-written, that we should find much to embrace in Dickens’s stories. Dickens is an example of what a lay person dedicated to Christ can accomplish through art, as well as through a life of service well-lived.”
The Gospel Coalition

Though Charles Dickens’s writings are now more than 100 years old, many remain in print and are avidly read and studied. Often overlooked–or unknown–are the considerable Christian convictions this author held and displayed in his work.

God and Charles Dickens illuminates a fresh perspective on Dickens by examining Dickens the Christian and showing how Christian beliefs and practices permeate his work. Gary Colledge examines Dickens’s novels, letters, and other writings to explore his Christian thought and worldview. Chapters examine Dickens’s life and work topically, arguing that Christian faith was front and center in some of what he wrote (such as his children’s work The Life of Our Lord) and saliently implicit throughout various other characters and plots. This work, especially timely since 2012 is Dickens’s 200th birthday year, will appeal to students of literature. It brings to life the vital faith of an enduringly important and vastly popular writer.

Gary L. Colledge (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is currently an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. He wrote his dissertation on Dickens and Christianity. Colledge is the author of Dickens, Christianity, and “The Life of Our Lord” and contributed several articles to the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.

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.