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: 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 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 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.


The Weekly Hit List: January 17, 2014

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was reviewed by several reviewers for EFCA Today.

Of Games and God is part of a growing body of literature encouraging Christians to think critically about our relationship to technology. . . .

“For the pastor wanting to understand the child playing Elmo Loves ABCs, the teenager playing Call of Duty, the young professional playing World of Warcraft or the mom playing Candy Crush, Of Games and God helps us think about God, faith, video games and gaming culture from a distinctly Christian perspective.”

Read the rest of the reviews here.


And in case you missed it, this past Monday Kevin Schut spoke at The January Series at Calvin College.

Video of his talk is available here.


Quick Hits:

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was recommended by Walt Mueller.

Roger Olson shared that he is reading iGods  by Craig Detweiler.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut and The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns were recommended by Pastor  Matt Mitchell.

Educating All God’s Children by Nicole Baker Fulgham was quoted on Flower Patch FarmGirl blog.

Jesus and Money by Ben Witherington III was quoted by Paul Beasley-Murray.


Ebook Specials:

The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith is only $2.99 (82% off) from participating retailers through January 23.

Ebook Special for On God’s Side by Jim Wallis

Now through February 2, the ebook of On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good by Jim Wallis is only $3.99 (82% off) from the following participating retailers:


Barnes & Noble



“Christian activist and writer Wallis . . . draws on inspiration from Abraham Lincoln to reflect on the common good outside of political labels. . . . Clear definition and conviction . . . defines much of the book.”
Publishers Weekly

“Jim Wallis has long been an influential voice on Christian ethics and public life. But on a three-month sabbatical during the pinnacle of election season, Wallis stepped out of his sphere of influence to become, not a participator, but an observer. The result is a fresh take on the interplay of faith and politics in America.”

Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society. He explains how the good news of Jesus transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives. Jesus’s gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows usin concrete wayshow to be both personally responsible and socially just. Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy.

Releasing in the wake of the 2012 election cycle, this book seeks to move beyond the current media and political warfare and bring together a divided country. 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 Weekly Hit List: January 10, 2014

Two Brazos Press authors are speaking next week at The January Series
at Calvin College.

Kevin Schut, author of Of Games and God, will speak on Monday, January 13, at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Kevin was recently featured in article “January Series speaker Kevin Schut explores video games from a Christian point-of-view.”


Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, will speak on Tuesday, January 14, at 12:30 p.m. EST.


Both talks can be heard live online here.


Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor.

The audio book version of A Life Observed by Devin Brown won an AudioFile award. The review can be read here.

iGods by Craig Detweiler was reviewed on Digital Evangelism Issues.

Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R. was reviewed on SKJAM! Reviews.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was mentioned on Present Tense.

The Brazos Press Best of 2013

Many of our titles received awards and were included in “best of” lists in 2013.

Following are some of the honors Brazos Press books received this year.


The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns won Gold in the Religion category of ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was one of the Academy of Parish Clergy’s Top 10 Books of the Year.


Esther & Daniel (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Samuel Wells and George Sumner was included in’s 2013 Survey of Year’s Best Bibles and Bible Reference.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers won in the Christian Living category of The Word Awards.

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


A happy 2014 to all our readers!

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 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 12, 2013

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, was interviewed by Daniel Darling on Leadership Journal blog Out of Ur.

Some might advocate a complete withdrawal from technology and yet you would say that reflects a poor theology as well, would you not?

“No one escapes the pull of technology and how it enhances our lives. Clothing was a great consolation for Adam and Eve. Same with the hoe or the plow. In building an ark to God’s specifications, Noah preserved the biodiversity of creation. We don’t think of the fork as technology, because we all embrace it as a great invention. Same with glasses. Who wants to go back to life without penicillin? God commanded us to be fruitful and multiply. Better agriculture, medicine, and education help us fulfill that calling. We’re also called to replenish the earth, to steward our resources. Technology can make us better servants of God and each other.”

Read the rest of the interview here.


Other iGods media:

iGods was reviewed by Ken Puls for Founders Ministries Blog: “[Detweiler] is to be commended for calling us to examine closely the technology we bring into our lives.”

Craig Detweiler wrote “Abundance and Open Source or Why I Wrote iGODS.”

Craig Detweiler wrote “What Amazon Is Priming Us For” for Leadership Journal blog Out of Ur.


Quick Hits:

Jim Wallis, author of On God’s Side, was interviewed on GOD TALKS.

Peter Enns, author of The Evolution of Adam, was interviewed by Randal Rauser for The Tentative Apologist Podcast.

The Evolution of Adam was reviewed by James F. McGrath for Reports of the National Center for Science Education.

Nicole Baker Fulgham, author of Educating All God’s Children, was included in Rachel Held Evans’ list of “101 Christian Women Speakers.”

Educating All God’s Children was recommended by Laura Turner.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed in Mockler Memo.

The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith was referenced in The Gospel Coalition article “Glory, Truth, Beauty: 500 Years of Reflection on Revelation.”