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.

Ebook Special for Testing Scripture by John Polkinghorne

Now through June 10, the ebook of Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne is only $2.99 (83% off) from the following participating retailers:


Barnes & Noble


“Polkinghorne is one of my favorite Christian voices. Who else could you read who is a world-renowned physicist and a prolific theologian and has been knighted by the Queen? In classic Polkinghorne fashion, this thin volume explores why the Scripture (even with all the problems and questions Scripture raises) is the ultimate source of beauty and truth.”
—Winn CollierReligious Herald

“John Polkinghorne is one of the most important Christian thinkers alive, respected for his contributions to science, theology, and their interface. In Testing Scripture he shows how a thoughtful believer can respect the insights and authority of Scripture without getting mired in the quicksand of biblical literalism. I highly recommend this accessible and informed survey.”
Karl Giberson, author or coauthor of seven books, including Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne Found God in Science and Religion

Scientist and theologian John Polkinghorne is one of the world’s leading authorities on issues of science and faith. In this compelling work, he provides a fresh, honest look at key themes of the Bible from an analytical and rational perspective, offering a series of insights that have helped him in his own engagement with the Bible. Polkinghorne tackles the questions a modern Western thinker might bring to the Bible, including issues of Scripture and authority, contradiction and ambiguity, and the creation and fall. He also addresses theological challenges of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the writings of Paul. “I have written this little book in the hope that it will be helpful to those who are seeking a careful and thoughtful engagement with the Bible in their quest for a truthful understanding of the ways of God and the nature of spiritual reality,” writes Polkinghorne. His nuanced approach will be appreciated by any reader with an open and inquiring mind who is interested in the intersection between science and Scripture.

John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is internationally known as both a physicist and a priest. He served as president of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, prior to his retirement. He is founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion, a member of England’s Royal Society, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002.

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: January 4, 2013

Some of the Best of the Best of 2012:

The Evolution of Adam

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was included as a “Best Book of the Year” by Rachel Held Evans.

It was also one of Brian LePort‘sTop Ten Books I Read This Year“:

“I finished this book with the conclusion that the Gospel does not depend on the historicity of Adam, but that doesn’t mean that this discussion is meaningless. A lot has to change for conservative Christians if they decide to abandon the historicity of Adam. Debates over everything from the nature of Scripture, to hermeneutics, to worldview, to gender roles, to eschatology can be impacted by one’s understanding of Adam (and Eve).

“If you are not satisfied with the ‘Bible v. Science’ paradigm this book may be a useful tool in beginning to reassess how you think about a lot of things.”


The Space Between


The Space Between by Eric O. Jacobsen, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom, was the “Best provocative new book” of the “Best of 2012 in green community solutions,” according to Kaid Benfield (Director of Sustainable Communities for the National Resources Defense Council):

“This one was a very tough call, given The Walkable City . . . and Chuck Marohn’s . . . Thoughts on Building Strong Towns. But my nod goes to Eric Jacobsen’s Christian case for cities, The Space Between, because of its freshness.”

The Space Between was also an Honorable Mention on Englewood Review of Book’s Best Books of 2012 list.


Quick Hits:

Matthew Dickerson, author of A Hobbit Journey, was interviewed by Jeffrey Overstreet. Read part 1. Read part 2.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was reviewed by Mennonite World Review

Testing Scripture by John Polkinghorne was included in a post on Jesus Creed.


Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

January ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 40% off.

Commentary on the New Testament by Robert H. Gundry
The Character of Christian Scripture by Christopher R. Seitz
Creator Spirit by Steven R. Guthrie
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics edited by Joel B. Green
Genesis (BTCB) by R. R. Reno
Flawed Families of the Bible by David E. Garland and Diana R. Garland
Cross-Shattered Christ by Stanley Hauerwas
The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass

Brazos Press July Ebook Specials

We are happy to announce the July ebook specials currently going on for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles.

*We announce these specials (as well as free ebook days) on this blog and our social media.
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All of these ebooks are at least 50% off (and, in most cases, more):

The Weekly Hit List: January 27, 2012

Peter Enns’ new Brazos book The Evolution of Adam has received a lot of attention this week. As we mentioned earlier in the week, Enns posted an article on The Huffington Post titled “Once More, With Feeling: Adam, Evolution and Evangelicals”.

At the “Jesus Creed” blog, RJS posted on Enns’ book and HuffPo article.

Be sure to also check out Peter Enns’ blog where he has been posting about The Evolution of Adam.


John Polkinghorne’s Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible continues to generate some excellent discussion by RJS at the “Jesus Creed” blog. The most recent post is titled “Why Would a Scientist Believe the Virgin Birth?”

Previous posts by RJS:
Testing Scripture 1 (RJS)
Testing Scripture 2 (RJS)
Testing Scripture on Creation and Fall (RJS)
Is There Ambiguity in the Bible? (RJS)

Testing Scripture was also blogged about over at “The Internet Monk”: “The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes”

Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship debuted this week at the Calvin Symposium on Worship.

It was featured in an article in the Grand Rapids Press.

Check out the website for the psalter.




The Englewood Review of Books recently featured reviews of two Brazos titles:

Broken Hallelujahs by Christian Scharen

Be Not Afraid by Samuel Wells

The Vampire Defanged Ebook $2.99!

For just a limited time, you can purchase an ebook copy of The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero by Susannah Clements for only $2.99.

It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and

The Evolution of Adam Blog Tour and Giveaway

All next week we will be hosting the Evolution of Adam blog tour.

For a list of participants, click here.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway where you could win The Evolution of Adam and other books from Brazos Press. Enter here.

The Weekly Hit List: January 20, 2012

We have some exciting news and resources to share in this edition of The Weekly Hit List. To fit it all in, we are dividing this post into three sections:

Around the Web:

“Jesus Creed” blogger “RJS” posted two entries this week referencing Brazos books:
In “Adam in Genesis and Paul,” the blogger looked at some introductory issues explored in Peter Enns‘ new book The Evolution of Adam.
Continuing a series of posts on the book, RJS also looked at John Polkinghorne’s Testing Scripture in a post entitled “Is There Ambiguity in the Bible?”.

Rachel Held Evans began blogging through Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible.
The book was also featured on two other blogs: “Bournagain” and “Nita’s Book Club”.

Three blogs reviewed Miroslav Volf’s A Public Faith:    “Religion in the Balance”, “Journey with Jesus”, and “iCrucified”.

Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds listed his top books of 2011 – including Volf’s A Public Faith and Brian Walsh’s Kicking at the Darkness.

Finally, Peter Enns was mentioned in a Huffington Post article by Brandon Withrow. Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam was also reviewed on the “Disoriented Theology” blog.

Announcing “The Evolution of Adam Blog Tour”

We are excited to announce that The Brazos Blog will be hosting a blog tour for Peter Enns’ new book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins from Jan. 30th to Feb. 3rd.

During that week, we have enlisted some wonderful bloggers to review and interact with this important book. As these bloggers post about the book, we will be linking their reviews on this site (and possibly hosting a few blog entries ourselves!). We will also be giving away copies of The Evolution of Adam and other titles.

Check here next Wednesday for more details on the book giveaway and a full list of participants.

Kicking at the Darkness Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to Bryan Gormley, Agus Sadewa, Phillip Waters, Tom Fagan, and Mindy McAuley on winning a free copy of Brian Walsh’s Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination from The Brazos Blog. Check your inboxes for an email on how to receive your book!


The Weekly Hit List: January 13, 2012

This past week Brazos released our newest title, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns.

Dr. Enns has been posting on several issues from the book on his blog on

Other bloggers have also been commenting on The Evolution of Adam:

Scot McKnight reposted a blog entry by Peter Enns – and generated some good discussion in the comments section.

Joseph Kelly blogged about the historical Adam – incorporating Enns

Christian Scharen, author of Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God, recently wrote a piece for The Cresset on musical act Mumford and Sons.

Check it out: “A Deliberately Spiritual Thing

Chris Keith continued his series on Broken Hallelujahs on his blog “Exploring Apprenticeship“.

RJS, on the “Jesus Creed” blog, continues to blog on John Polkinghorne’s Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible.

The latest entry is here: Testing Scripture on Creation and Fall (RJS)

Previous Entries:

Testing Scripture 1 (RJS)

Testing Scripture 2 (RJS)

Kicking at the Darkness Giveaway

For our current promotion, we are giving away 5 copies of Brian Walsh’s Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination.

To enter, click here.

As we posted earlier this week, be sure to check out Dr. Walsh’s recent Huffington Post piece “Pacing the Cage: The Prophetic Hope of Bruce Cockburn“.

The Weekly Hit List: January 6, 2012

There has been a lot to report since our last Weekly Hit List.

Earlier this week, we posted on where many of our Brazos titles appeared on various “Best Books of 2011” lists. Be sure to see that post if you missed it.

Daniel Treier wrote a piece for Books & Culture entitled “Heaven on Earth?” which engages with Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible

The Englewood Review of Books recently posted an excellent review of The Bible Made Impossible. Check it out here.

Smith’s book also got some attention from various bloggers:

The Mind of Brian

Through A Glass Darkly

John Polkinghorne’s Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible was the subject of two posts on the “Jesus Creed” blog.

Testing Scripture 1 (RJS)

Testing Scripture 2 (RJS)

The past two weeks have seen several bloggers review Brian Walsh’s new book Kicking at the Darkness.

Check out what these bloggers have to say:

Next Reformation

Michael Levitt’s Blog

Panorama of a Book Saint

Rooted + Radical

Soul Surmise