The Weekly Hit List: May 20, 2016

Cover ArtBethany Hanke Hoang was interviewed about The Justice Calling on Equipped with Chris Brooks.

“As we look at the evil in the world, we may be tempted to toss up our hands in despair and ask ‘Is it even worth trying to make a difference for good?’ Guest host Susie Larson will talk with author and speaker Bethany Hoang. They will remind us of the One who is the source of justice and who calls us to join Him in His victorious work in the world!”

Andrew Wilson reviewed James K. A. Smith’s You Are What You Love.

You Are What You Love is a wonderful book: rich, readable, searching, provocative, theological, practical. For a book on how to live the Christian life well, it has remarkable depth; for a book on worship and character formation, it has remarkable bounce. I highly recommend it.”


Quick Hits:

At Godspace, Christine Sine reflected on Lisa Graham McMinn’s To The Table, and share the excerpt “Every Meal Holds the Hope of Life“.

J. Todd Billings, author of Rejoicing in Lament, reviewed When Breath Becomes Air for Christianity Today.

Spiritual Friendship, by Wesley Hill, was featured in the Christian Century’s Take & Read.

First Things will be hosting a book talk and reception with theologian and pastor Victor Lee Austin, author of Losing Susan.

 

The Weekly Hit List: April 29, 2016

Cover ArtJames K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love, was interviewed by Heather Walker Peterson at Humane Pursuits.

“Nobody thinks their way into consumerism. Rather, the liturgies of the mall and market co-opt our love by capturing our imagination.”

In Justice, Beauty, and Habits of Waiting, Christen Borgman Yates reviewed Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson’s The Justice Calling for Comment Magazine.

Hoang and Johnson have given us a gift in The Justice Calling. In a world with so many distracting voices, they’ve helped clarify the biblical account of God’s desire for this world to be set to rights

J. Todd Billings was part of a Calvin Institute for Christian Worship panel discussion on Rejoicing in Lament and racism – connecting lamenting cancer with lamenting cancerous racism.

“As Yale theologian Willie James Jennings has argued, racism is ‘woven like a cancer’ into American Christianity. Like cancer, racism is a deep-seated disease that requires more than a ‘quick fix’ treatment.”

Quick Hits:

James K. A. Smith was interviewed on The Eric Metaxas Show, Equipped with Chris Brooks, and Newsworthy with Norsworthy.

You Are What You Love was reviewed by The Gospel Coalition, Influence Magazine, and Jesus Creed.

J. Todd Billings recently wrote the post Superficial Resurrection Hope? and his article A Luminous Mystery was honored at the annual Associated Church Press competition.

The Latest on The Justice Calling

Kristen Deede Johnson discusses the passion for justice she sees in her students, and asks what it might look like for them to still be that passionate when they are 40 with a mortgage.

Bethany Hanke Hoang wrote “one key to walking through suffering” for Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience.

“Lament is a gift.

In the midst of everything going wrong around us – whether in the world at large or in the lives of people whose names and faces we know and hold dear – lament is a gift given to help us hold fast to God.

God invites lament because He knows our temptation to turn away rather than toward Him in the heat of hardship.

The more we probe Scripture to see how prophets and leaders and ordinary people lamented their circumstances, the more it becomes clear that God invites our questions and pleadings rather than our despair and silence.”

Quick Hits:

Kristen Deede Johnson and Bethany Hanke Hoang wrote “Live As Saints (Not Heroes)” for Perspectives Journal.

Lived Theology featured The Justice Calling on its reading list, and will host a book launch on Thursday, March 17.

We created a series of sharable graphics for The Justice Calling. You can see an example below, and find the rest here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Feel free to share them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

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The Weekly Hit List: February 26, 2016

 The Englewood Review of BooksBook Trailer of the Week was for The Justice Calling by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

Byron Borger praised The Justice Calling as well as The Future of our Faith by Ron Side and Ben Lowe.

“What a book! On the heels of #Jubilee2016 this is perfect for me, since the conversations within circle around a huge question for many of us: what is the future of the evangelical movement, in what ways do the rising Christian leaders see things similarly or differently than older church leaders, and what are the burning issues pressing on us now, and looming on the horizon.”

Quick Hits:

Peter Leithart’s Traces of the Trinity was reviewed at Mere Orthodoxy.

At Thoughts, Prayers, and Songs, James called Kathryn Greene-McCreight’s Darkness is my Only Companion “required reading for anyone doing pastoral work.”

Kristen Williams reviewed To The Table by Lisa Graham McMinn.

The Weekly Hit List: February 12, 2016

Cover ArtAt A Slice of Infinity, Jill Carattini reflected on Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings.

“Lament is an expression of grief, a practice—maybe even a word—that has fallen out of use in modern times, a discipline often avoided, even buried in Christian liturgies. “[I]n a growing trend,” writes Billings, “many funerals completely avoid the language of dying and death as well as the appearance of the dead body—turning it all into a one-sided ‘celebration’ of the life of the one who has died.”(1) Such language might be fitting for certain worldviews, particularly those worldviews where death remains an enemy that puts an end to the life we are celebrating. But the biblical paradox about death attends to far more of the human experience.”

Quick Hits:

The Colossian Forum staff members enjoyed a sneak peek at the new book The Justice Calling, by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

James K. A. Smith, author of the forthcoming You Are What You Love, wrote about An American Lent.

Just in time for Lent – a Free Discussion Guide for Rejoicing in Lament

The Weekly Hit List: January 8, 2016

Cover ArtWesley Hill’s Spiritual Friendship was featured in The 2015 Christ and Pop Culture 25.

“Raises the possibility of deeper friendships being not just as a bulwark against corrosive individualism or a solution to the “problem” of gay Christians, but also a rich font of spiritual blessing for everyone. This short book is desperately needed in our cultural context, raising questions we shouldn’t keep to ourselves.”

Publishers Weekly reviewed The Justice Calling, coming soon from Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson.

“Powerful insights, based in scripture and Christian teaching, to help Christians to live out Jesus’ teachings in a globalized, interconnected, but impersonal world.”

Quick Hits:

Rejoicing in Lament, by J. Todd Billings, was a book of the year at Pilgrim in Progress and The Fidelity Essays, and was recommended at Scrawlings & Ramblings.

Ellen Charry’s Psalms 1- 50 was reviewed at SirReadaLot.

James K. A. Smith, author of the forthcoming You Are What You Love, was interviewed Thursday on The Ride Home with John & Kathy. You can find the podcast here, starting at the 1:12:00 mark.

The Weekly Hit List: January 23, 2015

Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

“An exploration of complex, age-old questions about suffering and God’s nature leads Billings to extol the beauty of mystery and the limits of human wisdom: ‘humans don’t have an answer to the problem of evil, and we shouldn’t claim that we have one.’

“Along with disclosing his wrenching questions, fears, and hopes, Billings explores ‘the ways in which God’s story intersects with the cancer story.’

“His poignant insight into the role of lament in faithful Christian living makes this a work of both astute scholarship and powerful testimony.”

Read the entire review here.

 

Quick Hits:

The Justice Calling by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson (July 2015) was recommended by Relevant Magazine as one of “12 Books We’re Excited About This Year.”

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins by Dennis Okholm was reviewed by Denver Journal.

Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight was reviewed by Chris Hennessey and by Johnny Walker.

Scot McKnight was appointed by Bishop Todd Hunter as a Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others.

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, spoke at Calvin College’s January Series on “Apple, Google, and other ‘iGods’.”

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was recommended on Hearts & Minds Books and reviewed on Anabaptist Redux.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was recommended on Hearts & Minds Books.

Presence and Encounter by David G. Benner was recommended by Eddie Olliffe.

A Public Faith by Miroslav Volf was reviewed on The Christian Mind.

The Weekly Hit List: January 9, 2015

Rejoicing in Lament (February 2015) by J. Todd Billings received a 5-star review from Christianity Today.

“Few words have the power to chill the soul as does cancer. Combined with terminal, the effect is both exponential and surreal.

“It is trite to say that a cancer diagnosis will change your life. Hearing these words from a doctor is profoundly disorienting, more like an out-of-body experience than a medical judgment. Once the sentence is pronounced over us, like some strange and terrifying sacrament uttered by a priest, we are never the same.

“At age 39, theologian J. Todd Billings was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. In his remarkable book Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Brazos Press), he presents an unflinching look at how life changes after a medical death sentence. In the same tradition as C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed and Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Rejoicing in Lament is brave, honest, and probing. But this book has one important difference. Most writers in this genre look at death and dying through the eyes of a family member who survives. Billings surveys the same terrain, but through the lens of someone who is dying, someone whose landscape includes both ‘a narrowed future’ and ‘a spacious place.’ It is territory marked by fog and light, sorrow and joy. Billings wrote the book during various stages of his treatment, and its contours reflect the shape of a journey that isn’t over.”

Read the entire review here.

 

Three forthcoming Brazos Press titles were included in The Englewood Review of Books‘ Top 50 Books For Christian Readers to Watch for in 2015“:

 

Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried by Ronald J. Sider (February 2015)

“Every once in a while a book substantially changes the conversation, and even the posture, of the church. What Ron Sider’s Rich Christians in An Age of Hunger did to change how Christians think about poverty, Nonviolent Action promises to do for how we think about war. This book is for every person who is appalled by evil but conflicted in how to respond to it in a way that honors Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It is not just for pacifists. It is for skeptics, war hawks, liberals, and conservatives—but is not for the faint of heart, for in the end it is a clarion call to take the cross as seriously as we have taken the sword.”
Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and founding partner of The Simple Way

 

Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian by Wesley Hill (April 2015)

“Wesley Hill captured my imagination by presenting a vision of friendship—spiritual friendship—that has been our Christian heritage. Each of us who make up the body of Christ will be enriched and our corporate witness to a broader culture enhanced if we can find a way to live into this vision.”
Mark A. Yarhouse, Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology, Regent University

 

The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson (fall 2015)

Here two authors with firsthand experience in the justice movement encourage us to ground our call to justice in sound biblical and theological teaching as we engage with the most critical global needs of our time. The authors connect justice to Scripture, the character of God, and the long traditions of the church so that our passion meets perseverance and justice becomes an enduring and integrated part of our life and faith.

 

Kingdom Conspiracy Media:

Books at a Glance reviewed Kingdom Conspiracy.

David Matthew reviewed Kingdom Conspiracy.

Joshua Ryan Butler reviewed Kingdom Conspiracy.

Scot McKnight wrote “On the term ‘Kingdom.'”

 

Quick Hits:

Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings was reviewed by Reformation 21 in “New & Noteworthy Books in 2015.”

Craig Detweiler, author of iGods, will present at Calvin College’s January Series on Monday, January 12, on  “iGods: How Technology Shapes our Spiritual and Social Lives.”

Craig Detweiler discussed the positive and negative ways in which technology shapes our lives with the Centre for Public Christianity.

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg was reviewed in Denver Journal.

Generous Spaciousness by Wendy VanderWal-Gritter was reviewed by Drew McIntyre.

Colossians (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Christopher Seitz was reviewed by Chris Woznicki.

A Beautiful Disaster by Marlena Graves was reviewed on Traces of Faith.

 

Ebook Specials:

Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity by Jonathan Malesic is only $1.99 (93% off) from participating retailers through January 12.