August Books Notes and Deals

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The last set of book notes appeared in May, and I’ve read a few more books since then. The best books I’ve read more recently are A. J. Swoboda’s Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World and Timothy P. Carney’s Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse. I found a few laughs in John Cleese’s autobiography So, Anyway… and, as I always do, enjoyed the insight of Stanley Hauerwas in his book Disrupting Time: Sermons, Prayers, and Sundries.

Christianbook.com is blowing out titles as the summer draws to a close. Some of those books are listed for under $5. For  friends who enjoy reading Hauerwas, With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Natural Theology is $3.99. Books about United Methodist membership vows, the denomination more broadly, and an account of the sacrament of communion are marked down. Richard Mouw’s Adventures in Evangelical Civility is $3.99, as is Stanley Grenz’s Prayer. Kuyper’s Stone Lectures can be had for $4.49 and N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Scripture and John Stott’s Basic Christianity are $5. Be judicious. Not every sale is a deal.

If you browse and find a title that interests you I haven’t listed here and want to know what I think, leave a comment and ask. I’ll tell you what I know.

As for Kindle deals, Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy is $2.99 and Nouwen’s Discernment is $1.99.

On a recent run to the library I scooped up several novels by Toni Morrison. I have a couple of books to read and review from InterVarsity Press. Tonight I’ll begin reading a book by Joseph Bottum called An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America.

Reading anything exciting? Anything you’d recommend?

I hope so. Peace.

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2 thoughts on “August Books Notes and Deals

  1. Just finished The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman. I appreciated its simplicity of breaking down all the life Jesus lived with his disciples.
    Next is Who God Says You Are by Kline Snodrass.
    With Subversive Sabbath, is that one of your favorite books you’ve found on that topic? I’m interested in reading something that will give me ideas on how to keep the sabbath to experience true rest.

    1. Cool. Subversive Sabbath is a good book, helpful biblically, theologically, and practically. I’m also a big fan of a book by Heschel on the Sabbath, which offers a helpful Jewish theological perspective. Most of what I’ve applied with Sabbath I’ve learned from Jim Smith, Dallas Willard, and Eugene Peterson—no single book, but little insights here and there.

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