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Join Aaron Armstrong, Dave Schroeder and Barnabas Piper talk about the books they love (and a few they really don’t) to help you be a better reader.

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Join Aaron Armstrong, Dave Schroeder and Barnabas Piper talk about the books they love (and a few they really don’t) to help you be a better reader.

    Boys in a Bookstore Wearing Microphones

    Boys in a Bookstore Wearing Microphones

    Today, we're offering a special Dave-less bonus episode featuring our friend Nick Rynerson. Nick was in town on business, and we decided that we should to something amazing: we should go to McKay's, one of my favorite bookstores!


    Get ready for the weirdest episode we may have ever done as we:


    Offer hot takes on books we see Recommend books for one another Describe our approaches to bookstore browsing Search for David Foster Wallace books and other titles Nick can't remember Get a totally off-brand book for Dave that he has to read (because it's a gift, and it would be bad form to do otherwise)

    All while wondering how long it's going to be before someone kicks us out.


    A few of the books we mentioned on this episode:

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson The Crown Jewels by Walter Jon Williams Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling Ex Machina Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughn & Tony Harris (note: this book is intended for adult readers only) Commonwealth by Anne Patchett Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace The Big Short by Michael Lewis Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

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    • 33 min
    Weird Manliness Book Trends, John Eldredge, & Fairy Tales

    Weird Manliness Book Trends, John Eldredge, & Fairy Tales

    What's my problem with the weird books that tell men how to be men? Bill Delvaux joins Dave and me in the studio to talk books for men, faith, and gender stereotypes (a little). Listen in as we discuss:


    What I (Aaron) really thinks ofWild at Heart How guys use busyness as a way to avoid having to deal with personal issues The problem with most books directed toward men Our fascination with Jeff Goldblum and Nicholas Cage How mythical stories can help us better understand our wiring as men


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    A few of the books we mentioned on this episode:

    Heroic by Bill Delvaux Lilith, Phantastes, and The Golden Key by George MacDonald The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Aimee Byrd

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    Leave a five-star rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to the show. Give us a follow on Twitter at @MalContentsPod Be sure to use the Amazon affiliate links above to help us pay for the costs of producing and hosting the show. Interested in sponsoring Table of (mal)Contents? Let's talk via email or DM @malContentsPod on Twitter.

    • 41 min
    Saints and Scoundrels, Women's Bible Studies, & Teleconferencing Guests

    Saints and Scoundrels, Women's Bible Studies, & Teleconferencing Guests

    Nancy Guthrie, who is already in the running for best guest ever after last episode, returns for another round of talking books, banter, and throwing shade at Dave (well, actually at me, but I like to pretend it was directed at Dave). Listen in as we talk:


    Why it's taken us so long to have her on the show Why we like having guests in-studio instead of joining via teleconference If/when one of us will be invited onto Nancy's podcast, Help Me Teach the Bible The story behind Nancy's upcoming book, Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus Why women need to be deeply engaged in Bible study Who or what Nancy nominates for this week's Jack Reacher Sucker Punch of the Week


    This episode is sponsored by our friends at Useful Group. Whether you’re looking for a new website, or need help developing your marketing strategy, they want to be useful to you. Learn more at usefulgroup.com.



    A few of the books we mentioned on this episode:

    Mortification of Sin by John Owen The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger The First Fowler by S. D. Smith The Six by K. B. Hoyle

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    Leave a five-star rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to the show. Give us a follow on Twitter at @MalContentsPod Be sure to use the Amazon affiliate links above to help us pay for the costs of producing and hosting the show. Interested in sponsoring Table of (mal)Contents? Let's talk via email or DM @malContentsPod on Twitter.

    • 56 min
    Becoming an Author, Endorsing a Book vs a Person, & the Story You Need to Tell

    Becoming an Author, Endorsing a Book vs a Person, & the Story You Need to Tell

    At long last, Nancy Guthrie joins us in the studio this week! Nancy is a Bible teacher, host of Help Me Teach the Bible, and the author of many books, including the upcoming Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus, which we'll talk about a bit next episode. But this week, we're talking about a lot of different and important topics, including:


    Nancy's history in publishing—from publicist to author—and how it made her a better writer Why we should thank the author of The Total Woman (Google that one, y'all) for encouraging Nancy to start writing Nancy's rules for endorsing books The difference between being a theological thinker and being theologically driven The value of physical vs digital books as a learner Why your story may not be meant to be in a book—even if everyone is telling you to write one


    This episode is sponsored by our friends at Useful Group. Whether you're looking for a new website, or need help developing your marketing strategy, they want to be useful to you. Learn more at usefulgroup.com.



    A few of the books we mentioned on this episode:

    Biblical Theology by Geerhardus Vos Understanding Dispensationalists by Vern Poythress Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard Justice League: The Sixth Dimension by Scott Snyder & Jorge Jimenez The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender

    And be sure to check out all of Nancy's books on Amazon or wherever you purchase your books (but if you go with Amazon, you'll be supporting the show, so there's that).


    Sharing and supporting the show

    Leave a five-star rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to the show. Give us a follow on Twitter at @MalContentsPod Be sure to use the Amazon affiliate links above to help us pay for the costs of producing and hosting the show. Interested in sponsoring Table of (mal)Contents? Let's talk via email or DM @malContentsPod on Twitter.

    • 52 min
    Misunderstood Authors, Tom Clancy, and the Wendell Berry Jar

    Misunderstood Authors, Tom Clancy, and the Wendell Berry Jar

    Our friend Nick Rynerson joins us as he auditions to take over for our former co-host (but still friend of the podcast), Barnabas. Listen in as we discuss:


    Why Nick's coworkers have a Wendell Berry jar in the office Misunderstood authors (both their work and their lifestyles) How Keanu Reeves can be the nicest man in the world and Neil Young is seemingly not, yet both are Canadian Why Dave is reading a Tom Clancy novel when we normally make fun of such things

    All this and the usual silliness and mockery that goes on between everyone on this show.



    This episode is sponsored by our friends at Useful Group. Whether you're looking for a new website, or need help developing your marketing strategy, they want to be useful to you. Learn more at usefulgroup.com.


    A few of the books we mentioned on this episode:

    Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy Peace Like a River by Leif Enger South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero

    Sharing and supporting the show

    Leave a five-star rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to the show. Give us a follow on Twitter at @MalContentsPod Be sure to use the Amazon affiliate links above to help us pay for the costs of producing and hosting the show. Interested in sponsoring Table of (mal)Contents? Let's talk via email or DM @malContentsPod on Twitter.

    • 45 min
    The Talk

    The Talk

    It's time for our last new episode until 2020, and it's time for the three of us to have "the talk."


    Wait… what?


    What kind of talk are we talking about?


    You'll have to listen to find out.


    But in addition to that, a few other important things happen on the show:


    We play another round of our favorite game, "Leadership Book or Captain Picard" We discuss if we've embraced the "no hugging, no learning" rule (or if we're okay with side hugging) We talk about why Chevy Chase is terrible

    And what's the deal with the doll Barnabas is holding?




    Because we didn't really talk about any books on this episode, we'd encourage you to check out any (or all) of the following written by us (and leave a 5-star review on each one!):


    Epic: The Story that Changed the World Epic Devotions Awaiting a Savior Contend The Curious Christian

    Finally, be sure to grab a few bags of the Table of (mal)Contents blend by our friends at Lagares Coffee Roasters.


    Sharing and supporting the show

    Leave a five-star rating and review of the show on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to the show. Give us a follow on Twitter at @MalContentsPod Be sure to use the Amazon affiliate links above to help us pay for the costs of producing and hosting the show. Interested in sponsoring Table of (mal)Contents? Let's talk via email or DM @malContentsPod on Twitter.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

Jayrey15 ,

If I had a podcast, it would be like this

What I love about this podcast is that while it is Christian, it isn’t just about “Christian” books. I’m getting great reading recommendations, challenged to read outside of my usual literary fare, and enjoying the banter between the guys. This podcast has also helped alleviate the tension I’ve felt between reading good literature verses reading good theological books. Both have value for Christians and this podcast affirms this, not through pontification, but through their genuine joy in reading broadly. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, guys!

Mplsoccasioanlbiblioplile ,

Okay, okay, alright already...

I finally broke down and picked up a Pat Conroy book at the library after hearing Barnabas sing his promises (snark his praises?) podcast after podcast. This ‘South of Broad’ better be good sir. In all seriousness, this podcast gives no end to recommendations of what to (and not to) read along with entertaining dialogue. Thanks for an audio file I anticipate each week.

GlennReid ,

Fun, encouraging, but too crude

Super encouraging for readers! I love the fun banter, but the cussing is totally unnecessary. I know it’s not the biggest deal, but I guess I just expect edifying speech from Christians

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