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An ongoing, thoughtful conversation about the reading life brought to you by the editors and contributors to the Englewood Review of Books. Panelists discuss how they engage in reading, what it means to read well, and of course the books and writers they enjoy. Expect lively discussions about books from all genres from a rotating group of writers and readers who care about reading well.

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An ongoing, thoughtful conversation about the reading life brought to you by the editors and contributors to the Englewood Review of Books. Panelists discuss how they engage in reading, what it means to read well, and of course the books and writers they enjoy. Expect lively discussions about books from all genres from a rotating group of writers and readers who care about reading well.

    Episode 47: Live from CCDA w/Alexia Salvatierra & Greg Jarrell

    Episode 47: Live from CCDA w/Alexia Salvatierra & Greg Jarrell

    Chris had the chance to sit down at CCDA with two first-time podcast guests Alexia Salvatierra & Greg Jarrell for a conversation themed around Alexia's new book, and especially what majority-culture Christians can learn from marginalized, immigrant communities across the globe.

    Special thanks to IVP for granting the space to record this conversation at the conference!

    Books & Writing Mentioned in this Episode:

    If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 
    Buried Seeds: Learning From the Vibrant Resilience of Marginalized Christian Communities by Alexia Salvatierra & Brandon WrencherGreg's review of 'Buried Seeds' for ERBOur Trespasses: White Churches and the Making and Taking of Neighborhoods by Greg Jarrell (forthcoming from Fortress Press)Globalization and Theology (Horizons in Theology) by Jeorg RiegerGhostly Matters: Haunting and the Social Imagination by Avery GordonBeloved by Toni MorrisonHealing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization by Elaine Enns & Ched Myers

    • 36 min
    Episode 46: Jon Sweeney, Laura Fabrycky & Andrew Arndt

    Episode 46: Jon Sweeney, Laura Fabrycky & Andrew Arndt

    Chris sits in the host seat for a wide-ranging discussion of asceticism with three fantastic panelists. They talk about the place of asceticism in Christian history and tradition, as well as the relevance of ascetic practices in our cultural context.

    Books & Writing Mentioned in this Episode:

    If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 
    Teresa of Calcutta: Dark Night, Active Love by Jon SweeneyThe Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death and Salvation by Jon SweeneySt. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings and Practice by Jon SweeneyKeys to Bonhoeffer's Haus by Laura FabryckyStreams in the Wasteland: Finding Spiritual Renewal with the Desert Fathers and Mothers by Andrew ArndtCome Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta by Mother TeresaThe Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers by Henri NouwenWhere God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan WilliamsThe Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery by Henri NouwenThe Mystical as Political by Aristotle PapanikolaouAwake and Alive: Thomas Merton According to His Novices ed. by Jon SweeneyMother of the Light: Prayers to the Theotokos by Rev. Maximos Constasthe Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. JamesMink River by Brian DoylePaul and the Gift by John BarclayExiles: A Novel by Ron Hansen

    • 48 min
    Episode 45: Michael Gorman & Nijay Gupta

    Episode 45: Michael Gorman & Nijay Gupta

    Joel takes over the podcast for a Biblical Studies-themed discussion with two fantastic scholars. They discuss their scholarly work, but also consider the challenges and blessings of writing for both academic and popular-level audiences.

    Michael J. Gorman is the Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where he has taught since 1991. He is a New Testament scholar who specializes especially in the letters, theology, and spirituality of the apostle Paul. He is the author of many articles on biblical interpretation and on ethics, and nearly 20 books, most recently Romans: A Theological and Pastoral Commentary from Eerdmans.
    Nijay Gupta is a second-time guest on the ERB podcast! He is currently professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, and has also written much on the Apostle Paul including Worship That Makes Sense to Paul and Paul and the Language of Faith. He has also written numerous academic articles for journals such as Journal for the Study of the New Testament and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and is co-editor of the planned second edition of the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (InterVarsity Press). His most recent book is "15 New Testament Words of Life" from Zondervan.

    Books/Writing Mentioned in this Episode:

    If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 
    Romans: A Theological and Pastoral Commentary by Michael GormanWorship That Makes Sense to Paul by Nijay GuptaPaul and the Language of Faith by Nijay Gupta15 New Testament Words of Life: A New Testament Theology for Real Life by Nijay GuptaCruciformity: Paull's Narrative Theology of the Cross by Michael GormanApostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters by Michael GormanA Beginner's Guide to New Testament Studies: Understanding Key Debates by Nijay GuptaPaul and the Gift by John BarclayPaul and the Power of Grace by John Barclay"The This-Worldiness of the New Testament's Otherworldly Spirituality" (Essay) by Michael GormanColossians (Commentary) by Nijay GuptaReading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness - Following the Lamb into the New Creation by Michael GormanThe Roman Guide to Slave Management: A Treatise by Nobleman Marcus Sidonius Falx by Jerry TonerPolitical Gospel: Public Witness in a Politically Crazy World by Patrick SchreinerThe Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story From the New Testament World by Bruce LongeneckerForetaste of the Future: Reading Revelation in Light of God's Mission by Dean Flemmingfiftywordstories.com (Eileen Mardres)fiveminutelit.com (Eileen Mardres)Midwest Futures by Phil Christman

    • 42 min
    Episode 44: Jamie Smith & Jen Pollock Michel

    Episode 44: Jamie Smith & Jen Pollock Michel

    Chris sits in the host seat to welcome a brand-new guest, James K. A. Smith, alongside a very familiar panelist to those who follow ERB, Jen Pollock Michel, for a discussion on the subject of "living faithfully in time." Enjoy!

    Books & Writing Mentioned in this Episode:

    If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 
    In Good Time: 8 Habits for Reimagining Productivity, Resisting Hurry, and Practicing Peace by Jen Pollock MichelHow to Inhabit Time: Understanding the Past, Facing the Future, Living Faithfully Now by James K. A. SmithThe Sabbath by Abraham Joshua HeschelFour Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver BurkemanA Month of Sundays by John Updike (In the Library of America Collection John Updike: Novels 1968-1975)The Divine Hours (3-book series) by Phyllis TickleCultural Liturgies (3-book series) by James K. A. SmithYou Are What You Love by James K. A. SmithTeach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith by Jen Pollock MichelEmbrace Fearlessly the Burning World: Essays by Barry LopezArctic Dreams by Barry LopezFaith, Hope and Carnage by Nick CaveGlittering Vices: A New Look at the 7 Deadly Sins and Their Remedies by Rebecca DeYoungHell of a Book: A Novel by Jason MottA Hermeneutic of Wisdom: Recovering the Formative Agency of Scripture by J. de Waal Dryden

    • 40 min
    Episode 43: Clarissa Moll & Amanda Held Opelt

    Episode 43: Clarissa Moll & Amanda Held Opelt

    The ERB Podcast is back after a summer break! Jen is joined by two first-time guests for an honest discussion about processing grief, loss and heartache, and how that intersects with the writing and reading life.

    Clarissa Moll is an author, podcaster, and the young widow of author Rob Moll. Her husband’s first book, The Art of Dying, was released in April 2021 with Clarissa’s new afterword. Clarissa’s debut book, Beyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Walking with Grief and Thriving After Loss released with Tyndale this year.


    Amanda Held Opelt is an author, speaker, and songwriter. She writes about faith, grief, and creativity, and believes in the power of community, ritual, shared worship and storytelling to heal even our deepest wounds. Amanda has spent 15 years as a social worker and a humanitarian aid worker. Her debut book, A Hole in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Healing released with Worthy this year.

    Books and Writing Mentioned in this Episode:

    If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 


    The Art of Dying: Living Fully in the Life to Come by Rob Moll & Clarissa MollBeyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Living with Grief and Thriving After Loss by Clarissa MollA Hold in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Healing by Amanda Held OpeltTelling the Bees and other Customs by Mark NormanDeath in Early America by Margaret CoffinSurprised by Paradox by Jen Pollock MichelSurprised by Joy by C.S. LewisTelling the Truth by Frederick BuechnerA Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry SittserBlack Widow by Leslie Gray StreeterThe Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInernyThe Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail by Wallace StegnerEight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by John GottmanSeasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God by Tim ChalliesAmusing Ourselves to Death by Neil PostmanThe Cloister Walk by Kathleen NorrisTechnopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman

    • 41 min
    Episode 42: ERB Reviewer Round-Up (Josh Livingston & Myles Werntz)

    Episode 42: ERB Reviewer Round-Up (Josh Livingston & Myles Werntz)

    Joel takes over the podcast for another wide-ranging "reviewer round-up" with two excellent first-time guests. They talk a lot about books that intersect with the conversation about race in America, and of course, list off the titles they are currently reading.

    Joshua E. Livingston is a writer and community developer currently residing in Indianapolis. He is the director of Cultivating Communities and the author of Sunrays on the Beachhead of the New Creation (Wipf & Stock, 2021).
    Myles Werntz is associate professor of theology and director of Baptist studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author or editor of several books, including Bodies of Peace, A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence, and the brand new book, From Isolation to Community: A Renewed Vision for Christian Life Together (Baker Academic).
    Books and Writing Mentioned in this Episode:

    If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger) 
    Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism by Jonathan TranJosh's written review of Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial CapitalismSunrays on the Beachhead of the New Creation by Josh LivingstonBodies of Peace: Ecclesiology, Nonviolence & Witness by Myles WerntzA Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: Key Thinkers, Activists & Movements for the Gospel of Peace by David Cramer & Myles WerntzFrom Isolation to Community: A Renewed Vision for Christian Life Together by Myles WerntzThe Loneliest Americans by Jay Caspian KangMinor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park HongHow to Be Normal: Essays by Phil ChristmanMyles' written review of How to Be NormalMidwest Futures by Phil ChristmanBreaking Ground: Charting Our Future in a Pandemic Year by Plough/CommentRacecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Barbara Fields & Karen FieldsHeathen: Religion and Race in American History by Kathryn Gin LumShared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling by Pamela Cooper-WhiteThe Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People are Drawn in and How to Talk Across the Divide by Pamela Cooper-WhiteThat We May Be One: Practicing Unity in a Divided Church by Gary B. AgeeHumbler Faith, Bigger God: Finding a Story to Live By by Samuel WellsThe Internet is not What You Think it is: A History, a Philosophy, a Warning by Justin E. H. SmithLife Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich BonhoefferTools for Conviviality by Ivan IllichH20 & the Waters of Forgetfulness by Ivan IllichDeschooling Society by Ivan IllichConfessions by Augustine (Translated by Sarah Ruden)Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time by Sarah RudenSimone Weil: An AnthologyLeisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef PieperIndigenous Theology and the Western Worldview by Randy WoodleyLisey's Story by Stephen King

    • 48 min

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jennyk1212 ,

So enjoyable

I so enjoy the discussions on this podcast. They host a great variety of writers, highlighting every genre. I have gotten so many great book recommendations from listening to this podcast!

Michele@LivingOurDays ,

Great conversations about books and the reading life

Chris, Jen, and John have valuable insights to offer and they do it in a way that is pleasant to the ear and stimulating to the brain.

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