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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 35: Andy Root & John Swinton

    Episode 35: Andy Root & John Swinton

    Chris sits in the host chair to speak with two outstanding first-time podcast guests: Andy Root and John Swinton. They have a sharp and philosophically-informed discussion on our experience of time, modernity, and the social concepts of "acceleration" and "resonance."

    John Swinton is professor of theology at the University of Aberdeen, and author of numerous books. Some listeners may remember that we ran an interview last year with John about his book, Finding Jesus in the Storm: The spiritual lives of people with mental health challenges. However, today’s conversation will highlight an earlier book of John’s: Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship.

    Andrew Root is professor at Luther Seminary, and author of, among other books, The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time against the Speed of Modern Life, the third and final book in his Ministry in a Secular Age series, which engages Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, exploring what Taylor’s work might mean for our life together in the church.

    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) 
    Becoming Friends of Time: Discipleship, Timefullness & Gentle Discipleship by John SwintonFinding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges by John SwintonThe Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life by Andy RootA Secular Age by Charles TaylorA Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist by Robert LevineAlienation and Acceleration: Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality by Hartmut RosaSocial Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity by Hartmut RosaThe Uncontrollability of the World by Hartmut Rosa & James WagnerThree Mile and Hour God by Kosuke KoyamaThe Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor by Arthur KleinmanThe Complete Mystical Words of Meister Eckhart

    • 49 min
    Episode 34: Editor Round-Up with Chris Smith & John Wilson

    Episode 34: Editor Round-Up with Chris Smith & John Wilson

    Joel takes the host seat again for a "round-up" conversation with Chris Smith and John Wilson for a freewheeling conversation about recent ERB content, intriguing upcoming book releases, and of course lots of discussion about what we are current reading!

    Books & Content Mentioned:

    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) 
    ERB Review of "How to Have an Enemy" by Justin Cober-LakeERB Podcast episode #33 (On writing book reviews)The Hermits of Big Sur by Paula HustonThe Everlasting People: G.K. Chesterton and the First Nations by Matthew MillinerThe War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium by Barry StraussThe Fruit Thief: Or, One Way Into the Interior: A Novel by Peter HandkeThe FSG Poetry Anthology edited by Jonathan Galassi and Robyn CreswellThe Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty and Community by Curt ThompsonThe Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt ThompsonTightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunnBowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert PutnamThe Loneliness Epidemic: Why So Many of Us Feel Alone - And How Leaders Can Respond by Susan MettesLake Drive BooksReading Evangelicals: How Christian Fiction Shaped a Culture and a Faith by Daniel SillimanShoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle by Dante StewartThe Nature of Economies by Jane JacobsOf Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World by Nina KrausWhen Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep by Antonia ZadraWhen Christmas Comes by Andrew KlavanIt's a Wonderful Woof by Spencer QuinnPilgrim's Way by Abdulrazak GurnahBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall KimmererThe Second Sleep by Robert Harris

    • 53 min
    Episode 33: John Wilson & Tamara Murphy

    Episode 33: John Wilson & Tamara Murphy

    Joel takes over the podcast for an episode focused on writing book reviews! He is joined by repeat podcast guest John Wilson and first-time guest Tamara Hill Murphy for a discussion of the form of the book review, the tensions involved in writing reviews, and of course what they are currently reading.

    John Wilson was the founding editor of Books & Culture (1995–2016). He is Contributing Editor for the Englewood Review of Books. He frequently writes a column every other week for First Things, and his reviews and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Commonweal, The Christian Century, Triangle, National Review, The American Conservative, Weekly Standard, and The Boston Globe. He was the editor of five volumes in the Best Christian Writing series. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Wheaton, Illinois, where they are members of Faith Evangelical Covenant Church.

    Tamara Hill Murphy lives with her husband Brian, an Anglican priest, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her writing has appeared in Plough, Think Christian, and The Englewood Review of Books. She is a Spiritual Director and Selah fellow with Leadership Transformations and is currently learning how to parent her four adult children. Find her at www.tamarahillmurphy.com

    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) 
    "The Freedom of the Book Review" by David Kern (Forma Journal)"Book Tour: A Leap Into the World of Another Mind" by Phil Christman (Plough)Talk to Me: A Novel by T.C. BoyleReading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish by C. Christopher SmithAbout Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks by David RooneyA Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by by Witold RybczynskiAt The Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time by Sarah ArthurHalf the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis JamesHum if You Don't Know the Words by Bianca MaraisNaming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age by Rodney ClappThe Martian by Andy WeirProject Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    • 49 min
    Episode 32: Hannah Anderson and Chuck DeGroat

    Episode 32: Hannah Anderson and Chuck DeGroat

    Jen is joined by two great first-time guests to discuss the current evangelical reckoning with destructive spiritual leadership, narcissism, humility, and of course lots of books on the subject!

    Hannah Anderson lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she spends her days  writing and reading and caring for her family.  She is the author of multiple books, including All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment and Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul. Hannah is also the co-host of the Persuasion Podcast. You can follow Hannah on Twitter @sometimesalight.
    Chuck DeGroat is Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. His academic specialization is in the intersection of psychology and the Bible, and he co-founded the Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco where he continues to serve as Senior Fellow. His book, When Narcissism Comes to Church, was published with IVP in 2020. You can follow Chuck on Twitter @chuckdegroat. 
    Books 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) 
    All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah AndersonHumble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes You by Hannah AndersonWhen Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroatThe Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther and Barth on 'homo incurvatus in se' by Matt JensonRedeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church by Diane LangbergSomething's Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse - And Freeing Yourself From Its Power by Wade MullenA Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing by Scot McKnight and Laura BarringerThe Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderenHumility: Wellspring of Virtue by Dietrich von HildebrandPlaying God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy CrouchDiscernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri NouwenThe Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom and Silence by Henri NouwenIn the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri NouwenDeath Comes to Pemberley by P.D. JamesHealing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience by Sheila Wise RoweHealing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation by Janina FisherGlittering Images: A Novel by Susan Howatch

    • 39 min
    Episode 31: Ashley Hales & Nathan Oates

    Episode 31: Ashley Hales & Nathan Oates

    The ERB Podcast is back after our summer reprieve! Jen is joined by returning guest Ashley Hales, and first-time guest Nathan Oates, to discuss the ways their writing interacts with the themes of stability, limits, and the work of ministry in our current cultural climate.

    Ashley Hales is the author of two books. Her first book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs, released in 2018. Her second book, A Spacious Life: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits, releases on September 14, 2021. Ashley has a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh. She is a pastor’s wife and mother of four as well as host of the Finding Holy podcast.
    Nathan Oates writes, speaks, and serves as lead pastor of Emmaus Church Community. For more than a decade, Nathan has been captivated by the Rule of St. Benedict, and this curiosity and life practice informed his book also releasing in September. That book is titled, Stability: How an ancient monastic practice can restore our relationships, churches and communities. Nathan holds a masters degree in spiritual formation from Wheaton College and lives in Northern California with his wife, three children, and a dog named True.
    Books 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) 
    Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much by Ashley HalesA Spacious Life: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits by Ashley HalesStability: How and Ancient Monastic Practice Can Restore Our Relationships, Churches and Communities by Nathan OatesSeeking God: The Way of St. Benedict by Esther de WaalThe Rule of St. BenedictSlow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus by C. Christopher Smith and John PattisonTolkien's Modern Reading: Middle-Earth Beyond the Middle Ages by Holly OrdwayFaustian Economics (Essay) by Wendell BerryVisions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good by Steven GarberThe Seamless Life: A Tapestry of Love and Learning, Worship and Work by Steven GarberThe Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene PetersonThe Sign of Jonas by Thomas MertonWayward:  A Novel by Dana SpiottaReading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulleyReparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair by Duke Kwon and Greg ThompsonDakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen NorrisStill Life by Louise PennyThe Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki GiovanniA Secular Age by Charles TaylorThe Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions by Arthur Bennett

    • 43 min
    Episode 30: Diana Butler Bass, Cathleen Falsani & David Dark (part 2)

    Episode 30: Diana Butler Bass, Cathleen Falsani & David Dark (part 2)

    Jen is joined by 3 great first-time guests for a lively and wide-ranging conversation. In this episode (part 2), they continue their conversation about ongoing projects, as well as talk about their reactions to Diana's newest work, "Freeing Jesus."

    Diana Butler Bass is an award-winning author, popular speaker, and inspiring preacher. She holds a doctorate in religious studies from Duke University. Her most recent book is Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. Diana and her husband live in Alexandria, Virginia, with their dog and their sometimes-successful backyard garden.
    David Dark serves as Assistant Professor of Religion and the Arts in the College of Theology at Belmont University. He is the author of several book including “Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious” and “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything.” His work has appeared in MTV News, Books & Culture, Pitchfork, and the Oxford American. He lives with his singer-songwriter wife, Sarah Masen, and their three children in Nashville.
    Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist, photojournalist, and author of several nonfiction books including the critically acclaimed The God Factor. She was co-editor of and a contributing author to Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful and a Few Scoundrels and most recently was co-general editor of and contributing author to The End of Hunger: Renewed Hope for Feeding the World. Cathleen is the co-host of the Artist Care and Feeding podcast, and she lives with her family in Laguna Beach, CA.

    Books 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 Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema ChodronConquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World by Harold S. KushnerHow Not to Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying by Gareth HigginsCalifornia: A History by Kevin StarrChristianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler BassThe Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality and Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard RohrEverything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard RohrFreeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way and Presence by Diana Butler Bass

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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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