The Spirit of Food

Thirty-four Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God
Edited by Leslie Leyland Fields

You are invited to a feast for the senses and the spirit! Thirty-four adventurous writers open their kitchens, their recipe files, and their hearts to illustrate the many unexpected ways that food draws us closer to God, to community, and to creation. All bring a keen eye and palette to the larger questions of the role of food—both its presence and its absence—in the life of our bodies and spirits. Their essays take us to a Canadian wheat farm, a backyard tomato garden in Cincinnati, an organic farm in Maine; into a kosher kitchen, a line of Hurricane Katrina survivors as they wait to be fed, a church basement for a thirty-hour fast; inside the translucent layers of an onion that transport us to a meditation on heaven, to a church potluck, and to many other places and ways we can experience sacramental eating. In a time of great interest and equal confusion over the place of food in our lives, this rich collection, which includes personal recipes, will delight the senses, feed the spirit, enlarge our understanding, and deepen our ability to “eat and drink to the glory of God.”

Contributors Include:
Alexander Schmemman, Alissa Herbaly Coons, Amy Frykholm, Andre Dubus, Ann Voskamp, Brian Volck, Caroline Langston, Deborah Leiter Nyabuti, Denise Frame Harlan, Fred Raynaud, Gary LeBlanc, Gina Ochsner, Hannah Faith Notess, Jacqueline Rhodes, Jeanne Murray Walker, Jeremy Clive Huggins, K. C. Lee, Kelton Cobb, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Rietsma, Laura Bramon Good, Lauren Winner, LaVonne Neff, Luci Shaw, Margaret Hathaway, Mary Kenagy Mitchell, Nancy J. Nordenson, Patty Kirk, Robert Farrar Capon, Stephan and Karen Baldwin, Suzanne Wolfe, Thomas Maltman, Vinita Hampton Wright, Wendell Berry

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Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll

My Life on Record
By Joel Heng Hartse

“If this book moves, I hope it moves in the way pop songs do. There will be a lot of talk about songs, but inasmuch as this is a book about listening to music, it’s also about how listening to music makes us who we are, or at least about how it makes me who I am, and so it is an exploration, an idiosyncratic and opinionated and particular one, of a self shaped by the oddly intersecting forces of the American evangelical Protestant church and the American popular music scene. I don’t mean for that to sound hoity-toity—if this were fifteen years ago, I would say that this book was about Christian music, and I would know exactly what I meant. My purpose now is not only to talk about “Christian music.” I am not here to explicate Christian music, to explain why it exists and whether it is any good. Instead, think of what you’re about to read as like an iPod playlist, a collection of essays and thoughts on listening to music and having faith and how they have made me, and a lot of people like me, and maybe you.
Also, there will be some jokes about Stryper.”
—From the Introduction

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“God Is Dead” and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself

Theological Engagements with the New Atheism
Edited by Andrew David, Christopher J. Keller, Jon Stanley

In this pertinent and engaging volume leading Christian philosophers, theologians, and writers from all over the denominational map explode the black-and-white binaries that characterize both sides of the New Atheism debate. They transcend the self-assured shouting matches of this latest expression of the culture wars by engaging in rigorous, polychromatic Christian reflection that considers the extent to which the atheistic critique-both new and old-might help the church move toward a more mature faith, authentic spirituality, charitable witness, and peaceable practice. With generous openness and ferocious wit, this collection of essays, interviews, memoir, poetry, and visual art-including contributions from leading intellectuals, activists, and artists such as Stanley Hauerwas, Charles Taylor, John Milbank, Stanley Fish, Luci Shaw, Paul Roorda, Merold Westphal, and D. Stephen Long-provides substantive analysis, incisive critique, and a hopeful way forward for Christian dialog with atheist voices.

Contributors Include:
Andy Barnes, Peter M. Candler Jr., Becky Crook, Brad Davis, Courtney Druz, Stanley Fish, Brandi Gentry’s, Larry Gilman, Stanley Hauerwas, Robert Inchausti, Ronald A. Kuipers, D. Stephen Long, Charles T. Mathewes, John Milbank, Randal Rauser, Dan Rhodes, Paul Roorda, Christine Sine, Luci Shaw, Jon Stanley, Ben Suriano, Charles Taylor, and Merold Westphal

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Jesus Girls

True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical
Edited by Hannah Faith Notess

Evangelicals are supposed to be experts at telling their story. From an early age you are expected to have a “testimony,” a story of how God saved you from a life of sin and sadness and gave you a new life of joy and gladness. What happens if you don’t have such a testimony? What if your story just doesn’t fit the before-and-after mold? What are you supposed to do if your voice is not one usually heard?

In these offbeat, witty, and often bittersweet essays, up-and-coming writers tell the truth about growing up female and evangelical. Whether they stayed in the church or not, evangelicalism has shaped their spiritual lives.

Eschewing evangelical clichés, idyllic depictions of Christian upbringing, and pat formulas of sinner-to-saint transformation, these writers reflect frankly on childhoods filled with flannel board Jesuses, Christian “rap” music, and Bible memorization competitions. Along the way they find insight in the strangest places—the community swimming pool, Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, and an Indian mosque.

Together this collection of essays provides a vivid and diverse portrait of life in the evangelical church, warts and all.

Contributors Include:
Jessica Belt, Paula Carter, Kirsten Cruzen, Anne Dayton, Kimberly B. George, Carla-Elaine Johnson, Megan Kirschner, Anastasia McAteer, Melanie Springer Mock, Audrey Molina, Victoria Moon, Shauna Niequist, Hannah Faith Notess, Andrea Palpant Dilley, Angie Romines, Andrea Saylor, Nicole Sheets, Shari MacDonald Strong, Stephanie Tombari, Heather Baker Utley, Jessie van Eerden, Sara Zarr

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Remembering the Future

A Collection of Essays, Interviews, and Poetry at the Intersection of Theology and Culture: The Other Journal 2004-2007
Edited by Chris Keller, Andrew David

Remembering the Future is a collection of poems, essays, and interviews that ask readers to see their world with double-vision-to imagine the redemptive consequences of engaging the world with a fastidious awareness of both the biblical tradition and the cultural moment. Remembering the Future is gathered from the first years of The Other Journal, an online quarterly positioned at the intersection of theology and culture. The Other Journal examines theology with fresh eyes, probing faith with passion, authenticity, and creativity; and this anthology represents the highlights of that endeavor, including content from some of the most important voices in the field of theology today. Remembering the Future offers readers an engaging, thought-provoking picture of what sound theological thinking can and must offer today’s Christians giving witness to Christ in our contemporary cultural landscape.

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