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James K. A. Smith Boxset

This was among some new acquisitions that turned up today.

The three volumes are subtitled: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation; How Worship Works; and Reforming Public Theology.

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The Book Of Books: What Literature Owes The Bible (by Marilynne Robinson)

Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead writes about the influence that the Bible has had on Western literature.
The Bible asks questions, raises issues, and proposes truths about ultimate destinies that culture has engaged with in various ways. To be unaware of that link is to only hear half a conversation.

“The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know”.

Read her article at Comment.

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Liturgy – Boring And Outdated? by Tim Chester

This video is basically a plug for Chester’s new book, but he value adds by making a couple of nice points about a trend towards a new appreciation for historic worship forms and what we should be wanting from worship whatever its style.

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The Remarkable Ordinary by Frederick Buechner

The Remarkable Ordinary is a collection of shorter writings in which Frederick Buechner explores how stories cause us to pause and, in reflection, gain personal insight.
A short read, but an invitation to consider God’s story in all the stories that are part of his creation.

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The Hammer Of God

One of my long-term thoughts has been to read the book The Hammer Of God by Bo Giertz.
It was highly commended by people I respect a lot.
The subtitle of an early English language edition is A Novel About The Cure Of Souls.

I’m only into the early stages; it takes the form of a novel.
It deals with the theological distinction between grace and law.

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Library Upgrade

Getting these from Adelaide to Mount Gambier is a bit of a squeeze with other shopping on board.

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Becoming The Monster In Your Closet (via J.D. Vance)

A discomforting point of clarity from J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.
Vance’s complex and ongoing relationship with his mother had been marred by her addictions and psychological disfunction.
As an adult in his own relationships he was noting a tendency.
And it caused him great fear.

…I’d scream and I’d yell. I’d do all of the hateful things that my mother had done. And then I’d feel guilty and desperately afraid. For so much of my life, I’d made Mom out to be a kind of villain. And now I was acting like her. Nothing compares to the fear that you’re becoming the monster in your closet.

Hillbilly Elegy; J.D. Vance; William Collins, London; pg 224.