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The New Conspirators

There are lots of reasons why you really should go and buy Tom Sine’s new book ‘The New Conspirators‘, and none of them are that it’s got a quote from me telling you to on the back. One of them would be that I think it’s the best looking Christian book I’ve seen for ages. [...]

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Waterlogged | Foff

It’s been a difficult few weeks: ‘What are you reading?’ ‘A book about open-water swimming.’ ‘Errr….’ Actually a far more subtle and interesting book than one might think, Waterlog is a homage to John Cheever’s classic short story ‘The Swimmer’, in which the hero decides to swim the 8 miles home from a party using [...]

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Rollins’ New Book Gets Pulped. Ouch.

Poor old Pete – seems like some Fundie at the printers for his new book has taken exception to the title of his new book ‘The Fidelity of Betrayal‘, done some reworking, and sent it out to stores as ‘The Betrayal of Fidelity.’ Ouch. That’s gotta hurt sales. Both copies have been pulped.

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Crazy for God | Frank Schaeffer at Greenbelt 08

“I’d rather be arrested for shoplifting than ever be an evangelical leader again. There was a certain basic and decent honesty about stealing pork chops that selling God had lacked.“ It’s only March, I know, but I’ll put a punt on Crazy for God still being one of my top 5 books of 2008 in [...]

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American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

Very interesting article by Nicholas Guyett, around Chris Hedges’ book in the current issue of the London Review of Books. Hedges was a theology student, and is also a very experienced war reporter. Well worth a read, or buy the book here. “According to Hedges, we may be only one cataclysmic event away from a [...]

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Has Old Father Thames Lost His Virility? | Sacred Rivers

Last night I went to hear Peter Ackroyd speak on the South Bank (pictured here), ostensibly about his new book: Thames, Sacred River. It was a fine lecture on the thread of the sacred throughout the history of humanity’s interaction with London’s river, followed by a hilarious Q&A led by the Times’ Literary Editor, who [...]

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Wikiklesia Paperback Available | A Tale of Two Publishers

I’m really pleased to see the Wikiklesia book published in physical form. Go get your copy here and support Not For Sale as you do. I contributed a chapter on the move between text, audio and video, which seems to have gone down well. Wikiklesia is one of those great publishing projects you are happy [...]

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Review from Bill Dahl at The Porpoise Diving Life

“One of the top 5 books I have read in 2007. You MUST read this book now. Trust me, this book will rearrange your soul! A tremendous contribution.” Bill Dahl, editor of The Porpoise Diving Life.

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Hidden Trees and Weeds | The Interstitial Jesus

I have been reading, sitting quietly with, meditating on Richard Deakin’s wonderful book, Wildwood – A Journey Through Trees. Having previous written of his swims around England, this book is simply a series of reflections on the transformative power of this ‘fifth element’. Much of it is taken with stories of sleeping out in the [...]

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Scot McKnight Discusses Signs…

Over at JesusCreed.Org Some good debate going on about leadership, what it means to be ‘emergent’, and whether the book is ‘concrete’ enough. Thanks Scot. Technorati: JesusCreed | Scot McKnight

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