Video: What is Designed for Good about?

Kevin J. Brown’s Designed for Good is a study of classical virtue
ethics from a Christian perspective. This book shows Christians
that their faith contains resources to help them recover the
idea of virtue in the face of our modern moral bewilderment.

Although we may not realize it, we live in a world that is full of
competing ethical systems. Appeals to rights, personal freedom,
or even equality often come with their own “meta-values.” Each
of these values has something in common with the Christian
message, but none of them tells the whole story.

In this Christian take on classical virtue ethics, Brown weaves in
modern-day examples from economics, politics, and pop culture
to create a relevant framework that relates faith to contemporary
ethical questions. Brown argues that true virtue—the kind we can
actually strive for in our day-to-day lives—requires a holistic vision
of the good life, not a list of rules determined by our preferences
or the latest market trends. Instead, it is precisely what we were
designed for by our Creator: life in the community of Christ’s body,
the church. Virtue then becomes the pursuit of wholeness in
harmony with God’s design.

Brown introduces the problem of modern ethics and analyzes
common “meta-values” that readers will likely have encountered in
their workplaces, schools, and possibly even churches. Readers will
especially resonate with the second half of the book, where Brown
outlines the foundations of the holistic, Christian concept of virtue:
“to act justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

For more information about this fascinating book, check out our website.

Video Interview with Marcus Doe

Catching Ricebirds by Marcus DoeThis remarkable autobiography is a journey from terror, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and joy. Catching Ricebirds: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go is Marcus Doe’s true story as a Liberian refugee who lost his family and fled his country, and ultimately learns to forgive and find peace again.

 


In this gripping autobiography, a refugee recounts his journey from fear, violence, and despair into freedom, peace, and forgiveness. Marcus Doe was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1979. Affectionately nicknamed “Jungle Boy” by his family, he reveled in his childhood life and was hardly aware of the dangerous political climate swirling around him. But by mid-July 1990, a violent civil war erupted and Liberia was thrown into a time of fear, starvation, and death. Separated from his family, Marcus embarked on a remarkable journey to escape the war-ravaged country he loves and the wounds that he carried in his memory. But God’s light reached him in this darkness. Where he had been filled with hatred, Marcus slowly learned to forgive. Now his mission is to bring the hope and the peace of Christ to others.

Marcus’s life unfolds in four movements: first as a young boy living in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, during a period of growing unrest; second as a refugee fleeing from rebel forces that would kill him and his family without a second thought; third as a wanderer in foreign countries – Ghana, the United States – unable to return to his childhood home; and finally as an adult, coming to grips with the loss he experienced and longing to see his own healing extend to others still haunted by Liberia’s suffering.

To read more about Marcus’s story and get more information on this powerful and eye-opening book, check out this blog post.

Nathan Roberts Talks about Surface Tensions

For some, our media-saturated culture points to the decline of Western civilization; for others, it points to the dawn of a bright future. For Nathan Roberts, the mediated landscape is a place to thoughtfully engage with these tensions. This unique memoir, meditative and philosophical, chronicles Nathan’s absorption in the vital, inspiring, and often maddening power of media and entertainment. With wry self-effacement and raw honesty, he calls us to conceive of media not only as an abstract, postmodern phenomenon, but as a digital architecture that creates real meeting space. Exploring social media, music, film, art, theater, standup comedy, and more, Nathan shows us a world of entertainment that reflects the universal hunger for connection.

9781619707665Nathan Roberts is an arts, culture, and creative nonfiction writer working toward a PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. His writing has been featured on TIME.com, Patheos.com, The High Calling, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Find him on Facebook at facebook.com/nathanrobertsauthor, on Twitter @nathandroberts, and at his blog, Fade Into Focus, at nathandroberts.com.

For more information about Surface Tensions, visit our website.

What is The Complete Jewish Study Bible?

The Complete Jewish Study BibleThe Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the newly updated text of the best-selling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith—God’s redemptive plan for his people. From Hendrickson Publishers and Messianic Jewish Publishers & Resources.

Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich
spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new
study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the
updated text of the Complete Jewish Bible translation with extra study
material, to help readers understand and connect with the
Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the word of God, from Genesis to
Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone–Jew and non-
Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions
by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This
translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features,
makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.

Unique to The Complete Jewish Study Bible are a number of helpful articles
and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the
Scriptures, both in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah
(the New Testament).

For more information about The Complete Jewish Study Bible, visit this link.

Reflecting the Eternal Sneak-Peek

Now Available: Reflecting the Eternal: Dante’s Divine Comedy in the Novels of C.S. Lewis by Marsha Daigle-Williamson!

9781619706651The characters, plots, and potent language of C. S. Lewis’s novels reveal the modern writer’s admiration for Dante’s Divine Comedy. Throughout his career Lewis drew on the structure, themes, and narrative details of Dante’s medieval epic to present his characters as spiritual pilgrims growing toward God. Dante’s portrayal of sin and sanctification, of human frailty and divine revelation, are evident in all of Lewis’s best work. Readers will see how a modern author can make astonishingly creative use of a predecessor’s material—in this case, the way Lewis imitated and adapted medieval ideas about spiritual life for the benefit of his modern audience.

Nine chapters cover all of Lewis’s novels, from Pilgrim’s Regress and his science-fiction to The Chronicles of Narnia and Till We Have Faces. Readers will gain new insight into the sources of Lewis’s literary imagination that represented theological and spiritual principles in his clever, compelling, humorous, and thoroughly human stories.

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Green Dolphin Street Exclusive Video

Beloved author Elizabeth Goudge discusses Green Dolphin Street, her newest book, scheduled to come out August 1, 2015. Vivid, exciting tales—earthquakes, shipwreck, encounters between New Zealand settlers and the indigenous Maori people—are paired with fascinating details of 19th-century life, from sailing ships and steamboats to women’s fashions and the natural beauty of the British seacoast and the mountains and forests of New Zealand.

9781619706422About Green Dolphin Street:

“When Marianne LePatourel meets William Ozanne in the 1830s on an island in the English Channel, she sets her heart on him. However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him too. And so begins this sweeping novel that takes the characters on dramatic adventures from childhood through old age, on land and at sea, and from the Channel Islands to China to the New Zealand frontier.

When William’s naval career is cut short, he settles in New Zealand and writes to Mr. LePatourel to ask for Marguerite’s hand in marriage – but in his nervousness he pens the wrong name. When Marianne arrives aboard the ship The Green Dolphin, William makes the gallant decision not to reveal his mistake. His mistake sets in motion a marriage that is difficult, but teaches them both that steadfast love which is chosen is stronger than the passion of love at first sight.”

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