February 24, 2013

Eighth Day Books: New & Recommended (Feb. 24)


Eighth Day Books


1. “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool

2. “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool

3. “The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies” by Michael Legaspi

4. “The Mystery of Faith” by Hilarion Alfeyev

5. “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen

6. “Orthodox Spirituality and the Philokalia” by Placide Deseille

7. “Prayer Book of the Early Christians” ed. by John McGuckin

8. “The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ” by Patrick Henry Reardon

9. "Discerning the Mystery: An Essay on the Nature of Theology” by Andrew Louth

10. “The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux” trans. by John Beevers

New and notable

“The Joys of Walking: Essays by Hilaire Belloc, Charles Dickens, Henry David Thoreau, and Others,” ed. by Edwin Valentine Mitchell (Dover, $9.95) — Dover Publications is famous for finding forgotten gems of the past and bringing them back into print. This collection, originally published in 1948, is a prime example. Many great writers were also avid walkers, and this collection of reflections invites us to observe their genius in describing this most innocent and ordinary of human joys.

“Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity” by Brian Zahnd (Casa Creation, $15.99) — The astonishing claim set forward in the title derives of course from Dostoevsky’s enigmatic protagonist, Prince Myshkin, in “The Idiot.” Zahnd, a pastor in Independence, Mo., who also happens to be a polymath, shows how the claim is central, not peripheral, to Christian theology and practice.

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