Last week we did a post about the new Convergence DVDs, describing them as very, very thoughtful and interesting: three DVDs of Donald Miller interviewing Phyllis Tickle, Lauren Winner and the always impressive Dan Allander/Tremper Longman tag-team. Of course for our exceptional literary types, I sort of apologized, and mentioned that those who care about the printed page might want to also be excited about the new Wendell Berry volume of poetry, Leavings. So it goes; Hearts & Minds, trying to reach various sorts of customers, different, yet united by their hope of finding faith-based stuff that is a bit better than much of what one finds out there. We love old-school, rural, literary types like Wendell Berry (and have a brand new book about him, too, which we’ll review soon) and we have the most contemporary releases of DVDs and audios and such.
And so, a few other non-book items for our media mavens:
CD A Million Miles in a Thousand Days: What I Learned While Editing My Life Donald Miller $24.99 You may have read my review of this great new book in an earlier column. We love it and think it deserves to be read, given out, discussed widely. It is an excellent book for anybody trying to figure out their life, yearning for some story to live in and out of, some way to see a trajectory that is going in some purposeful direction. It is a bit self-deprecating, honest, only a little snarky, and very, very funny. And yes, the CD audio book is being read by Mr. Miller, making it great for one on the go.
FREE BOOK OFFER: Buy this audio (or the regular hardback book) and we will give you a gift book version of Blue Like Jazz absolutely free. Called Jazz Notes this small full color hardback has not only handsome moody color photos but a CD tipped in the back that has Miller reading excerpts of the book in his best bohemian voice, spoken over and around some fairly average soft jazz. It’s a pretty cool way to introduce a friend to Donald Miller — to hear him reading. And we are sending it free with any Million Miles… book or audio purchase.Yay.
CD The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education Norman Klassen & Jens Zimmerman (Mars Hill Audio) $24.99 Anything narrated by Ken Myers is worth listening to. It is a given that if he selects it to put into an audiobook, it is well worth hearing. We loved this book about the meaning of education and true humanness, so when we heard Mars Hill Audio was producing an unabridged reading, we were jazzed. Rich, classy, provocative, and solid…we are happy to stock this Mars Hill audio book. If you don’t know the Mars Hill audio journal subscription, we highly recommend it. Visit their very thoughtful website home at www.marshillaudio.org.
CD Are Christians Human? An Exploration of True Spirituality Nigel Cameron (Mars Hill Audio) $20.00 Although we have a few in stock, the paperback book version of this excellent study is out of print. When the perceptive Mr. Myers realized this was no longer around, he thought it should be made available again, and selected it to record. It is a book that can be listened to profitably over and over. Dr. Cameron is a theologian and medical ethicist, rooting his thoughtful and prophetic insight about the nature of spirituality in a proper understanding of the human person. He rejects Platonic dualism, and affirms the nature of humans as embodied in a good creation. It is an exceptionally rich account of mature spirituality which at once provides a Biblical alternative to sloppy gnostic nonsense of the liberal sort, and hyper-pietism of the fundamentalist sort. Read by Ken Myers.
CD The Church in Joyous Obedience Walter Brueggemann (Regent College ) $30.00 The graceful package artwork by Sandra Bowden is the first gentle hint that this is truly an extraordinary product. Dr. Brueggemann spent several days in British Columbia at the 2008 Laing Lectures hosted at the renowned evangelical grad school where he gave some of the most stunning presentations I have heard from him. He lectured on Torah, on Isaiah, and on Jeremiah–standard fare stuff for those who know his body of work. Yet, the poetic passion and imaginative connections he makes in these three lectures are exceptionally brilliant and stimulating. After each lecture, two Regent profs (one a Biblical scholar and the other an economist) give responses, raising some questions they had for the good preacher, and he briefly responds. What a great example of gracious and serious conversation. We think it is the kind of thing H&M fans would appreciate and we eagerly recommend it.
Glo (Zondervan) $79.99 sale price $59.99 We have more Bible translations and editions than most bookstores, but we’ve never found any Bible software that we were really excited about, that we felt took the possibilities to a new level, that we understood would be really special. This Glo, though, is spectacular. It taps the newest technologies and includes all kinds of very cool stuff: more than 2,300 high-resolution photos (zoomable), 7,500 encyclopedia-type articles, 150 maps, more than 650 works of art, integration with the best web content, 450+ virtual tours (360-degree, modern-day and re-created ancient biblical locations.) There are hours and hours of HD videos, all at a click of the finger, right where you need them, not to mention more traditional features like time-lines, atlas, searchable topical indexes, and all the NIV Study Bible notes (which are, in our opinion, perhaps the best notes available in any study Bible.) These navigational lenses reveal the world of the Bible in ways that are truly innovative and exciting and helpful. What a great gift for anybody who spends time online, who uses their computer well, or who just wants a new way to experience the Scriptures in fresh, electronic, ways. Learn more about it here
This does demand a lot of RAM and at least 18GB of free hard disk space, and obviously a good video card, a DVD-ROM drive, etc. If you are interested in ordering this amazing item from us, check here first for PC System Requirements.
We have this new Glo Bible at a very special price: $59.99 (The publisher has announced that the price will go up to $89.99 in a month or so, so this may be the best price around.)