Hearts & Minds BookNotes

annotations, blurbs and ruminations

to enlarge the heart & stimulate the mind

and to happily generate mail order business for Hearts & Minds bookstore

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Location: Dallastown, PA

My lovely wife Beth and I own and operate--proprietors makes us sound more classy than we really are--a cluttered, diverse and independent bookstore in Central Pennsylvania. After well over 20 years, we are still not sure what to say when people ask if our shop is a "Christian bookstore." I do a monthly book review column over at our website; we hope that these new blogged bits will afford friends and customers the chance to see other books I happen to be reading, wishing to read, pretending that I read or at least believe that others should, if not read, know about. We have three children, attend a Presbyterian church in York, PA and have no hobbies.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Jubilee best-sellers


More or less, the best we can recall:

Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne (Zondervan) $12.99 I gave it a good push, could have said that it reminded me some of my energy, vision, and crazy protest actions in a previous life. I am glad Campolo mentioned it, too, which didn’t hurt. What a great book for students--- visionary, radical, interesting, funny, inviting folks to take Christ seriously and organize around faithful witness and bold, prophetic social action.

Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship by N.T. Wright (Eerdmans) $14.00 What a great entrée into the work of one of the most important Biblical scholars writing today. This collection of Biblical meditations are rich, laden with Jubilee vision of living out God’s healing reign and pushing towards the implications of Kingdom come.

Catalyst: Challenge the Process by Andy Stanley, Tim Elmore, Donald Miller, Erwin McManus, and others (Nelson Impact) $16.99 Certainly the most hip graphics, the coolest package and most interesting format of anything we’ve featured at Jubilee. A very contemporary magazine format with articles, essays, testimonies and discussion stuff, this guide to passionate Christian leadership is perfect for a new generation of Jubilee leaders, taking the Kingdom vision into the university and all of life. With all the hipster pomo graphics and motivational authors, it is nice to see in here writers like Nancy Pearcy and Bob Briner.

Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity by Lauren Winner (Brazos) $17.99 This most likely would have been one of the most popular conference books even if Lauren wasn’t a keynote speaker. Her workshops, too, were well attended and we happily sold plenty of Girl Meets God and Mud-House Sabbath. What a joy to promote such a literate and thoughtful writer.