Books - Word&Way


In his book "Good and Evil in the Garden of Democracy," author Rodney Kennedy brings his reading of scripture and philosophy into conversation with rhetorical criticism in order to better understand Trump's threat to democracy.

Every month we review and give away a signed copy of a book to a paid subscriber of A Public Witness. This month, we’re happy to make available a signed copy of what Kristin Kobes Du Mez called “an essential read.”

In his book "The Sacred Meaning of Every Day Work," author Robert H. Tribken seeks to answer the question of how faith and work might relate to each other.

In "What Jesus Learned from Women" author James F. McGrath fleshes out the nature of Jesus’s person and helps us recognize the role of women in the biblical story.

Greg Carey's "Death, the End of History, and Beyond: Eschatology in the Bible" understands that we need to address the present, but the future does impact the present — thus, the study of Last Things is not something we can avoid dealing with.

In "Redeeming Vision: A Christian Guide to Looking at and Learning from Art," author Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt helps us view art through a theological lens, whether the artwork is religious in orientation or not.

In "Christianity and Critical Race Theory: A Faithful and Constructive Conversation," authors Robert Chao Romero and Jeff M. Liou provide the foundation for a conversation that must take place if we wish to understand and address the ordinariness of racism that is present in our world.

In "Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead," Cody Sanders and Mikeal Parsons spark new conversations that reclaim responsibility for faith communities from the funeral directors and other deathcare providers that professionally process our corpses without much reflection on their meaning.

In "We Will Be Free: The Life and Faith of Sojourner Truth," Nancy Koester brings to life the powerful story of a complicated woman whose voice still needs to be heard — especially at this moment when so many Christians want to whitewash and ignore the truth of our history.

In "Elusive Grace: Loving Your Enemies While Striving for God’s Justice," Scott Black Johnston brings healing to the divides present in our congregations so that together we might become agents of justice and voices of healing.