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REAL SPIRITUALITY WITH C. S. LEWIS

“Red beef and strong beer” was how C. S.


Lewis described his education under one of his
early tutors. It was, in other words, a substantial
education that engaged deeply with the
intellectual tradition and challenged him to grow.

Gary Selby sees Lewis’s expression as an


indication of the kind of transformation that is
both possible and necessary for the Christian
faith, and he contends that spiritual formation
comes about not by retreating from the physical
world but through deeper engagement with it.

By considering themes such as our human


embodiment, our sense of awareness in our
everyday experiences, and the role of our human
agency—all while engaging with the writings of
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Gary S. Selby serves as professor of ministerial formation at Emmanuel


Christian Seminary at Milligan College. He is the author of Not with Wisdom
of Words: Nonrational Persuasion in the New Testament and Martin Luther King and the
Rhetoric of Freedom: The Exodus in America’s Struggle for Civil Rights.

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“Rich with practical wisdom and illuminating examples, Selby’s joyful vision
might just revolutionize how you dwell in the world.”
— P H I L I P D . K E N N E S O N , author of Life on the Vine

“What more can be said about C. S. Lewis that has “In a full and thorough survey of Lewis’s work,
not already been said? Selby has defied the odds by Selby draws out the consistent strand of particular-
reconfiguring some of the well-traversed themes in ity, earthiness, and praise for God’s good creation,
Lewis’s writings into a coherent spiritual theology rooted and redeemed in the incarnation of Christ
that is at once familiar, yet refreshingly new. that is at the heart of Lewis’s gospel and of his
Aficionados of Lewis will not be disappointed.” wide appeal. But more importantly Selby shows
how much our contemporary modes of spiritual-
—Simon Chan, Trinity Theological College,
Singapore ity, so often intellectualized and rootless, need to be
grounded again and earthed in the story of the God
“Gary Selby’s Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality who came down. This is a much-needed book that
is a gift to those who love C. S. Lewis and believe will send people back to Lewis with new apprecia-
that he offers a way of living the Christian faith that tion but also encourage them to take a long hard
is joyful, embodied, and attached to the beauty and look at some of our contemporary spirituality, and
pleasure of creation. Drawing from decades of teach- seek for a little more substance, a little more joy.”
ing and interacting with students, Selby beautifully
—Malcolm Guite, author of Mariner: A Theological
reminds us that Lewis lived a spirituality that was Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge
at least as deeply rooted in emotion, imagery, beauty,
and the body as it was in his keen intellect.”

—Gary W. Moon, director, Martin Institute


for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard
Center, Westmont College

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RECLAIMING COMMUNAL
MAPPING HOLY GROUND MEANING

Common life in our society is in decline—our


communities are disintegrating, our public
discourse is hateful, and economic inequali-
ties are widening. In this book, Jake Meador
diagnoses our society’s decline as the failure of
a particular story we’ve told about ourselves: the
story of modern liberalism. He shows us how
that story has led to our collective loss of mean-
ing, wonder, and good work, and then recovers
each of these by grounding them in a different
story—a story rooted in the deep tradition of
the Christian faith.

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common life for our fractured times: a vision
that doesn’t depend on the destinies of our
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Jake Meador is vice president of the Davenant Institute and the editor in
chief of Mere Orthodoxy, an online magazine covering the Christian faith in the
public sphere. He lives with his wife and children in his hometown of Lincoln,
Nebraska.

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“In Search of the Common Good offers a vision for life together that is deep, compelling,
and wise. This is a profound and important work by an exceptional writer.”
—K A R E N S WA L L O W P R I O R ,
author of On Reading Well and Fierce Convictions

“In Search of the Common Good is not just “Christian cultural commentators find themselves
a good book, it is a necessary book for our time. Jake caught between the Scylla of despair and the Charybdis
diagnoses many of the deep problems in our society of triumphalism. It takes a wise, experienced naviga-
and offers a distinctly Christian path forward. I have tor to sail between the two temptations. Meador’s book
already begun recommending the book widely, and I somehow manages to pair a trenchant diagnosis of our
suspect that the church in America will be reading and polarized communities with a hopeful prognosis built on
discussing it for a long time to come.” a deep theological conception of the good life.”
—Alan Noble, author of Disruptive Witness —David Henreckson, Dordt College
“Meador has provided here an important recovery “Should Wendell Berry, Charles Taylor, and
of the deeply Christian notion of the common good, Francis Schaeffer ever have met to discuss the need
offering a knowledgeable diagnosis of the common for the church to lead by loving Jesus in daily
good’s fall into disfavor and an equally knowledge- neighbor-benefitting fashion, and should that conver-
able proposal for recovering it. Meador reminds us sation ever have been recorded, then I can imagine it
that the common good is worth searching for, and in looking and sounding rather like Jake Meador’s In
searching for it we share in it together, eager for all Search of the Common Good.”
to receive the gifts God has given. Read this book—
for you and for your community.” —Mark P. Ryan, director of the Francis A.
Schaeffer Institute, Covenant Theological Seminary
—Matthew Arbo, director of the Center for
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John Byron
Paul’s epistle to Philemon is one of the shortest books in the entire Bible,
leaving plenty to the imagination. From the pen of an accomplished New
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Jeffrey Tacklind
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Pastor Jeff Tacklind knows that the spiritual journey can be winding and
halting rather than a constant ascent of growth—full of paradox, tension,
and surprises. Drawing from the natural world and following guides such as
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meditative account will inspire those on the winding path of following God.
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WHY CHURCH?
Scott W. Sunquist
Foreword by Richard J. Mouw
Is a church just something we create to serve our purposes or to maintain
old traditions? Or is it something more vital, more meaningful, and more
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Ken Wytsma
Is privilege real or imagined? Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice
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understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling
role we are called to play as witnesses of the gospel.
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DOING THEOLOGY WITH THE REFORMERS


Gerald L. Bray
In this RCS companion volume Gerald L. Bray immerses readers
in the world of Reformation theology. He introduces the range of
theological debates as Catholics and Protestants from a diversity of
traditions disputed the essentials of the faith, from the authority
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place of good works in the Christian life.
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TAKING IT TO THE STREETS


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Reverend Harry “O.G. Rev” Williams from Oakland, California, is
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SPIRIT OUTSIDE THE GATE


Oscar García-Johnson
Missiological Engagements
Oscar García-Johnson explores a new grammar for the study of theol-
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constructive theology of mission for the church in global contexts.
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HOW REASON CAN LEAD TO GOD


Joshua Rasmussen
Do you value reason, science, and independent thinking, yet you
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in life, philosopher Joshua Rasmussen uses only the instruments
of reason and common experience to construct a pathway that he
argues can lead to meaning and, ultimately, a vision of God.
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