Border Crossings
June 2012 
A Newsletter From Brazos Press


Greetings from Brazos Press!


I hope that this newsletter finds you well--with school semesters ending and summer schedules beginning! Congratulations to David Dunkleberger, the winner of our Summer Reading Giveaway on The Brazos Blog. David will receive a book package of five Brazos titles, including books by Miroslav Volf and Peter Enns. If you're not visiting our blog, you are missing out on not only giveaways, but also book announcements, author interviews, lectionary reflections, and other great content.


This month we will have exhibits at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit and conferences for the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theological Society, the Society of Children's Spirituality, and the Association of Professors of Mission/American Society of Missiology.


Our spring academic catalog is now available. You can view it online here.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests.


God bless,

Bryan Dyer

Assistant Marketing Manager


June Ebook Specials

We have been expanding the availability of many of our titles into ebook format to accommodate the growing desire to read our books using the various e-readers.


During the month of June, we have several ebooks from both Brazos Press and Baker Academic on sale for at least 50% off the usual price. Among these titles are Jesus and Money by Ben Witherington III, Death and Afterlife by Terence Nichols, and several other Brazos books.


For more information on our June ebook deals, click here.


Speaking of Dying

Speaking of Dying

The church does not cope very well with dying. Instead of using its own resources to mount a positive end-of-life ministry for the terminally ill, it outsources care to secular models, providers, and services. A terminal diagnosis typically triggers denial of impending death and placing faith in the techniques and resources of modern medicine. If a cure is not forthcoming, the patient and his or her loved ones experience a sense of failure and bitter disappointment.


This book offers a critical analysis of the church's failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying. They explore how dying--in baptism--begins and informs the Christian's life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a "good dying." In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death.


Praise for the Book


Stanley Hauerwas says, "This is a book we have desperately needed. I hope it will become a book widely studied in congregations and seminaries. We must learn to speak of dying. This book appropriately helps us recover our voices as a people taught to speak by the one who died on a cross" (from the foreword).


Thomas G. Long (Candler School of Theology, Emory University) says, "This book is written with a pastoral heart and a prophet's voice. It is wise in the ways of caring for the dying and passionate in its cry for the church to remember its own christological narrative and, by doing so, to restore care for the dying into its gospel of care."


Rob Mall (author of The Art of Dying; editor at large, Christianity Today) says, "This is an essential book for any church leader, pastor, teacher, or active member. When so much is at stake, we cannot continue to fail practicing our dying faithfully."


Table of Contents

Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas


1. The Dying Pastor: Everybody Knew, but No One Would Talk about It

2. Victims of the Wrong Story

3. Jesus Christ: Lord of the Living and the Dead--and the Dying

4. The Difference Jesus's Dying Makes

5. What Do You Say to Someone Who Is Dying?

6. Preaching on Death and Dying

7. Facing Dying Faithfully: A Small Cloud of Witnesses

8. A Good Dying

[Link to Brazos site]


Brazos Books and Authors on the Web

  • Gary Colledge, author of God and Charles Dickens, was interviewed by Publishers Weekly.
  • Peter Enns's The Evolution of Adam was reviewed on
  • Daniel Taylor's Creating a Spiritual Legacy was recommended on the Living Story blog.
  • Psalms for All Seasons was reviewed on the Faith and Theology blog.    
Table of Contents
June Ebook Specials
Speaking of Dying
Brazos Books and Authors on the Web

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