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New Titles Tuesday, February 20

Here is a selection of titles recently added to the collection and ready for use.

 A girl called Problem /by Katie Quirk. In 1967 Tanzania, when President Nyerere urges his people to work together as one extended family, the people of Litongo move to a new village which, to some, seems cursed, but where thirteen-year-old Shida, a healer, and her female cousins are allowed to attend school.

 A harp in the stars: an anthology of lyric essays /edited by Randon Billings Noble. The works in this anthology show lyric essays rely more on intuition than exposition, use image more than narration, and question more than answer.Noble has collected lyric essays written in four different forms–flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab–from a range of diverse writers. The collection also includes a section of craft essays–lyric essays about lyric essays. each contributor has supplemented their work with a short meditation on this boundary-breaking form

 A reader’s guide to the major writings of Jonathan Edwards /edited by Nathan A. Finn and Jeremy M. Kimble ; foreword by Kenneth P. Minkema. This reader’s guide provides an entryway into the major writings of Edwards, offering key background information, concise summaries, strategies for reading, and applications for the modern reader.

 African philosophy for the twenty-first century: acts of transition /edited by Jean Godefroy Bidima and Laura Hengehold. This volume explores the ways in which African philosophies express transitional acts, those acts by which thought interacts with history as it is being made and by which it assures its own renewal in proposing provisional solutions to historical problems. Influential and emerging thinkers from both sides of the Atlantic consider this dual activity in the realm of criticism and imagination, public spaces in Africa, and the relationship between historical politics and historical poetics–.

 Agile leadership for turbulent times: integrating your ego, eco and intuitive intelligence /Sharon Olivier, Frederick Hölscher and Colin Williams. This thought provoking and engaging book is for you if you are curious about the role and purpose of leadership in a turbulent world. It will help you become a more agile leader through understanding and integrating your ego, eco and intuitive intelligence. You will gain a deeper understanding of your unique leadership blend through a short diagnostic inventory, bringing insight about your strengths and what may be tripping you up.

 All that God cares about: common grace and divine delight /Richard J. Mouw One of the most influential evangelical voices in America shows how, by common grace, God takes delight in all things that glorify him–even those that happen beyond the boundaries of the church.

 American crusade: Christianity, warfare, and national identity, 1860-1920 /Benjamin J. Wetzel. American Crusade analyzes the attitudes of Christian communities in the United States toward the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I–

 An infinite fountain of light: Jonathan Edwards for the twenty-first century /George M. Marsden. Marsden sets Jonathan Edwards within his historical context and sets forth his key points, unpacking the competing impulses that have shaped our times. By offering a contrasting view of God’s beauty and love, Marsden shows how Edwards’s insights can renew our own vision of creation, the divine, and ourselves–.

 Approaching fire /Michelle Porter. Porter embarks on a quest to find her great-grandfather, the Métis fiddler and performer Léon Robert Goulet. Through musicology, jigs and reels, poetry, photographs, and the ecology of fire, Porter invests biography with the power of reflective ingenuity, creating a portrait which expands beyond documentation into a private realm where truth meets metaphor.

 Artificial intelligence and machine learning in public healthcare: opportunities and societal impact /KC Santosh, Loveleen Gaur. This book discusses and evaluates AI and machine learning (ML) algorithms in dealing with challenges that are primarily related to public health.

 Ascension of Christ: recovering a neglected doctrine /Patrick Schreiner. Schreiner argues that Jesus’ work would be incomplete without his ascent to God’s right hand. Schreiner argues that Jesus’ residence in heaven marks a turning point in his three-fold offices of prophet, priest, and king.

 Better together: making church mergers work /Jim Tomerlin and Warren Bird. Tomberlin and  Bird provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches, so they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute mergers for church expansion and renewal–ultimately, so they can reinvigorate declining churches and create a thriving new entity.

 Christian history in seven sentences: a small introduction to a vast topic /Jennifer Woodruff Tait. Tait uses seven sentences to introduce readers to the sweeping scope of church history.

 Christianity, philosophy, and Roman power: Constantine, Julian, and the bishops on exegesis and empire /Lea Niccolai. Shows that the paradox of the late antique clash between Christianity and Greco-Roman culture is that classical culture wrote the script for the Christianisation of Roman power. Emperor Julian’s writings reveal the continuous influence of traditional philosophical ideals in shaping the competition between fourth-century pagan and Christian leaders–.

 Christ’s associations: connecting and belonging in the ancient city /John S. Kloppenborg. A groundbreaking investigation of early Christ groups in the ancient Mediterranean that reshapes the perception of Christian associations in the first three centuries of the Common Era. Drawing on data about associative practices throughout the ancient world, this innovative study offers new insight into the structure and mission of the early Christian groups. Kloppenborg situates the Christian associations within the broader historical context of the ancient Mediterranean and reveals that they were probably smaller than previously believed and did not have a uniform system of governance, and that the attraction of Christian groups was based more on practice than theological belief.

 Climate change and global public health /Kent E. Pinkerton and William N. Rom, editors. This book is a guide to the research, findings, and discussions of US and international experts on climate change and respiratory health. This second edition is fully updated to include the latest research by international experts. Seven new chapters have also been added. This is an ideal guide for all pulmonologists and health professionals treating patients with pulmonary disease.

 Design social change: take action, work toward equity, and challenge the status quo /Lesley-Ann Noel ; artwork by Ché Lovelace. Learn how to use design to fight for equity and inclusion, featuring ten strategies for taking creative risks to bring about change-from Stanford University’s

 Digital wellness, health and fitness influencers: critical perspectives on digital guru media /edited by Stefan Lawrence. This book examines the phenomenon of digital guru media’ (DGM), the self-styled online influencers, life coaches, experts and entrepreneurs who post on the themes of wellness, health and fitness. It opens up new perspectives on digital leisure and internet celebrity culture, and asks important questions about the social, cultural and psychological implications of our contemporary relationship with digital media.  It asks if digital and social media are problematic per se and explores the problems a turn to the Internet could be revealing about the lack of real-world or analogue support, as well as potential solutions, for our wellness, health and fitness needs and wants.

 Engaging the heart in business: a revolutionary market approach based on love /Alice Alessandri and Alberto Aleo. The authors, in collaboration with international scholars,  have been studying the new market dynamics and the fundamental role of ethics in gaining commercial results. This book will support you in building your business strategy and designing marketing tools (in the light of a new model, the Loving Business Model, which aims to make the customer fall in love with you, and you with your work.

 Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushkueu = I am a damn savage ; Tanite nene etutamin nitassi? = What have you done to my country? /An Antane Kapesh ; Sarah Henzi, translation from French and afterword.   Kapesh wrote to preserve and share her culture, experience, and knowledge. She wanted to publicly denounce the conditions in which she and the Innu were made to live, and to address the changes she was witnessing due to land dispossession and loss of hunting territory, police brutality, and the effects of the residential school system. What Have You Done to My Country? is a fictional account by a young boy of the arrival of les Polichinelles (referring to White settlers) and their subsequent assault on the land and on native language and culture.  Kapesh asserts that settler society will eventually have to take responsibility and recognize its faults, and accept that the Innu – as well as all the other nations – are not going anywhere, that they are not a problem settlers can make disappear.

 Eyes of the heart: seeing God in an age of science /Russell Haitch. Haitch offers a model for unifying faith and science that does not compromise either good science or Christian convictions. With wit and insight, Haitch shows how his model resolves long-standing (and still heated) issues of creation and evolution. Compelling stories and clear explanations will appeal to a wide audience, including parents, youth workers, and young people themselves.

 Firefly / Philippa Dowding. Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball-bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends Firefly to live with her Aunt Gayle who owns a costume shop. Yes, Firefly might be suffering from PTSD, but she can get used to taking baths, sleeping on a bed again, and wearing as many costumes as she can to school. But where is “home”? What is “family”? Who is Firefly, for that matter … and which costume is the real one?

 Great women painters /project editors, Simon Hunegs and Maia Murphy ; introduction by Alison M. Gingeras]. A sumptuous survey of over 300 women painters and their work spanning almost five centuries. Covering nearly 500 years of skill and innovation, this survey reveals and champions a more diverse history of art, showcasing recently discovered and newly appreciated work and artists throughout its more than 300 pages and images.

 Hiding in the pews: shining light on mental illness in the Church /Steve Austin ; foreword by Robert W. Lee. In Hiding in the Pews, people with mental illness–some of whom might be pastors themselves–will find comfort as they learn they are not alone. Those who know someone with mental illness will gain wisdom about how to be a safe presence. Those who hold the most power in church communities–pastors, board members, and lay leaders–will be challenged and equipped to transform their congregations into places of healing, where it is safe for people to be vulnerable about their suffering. Austin draws on his own experience, as well as on interviews with eighty current and former church leaders and members.

 Inconvenient skin = Nayêhtâwan wasakay /Shane L. Koyczan ; [artwork by Kent Monkman, Joseph M. Sánchez, Jim Logan, Nadya Kwandibens ; Cree translation provided by Solomon Ratt]. Inconvenient Skin challenges how reconciliation has become a contested buzzword filled with promises and good intentions but rarely with any meaningful follow-through. These poems aim to unpack history to clean the wounds so the nation can finally heal. Powerful and thought-provoking, this collection will draw you in and make you reconsider Canada’s colonial legacy.

 Intimate integration: a history of the Sixties Scoop and the colonization of Indigenous kinship /Allyson D. Stevenson. Privileging Indigenous voices and experiences, Intimate Integration documents the rise and fall of North American transracial adoption projects, including the Adopt Indian and Métis Project and the Indian Adoption Project. The author argues that the integration of adopted Indian and Métis children mirrored the new direction in post-war Indian policy and welfare services. She illustrates how the removal of Indigenous children from Indigenous families and communities took on increasing political and social urgency, contributing to what we now call the Sixties Scoop.

 Levels of reality in science and philosophy: re-examining the multi-level structure of reality /Stavros Ioannidis, Gal Vishne, Meir Hemmo, Orly Shenker, editors. This book offers a unique perspective on one of the deepest questions about the world we live in: is reality multi-leveled, or can everything be reduced to some fundamental ‘flat’ level? The volume reconsiders the view that reality contains many levels and opens new ways to understand the ontological status of the special sciences. The book focuses on major open questions that arise at the foundations of cognitive science, cognitive psychology, brain science and other special sciences, in particular with respect to the physical foundations of these sciences.

 Matthew within sectarian Judaism /John Kampen. Kampen deftly argues that the gospel of Matthew advocates for a distinctive Jewish sectarianism, rooted in the Jesus movement. He maintains that the writer of Matthew produced the work within an early Jewish sect, and its narrative contains a biography of Jesus which can be used as a model for the development of a sectarian Judaism in Lower Syria, perhaps Galilee, toward the conclusion of the first century CE. Rather than viewing the gospel of Matthew as a Jewish-Christian hybrid, Kampen considers it a Jewish composition that originated among the later followers of Jesus a generation or so after the disciples.

 Next level grammar for a digital age: teaching with social media and online tools for rhetorical understanding and critical creation /Darren Crovitz, Michelle D. Devereaux, and Clarice M. Moran. This innovative book explores how digital language and tools can be used to teach applied grammar in the classroom. With a spotlight on internet language, Crovitz, Devereaux, and Moran demonstrate how students can practice rhetorical grammar with digital tools in order to use language purposefully. Drawing on examples and activities from TikTok, Twitter, memes, texting, online videos, digital media, and more, chapters feature lesson plans centered around real-world digital scenarios that will engage and inspire students.

 Our brother beloved: purpose and community in Paul’s letter to Philemon /Stephen E. Young. Draws on Positioning Theory to offer a fresh reading of Philemon and challenge traditional interpretations that argue for a pro-slavery perspective in the letter .

Oxford handbook of women’s health nursing /edited by Sunanda Gupta, Debra Holloway, Ali Kubba. Written with a focus on multi-disciplinary integrated care systems and a greater emphasis on prevention and patient autonomy, this title incorporates the most recent evidence-based guidelines and developments in nursing roles and contraceptive methods.

 Oxford textbook of public health palliative care /edited by Julian Abel and Allan Kellehear. This is a book about the public health approach within palliative care.  In this volume  we are specifically addressing a newer and less recognized aspect of public health – public health practice methods such as education, health policy, community development, or social ecology. We are also specifically examining the role of the ‘new’ public health, sometimes also known as health promotion.

Pentecostal theology and Jonathan Edwards /edited by Steven M. Studebaker and Amos Yong. This volume brings ‘America’s theologian’ and one of the fastest growing forms of Christianity into dialogue. This is the first volume that provides Pentecostal readings of Edwards’ theology that contribute to Pentecostal theology and Edwards scholarship. The contributing essays offer examination of affections and the Spirit, God and Salvation, Church and culture; and mission and witness–.

 Philosophies and theories for advanced nursing practice /edited by Janie B. Butts, et al. Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice is an essential resource for advanced practice nursing students in master’s and doctoral programs. This text is appropriate for students needing an introductory understanding of philosophy and how a theory is constructed as well as students and nurses who understand theory at an advanced level. The Third Edition features expanded discussion of the AACN DNP essentials which is critical for DNP students as well as PhD students who need a better understanding of the DNP-educated nurse’s role.

 Philosophy of care: new approaches  to vulnerability, otherness and therapy /Joaquim Braga, Mário Santiago de Carvalho, editors. Authors from a wide interdisciplinary spectrum discuss the issue of care. The book covers both philosophical and therapeutic studies and contains a three-pronged approach to discussing the concepts of care: vulnerability, otherness, and therapy..

 Pointing to the pasturelands: reflections on evangelicalism, doctrine, & culture /J. I. Packer. Pointing to the Pasturelands recovers decades of Packer’s contributions to the pages of Christianity Today. This includes his editorial columns, longer articles, and brief answers to readers’ theology questions. The book concludes with a profile of Packer from Mark A. Noll.

 Science and the doctrine of creation: the approaches of ten modern theologians /edited by Geoffrey H. Fulkerson and Joel Thomas Chopp ; afterword by Alister E. McGarth. Science and the Doctrine of Creation examines how influential modern theologians–from the turn of the nineteenth century through the present–have engaged the scientific developments of their times in light of the doctrine of creation. In each chapter a leading Christian thinker introduces readers to the unique contributions of a key theologian in responding to the assumptions, claims, and methods of science.–

 Surveying central British Columbia: a photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1920-28 /Jay Sherwood. Swannell followed Alexander Mackenzie’s route to the Pacific, mapping the explorer’s path in accordance with Mackenzie’s journal, and photographing many of the landmarks that Mackenzie described. More importantly, his camera and journals have provided a lasting record of the cultures and people that he met

 The 30-minute Bible: God’s story for everyone /Craig G. Bartholomew and Paige P. Vanosky. The 30-Minute Bible helps you discover the big picture of the Bible-in thirty minutes a day for thirty days. Including lovely illustrations, each of these thirty short readings contains a Bible passage and a short explanation of how the passage fits into the Bible’s wider narrative.

 The first urban churches. 7. Thessalonica /edited by James R. Harrison and L. L. Welborn. The First Urban Churches 7 includes essays focused on the development of early Christianity from the mid-first century through the sixth century CE in the ancient Macedonian city of Thessalonica. An international group of contributors traces the emergence of Thessalonica’s house churches through a close study of the archaeological remains, inscriptions, coins, iconography, and Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonians.

 The full armor of God: the mobilization of Christian nationalism in American politics /Paul A. Djupe, Andrew R. Lewis, Anand E. Sokhey. Research by the authors showcase how deeper engagement with ‘the 3Ms’ — measurement, mechanisms and mobilization — can help unpack how and why Christian nationalism has entered our politics as a partisan project.

 The Gospel as manuscript: an early history of the Jesus tradition as material artifact /Chris Keith. Keith shows that the introduction of manuscripts to the transmission of the Jesus tradition played an underappreciated, but crucial, role in the reception history of the tradition that eventuated. He focuses particularly on the competitive textualization of the Jesus tradition, whereby Gospel authors drew attention to the written nature of their tradition, sometimes in attempts to assert superiority to predecessors, and the public reading of the Jesus tradition. Building upon interdisciplinary work on ancient book cultures, Keith traces an early history of the gospel as artifact from the textualization of Mark in the first century until the eventual usage of liturgical reading as a marker of authoritative status in the second and third centuries, and beyond. Overall, he reveals a vibrant period of the development of the Jesus tradition, wherein the material status of the tradition frequently played as important a role as the ideas about Jesus that it contained–.

Black History Month Curriculum Resources, Bibliographies

In celebration of Black History Month, the Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC) is featuring a list of resources to help us learn about and honour the accomplishments of blacks throughout history and appreciate the diversity of our community.

Each week during the month of February, the CRC will be highlighting important works; this week we are featuring bibliographies. Be sure to check out these titles!

A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky and illustrated by Paul Lee
(Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

In 1761, a young girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she’d had everything taken from her-her family, her name, and her language. But Phillis had a passion to learn. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African- American woman poet in the United States.

Meet Viola Desmond by Elizabeth MacLeod and illustrated by Mike Deas
(Interest Level: Kindergarten-Grade 12)

On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts.

Tubman: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway by Rosemary Sadlier
(Interest Level: Grades 8-12)

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on a plantation near Bucktown, Maryland, about 1820. She died over ninety years later in 1913 in Auburn, New York. Harriet led an unbelievable life; she guided hundreds of Black freedom seekers out of their slavery to freedom through the underground railway. This book tells the story of Harriet Tubman and traces what life was like in St. Catharines during the eight years she lived in Canada.

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
(Interest Level: Grades 6-9)

On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school.  This is the story of a pivotal event in history as Ruby Bridges saw it unfold around her. Ruby’s poignant words, quotations from writers and from other adults who observed her, and dramatic photographs recreate an amazing story of innocence, courage, and forgiveness. Ruby Bridges’ story is an inspiration to us all.

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendalyn Hooks and illustrated by Colin Boolman
(Interest Level: Grades 1-8)

The life story of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who developed the first procedure used to perform open-heart surgery on children. Vivien Thomas’s greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
(Interest Level: Kindergarten-Grade 9)

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden were so good at math that NASA hired them as mathematicians to help send the United States into space for the very first time.

New Titles Tuesday February 13

Here is a selection of titles recenlty added to the collection and ready for use

 A lay preacher’s guide: how to craft a faithful sermon /Karoline M. Lewis In this go-to resource for lay preachers, Lewis lays out in a concise and clear format the steps to preaching a faithful sermon, a process that can be immediately applied to weekly sermon preparation.

 A new heaven: death, human destiny, and the kingdom of God /Harvey Cox. A survey of theological, cultural, and historical perspectives on heaven, the afterlife, and the kingdom of God

 Above the fold: a personal history of the Toronto Star /John Honderich. A remarkable memoir and journalistic history of the Toronto Star, the newspaper that has shaped and continues to shape the issues most important to Canadians. Above the Fold gives an on-the-ground account of how the Star, once known primarily for its tabloid sensationalism and screaming headlines, transformed into a bastion of journalistic quality that routinely wins the industry’s highest honours and accolades. Honderich writes about the paper he loved and the challenges it faced over the years, including crippling strikes, boardroom battles, soaring egos, the vicious newspaper wars with various competitors, and, most recently, the shift away from print. Above the Fold is a personal history of one of the most storied and successful newspapers of our time, told through the lives of the father and son who ran it for close to half-a-century.

 Across the spectrum: understanding issues in evangelical theology /Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy. This accessible yet comprehensive primer helps readers understand the breadth of viewpoints on major issues in evangelical theology. Now updated and revised throughout.

 Anselm: the complete treatises : with selected letters and prayers and the Meditation on human redemption /edited and translated by Thomas Williams. An annotated translation, by a distinguished translator and scholar of medieval philosophy, of the complete treatises of Anselm of Canterbury, with selected letters and prayers. A bibliography and index included.

 Black lives matter to Jesus: the salvation of Black life and all life in Luke and Acts /Marcus Jerkins This work attempts to undermine Christian racism that has deemed Black skin inherently problematic, showing that the destruction of racism is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus.

 Church doctrine & the Bible: theology in ancient context /David Instone-Brewer. Instone-Brewer applies his expertise in first-century backgrounds and culture to popular Christian doctrines. Peeling away thousands of years of theological development reveals how the Bible’s original hearers would have understood these doctrines and helps us resolve some of our doctrinal disputes and misunderstandings. Through this process, Instone-Brewer answers the question, is this doctrine biblical?

 Eden /Jim Crace A gorgeous, unforgettable retelling of the myth of Eden. The inhabitants of Eden are untouched by death; they care for their orchards and the land, and give thanks for their good fortune, because they know that beyond the garden walls is a world where disease and hunger rampage. But, as this story begins, something is wrong in Eden. Weaving together elements of the dystopian, but never letting go of the sense of the sacred that saturates western myths of a perfect world before the fall, Eden manages to be both a critique of those stories and a sad reprise of their now-lost themes. In Crace’s wry, tender recreation, though, love does not bring the world crashing down. It is love that redeems it.

 From Christ to Christianity: how the Jesus movement became the Church in less than a century /James R. Edwards. Shows how the relatively informal, rural, unaffiliated movement formed by Jesus transformed in the first seventy-five years into the Christian church as we generally know it today.

 How the Church Fathers read the Bible: a short introduction /Gerald Bray. How the Church Fathers Read the Bible is an accessible introduction to help you read Scripture with the early church. With a clear and simple style, Bray explains the distinctives of early Christian interpretation and shows how the fathers interpreted key Bible passages from Genesis to Revelation. Their unique perspective is summed up in seven principles that can inspire our Bible reading today.

 Interpreting the gospel of John in Antioch and Alexandria /Miriam DeCock. DeCock analyses four important early Christian treatments of the Gospel of John, including two commentaries by Origen and Cyril from the Alexandrian tradition as well as the homilies of John Chrysostom and the commentary of Theodore of Mopsuestia, which represent Antiochian traditions. DeCock’s thorough analysis demonstrates that the Antiochenes find primarily moral examples and doctrinal teachings in John’s Gospel, whereas the Alexandrians find both these and teachings concerning the immediate situation within their own communities.

 Is it too late?: a theology of ecologyv /John B. Cobb, Jr. Comprehensive in scope, non-technical in expression, and concise in length, Is It Too Late? provides the scholar and the student alike with a readable and compelling orientation to the philosophical and theological stakes of ecology.  Cobb reflects on the current situation, the specific promises and perils we now face, and how his own thinking on matters theological and ecological has evolved in the last half century.

 Literatures, communities, and learning: conversations with Indigenous writers /Aubrey Jean Hanson. It’s a book of conversations — interviews with nine Indigenous writers who work in Canada. The conversations centre on writers’ concerns, critiques, and craft, and how they navigate the challenge of storying their communities in politically charged terrain. Moreover, the book considers the pedagogical dimensions of stories, serving as an Indigenous literary and education project.

 Matthew Fox: essential writings on creation spirituality /selected with an introduction by Charles Burack. This work, which contains selections–gems of insight–from most of Fox’s 40+ books, offers fresh perspectives and approaches to the vital issues of our time.  In many of these writings, Fox brilliantly shows how premodern wisdom can help illuminate and resolve postmodern problems.  The book closes with a letter from Fox to young seekers.

 Mindset mathematics. Grade 2: visualizing and investigating big ideas /Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, Cathy Williams. This series targets the mathematical practices directly and will help teachers engage students in things like problem solving, reasoning and persisting through long problems, all important goals of the Common Core Standards as they help prepare students for using math in real life. This series will focus upon the core conceptual ideas at each grade level, such as those of multiplication, place value or fractions, which will enhance students’ achievement across the curriculum–Provided by publisher

 Muslim perceptions and receptions of the Bible: texts and studies /Camilla Adang and Sabine Schmidtke. The articles brought together in this volume deal with Muslim perceptions and uses of the Bible in its wider sense, including the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament as well as the New Testament, albeit with an emphasis on the former scripture.

 Numinous seditions: interiority and climate change /Tim Lilburn. With Numinous Seditions, celebrated poet and essayist Tim Lilburn investigates aspects of an interiority appropriate to a time and world irrevocably altered by climate change. The book draws from retrieved elements of the West’s almost forgotten contemplative tradition in its Platonic, Islamic, Christian, and Zoharic forms. It also explores ideas from modern philosophers and from contemporary poetry. Numinous Seditions is for scholars and readers interested in poetry, environmental philosophy, and in the possibility of a contemplative politics.

 Our story: Aboriginal voices on Canada’s past /Tantoo Cardinal [and others] ; preface by Rudyard Griffiths ; foreword by Adrienne Clarkson. A collection of original stories written by some of the country’s most celebrated Aboriginal [Native peoples, Indian, First Nations] writers, and inspired by pivotal events in the country’s history. Inspired by history, Our Story is a beautifully illustrated collection of original stories from some of Canada’s most celebrated Aboriginal writers. From a tale of Viking raiders to a story set during the Oka crisis, the authors tackle a wide range of issues and events, taking us into the unknown, while also bringing the familiar into sharper focus.

 Paul and the stories of Israel: grand thematic narratives in Galatians /A. Andrew Das. Das reviews six proposals for grand thematic narratives behind the logic of Galatians. He weighs each of these proposals exegetically and finds them wanting, examples of what Samuel Sandmel famously labeled parallelomania. Das reflects on the risks of seeking comprehensive stories behind Paul’s letters and offers a path forward.

 Preaching the headlines: possibilities and pitfalls /Lisa L. Thompson. Preaching the Headlines reframes preaching as an ongoing conversation between the modern world and the world of the biblical text. The goal of the book is to provide a process to aid preachers in doing theological reflection on the everyday world as an integral part of sermon development.

 Religion and film: the basics /Jeanette Reedy Solano. Religion and Film: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the history, diverse approaches, and ideas associated within the study of religion and film. A fascinating range of films are discussed, from early silent films to recent releases. With helpful features including recommendations for further study and key films to view, this book is an ideal starting point for students approaching religion and film for the first time as well as those interested in learning more about the field while broadening their methods, knowledge of film, and their film canon.

 Religion and schooling in Canada: the long road to separation of Church and state /Robert Crocker. Christian organizations have always played a large role in Canadian education. This book contends that change will certainly come and several paths to reform are explored.

 Religious parenting: transmitting faith and values in contemporary America /Christian Smith, Bridget Ritz & Michael Rotolo Smith and his team interviewed over two hundred parents from across the U.S. affiliated with religious congregations of various types. The book presents the voices of parents from diverse socioeconomic and religious backgrounds interested in passing on their religious convictions and practices to their children, with the focus on why they think this matters, and how they do it. Almost all the parents interviewed- whether Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, or Hindu, and whether politically or theologically conservative or liberal-view the transmission of religion in much the same way. Most religious parents do not expect professional clergy and youth ministries to play a large role in imparting to young people a taste for continued religious affiliation and participation. Rather, they expect to do this work themselves, viewing their children as ongoing projects. Drawing on cognitive anthropology and inspired by work in cognitive science, the authors present and describe the background cultural models that American religious parents hold and use to inform their parenting.

 Sweet dreamers /Isabelle Simler ; [English-languge translation Sarah Ardizzone]. Several different animals settle in for the night, each with their own unique way of sleeping.

 That I may dwell among them: incarnation & atonement in the tabernacle narrative /Gary A. Anderson. A theological reading of the Tabernacle Narrative in Exodus and Leviticus, exploring the themes of incarnation and atonement. Anderson shows how these passages shed light on incarnation and atonement both in ancient Israel’s theology and in Christian theology. Anderson explains how the chronology of the narrative reflects sacred time, how the Israelites saw divine features in the physical aspects of the tabernacle, and how Isaac’s sacrifice foreshadowed the sacrificial rite revealed to Moses at Mt. Sinai. Ultimately, Anderson shows how the Old Testament can deepen our understanding of the gospel

 The middle Maccabees: archaeology, history, and the rise of the Hasmonean Kingdom /edited by Andrea M. Berlin and Paul J. Kosmin. This collection of essays lays out the charged, complicated beginning of an independent Jewish state founded by the Maccabees in the second century BCE. Contributors offer focused, interdisciplinary analyses of the archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, and textual evidence to create a holistic view of Hasmonean history that acknowledges political developments and evolving social responses to continuous militarized conflict involving the Ptolemaic Dynasty in Egypt and the Seleucids of Syria.

 The next step forward in word study and phonics /Jan Richardson & Michèle Dufresne. Richardson and Dufresne  provide guidance in planning short, developmentally appropriate word study and phonics lessons as part of guided reading. You’ll find all the support you need to teach letters, sounds, and words effectively, including 260 lessons for readers at every stage, from pre-A to fluent; assessment tools; and printable books at levels A-C.

 The power of place, the problem of time: Aboriginal identity and historical consciousness in the cauldron of colonialism /Keith Thor Carlson Carlson re-thinks the history of Native-newcomer relations from the unique perspective of a classically trained historian who has spent nearly two decades living, working, and talking with the Stó:lõ peoples.

 The sour cherry tree /written by Naseem Hrab ; illustrated by Nahid Kazemi. A young girl recalls everyday details about her beloved grandfather the day after his death.

 Those who run in the sky /Aviaq Johnston ; illustrations by Toma Feizo Gas. After a strange and violent blizzard leaves young shaman-in-training Pitu stranded on the sea ice–without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself–he soon realizes that he is no longer in the word that he once knew. After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family and to the girl that he loves.

 What grace is: meditations on the mercy of our God /Craig A. Evans Evans invites us to look at grace throughout the Bible, going deep in examples from the book of Genesis and the Gospel of Luke. Bringing together biblical insight and personal wisdom, this short book will give readers a new appreciation for grace in action–acts of kindness and mercy exemplifying the kind of grace that can only be described as divine.   What Grace Is encourages us to meditate on the divine grace we have received and extend that same grace to others.

When did Eve sin?: the fall and biblical historiography /Jeffery J. Niehaus. Using Scripture to interpret Scripture and analyzing biblical stories where characters retell the narrative, Niehaus recognizes a common scriptural pattern that resolves the mystery of Eve’s words. Everyone engaging with these questions will be guided by Niehaus’s thorough study of this thorny issue.

 Wonderfully made: a Protestant theology of the body /John W. Kleinig. Kleinig forms a properly biblical theology of our bodies. Through his keen sensitivity to Scripture’s witness, Kleinig explains why bodies matter. Kleinig addresses issues like shame, chastity, desire, and gender dysphoria by integrating them into the biblical vision of creation

  Worship for the whole people of God /Ruth C. Duck ; with contributed appendix from David Gambrell. Duck provides theological foundations for worship and explores the ways Christians have adapted worship to various cultures to help them live faithfully and to communicate the gospel to others. It celebrates the many languages and cultural settings in which the gospel has been, and is, preached, sung, and prayed.

Black History Month Curriculum Resources, Young Adult Fiction

In celebration of Black History Month, the Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC) is featuring a list of resources to help us learn about and honour the accomplishments of blacks throughout history and appreciate the diversity of our community.

Each week during the month of February, the CRC will be highlighting important works; this week we are featuring Young Adult fiction. Be sure to check out these titles!

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
(Interest Level: Grades 10-12)

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
(Interest Level: Grades 5-9)

A powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
(Interest Level: Grades 5-9)

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father. Set in 1936, in Flint, Michigan, times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him.

The Crossover
 by Kwame Alexander
(Interest Level: Grades 5-9)

The 2015 Newbery Award winner is about the Bell twins, stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. Both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. When life intervenes in the form of a new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
(Interest Level: Grades 9-12)

Newbery Medalist and Coretta Scott King Award winner about eleven-year-old Elijah who is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(Interest Level: Grades 8-12)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
(Interest Level: Grade 5-9)

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

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