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Month: August 2017

New Titles Tuesday, August 29

Here is a selection of the 13 items added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU log in may be required.

The Cambridge companion to ancient ethics /edited by Christopher Bobonich. eBook Students and scholars of ancient philosophy will find this Companion to be a rich and invaluable guide to the themes and movements which characterised the discipline from the Pre-Socratics to the Neo-Platonists. Several chapters are dedicated to the central figures of Plato and Aristotle, and others explore the ethical thought of the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Skeptics, and Plotinus. Further chapters examine important themes that cut across these schools, including virtue and happiness, friendship, elitism, impartiality, and the relationship between ancient eudaimonism and modern morality. Written by leading scholars and drawing on cutting-edge research to illuminate the questions of ancient ethics, the book will provide students and specialists with an indispensable critical overview of the full range of ancient Greek ethics.

The Cambridge companion to religion and terrorism /edited by James Lewis. eBook Bringing varying approaches, from the theoretical to the empirical, to the topic, the Companion includes an array of subjects, such as radicalization, suicide bombing, and rational choice, as well as specific case studies. The result is a richly textured collection that prompts readers to critically consider the cluster of phenomena that we have come to refer to as ‘terrorism,’ and terrorism’s relationship with the similarly problematic set of phenomena that we call ‘religion.'”

The Cambridge companion to the problem of evil /edited by Chad Meister, Paul K. Moser. More than an introduction to the subject, it is a state-of-the-art contribution to the field which provides critical analyses of and creative insights on this longstanding problem. Fresh themes in the book include evil and the meaning of life, beauty and evil, evil and cosmic evolution, and anti-theodicy. Evil is discussed from the perspectives of the major monotheistic religions, agnosticism, and atheism.

The divine dance: the Trinity and your transformation /Richard Rohr, with Mike Morrell. Drawing from Scripture, theology, and the deepest insights of mystics, philosophers, and sages throughout history, the authors present a compelling alternative to aloof and fairytale versions of God: God as Community…as Friendship…as Dance.

John Hunt: [electronic resource] pioneer missionary and saint /by Joseph Nettleton. Hunt arrived in Fiji with his wife in 1839. His main task with Bible translation; he completed the New Testament and had begun the work on translating the Old Testament before his untimely death from dysentery. He was a person of deep religious feeling whose beauty of character and total devotion made a strong impact on the Fijians, even when they did not accept his faith. He respected the Fijian culture and learned to know it well, recognizing both its strengths and challenges. He worked to develop forms of worship that made use of Fijian cultural styles.

Let the earth hear His voice [videorecording] /International Congress on World Evangelization, Lausanne, Switzerland.  tells the story of the First Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization, held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974.

Revelation /Peter S. Williamson. EBook Williamson interprets Revelation from within the living tradition of the Church for pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students alike and relates Scripture to Christian life today. Faithfully Catholic, and supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry.

Revelation /J. Scott Duvall ; Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton, general editors ; Kevin and Sherry Harney, associate editors ; Adam Barr, contributing author. eBook This concise, carefully organized commentary on Revelation for pastors presents biblical scholarship to inform authoritative expository preaching and teaching. Each chapter includes the big idea, key themes, sermon illustrations, and full-color images.

Revelation: a new translation with introduction and commentary /Craig R. Koester. eBook In this landmark commentary, Koester offers a comprehensive look at a powerful and controversial early Christian text, the book of Revelation. The author provides richly textured descriptions of the book’s setting and language, making extensive use of Greek and Latin inscriptions, classical texts, and ancient Jewish writings, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rather than viewing Revelation as world-negating, Koester focuses on its deep engagement with social, religious, and economic issues while addressing the book’s volatile history of interpretation. The result is a groundbreaking study that provides bold new insights and sets new directions for the continued appreciation of this text.

Smith of Demerara [electronic resource]martyr-teacher of the slaves /David Chamberlin ; with a preface by Sydney Olivier. John Smith [1790-1824] served with the London Missionary Society in British Guyana. In August 1823 a slave revolt broke out, and Smith, whose sympathies with the slaves were well known, was accused of aiding and assisting the rebellion. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. His sentence was remitted, but he died in prison before word reached the colony. Smith was the only missionary who could be said to have been martyred by the West Indian plantocracy.

Speaking our truth: a journey of reconciliation /Monique Gray Smith. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.


Three new Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture Ebook Titles

 The Cambridge companion to the problem of evil / edited by Chad Meister & Paul Moser.

"For many centuries philosophers have been discussing the problem of evil - one of the greatest problems of intellectual history. There are many facets to the problem, and for students and scholars unfamiliar with the vast literature on the subject, grasping the main issues can be a daunting task. This Companion provides a stimulating introduction to the problem of evil. More than an introduction to the subject, it is a state-of-the-art contribution to the field which provides critical analyses of and creative insights on this longstanding problem. Fresh themes in the book include evil and the meaning of life, beauty and evil, evil and cosmic evolution, and anti-theodicy. Evil is discussed from the perspectives of the major monotheistic religions, agnosticism, and atheism. Written by leading scholars in clear and accessible prose, this book is an ideal companion for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and scholars across the disciplines.'"-- 

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 The Cambridge companion to ancient ethics /edited by Christopher Bobonich.

"The field of ancient Greek ethics is increasingly emerging as a major branch of philosophical enquiry, and students and scholars of ancient philosophy will find this Companion to be a rich and invaluable guide to the themes and movements which characterised the discipline from the Pre-Socratics to the Neo-Platonists. Several chapters are dedicated to the central figures of Plato and Aristotle, and others explore the ethical thought of the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Skeptics, and Plotinus. Further chapters examine important themes that cut across these schools, including virtue and happiness, friendship, elitism, impartiality, and the relationship between ancient eudaimonism and modern morality. Written by leading scholars and drawing on cutting-edge research to illuminate the questions of ancient ethics, the book will provide students and specialists with an indispensable critical overview of the full range of ancient Greek ethics.'"

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 The Cambridge companion to religion and terrorism / edited by James Lewis.

"There is currently much discussion regarding the causes of terrorist acts, as well as the connection between terrorism and religion. Terrorism is attributed either to religious 'fanaticism' or, alternately, to political and economic factors, with religion more or less dismissed as a secondary factor. The Cambridge Companion to Religion and Terrorism examines this complex relationship between religion and terrorism phenomenon through a collection of essays freshly written for this volume. Bringing varying approaches, from the theoretical to the empirical, to the topic, the Companion includes an array of subjects, such as radicalization, suicide bombing, and rational choice, as well as specific case studies. The result is a richly textured collection that prompts readers to critically consider the cluster of phenomena that we have come to refer to as 'terrorism,' and terrorism's relationship with the similarly problematic set of phenomena that we call 'religion.'"

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New Titles Tuesday, August 15

Here is a sample of the 17 print and electronic resources added to the catalogue in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.


The Norton anthology of English literature. Volume C, The Restoration and the eighteenth century /Stephen Greenblatt, general editor ; M.H. Abrams, founding editor  emeritus ; [editors for volume C], Lawrence Lipking, James Noggle.  Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies–thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible–The Norton Anthology of English Literature has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool.


On purpose: how we create the meaning of life /Paul Froese. Froese brings together data from large national and international surveys with interviews that illuminate the ways in which people from all walks of life grapple with their continuous search for reason, truth, sense, success, happiness, and-ultimately-transcendence. Froese argues that the desire to connect with something larger than oneself is a universal urge, manifested most directly, but far from solely, in religious communities. Written in vivid, accessible prose, On Purpose takes the reader on a journey through the complexities and consequences of life’s most important question.  Framing the book around six key questions, Froese refuses to collapse the meaning of life into a single authoritative answer, as self-help gurus do. Instead, he deconstructs each question to reveal the social pathways that guide people to distinctive answers.  Through lively, engaging storytelling that mixes data and analysis with literary and historical examples of the quest for purpose, Froese sheds new light on a timeless and all-too-human quandary.


Christian missions in Madagascar [electronic resource] /by E.O. McMahon ; with preface by the bishop of Madagascar. Archdeacon Edward Oliver McMahon [1860-1918] recalls the history of S.P.G. missionary work in Madagascar. There are numerous  contemporary photographs that depict various aspects of Malagasy life.

A concise exegetical grammar of New Testament Greek /J. Harold Greenlee.  This book has been designed to meet the needs of students who have completed a course in elementary New Testament Greek. Intended to be practical rather than exhaustive, this concise study aid provides a grasp of the principles of Greek grammar which are meaningful in exegesis.

 Griffith John [electronic resource]: the story of fifty years in China /by George Cousins. This is R. Wardlaw Thompson’s [1842-1916] detailed account of Griffith John’s fifty years of service in China with the London Missionary Society.

An introduction to Romans: a Christian missionary letter: a formational and theological interpretation /R. Jeffrey Hiatt.  This work is intended to be an introduction for students and lay persons interested in a scholarly informed, but easily accessible, biblical study for personal or small group Christian formation.

Jottings from Japan [electronic resource] /by Susan Ballard. This is a collection of Susan Ballard’s [1863-1909] articles previously published in missionary news magazines. It is illustrated for the most part with her own photographs.

The light of the morning [electronic resource]: the story of the C.E.Z.M.S. work in the Kien-Ning prefecture of the Fuh-Kien province, China … With seventeen illustrations and two maps. /by Mary E. Darley ; with an introduction by John Rigg. This is the fascinating account of the Zenana mission work of Mary Elizabeth Darley [c.1870-1934]. She served in China with the Church of England Zenana Mission Society and was supported by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Dublin University Fuh-Kien Mission.

On the threshold of three closed lands [electronic resource]: the Guild outpost in the western Himalyas /by Rev. J.A. Graham ; with introduction by Sir Charles A. Elliott. This is an account of the Eastern Himalayan Mission of the Church of Scotland written in 1897. It was located near the borders of three countries which foreign missionaries were not allowed to enter – China, Bhutan and Nepal.

The rise of network Christianity: how independent leaders are changing the religious landscape /Brad Christerson and Richard Flory.  Drawing on in-depth interviews with leaders and participants, The Rise of Network Christianity explains the social forces behind the fastest growing form of Christianity in the U.S., which Christerson and Flory have labeled “Independent Network Christianity” (INC). They argue that large-scale social changes since the 1970s, including globalization and the digital revolution have given competitive advantages to religious groups organized by networks rather than traditionally organized congregations and denominations. Network forms of church governance allow for experimentation with controversial supernatural practices, innovative finances and marketing, and a highly participatory, unorthodox, and experiential faith, which is attractive in today’s unstable religious marketplace. As more religious groups imitate this type of governance, religious belief and practice will become more experimental, more oriented around practice than belief, more shaped by the individual religious “consumer” and authority will become more highly concentrated in the hands of individuals rather than institutions.

 Social engagement: the challenge of the social in missiological education /George William Wiseman. Papers highlighting missiology’s growing engagement with social issues. With a pedagogical emphasis in mind, our collection of papers begins and ends with the plenary papers presented by David Fenrick, from Northwestern College, and Al Tizon, from Palmer Theological Seminary. Both papers concentrate on service-learning or “engaged” scholarship as they explore new ways to move beyond the classroom to train missioners as scholar-practitioners. David presented a vital (even path-breaking) model for experience-based education; Al described the challenges of creating an entire graduate program rooting classroom instruction in social advocacy and activism. Both are instructive as we envision new curricula and new programs for effectively training the next generation of missioners and missiologists. In between these plenaries, twelve other papers were presented in workshops. Several of these also touch on pedagogical issues related to engaged scholarship and service-learning. Others explore theoretical, historical and social-cultural issues in missiological perspective.

The story of the South Seas [electronic resource] /by George Cousins. The work of the London Missionary Society in the Pacific Ocean through its “Missionary Ships” is truly inspiring. In this heavily illustrated book George Cousins (editorial Assistant and Assistant Foreign Secretary of the London Missionary Society) draws on a number of sources to retell the story.

 They kept the lower lights burning: the story of the Seaman’s Bethel at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and its chaplains /George William Wiseman.


True and false: heresy and common sense for the actor /David Mamet.  One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.  David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.




New Titles Tuesday, August 1

Here is a sample of the 75 new books added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information and use your TWU library barcode to place on hold on material you would like to borrow right away.

Enhancing quality in teacher education /Gordon Kirk.

Amazing grace in the life of William Wilberforce /John Piper ; foreword by Jonathan Aitken. 
John Piper’s biography of William Wilberforce takes readers beyond Wilberforce’s battle against slavery and explores the beliefs and motivations of this influential evangelical politician.

 Hometown horizons:  local responses to Canada’s Great War. /
Rutherdale, Robert Allen.  Robert Rutherdale considers how people and communities on the Canadian home front perceived the Great War. Drawing on newspaper archives and organizational documents, he examines how farmers near Lethbridge, Alberta, shopkeepers in Guelph, Ontario, and civic workers in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec took part in local activities that connected their everyday lives to a tumultuous period in history. The making of Canada’s home front, Rutherdale argues, was experienced fundamentally through local means. Hometown Horizons challenges historians to consider the place of everyday modes of communication in forming collective understandings of world events.

The lion, the fox & the eagle: a story of generals and justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda /Carol Off.   In this riveting, original and explosive book, Carol Off explores the failure of peacekeeping missions in Sarajevo and Rwanda, and the international community’s attempt to redeem itself by prosecuting the people responsible for the genocides. Events turned on the action of two Canadian generals: the fox of the title, Lewis MacKenzie, who commanded the UN forces in Bosnia for the first crucial months of the conflict; and the lion, Romeo Dallaire, who developed an interventionary plan that he believed would have prevented the Rwandan genocide but was forced by the UN to stand by while 800,000 people were slaughtered. The eagle is Louise Arbour, a Canadian judge who became Chief Prosecutor for War Crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

 My colonial childhood in Tanganyika /Julia Tugendhat.  A poignant and beautifully observed personal account of the comings and goings of a civil service family in the British Protectorate of Tanganyika before it became known as Tanzania in 1961.  With historical hindsight, the author realizes that the life she and her two sisters led as children of the British Empire was extraordinary. Her description of the social and professional activities of her father and mother casts light on how a small white minority was able to govern a vast alien territory. She gives an amusing account of how her essentially English upbringing and education had to adapt to life in the wilderness. Finally, she laments the emotional dislocation each family member suffered on leaving a beloved Africa for what now felt like an alien Britain.

Naval wives and mistresses /Margarette Lincoln.  An innovative study of naval women who stayed at home while their men went to sea, this book focuses on the second half of the 18th century – a period when Britain was almost continuously at war –  and looks at different social groups, from the aristocratic elite to the laboring and criminal poor, from prostitutes to petty thieves. Drawing on a range of material that includes personal letters, trial reports, popular prints, and love tokens, it exposes the personal cost of warfare and imperial ambition. It also reveals the opportunities for greater self-determination that some women were able to grasp, as the responsibility for maintaining the home and bringing up children fell squarely on them in their husband’s absence. The text includes many voices from the past and throws fresh light on an under-researched aspect of womens history.

Small wars, faraway places: global insurrection and the making of the modern world, 1945-1965 /Michael Burleigh.  A sweeping history of the Cold War’s many “hot” wars born in the last gasps of empire. Drawing from new archival research, prize-winning historian Michael Burleigh gives new meaning to the seminal decades of 1945 to 1965 by examining the many, largely forgotten, “hot” wars fought around the world. Placing these vicious struggles alongside the period-defining United States and Soviet standoffs in Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba, Burleigh swerves from Algeria to Kenya, to Vietnam and Kashmir, interspersing top-level diplomatic negotiations with portraits of the charismatic local leaders. The result is a dazzling work of history, a searing analysis of the legacy of imperialism and a reminder of just how the United States became the world’s great enforcer.

Around the world in eighty days /Jules Verne. 
For a bet, Phileas Fogg sets out with his servant Passepartout to achieve an incredible journey — from London to Paris, Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and back to London again, all in just eighty days! There are many alarms and surprises along the way — and a last-minute setback that makes all the difference between winning and losing.  (Ebook)

The bride of Lammermoor /Preface by W. M. Parker.   The Bride of Lammermoor (1819) brings to vivid life a historical incident from his own family lore and from Scotland’s turbulent past.

Esoteric music based on the musical seership of Richard Wagner. / Heline, Corinne.   Heline selects aspects of Wagner’s prose works — particularly Mein Leben — to support her conclusion that Wagner was entirely aware that he was writing maps, or conscious directions, towards esoteric self-development, and that his aim was to assist individual listeners to the mystic nirvanah.
 Italian for the opera /Robert Stuart Thomson.  This book focuses on “operatic” Italian (literary Italian in the classic mode) Parts of speech provide the framework, each of which is illustrated by extracts from many operas. The author works his way from the simple (nouns and articles) to the complex (past subjunctive) and clarifies points of language which non-native speakers often find troublesome: pronunciation, archaic language, convoluted syntax, datives of advantage, nuances and connotation, use of the passato remoto, etc. Included are pages on the sounds of Italian, the meaning of its idioms, the limitations of translations and surtitles, and suggested criteria for evaluating libretti. All translations use the interlinear approach which helps the reader to see connections clearly. Nine quizzes with answers enable the reader to monitor progress.

Martini with a twist: 5 plays /by Clem Martini.  Absurdity reigns in multiple award-winning author and playwright Clem Martini’s newest collection of work, Martini with a Twist–five plays spanning two decades of Martini’s career, from 1989 to 2009. With a sharp tongue and impeccable comedic timing, Martini’s characters resonate beyond their impossible situations, their fears and hesitations all too human.

New and collected poems /Richard Wilbur. 
This volume represents virtually all of Wilbur’s published poetry to 1988, including his six earlier collections, twenty-seven new poems, and a cantata. Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry.

Opera viva: Canadian Opera Company:  the first fifty years /Ezra Schabas, Carl Morey.  Opera Viva is a history of the Company, but it is more than that: it is also a history of Canada’s cultural growth in the second half of the twentieth century, a time when the Canadian Opera Company became central to Canada’s musical life. As the story of the Company unfolds, the figures and personalities that were integral to the building of this landmark of Canadian culture are brought to life.

In tune with the world: a theory of festivity /Josef Pieper ; translated by Richard and Clara Winston.  In this stimulating and still-timely study, Josef Pieper takes up a theme of paramount importance to his thinking — that festivals belong by rights among the great topics of philosophical discussion. As he develops his theory of festivity, the modern age comes under close and painful scrutiny. Pieper exposes the pseudo-festivals, in their harmless and their sinister forms: traditional feasts contaminated by commercialism; artificial holidays created in the interest of merchandisers; holidays by coercion, decreed by dictators the world over; festivals as military demonstrations; holidays empty of significance. And lastly we are given the apocalyptic vision of a nihilistic world which would seek its release not in festivities but in destruction. Formulated with Pieper’s customary clarity and elegance, enhanced by brilliantly chosen quotations, this is an illuminating contribution to the understanding of traditional and contemporary experience.

The Canadian regime: an introduction to parliamentary government in Canada /Patrick Malcolmson and Richard Myers. 
Provides a unique analysis of Canada’s political regime. The book’s focus on the inner logic of parliamentary government explains the rationale for Canada’s relatively complex political system. Discussions of the Constitution, Charter, Senate reform, and judicial appointments are all updated, and new material is provided on the prorogation controversy, voter turnout, equalization payments, and prime ministerial government.

Christy Clark: behind the smile /Judi Tyabji.
 A revealing look at the public and private life of BC’s former premier. In this revealing look at the woman behind the trademark smile, political insider Judi Tyabji traces Clark’s journey from middle-class roots to her political awakening and rapid rise to power. Based on meticulous research and extensive interviews with over thirty public figures and the premier herself, Tyabji paints an intimate portrait of one of the most influential women in Canadian politics.

Basic Freud: psychoanalytic thought for 21st century /Michael Kahn.
Noted psychologist Michael Kahn shows that, even in the age of psychopharmaceuticals and cognitive therapy, Freud’s insights into the unconscious remain unsurpassed tools for understanding our behaviors, motivations, and emotions. In a style accessible to any lay reader or beginning student in psychology, Kahn presents key ideas such as the Oedipus complex, the repetition compulsion, guilt, anxiety, and defense mechanisms, along with recent research that has supported or expanded Freud’s findings. He also presents case studies from his own work as a psychotherapist to show how Freudian thought has been instrumental in helping patients discover who they are and escape from destructive patterns. Readers aware of Freud’s ideas and those discovering them for the first time will benefit from Kahn’s fresh, informed, and unpretentious approach.

Hypnotism: a history /Derek Forrest ; foreword by Anthony Storr.  This work traces the history of hypnotism from its beginnings as animal magnetism. The book concludes with an account of the therapeutic and experiment work of the 20th century and the practical ways in which hypnotism is being employed today.

“Not to people like us”: hidden abuse in upscale marriages /Susan Weitzman.
Weitzman expolores a heretofore overlooked population of battered wives – the well-educated, upper-income women who rarely report abuse and remain trapped by their own silence. With keen insight and sensitivity, Weitzman, a psychotherapist and educator, traces common patterns of behavior among this group – their internal dilemmas and decisions, their dangerous desire to cover up abuse and maintain appearances. She shows how their abusive relationships follow a different course from those in other socioeconomic groups, and how these distinctions have profound implications for understanding the true nature of this behavior. Delving into the stories of these women – wives of CEOs and attorneys, of physicians and professors, the women often professionals themselves – Weitzman builds harrowing psychological profiles of both the abused and the abuser.

The sequel: how to change your career without starting over /Laurence Shatkin.  This book explains how to leverage your knowledge, experience, and education in a fresh direction. Dr. Laurence Shatkin opens your eyes to many options in promising fields available to people with your background and traits. You’ll gain new perspectives on valuing your work history while redefining your career path. You’ve invested time in your career, so make the most of this knowledge by rerouting instead of restarting.

Tapping in: a step-by-step guide to activating your healing resources through bilateral stimulation /Laurel Parnell.  With step-by-step instruction in bilateral stimulation (a core component of EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Tapping In teaches you a clinically recognized system for tapping both sides of the body to overcome trauma, boost confidence, calm the body on a deep, physiological level, and to respond better to stress. Join world-renowned EMDR expert Dr. Laurel Parnell as she shares a series of easy-to-learn exercises to access your “latent positive resources”–your neurological foundation for internal resilience and stability.

Transgenerational family therapies /Laura Giat Roberto;  foreword by Alan S. Gurman.  Particularly relevant for working with the postmodern family, transgenerational practice provides a fulcrum for enhancing family cohesion, identity, and well-being.

The benefits of providence: a new look at divine sovereignty /James S. Spiegel.
Spiegel affirms the classic view of God’s omniscience and omnipotence and shows how it answers difficult questions that Christians wrestle with, including the problem of evil.

The churches of Rome /Roloff Beny & Peter Gunn.  
A tour of the finest examples of Roman ecclesiastical architecture and their art treasures encompasses a range of artistic styles from the austerity of the ancient catacombs to the glory of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Dictionary of the Christian Church /edited by F.L. Cross & E.A. Livingstone. An essential resource for students of church history, this unique, one-volume reference work has put information on all aspects of the Christian church at generations of reader’s fingertips. Its extensive cross-referenced A Z entries offer unmatched coverage of a wide-ranging spectrum of topics.  A roster of acknowledged experts in their fields penned the entries. These authors, representing Christian traditions from around the world, offer informed, even-handed treatment of the many subjects addressed in the DCC.

Esther /John Piper ; paintings by Glenn Harrington. This moving poem is complete with illustrations and will inspire faith in God through fictional poetry about the nonfictional story of Esther

The experience that counts!, or, Spiritual experience, true or false? /Jonathan Edwards.  An abridged version, re-written for today’s readers, of the classic, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections

The holy river of god: currents and contributions of the Wesleyan holiness stream of Christianity /[edited by] Barry L. Callen.  Here are the currents and contributions of Christian holiness in the broad Wesleyan tradition, past and present, found inside and outside the established churches.

The present age, and, Of the difference between a genius and an apostle /Soren Kierkegaard ; translated by Alexander Dru ; introduction by Walter Kaufmann. 
Those who would know Kierkegaard, the intesely religious humorist, the irrepressibly witty critic of his age and ours, can do no better than to begin with this book. In it] we find the heart of Kierkagaard. Kierkegaard insists, for example, that Christianity was from the start essentially authoritarian–not just that the Catholic Church was, or that Calvin was, or Luther, or, regrettably, most of the Christian churches, but that Christ was–and is. Indeed, though Kierkegaard was, and wished to be, an individual, and even said that on his tombstone he would like no other epitaph than ‘That Individual, ‘ his protest against his age was centered in his lament over the loss of authority.

Ruth: under the wings of God /John Piper ; illustrated by Cory Godbey. 
Through a cycle of poems featuring the key figures and themes of this noteworthy Bible book, John Piper reveals great truths about God’s care and the history-altering love affair between Ruth and Boaz.

The borderlands of science: where sense meets nonsense /Michael Shermer. Also Ebook 
Michael Shermer takes us to the place where real science (such as the big bang theory), borderland science (superstring theory), and just plain nonsense (Big Foot) collide with one another. Shermer argues that science is the best lens through which to view the world, but he recognizes that it’s often difficult for most of us to tell where valid science leaves off and borderland science begins. To help us, Shermer looks at a range of topics that put the boundary line in high relief. Shermer’s enlightening volume will be a valuable aid to anyone bewildered by the many scientific theories swirling about. It will help us stay grounded in common sense as we try to evaluate everything from SETI and acupuncture to hypnosis and cloning.

Freemasonry and the birth of modern science /Robert Lomas. 
A fascinating study of the turbulent political, economic, and religious background to the formation of the Royal Society.  In particular, it reveals the ambitions of one man, Sir Robert Moray, the key driving force behind the society. Building on his detailed experience of another organization and the principles on which it was based, Moray was able to structure and gain finance for the Royal Society. This other organization, the “Invisible College” as Boyle called it, is know today as Freemasonry. Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science will show how Freemasonry, supported by Charles II, was the guiding force behind the birth of modern science, under the cover of the Royal Society.

The great human diasporas: the history of diversity and evolution /Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza ; translated from the Italian by Sarah Thorne.  Population geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza proposed that the evolutionary past of humankind can be reconstructed by analyzing current genetic data. Now, in The Great Human Diasporas, coauthored with his son, Cavalli-Sforza presents in a single volume for the non-specialist the fruits of over forty years of research.

Transit of Venus: 1631 to the present /Nick Lomb.  A visually spectacular guide to the history, science and significance of Venus’s rare transits across the sun. A must-have for all sky-watchers, Transit of Venus is packed with scientific and historical context–for example, astronomers calculated the distance from Earth to the Sun by studying the 1769 transit, which Captain Cook famously sailed to uncharted Tahiti to observe. Here also is an unsurpassed breadth of visual material: NASA photographs of Venus, illustrated observations of earlier transits, and rarely published images of the instruments and expeditions made to study them. With this book, the grandeur and history of transits will be accessible to everyone interested in the ceaseless, wondrous movements of the planets in our solar system.

The varieties of scientific experience: a personal view of the search for God /Carl Sagan ; edited by Ann Druyan. Sagan sets down his detailed thoughts on the relationship between religion and science and describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. In his trademark clear and down-to-earth voice, the late astronomer and astrophysicist illuminates his conversation with examples from cosmology, physics, philosophy, literature, psychology, cultural anthropology, mythology, theology, and more.