News and activities at Norma Marion Alloway Library, Trinity Western University

Month: September 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday, September 26

Here are the 7 items added to the catalogue in the past week. Click on a title for more information; TWU login may be required.

 The agile church: spirit-led innovation in an uncertain age /Dwight J. Zscheile.  A groundbreaking and essential guide to opening up the concept of church and achieving spiritual renewal in the 21st century. Taking one page from the Bible and another from Silicon Valley, priest and scholar Dwight Zscheile brings theological insights together with cutting-edge thinking on organizational innovation to help churches flourish in a time of profound uncertainty and spiritual opportunity. In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful—they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form a Christian community with new neighbors.

 Final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada [electronic resource] /Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. There is an emerging and compelling desire to put the events of the past behind us so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future. The truth telling and reconciliation process as part of an overall holistic and comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy is a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal people and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future. The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.

 Mr. Darcy’s decision: a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice /Juliette Shapiro. Mr. Darcy’s Decision finds the newlyweds ( Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy) in their tumultuous first year of married life at Pemberley, entrenched in the frivolous social pressures of their prying friends and family. Written in a style that stays true to the author’s sardonic wit, Mr. Darcy’s Decision paints a vivid portrait of Regency society–full of romance, tragedy, humor, and intrigue.

The peacemaker: a biblical guide to resolving personal conflict /Ken Sande.  Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.  Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of useful suggestions that are easily applied to any relationship needing reconciliation. Sande’s years of experience as an attorney and as president of Peacemaker Ministries will strengthen readers’ confidence as they stand in the gap as peacemakers.

Problems with people: stories /David Guterson. These ten wise, extraordinary tales explore the mysteries of love and our complex desire for connection. Spanning wide and diverse geographies–America, Nepal, South Africa, Germany–they showcase Guterson’s gifts for psychological nuance, emotional suspense, and evocation of the natural world.  Celebrating the surprises that lurk within the dramas of our daily lives, Problems with People marks the return of a contemporary American master to the form that launched his literary career.

Thomas Birch Freeman [electronic resource]: the son of an African  /F. Deaville Walker.  Freeman [1806-1890] was a English Wesleyan Missionary to the Gold Coast of West Africa  (Modern Benin, Ghana, Toga and Western Nigeria). His father was African and his mother English. He was the first missionary to visit the great cities of gold, He also observed the brutal atrocities of the slave trade that he fought. He was a peacemaker among Africans and between England and African kingdoms.


Truth and reconciliation report and recommendations [electronic resource] /respectfully submitted to the CFLA-FCAB Board of Directors by Camille Callison, Chair of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee. As one of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations top priorities, the Truth & Reconciliation Committee was the first CFLA-FCAB committee formed. On February 1, 2017 this report was delivered to the incoming CFLAFCAB Board recommending further actions that should  be undertaken to support Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) peoples of Canada over the long term, including the formation of a Standing Committee on Indigenous Matters to further these recommendations.

New Titles Tuesday, September 19

In the past week, 23 print and ebook  items were added to the collection. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.

The Acts of the Apostles through the centuries /Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons.

 The Catholic invasion of China: remaking Chinese Christianity /D.E. Mungello.  This book provides a compelling and nuanced history of Roman Catholicism in modern China.  He argues that “invasion” accurately characterizes the dominant attitude of Catholic missionaries (especially the French Jesuits) in their attempt to introduce Western religion and culture into China during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Mungello corrects a major misreading of modern Chinese history by arguing that the growth of an indigenous Catholic church in the twentieth century transformed the negative aspects of the “invasion” into a positive Chinese religious force.

 Civil disobedience, and other essays /Henry David Thoreau.  This sampling includes five of his most frequently read and cited essays: “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” (1849), “Life without Principle” (1863), “Slavery in Massachusetts” (1854), “A Plea for Captain John Brown” (1869) and “Walking” (1862).

Dialectical theology and Jacques Ellul: an introductory exposition /Jacob E. Van Vleet. Argues that the work of Jacques Ellul is frequently-and deleteriously-misread on account of inattention to the theological underpinning that governs Ellul’s thought . Van Vleet provides a substantive account of the theological structure of Ellul’s work and demonstrates the determinative role that theology, especially dialectical theology, plays in a proper understanding of Ellul.

 Everyone loves sex: so why wait? (a discussion in sexual faithfulness) /Bryan Sands.

 Foundations of the earth: global ecological change and the Book of Job /H.H. Shugart.  Shugart’s extraordinary investigation uses verses from God’s speech to Job to explore the planetary system, animal domestication, sea-level rise, evolution, biodiversity, weather phenomena, and climate change.

God without religion: can it really be this simple? /Andrew Farley. Using a unique story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions.  Pulling no punches, Farley shows how the truth can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God

 How good is good enough? /Andy Stanley.  Stanley reminds us that heaven is not filled with good people, but with people who have received God’s grace.

Judging Jesus: world religions’ answers to “Who do people say that I am?” /Wayne G. Johnson. The author traces answers from major world religions-Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The final chapter explores how these religions view the ultimate fate of others.

Modern political constitutions: a study of comparative government and politics with reference to the governments and politics of Great Britain, United States, China, France and Switzerland /Dinesh Chandra Bhattacharyya ; revised and updated by Pralaydeb Muykhopadhyay. 

 Music as prayer: the theology and practice of church music /Thomas H. Troeger. Troeger–a theologian, preacher, poet and flutist-traces how making and listening to music can be an act of prayer, a way of sensing the irrepressible resilience of the divine vitalities, in down-to-earth language that everyone can enjoy. The book employs a wide range of perspectives: from scientific observations about the effect of music on the brain, to the insights of early church fathers about the place of music in worship, to the compositions of great composers and their reflections.

Online mission and ministry: a theological and practical guide /Pam Smith. ‘Virtual vicar’ Pam Smith guides both new and experienced practitioners through setting up online ministries, and considers some of the questions that may arise, such as: Are relationships online as valid as those offline? Is it possible to participate in a ‘virtual’ communion service? How do you deal with ‘trolls’ in a Christian way? What is appropriate for a clergyperson to say on social media?

The role of religion in Eastern Europe today /Julia Gerlach, Jochen Töpfer (eds.) The book  deals with the (re-)emergence of religion in Eastern Europe and its impact on the economy, the society, and the state in 15 essays. The authors represent various fields of science related to human interaction.

 Science and Christianity: an introduction to the issues /J.B. Stump. Science and Christianity is an accessible, engaging introduction to topics at the intersection of science and Christian theology. Includes feature boxes highlighting quotations, biographies of major scientists and theologians, key terms, and other helpful information. Issues are presented as fairly and objectively as possible, with strengths and weaknesses of particular interpretations fully discussed.


The Wiley Blackwell companion to religion and ecology /edited by John Hart.


Adams Matthew’s product “Frontier Life” is now available free of charge to all libraries – public, post-secondary, special, museum, archives, K-12 – across Canada.

Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters

Institutions across Canada can now benefit from full access to Frontier Life: Borderlands Settlement and Colonial Encounters, a digital collection of primary sources offering a glimpse into Canada’s unique historic past.

Consortia Canada, Adam Matthew and 18 leading academic institutions have collaborated to open this essential content to libraries and educational institutions nationwide, including all library types: public, post-secondary, special, archives, museums and K-12 schools. The collaboration unlocks important primary sources to provide the broader community with a comparative view on the various colonial frontiers across the globe.

This digital collection of primary source documents helps us to understand existence on the edges of the anglophone world from 1650-1920. Discover the various European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa and Australasia through documents that reveal the lives of settlers and indigenous peoples in these areas.

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