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

Month: January 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday, January 30

Here is a selection of the 31 items added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.


Arts of engagement: taking aesthetic action in and beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada /Dylan Robinson and Keavy Martin, editors. It’s about the role that music, film, visual art, and Indigenous cultural practices play in and beyond Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. The essays question the ways in which components of the reconciliation, such as apology and witnessing, have social and political effects for residential-schools survivors, intergenerational survivors, and settler publics.


The Oxford handbook of American Indian history /edited by Frederick E. Hoxie.  The Oxford Handbook of American Indian History confronts the erroneous views by presenting an accurate and comprehensive history of the indigenous peoples who lived-and live-in the territory that became the United States. Thirty-two leading experts, both Native and non-Native, describe the historical developments of the past 500 years in American Indian history, focusing on significant moments of upheaval and change, histories of indigenous occupation, and overviews of Indian community life. The first section of the book charts Indian history from before 1492 to European invasions and settlement, analyzing US expansion and its consequences for Indian survival up to the twenty-first century. A second group of essays consists of regional and tribal histories. The final section illuminates distinctive themes of Indian life, including gender, sexuality and family, spirituality, art, intellectual history, education, public welfare, legal issues, and urban experiences. A much-needed and eye-opening account of American Indians, this Handbook unveils the real history often hidden behind wrong assumptions, offering stimulating ideas and resources for new generations to pursue research on this topic.


Servant empowered leadership: a hands-on guide to transforming you and your organization /Don Page. What sets this book apart from so many other books on leadership in general, and Christian leadership more specifically, is that half of each chapter is devoted to how to make the subject of the chapter a reality in an organization.


The Oxford handbook of the history of mathematics /edited by Eleanor Robson and Jacqueline Stedall. This Handbook explores the history of mathematics under a series of themes which raise new questions about what mathematics has been and what it has meant to practise it. It addresses questions of who creates mathematics, who uses it, and how.  Because the history of mathematics should interact constructively with other ways of studying the past, the contributors to this book come from a diverse range of intellectual backgrounds in anthropology, archaeology, art history, philosophy, and literature, as well as history of mathematics more traditionally understood. The key mathematical cultures of North America, Europe, the Middle East, India, and China are all represented here as well as areas which are not often treated in mainstream history of mathematics, such as Russia, the Balkans, Vietnam, and South America. A vital reference for graduates and researchers in mathematics, historians of science, and general historians.


The Oxford handbook of medieval philosophy /edited by John Marenbon. This Handbook is intended to show the links between the philosophy written in the Middle Ages and that being done today. Essays by over twenty medieval specialists, who are also familiar with contemporary discussions, explore areas in logic and philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, moral psychology ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy and philosophy of religion. Each topic has been chosen because it is of present philosophical interest, but a more or less similar set of questions was also discussed in the Middle Ages. The eleven chapters constitute the fullest, most wide-ranging and up-to-date chronological survey of medieval philosophy available. All four traditions – Greek, Latin, Islamic and Jewish (in Arabic, and in Hebrew) – are considered, and the Latin tradition is traced from late antiquity through to the seventeenth century and beyond.


Baptist foundations: church government for an anti-institutional age /edited by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman; foreword by James Leo Garrett. The contributors to this volume make an exegetical and theological case for a Baptist polity. Right polity, they argue, is congregationalism, elder leadership, diaconal service, regenerate church membership, church discipline, and a Baptist approach to the ordinances. Each section explores the pastoral applications of these arguments.

Developing a biblical worldview: seeing things God’s way /C. Fred Smith. Developing a Biblical Worldview equips readers to think biblically about the world in which we live. Four questions that everyone asks, at least implicitly, about life and reality are used as a rubric for analyzing worldviews: Who are we? Where are we? What is wrong? What is the answer? Professor C. Fred Smith answers these questions from a biblical perspective, enabling readers to discern how they have been influenced by false worldviews and where they need to grow in their biblical understanding.

Fifty years in Madagascar [electronic resource]: personal experiences of mission life and work /by James Sibree. Sibree [1836-1929] began his missionary work with the London Missionary Society in Madagascar in 1863 as an architect. He wrote 16 books in English, including this one (his autobiography) on a wide range of subjects.

Perspectives on Israel and the church: 4 views /Chad O. Brand, Tom Pratt Jr., Robert L. Reymond, Robert L. Saucy, Robert L. Thomas ; edited by Chad O. Brand. Perspectives on Israel and the Church brings together respected theologians representing four positions: Traditional covenantal view by Reymond; Traditional dispensational view by Thomas; Progressive dispensational view by Saucy; Progressive covenantal view by Brand and Tom Pratt Jr.

Perspectives on the extent of the atonement: 3 views /Carl R. Trueman, Grant R. Osborne, John S. Hammett ; edited by Andrew David Naselli and Mark A. Snoeberger. Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement presents a point-counterpoint exchange concerning God’s intention in sending Christ to die on the cross. All three contributors recognize a substitutionary element in the atoning work of Christ, but disagree over the nature and objects of that substitution.

Truth in a culture of doubt: engaging skeptical challenges of the Bible /Andreas J. Köstenberger, Darrell L. Bock, and Josh D. Chatraw. Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes readers on a journey to explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. Responding to skeptical scholars such as Bart Ehrman this book is written for all serious students of Scripture and will enable you to know how to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.

The problem of Deuteronomy [electronic resource] /by the Rev. J.S. Griffiths. This little book is a revised and enlarged edition of The Historical Truth and Divine Authority of the Book of Deuteronomy. It is mainly an attempt to present as clearly and concisely as possible the chief arguments for and against the Mosaic origin of Deuteronomy, so that the English reader may be able to test them and arrive at a just conclusion on this important and much-debated question.

Worship through the ages: how the great awakenings shape evangelical worship /Elmer L. Towns and Vernon M. Whaley. Narrative for this study is energized by telling’the story’of engaging personalities, influencers and movers and shakers. Emphasis is given to changes in worship practices from the Early Church, Reformation, the Great Awakenings, revival movements, large evangelistic crusades of the 1940s and 1950s, Jesus Movement, and the Praise and Worship movement. A chart tracing the development of worship from Genesis 4 to the twenty-first century is included.


Manual on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for practitioners /lead author: Robert Bos ; contributing authors: David Alves, Carolina Latorre, Neil Macleod, Gérard Payen, Virginia Roaf & Michael Rouse. The Manual highlights the human rights principles and criteria in relation to drinking water and sanitation. It explains the international legal obligations in terms of operational policies and practice that will support the progressive realisation of universal access. The Manual introduces a human rights perspective that will add value to informed decision making in the daily routine of operators, managers and regulators. It also encourages its readership to engage actively in national dialogues where the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation are translated into national and local policies, laws and regulations.


New Titles Tuesday, January 23

In the past week, Alloway Library added 30 items to the catalogue. Here is a sample. Click on the title for more information. TWU login may be required


The Cambridge companion to the age of Nero / edited by Shadi Bartsch, University of Chicago, Illinois, Kirk Freudenburg, Yale University, Connecticut, Cedric Littlewood, University of Victoria, British Columbia. This volume provides a lively and accessible guide to the various representations and interpretations of the Emperor Nero as well as to the rich literary, philosophical and artistic achievements of his eventful reign. The major achievements of the period in the fields of literature, governance, architecture and art are freshly described and analysed, and special attention is paid to the reception of Nero in the Roman and Christian eras of the first centuries AD and beyond. Written by an international team of leading experts, the chapters provide students and non-specialists with clear and comprehensive accounts of the most important trends in the study of Neronian Rome. They also offer numerous original insights into the period, and open new areas of study for scholars to pursue.


Sticky leaders: the secret to lasting change and innovation / Larry Osborne. Respected pastor and author, Larry Osborne, explains a  little secret behind change and innovation which can bring both stability and creativity to organizations, especially those with teams of people that focus on innovation, creativity, new ideas, and problem-solving. Using the wisdom and principles found in this book, you will be free to lead dynamically without causing uncertainty or insecurity in your organization.


Romanticism: a very short introduction / Michael Ferber. Ferber looks at the birth and growth of Romanticism throughout Europe and the Americas, and examines various types of Romantic literature, music, painting, religion, and philosophy. Focusing on topics, Ferber looks at the ‘Sensibility’ movement, which preceded Romanticism; the rising prestige of the poet; Romanticism as a religious trend; Romantic philosophy and science; Romantic responses to the French Revolution; and the condition of women. Using examples and quotations he presents a clear insight into this very diverse movement, and offers a definition as well as a discussion of the word ‘Romantic’ and where it came from.


Debating humanity: towards a philosophical sociology / Daniel Chernilo. Debating Humanity explores sociological and philosophical efforts to delineate key features of humanity that identify us as members of the human species. After challenging the normative contradictions of contemporary posthumanism, this book goes back to the foundational debate on humanism between Jean-Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger in the 1940s and then re-assesses the implicit and explicit anthropological arguments put forward by seven leading postwar theorists. Genuinely interdisciplinary and boldly argued, Daniel Chernilo has crafted a novel philosophical sociology that defends a universalistic principle of humanity as vital to any adequate understanding of social life.


Biblical interpretation in the early church / Michael Graves. This volume focuses on how Scripture was interpreted and used for preaching, teaching, apologetics, and worship by early Christian scholars and church leaders. Developed in light of recent patristic scholarship, it provides a representative sampling of theological contributions from both East and West, making it relevant for students in a variety of courses.

Disunity in Christ: uncovering the hidden forces that keep us apart / Christena Cleveland.  In this eye-opening book, learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions. With a personal touch and the trained eye of a social psychologist, Cleveland brings to bear the latest studies and research on the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others. The author provides real insight for ministry leaders who have attempted to build bridges across boundaries.Here are the tools we need to understand how we can overcome the hidden forces that divide us.

Thirsty for God: a brief history of Christian spirituality / Bradley P. Holt.   This accessible and engaging history provides an excellent primer on the two-millennium quest for union with God, a “thirst” at the center of Christian life and practice. Holt traces the practice of Christian devotion, prayer,and contemplation from the biblical and influential early periods through the diverse insights of the Reformation and modern eras. Globally framed, the book also highlights the contributions of women and people of color. This new edition not only updates all the chapters and features but also adds more material on the spirituality of Jesus, medieval women mystics, and contemporary spirituality. Short excerpts from primary sources, a glossary, a timeline, a bibliography, and a set of spiritual exercises heighten the book’s usefulness.

 Wealth and poverty in early Christianity / Helen Rhee. This volume introduces the reader to the broad range of texts that reflect early Christian thoughts and practices on the topic of wealth and poverty Developed in, light of recent patristic scholarship, it provides a representative sampling of theological contributions from both Fast and West, making it relevant for students in a variety of courses. 


Dictionary of invertebrate zoology / compiled and directed by Mary Ann Basinger Maggenti and Armand R. Maggenti ; edited by Scott L. Gardner. An exhaustive dictionary of over 13,000 terms relating to invertebrate zoology, including etymologies, word derivations and taxonomic classification. Entries cover parasitology, nematology, marine invertebrates, insects, and anatomy, biology, and reproductive processes.

The fish doctor: autobiography of a world fish parasitologist / Glenn L. Hoffman, Ph.D ; edited by G. Lyle Hoffman. Described in 1986 as “a living legend,” Glenn Hoffman was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the parasites of fishes. This book narrates his life and 65-year professional career as a scientist, researcher, ambassador, colleague, and family man. He was the author of four major books and more than 100 articles on the causes, spread, and cures of parasite-related diseases in fish, including Parasites of North American Freshwater Fishes (1967, 2nd ed. 1999), called “the bible of American fish parasitology.” His work and his generosity in collaboration developed an international following, and he made many trips abroad to share his expertise and receive the honors earned from his wide-ranging research and publication work. Personal, insightful, and reflective, this autobiography gives a glimpse inside the mind of a American scientist of the first rank.

Governing medical knowledge commons / edited by Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison, Katherine Strandburg. Governing Medical Knowledge Commons makes three claims: first, evidence matters to innovation policymaking; second, evidence shows that self-governing knowledge commons support effective innovation without prioritizing traditional intellectual property rights; and third, knowledge commons can succeed in the critical fields of medicine and health. This book provides fifteen new case studies of knowledge commons in which researchers, medical professionals, and patients generate, improve, and share innovations, offering readers a practical introduction to the knowledge commons framework and a synthesis of conclusions and lessons.

Rocky Mountain birds: birds and birding in the central and northern Rockies / Paul A. Johnsgard. This book is in part based on the author’s earlier Birds of the Rocky Mountains (1986, revised 2009), but over a third of the original text has been eliminated. The rest has been updated, expanded and modified to be less technical and more useful to birders in the field. Bird enthusiasts will find viewing loca­tions and updated contact information for hundreds of sites in Wy­oming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Sanitation and hygiene in Africa: where do we stand? : analysis from the AfricaSan Conference, Kigali, Rwanda / edited by Piers Cross and Yolande Coombes. This book addresses priorities which have been identified by African countries as the key elements which need to be addressed in order to accelerate progress. This book is essential reading for government staff from Ministries responsible for sanitation, sector stakeholders working in NGOs, CSOs and agencies with a focus on sanitation and hygiene and water and sanitation specialists.


Hopi nation: essays on indigenous art, culture, history and law / edited by Edna Glenn, John R. Wunder, Willard Hughes Rollings, and C.L. Martin. The content is interdisciplinary and presented in the context of both historic and contemporary viewpoints. Also important is attention given to land-use patterns and to environmental systems of human and physical growth and survival as related to the arid regions of the Hopi Reservation. Perhaps most pertinent is the recognized fact that Hopis have existed on their same mesa-lands for over one thousand years. A contemporary challenge exists on the pages of this book: to discover and to define the passion for life which Hopis continue to possess, and which is rooted in times past as well as in 1980, the “Year of the Hopi.” Read this book and enjoy a visual and intellectual celebration of the Hopi Nation.

Artstor image database expands

Alloway Library users’ access to the Artstor image database has expanded to include some than 93,000 new images from four of New York’s leading cultural institutions. This eclectic release includes art and artifacts from the Renaissance through the present day, and a special focus on the art and history of New York City.

The New-York Historical Society (New-York Historical) is contributing more than 21,000 images from its museum and library collections. The selection encompasses many aspects of the combined resources of the New-York Historical, including highlights across the diverse collecting areas—American paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, decorative arts and artifacts, and historical photographs. Read more.

The Museum of the City of New York has contributed more than 71,000 images selected from the Museum’s Prints and Photographs Collection, providing a comprehensive visual record of the City’s built environment and its changing cultural, political, and social landscape from its early days to the present. Read more.

The Morgan Library & Museum (The Morgan) has contributed approximately 200 images from its permanent collection. The selection provides a range of highlights from The Morgan’s European drawings collection from the Renaissance to the 20th century, featuring celebrated works from Albrecht Dürer through Francisco Goya and Paul Cézanne. Read more.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is contributing approximately 850 additional images from the permanent collections of four of its museums, bringing their total in the Artstor Digital Library to nearly 8,000. This latest contribution features a selection from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, and the Guggenheim Bilbao, ranging from Post-Impressionists such as Seurat, through modern masters such as Braque and Kandinsky, to video art from Ann Hamilton and photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman. Read more.

For more information on using the Artstor database  talk to a librarian or visit the Art + Design LibGuide

Fifty five years ago – The Barnasium!

Over the course of 1963, the  drafty, disused  Seal Kap Dairy barn was converted into a gymnasium of sorts, and affectionately christened the Barnasium by Trinity Junior College  students.

In his history of the early years of Trinity Western, Cal Hanson writes:

It was just before Christmas in our second academic year that the faculty first challenged the students to a game of basketball in the old brarn, fondly known as the the ‘barnasium.”  With a plywood floor, a basket at each end and bare lightbulbs strung along the sides for illumination, we were reluctant not one whit to brag about our “regulation length” basketball court. Nobody said a word, of course,  about the less than regulation width or the generally primitive aspects of our unheated gymnasium which was not above admitting plenty of weather in through the cracks!

On the raw edge of Faith. Calvin B Hanson  (2001)

The Barnasium was demolished in 1970 and eventually Alloway Library and Reimer Student Centre were built in the same area.

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