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

Month: March 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday, March 27

Here are the 12 items added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.

The centenary volume of the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East, 1799-1899 [electronic resource] The centenary volume of the Church Missionary Society covers the years 1799-1899. It lists the many services of commemoration, both in the UK and overseas.

Dutch Atlantic connections, 1680-1800: linking empires, bridging borders /edited by Gert Oostindie, Jessica V. Roitman. Dutch Atlantic Connections reevaluates the role of the Dutch in the Atlantic between 1680-1800. It shows how pivotal the Dutch were for the functioning of the Atlantic sytem by highlighting both economic and cultural contributions to the Atlantic world.

Dutch commerce and Chinese merchants in Java: colonial relationships in trade and finance, 1800-1942 /by Alexander Claver. Dutch Commerce and Chinese Merchants in Java describes the vanished commercial world of colonial Java. Claver shows the challenges of a demanding business environment by highlighting trade and finance mechanisms, and the relationships between the participants involved.

Handbook of research on competency-based education in university settings /Karen Rasmussen, Pamela Northrup, and Robin Colson, editors. This book is a pivotal reference source for the latest academic research on the use of competency-based testing in higher education institutions, focusing on innovative practices, strategies, and real-world scenarios.

Julian of Norwich’s legacy: medieval mysticism and post-medieval reception /edited by Sarah Salih and Denise N. Baker. This detailed study is the first to outline Julian of Norwich’s reception throughout history, from the extant manuscripts to the present day.

Large-scale land acquisitions: focus on South-East Asia /edited by Christophe Gironde, Christophe Golay, and Peter Messerli. This book focuses on South-East Asia. A series of thematic and in-depth case studies put ‘land grabbing’ into specific historical and institutional contexts. The volume also offers a human rights analysis of the phenomenon, examining the potential and limits of human rights mechanisms aimed at preventing and mitigating land grabs’ negative consequences.

Lucifer’s legacy: the meaning of asymmetry /Frank Close. This thought-provoking work by a physicist and popular science writer explores the origins of asymmetry from the molecular level to that of the universe at large. Close takes the readers on a tour of asymmetry that ranges from the development of human embryos to the mysterious Higgs boson, or God particle, and ongoing research at Switzerland’s CERN laboratory.

Performances of peace: Utrecht 1713 /edited by Renger E. de Bruin, Cornelis van der Haven, Lotte Jensen and David Onnekink. Performances of Peace aims to rethink the significance of the Peace of Utrecht by exploring the nexus between culture and politics. By studying the political as well as the cultural aspects of this peace (and its concomitant paradoxes) from a broader perspective, this volume aims to shed new light on the relation between diplomacy and performative culture in the public sphere.

 Philo of Alexandria: an annotated bibliography 1997-2006 with addenda for 1987-1996 /by David T. Runia ; in collaboration with the International Philo Bibliography Project. This volume is a further continuation of the annotated bibliographies on the writings and thought of the Jewish exegete and philosopher Philo of Alexandria prepared by Roberto Radice and David Runia for the years 1937–1986 published in 1988 and by David Runia for the years 1987–1996 published in 2000. Prepared with the collaboration of the International Philo Bibliography Project, it contains a complete listing of all scholarly writings on Philo for the period 1997 to 2006.

Reliability and availability of cloud computing /Eric Bauer, Randee Adams. The book is intended for IS/IT system and solution architects, developers and engineers, as well as technical sales, product management, and quality management professionals.

A thousand hills: Rwanda’s rebirth and the man who dreamed it /Stephen Kinzer. A Thousand Hillst is the story of Paul Kagame, a refugee who, after a generation of exile, found his way home. Learn about President Kagame, who strives to make Rwanda the first middle-income country in Africa, in a single generation. In this adventurous tale, learn about Kagame’s early fascination with Che Guevara and James Bond, his years as an intelligence agent, his training in Cuba and the United States, the way he built his secret rebel army, his bloody rebellion, and his outsized ambitions for Rwanda.

Time distortions in mind: temporal processing in clinical populations /edited by A. Vatakis , M.J. Allman. Time Distortions in Mind brings together current research on aspects of temporal processing in clinical populations, in the ultimate hope of elucidating the interdependence between perturbations in timing and disturbances in the mind and brain. This collection of current knowledge on temporal processing in clinical populations is an excellent reference for the student and scientist interested in the topic, but it also serves as the stepping-stone to share ideas and push forward the advancement in understanding how distorted timing can lead to a disturbed brain and mind or vice versa.


Remembering Norma Alloway

Today marks the 96th anniversary of Norma Alloway’s birth and we remember her and her passion for collecting seashells – a few of which are on display in the library’s entry way – with a  meditation from her book Listening : friendly thoughts from the seashore selected by student circulation assistant Jemimah Fernando.


Those of us who are tuned to any part of God’s creation recognize that there is an order, a design, a blueprint. The seashore is no exception.

With precision the tides rise and fall, patterning the beach with cast offs. Through these ridges of discarded debris, inveterate seashell collectors search for trapped specimens. At times the beach resembles a huge rummage sale!

Beneath the ocean waves, clusters of small nocturnal prowlers wait, seemingly for the chiming of an invisible clock. Unlike Cinderella, however, these mollusks know that the beauty of their mobile transport is enhanced through nightly adventuring.

Overhead, with invincible predictability, the moon dictates the order of events, and somewhere beyond its beams is the One who orchestrates and patterns all.

As a shell is sculptured and colour brushed by the unseen dictates of a mantle’s edge*, so too our lives are contoured in silent, skillful craftsmanship.

God has a blueprint for our lives too, and waits to reveal it in His ordered time.

* Mantle – the growing edge of a seashell.

New Titles Tuesday, March 20

Here is a sample of the nine titles added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.


Indigenous integration: 101+ lesson ideas for secondary and college teachers /Dr. Adrienne Castellon.  “This book answers the many questions that educators have about how to Indigenize the curriculum. Castellon helps us to move past the struggle of not knowing what to do by showing us how to seize the opportunities and resources that are now existing. This book will help teachers and educators at all levels of learning realize the store of untapped potential for making the curriculum meaningful for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.” Matthew Etherington, Trinity Western University



Memory before modernity: practices of memory in early modern Europe /edited by Erika Kuijpers, Judith Pollmann, Johannes Müller, Jasper van der Steen. This volume examines the practice of memory in early modern Europe, showing that this was already a multimedia affair with many political uses, and affecting people at all levels of society; many pre-modern memory practices persist until today.

The Netherlands Indies and the Great War 1914-1918 /Kees van Dijk. Van Dijk examines how in 1917 the atmosphere of optimism in the Netherlands Indies changed to one of unrest and dissatisfaction, and how after World War I the situation stabilized to resemble pre-war political and economic circumstances.


Awaiting the King: reforming public theology /James K.A. Smith.  Smith examines politics through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but also lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices–not merely governing us but forming what we love. How would our political engagement change if we weren’t simply looking for permission to express our “views” in the political sphere but actually hoped to shape the ethos of a nation, a state, or a municipality to foster a way of life that bends toward shalom?  This book offers a well-rounded public theology as an alternative to contemporary debates about politics. Smith explores the religious nature of politics and the political nature of Christian worship, sketching how the worship of the church propels us to be invested in forging the common good. This book creatively merges theological and philosophical reflection with illustrations from film, novels, and music and includes helpful exposition and contemporary commentary on key figures in political theology.

Islam, a challenge to faith [electronic resource]: studies on the Mohammedan religion and the needs and opportunities of the Mohammedan world from the standpoint of Christian missions /by Samuel M. Zwemer. Zwemer was known as the Apostle to Islam and was “one of the most celebrated Protestant missionaries of the twentieth century”. [His book on Islam remains as relevant today as when it was written in 1907.

The trial of Jesus [electronic resource]: illustrated from Talmud and Roman law /by Septimus Buss. In this fascinating little book Buss conducts a forensic analysis of the details of the trial of Jesus against their Jewish and Roman background. It would provide a good starting point for a deeper study of the subject.


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