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

Month: May 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday, May 29

Here is a selection of the 35 items added to the catalogue in the past week. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.


A disruptive generosity: stories of transforming cities through strategic giving /Mac Pier. A Disruptive Generosity shares the inspiring stories of Christian business leaders bringing hope to blighted urban communities in our greatest cities. These stories will challenge marketplace Christians to find innovative ways to use their resources as God’s hands and feet in a hurting world.

 Misbehaving: the making of behavioral economics /Ricahrd H. Thaler. Misbehaving is Thaler’s arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth–and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.  Coupling recent discoveries in human psychology with a practical understanding of incentives and market behavior, Thaler enlightens readers about how to make smarter decisions in an increasingly mystifying world. He reveals how behavioral economic analysis opens up new ways to look at everything from household finance to assigning faculty offices in a new building, to TV game shows, the NFL draft, and businesses like Uber. Laced with antic stories of Thaler’s spirited battles with the bastions of traditional economic thinking, Misbehaving is a singular look into profound human foibles. When economics meets psychology, the implications for individuals, managers, and policy makers are both profound and entertaining.


 Adaptive interaction and dementia: how to communicate without speech /Maggie Ellis and Arlene Astell ; illustrations by Suzanne Scott. This book offers a person-centered approach to assessing the communication skills of people with dementia who are unable to speak, and  presents evidence-based methods for effective non-verbal communication.

 Caring for a loved one with dementia: a mindfulness-based guide for reducing stress and making the best of your journey together /Marguerite Manteau-Rao, LCSW. A “compassionate guide that offers an effective mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) program to help you meet your own needs and lower stress levels while caring for your loved one.

 Creating joy and meaning for the dementia patient: a caregiver’s guide to connection and hope /Ronda Parsons.

Dementia care: a practical approach /edited by Grahame Michael Smith.

 The dementia caregiver: a guide to caring for someone with alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders /Marc E. Agronin. Agronin guides readers through a better understanding of the changes their loved one may be going through, and helps them tap into the various resources available to them as they embark on an uncertain caregiving journey. Insisting that a caregiver also maintain his or her own health and well-being, Agronin guides caregivers in their efforts to provide care, but to also look to themselves as recipients of care from themselves and others. This book is a much-needed resource for anyone caring for another person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

 People with dementia speak out: creative ways to achieve focus and attention by building on AD/HD Traits /Lucy Whitman, Graham Stokes.

Young onset dementia: a guide to recognition, diagnosis and supporting individuals with dementia and their families /Hilda Hayo. Highlighting the importance of timely recognition and diagnosis of young onset dementia, this book considers the interventions, services and support available to individuals and their families, with practical steps for improving practice. Lived experiences of people with young onset dementia are included alongside learning points.


 African kingdoms: an encyclopedia of empires and civilizations /Saheed Aderinto, editor. This encyclopedia covers the history of African kingdoms from antiquity through the mid-19th century, tracing the dynasties’ ties to modern globalization and influences on world culture before, during, and after the demise of the slave trade. Includes firsthand accounts of Africa through the oral traditions of its people and the written journals of European explorers,  missionaries, and travelers who visited Africa from the 15th century and onward.

 At the sharp end: Canadians fighting the Great War, 1914-1916 /Tim Cook. The first comprehensive history of Canadians in WWI in forty years, and already hailed as the definitive work on Canadians in the Great War, At the Sharp End covers the harrowing early battles of 1914–16. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands, died before the generals and soldiers found a way to break the terrible stalemate of the front. Based on eyewitness accounts detailed in the letters of ordinary soldiers, Cook describes the horrible struggle, first to survive in battle, and then to drive the Germans back.

 The necessary war /Tim Cook.Written in Cook’s compelling narrative style, this book shows in impressive detail how soldiers, airmen, and sailors fought–the evolving tactics, weapons of war, logistics, and technology. It gauges Canadian effectiveness against the skilled enemy whom they confronted in battlefields from 1939 to 1943, from the sweltering heat of Sicily to the frigid North Atlantic, and from the urban warfare of Ortona to the dark skies over Germany. The Necessary War examines the equally important factors of morale, discipline, and fortitude of the Canadian citizen-soldiers.

 Seven myths of Africa in world history /by David Northrup.

Seven myths of the Crusades /edited, with an introduction and epilogue, by Alfred J. Andrea and Andrew Holt.

Shock troops: Canadians fighting the Great War, 1917-1918 /Tim Cook. Shock Troops follows the Canadian fighting forces during the titanic battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, and the Hundred Days campaign. Through the eyes of the soldiers who fought and died in the trenches on the Western Front, and based on newly uncovered Canadian, British, and German archival sources, Cook builds on Volume I of his national bestseller, At the Sharp End.


Basic linguistic theory. Volume 3, further grammatical topics /R.M.W. Dixon. Basic Linguistic Theory provides a fundamental characterization of the nature of human languages and a comprehensive guide to their description and analysis. In crystal-clear prose, R. M. W. Dixon describes how to go about doing linguistics. He show how grammatical structures and rules may be worked out on the basis of inductive generalisations, and explains the steps by which an attested grammar and lexicon can built up from observed utterances. Volume 3 introduces and examines key grammatical topics, each from a cross-linguistic perspective. The subjects include number systems, negation, reflexives and reciprocals, passives, causatives, comparative constructions, and questions. The final chapter discusses the relation between linguistic explanation and the culture and world-view of the linguist and speakers of the language he or she is describing.


The magician’s twin: C.S. Lewis on science, scientism, and society /[edited by] John G. West. In this wide-ranging book of essays, contemporary writers probe Lewis’s warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Issues explored include Lewis’s views on bioethics, eugenics, evolution, intelligent design, and what he called “scientocracy.”

 The new annotated Frankenstein /Mary Shelley ; edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger; with additional research by Janet Byrne ; introduction by Guillermo Del Toro. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley’s gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date. Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley’s early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author’s revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein’s indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history–not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger’s exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature’s most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era’s restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor.


Man’s search for meaning /Viktor E. Frankl ; part one translated by Ilse Lasch ; foreword by Harold S. Kushner ; afterword by William J. Winslade ; with selected letters, speeches, and essays. Based on Frankl’s own experience and the stories of his patients, the book argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books of our times, selling over twelve million copies worldwide.  Frankl’s classic is presented here in an elegant new edition with endpapers, supplementary photographs, and several of Frankl’s previously unpublished letters, speeches, and essays.

 The mindfulness teaching guide: essential skills & competencies for teaching mindfulness-based interventions /Rob Brandsma. The Mindfulness Teaching Guide offers a thorough and practical guide for mindfulness teachers and professionals, offering a systematic approach to developing the teaching methods, skills, and competencies needed to become a proficient mindfulness teacher.


 Early Israel and the surrounding nations [electronic resource] /by the Rev. A.H. Sayce.

 In search of ancient roots: the Christian past and the Evangelical identity crisis /Kenneth J. Stewart. Stewart argues that the evangelical tradition has a much healthier track record of interacting with Christian antiquity than it is usually given credit for. He surveys five centuries of Protestant engagement with the ancient church, showing that Christians belonging to the evangelical churches of the Reformation have consistently seen their faith as connected to early Christianity. Stewart explores areas of positive engagement, such as the Lord’s Supper and biblical interpretation, as well as areas that raise concerns, such as monasticism.In Search of Ancient Roots shows that evangelicals need not view their tradition as impoverished or lacking deep roots in the tradition. Christian antiquity is the heritage of all orthodox Christians, and evangelicals have the resources in their history to claim their place at the ecumenical table.

 Paul: the pagans’ apostle /Paula Fredriksen. Only by situating Paul within his charged social context of gods and humans, pagans and Jews, cities, synagogues, and competing Christ-following assemblies can we begin to understand his mission and message. This original and provocative book offers a dramatically new perspective on one of history’s seminal figures.


 Beholden: religion, global health, and human rights /Susan R. Holman. Holman challenges the stereotypical polarization between human rights-based approach to health and equity, and religious or humanitarian ‘aid’ through stories designed to help shape a new lens on global health, one that envisions a multi-disciplinary integration of respect for religion and culture with an equal respect for and engagement with human rights and social justice.

Deep equality in an era of religious diversity /Lori G. Beaman. This is a sociological study which traces deep equality by focusing on positive narratives of people working out and accepting religious differences in everyday life.

 Mindlessness: the corruption of mindfulness in a culture of narcissism /Thomas Joiner.  Joiner gives mindfulness its full due, both as an interesting and useful philosophical vantage point in itself, and as an empirically supported means to address various life challenges. He then charts contemporary societal trends towards individual narcissism that have intertwined with and co-opted the mindfulness movement. The book examines the dispiriting consequences for many sectors of society, ponders ways to mitigate if not undo them, and considers what if anything can be salvaged from the original, useful concept.

 Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness /Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein. Using dozens of eye-opening examples and drawing on decades of behavioral science research, Nobel Prize winner Thaler and Harvard Law School professor  Sunstein show that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions. But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.


New Titles Tuesday, May 22

In the past week, just four items were added to the catalogue. Click on a title for more information. TWU login may be required.

 Horizons:  Canada’s emerging identity /Michael Cranny

 I. Lilias Trotter [electronic resource] “Lalla Lili” (the Arabs’ name for her): founder of the Algiers Mission Band /Blanche Pigott. This is one of the standard biographies of Isabella Lilias Trotter (1853-1928).

 Christianity, democracy, and the shadow of Constantine /George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, editors. Contributors examine the influence of Constantinianism in both the post-communist Orthodox world and in Western political theology. Constructive theological essays feature Catholic and Protestant theologians reflecting on the relationship between Christianity and democracy, as well as Orthodox theologians reflecting on their tradition’s relationship to liberal democracy. The essays explore prospects of a distinctively Christian politics in a post-communist, post-Constantinian age.

 Monkey trouble: the scandal of posthumanism /Christopher Peterson. Monkey Trouble argues that the turn toward immanence in contemporary posthumanism promotes a cosmocracy that absolves one from engaging in those discriminatory decisions that condition hospitality as such. Engaging with recent theoretical developments in speculative realism and object-oriented ontology, as well as ape and parrot language studies, the book offers close readings of literary works by J.M. Coetzee, Charles Chesnutt, and Walt Whitman and films by Alfonso Cuarón and Lars von Trier. Anthropocentrism, Peterson argues, cannot be displaced through a logic of reversal that elevates immanence above transcendence, horizontality over verticality. This decentering must cultivate instead a human/nonhuman relationality that affirms the immanent transcendency spawned by our phantasmatic humanness.


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