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

Month: October 2018 (Page 1 of 4)

New Titles Tuesday, October 30

Here is a selection of the 23 print books added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information or to place a hold on these items.


 Building materials for life: radical common sense, the power of right thinking, relevant religion, plowing new ground, persistence, and 35 other essays on how to enhance your life /Millard Fuller. A collection of 40 inspiring essays,

Counterfeit gods: the empty promises of money, sex, and power, and the only hope that matters /Timothy Keller. Keller exposes the error of making good things “ultimate” in this book, and shows readers a new path toward a hope that lasts.

 Down-to-earth spirituality: encountering God in the ordinary, boring stuff of life /R. Paul Stevens. Taking his cue from the biblical story of Jacob, Stevens explores the Genesis narrative and uncovers how ordinary moments are made extraordinary, transformed by the presence of God in the midst of the mundane.

 The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation /Drew D. Hansen. The Dream delves into the fascinating and little-known history of King’s speech. Hansen explores King’s compositional strategies and techniques, and proceeds to a brilliant analysis of the “I Have a Dream” speech itself, examining it on various levels: as a political treatise, a work of poetry, and as a masterfully delivered and improvised sermon bursting with biblical language and imagery.

 From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: a world tour of the spread of Christianity /Brian C. Stiller.  Stiller identifies five key factors that have shaped the church, from a renewed openness to the move of the Holy Spirit to the empowerment of indigenous leadership.

  Insanity of God: a true story of faith resurrected /Nik Ripken ; with Gregg Lewis ; [foreword by David Platt]. The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking  God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place?

The last girl: my story of captivity, and my fight against the Islamic State /Nadia Murad with Jenna Krajeski ; [foreword by Amal Clooney].In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State ( and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Winner) tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.  Nadia’s story–as a witness to the Islamic State’s brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi–has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.

 Liar’s poker: rising through the wreckage on Wall Street /Michael Lewis. The fascinating insider’s account of what really happens on Wall Street. This irreverent and hilarious birds-eye view of Wall Street’s heyday will appeal to anyone intrigued by the allure of million dollar deals.

 Little sister: searching for the shadow world of Chinese women : a memoir /Julie Checkoway.

Low city, high city: Tokyo from Edo to the earthquake /Edward Seidensticker. This book looks at the metamorphosis of Japan from a country with little contact with the outside world to one brimming with Western ideas and technologies. Seidensticker focuses on Tokyo in the years between the Meiji Restoration and the earthquake of 1923 to illustrate this change. He shows how Tokyo, which was called Edo until 1867, emerged from being the shogun’s capital and the biggest city in a country which had been closed to the outside world for two and a half centuries, to a modern city, open to Western ideas.

A man of faith: the spiritual journey of George W. Bush /David Aikman. Aikman, skilled journalist and former senior correspondent for TIME magazine, pens this dramatic and gripping account of Bush’s journey to faith.

Masterpieces from the National Gallery /Erika Langmuir. This handsomely designed and illustrated book presents thirty-six masterpieces from the National Gallery’s remarkable and unparalleled collection, introducing major artists through their most renowned works.

 Meditations on the parables of Jesus /by Thomas Keating. Keating continues to stir the Christian imagination with insightful commentary on the parables of the Bible. This collection of corresponding meditations renews the voice and vigor of each parable’s deeper meaning.

 One nation, underprivileged: why American poverty affects us all /Mark Robert Rank. Rank vividly shows that the fundamental causes of poverty are to be found in our economic structure and political policy failures, rather than individual shortcomings or attitudes. He establishes for the first time that a significant percentage of Americans will experience poverty during their adult lifetimes, and firmly demonstrates that poverty is an issue of vital national concern. Ultimately, Rank provides us with a new paradigm for understanding poverty, and outlines an innovative set of strategies that will reduce American poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged represents a profound starting point for rekindling a national focus upon America’s most vexing social and economic problem.

Plato’s Symposium /a translation by Seth Benardete ; with commentaries by Allan Bloom and Seth Benardete. This new edition brings together the English translation of the renowned Plato scholar and translator,  Benardete. In the Symposium, Plato recounts a drinking party following an evening meal, where the guests include the poet Aristophanes, the drunken Alcibiades, and, of course, the wise Socrates. The revelers give their views on the timeless topics of love and desire, all the while addressing many of the major themes of Platonic philosophy: the relationship of philosophy and poetry, the good, and the beautiful.

 The promise of winter: quickening the spirit on ordinary days and in fallow seasons /Martin Marty and Micah Marty. Rather than looking ahead to spring, The Promise of Winter explores the signs of promise and presence found in the winter of the soul. For the disappointed and dispirited, this volume holds up the presence and promise of God.

 Saint Silouan, the Athonite /Archimandrite Sofrony ; translated from Russian by Rosemary Edmonds. Part I is a remarkable account of St Silouan’s life, personality and teaching. Part II consists of St Silouan’s writings, which he had laboriously penciled on odd scraps of paper, expressing an authentic personal experience of Christianity identical with that of the early Desert Fathers.

 The working poor: invisible in America /David K. Shipler.  Shipler makes clear in this powerful, humane study, the invisible poor are engaged in the activity most respected in American ideology–hard, honest work. But their version of the American Dream is a nightmare: low-paying, dead-end jobs; the profound failure of government to improve upon decaying housing, health care, and education; the failure of families to break the patterns of child abuse and substance abuse. Shipler exposes the interlocking problems by taking us into the sorrowful, infuriating, courageous lives of the poor–white and black, Asian and Latino, citizens and immigrants. We encounter them every day, for they do jobs essential to the American economy. This impassioned book not only dissects the problems, but makes pointed, informed recommendations for change. It is a book that stands to make a difference.

 Wonder and critical reflection: an invitation to philosophy /Tom Christenson. For anyone who wants to engage in philosophical thinking–to experience first hand the wonder, the temptations, the critical tools, and the pleasure of it. Each chapter contains a brief summary of major themes, an introductory student-voiced dialogue, a clarifying discussion, and questions for further reflection.

New Titles Tuesday, October 23

Here are two recently added items. Click on the title for more information. TWU login may be required.


The lost world of Genesis One: ancient cosmology and the origins debate /John H. Walton. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins. –from publisher description.
 The lost world of scripture :ancient literary culture and biblical authority /John H. Walton and D. Brent Sandy.
2014 Readers’ Choice Awards Honorable Mention. Preaching’s Preacher’s Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Scripture/Hermeneutics) From Walton and Sandy comes a detailed look at the origins of scriptural authority in ancient oral cultures and how they inform our understanding of the Old and New Testaments today. Stemming from questions about scriptural inerrancy, inspiration and oral transmission of ideas, The Lost World of Scripture examines the process by which the Bible has come to us.

New Titles Tuesday, October 16

Here is a selection of the 32 items added to the collection in the past week. Click on a title for more information (TWU login may be required.)


 A brief history of the Magna Carta: the story of the origins of liberty /Geoffrey Hindley. This book retells the story of the events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta and looks at the document itself, showing how it has resonated throughout the world.

Catholicism: the story of Catholic Christianity /Gerald O’Collins and Mario Farrugia. This lucid and accessible account explains how Roman Catholicism and its beliefs and practices came to be what they are. Renowned scholars, O’Collins and Farrugia move through history to sum up the present characteristics of Catholic Christianity and the major challenges it faces in the third millennium. Clear and engaging, the authors present matters in a fresh and original way. They skilfully depict the Catholic heritage and show that Catholicism is a dynamic and living faith. O’Collins and Farrugia engage with contemporary moral issues and explore the challenges which Catholics and other Christians must face. This is an authoritative, lively, and up-to-date introduction to Catholicism for the twenty-first century.

 The chance of salvation: a history of conversion in America /Lincoln A. Mullen. The Chance of Salvation offers a history of conversions in the United States which shows how religious identity came to be a matter of choice. By uncovering the way that religious identity is structured as an obligatory decision, this book explains why Americans change their religions so much, and why the United States is both highly religious in terms of religious affiliation and very secular in the sense that no religion is an unquestioned default.

 The Dead Sea scrolls in perspective /John C. Trever.

Death by meeting: a leadership fable– about solving the most painful  problem in business /Patrick Lencioni.

Doing action research in your own organization /David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick.

Doing theology in the Philippines /ATS forum contributors, E. Acoba … [et al.].

 Ecstasy and common sense /Teresa of Avila ; edited by Tessa Bielecki.

Ethics: a liberative approach /Miguel A. De La Torre. This survey text for religious ethics and theological ethics courses explores how ethical concepts defined as liberationist, is presently manifest around the globe and within the United States across different racial, ethnic, and gender groups. Authored by several contributors, this book elucidates how the powerless and disenfranchised within marginalized communities employ their religious beliefs to articulate a liberationist/liberative religious ethical perspective.

 God unbound: wisdom from Galatians for the anxious church /Elaine A. Heath. Heath extends an invitation to broaden our view of God by moving beyond the walls of buildings and programs to become a more diverse church than we have ever imagined. While deeply honoring tradition, she calls the church to boldly follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership into the future. Ideal for a 6- to 9-week small-group study.

 The God who plays: a playful approach to theology and spirituality /Brian Edgar. This book explores grace, faith, love, worship, redemption, and the kingdom from the perspective of a playful attitude. It describes how to create a’play ethic’to match the’work ethic’and discusses play as a virtue, Aquinas’s warning against the sin of not playing enough, and Bonhoeffer’s claim that in a world of pain it is only the Christian who can truly play.

 The good daughter: a memoir of my mother’s hidden life /Jasmin Darznik.

Higher than hope: the authorized biography of Nelson Mandela /Fatima Meer.

The histories of the Latin American church: a handbook /Joel Morales Cruz. Now, for the first time, a resource exists to help students and scholars understand the histories of Latin American Christianity. An ideal resource, this handbook is designed as an accompaniment to reading and research in the field. After a generous overview to the history and theology of the region, the text moves nation-by-nation, providing timelines, outlines, and substantial introductions to the politics, people, movements, and relevant facts of Christianity as experienced in that nation. The result is an informative and eye-opening introduction to a kaleidoscope of efforts  to articulate the meanings and implications of Christianity in the context of Latin America.

The Idiot, an interpretation /Victor Terras.

 Idols of nations: biblical myth at the origins of capitalism /Roland Boer and Christina Petterson. Boer and Petterson produce a critical survey showing that the rise of capitalist theory was shaped by the way different economic philosophers — Smith, Hobbes, Grotius, Malthus, Locke — read the Bible. They show that early theories of capitalism were shaped by particular assumptions that these theorists brought to their readings of the story of Eden in particular. They examine those assumptions and evaluate what has changed in subsequent centuries. Idols of Nations shows that the Bible was central to the theorization and economic thought of these key thinkers as it explores the distinct problems each sought to overcome.

 If I had lunch with C. S. Lewis: exploring the ideas of C. S. Lewis on the meaning of life /Alister McGrath.

A learning missional church: reflections from young missiologists /edited by Beate Fagerli, Knud Jørgensen, Rolv Olsen, Kari Storstein Haug, and Knut Tveitereid. This book is compiled by contributions from young missiologists from different parts of the world. It is written from the perspective of youth to be a fresh breath of air into more traditional mission thinking and mission paradigms.

 Marriage made in Eden: a pre-modern perspective for a post-Christian world /Alice P. Mathews, M. Gay Hubbard.

Media values: inspired by Bill Porter, founder of the International Communications Forum /edited by Richard Lance Keeble.

 The New Oxford annotated apocrypha /Michael D. Coogan, editor ; Marc Z. Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, Pheme Perkins, associate editors.

The next library leadership: attributes of academic and public library directors /Peter Hernon, Ronald  

 Our only hope: more than we can ask or imagine /Margaret B. Adam. Our Only Hope‘ encourages theologians to continue critical and creative examinations of the hope they teach, promote, and presuppose. Adam advocates that those examinations include a reconsideration of dismissed traditional doctrine and a readiness to consider current discourses not traditionally consulted for input on theological hope.

 Owning faith [electronic resource]: reimagining the role of church & family in the faith journey of teenagers /edited by Dudley Chancey & Ron Bruner ; foreword by David Kinnaman. Owning Faith is an accessible guide into the adventure-filled spiritual journey of adolescents. If you would like to learn how to be a wise and compassionate companion who can make an eternal difference in the lives of youth, Owning Faith will show you how.

 Proverbs: an eclectic edition with introduction and textual commentary /Michael V. Fox. 

Pursued by God: the amazing life and lasting influence of John Calvin /Christopher Meehan.

Religion and immigration: migrant faiths in North America and Western Europe /Peter Kivisto. This concise book provides readers with a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of the key issues and varied strands of research relating to immigration and religion that have been produced during the past two decades.

 Rethinking materialism: perspectives on the spiritual dimension of economic behavior /edited by Robert Wuthnow.

 Simply Christian: why Christianity makes sense /N.T. Wright.

Transforming Africa’s religious landscapes: the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), past and present /edited by Barbara M. Cooper, Gary R. Corwin, Tibebe Eshete, Musa A. B. Gaiya, Tim Geysbeek et al. This book tells the story of the collaborative efforts of missionaries of the SIM, an international Christian mission founded in North America, and African Christians to evangelize in the wider Sudan (generally meaning countries spanning from Senegal to Ethiopia).

 Truly the community: Romans 12 and how to be the Church /Marva J. Dawn.

Tutu: voice of the voiceless /Shirley du Boulay.

Enjoy the Relax and Reward Zone at LNAP

If you are in for a Long Night Against Procrastination on October 15,  be sure to take a  little time to relax, refresh and reward yourself too.  The SAMC Gallery at Alloway Library will become the Relax and Reward Zone, a place to take a break and shift your focus.

In the zone you can:

  • Take  time to work on a jigsaw puzzle,
  • Try some origami,
  • Work on a de-stressing colouring sheet.
  • Spend time with Winnie the Airedale Terrier for the first part of the evening and a second dog may make an appearance as well.
  • Enjoy some library-friendly munchies sponsored by Alloway Library, the Learning Commons and the office of the  Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning.

Don’t forget that there are also workshops on coping with stress and anxiety as well as a quiet room for guided meditation.  And, of course a panel of experts throughout the library to help you with research, writing and technology all together at the Long Night Against Procrastination at Alloway Library, Monday, October 15 from 6:30 to midnight.

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