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Month: January 2022

New Titles Tuesday, January 25

Here’s a selection of titles added in the past week

 A chaplain’s expertise: a new paradigm /by Rev. John Skanse, MDiv., COL ILANG (Retired), BCC. Skanse seeks to develop a simpler, universal language to talk about spiritual care. He seeks to simplify the language of chaplaincy into a functional common language that allows patients, their families, the medical team, hospital administrators and even society at large to understand and converse with the chaplain. This language creates a more unified and effective response to the questions of what chaplains do beyond their own religious or denominational offerings and how can they speak about their value to everyone involved in the trauma of medical need. Whether one is exploring the field of chaplaincy for the first time or has worked in chaplaincy for a many years, this new perspective provides a framework from which everyone on the medical team can begin their evaluation with common goals for spiritual care.

A church called Tov: forming a goodness culture that resists abuses of power and promotes healing /Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer. Respected author and theologian McKnight and former Willow Creek member Barringer wrote this book to paint a pathway forward for the church. In this book, McKnight and Barringer explore the concept of a mysterious and beautiful little Hebrew word, tov, that we translate as good, unpacking its richness and how it can help Christians and churches rise up to fulfill their true calling as imitators of Jesus

 A field guide to grad school: uncovering the hidden curriculum /Jessica McCrory Calarco. In this comprehensive survival guide for grad school, McCrory Calarco walks you through the secret knowledge and skills that are essential for navigating every critical stage of the postgraduate experience, from deciding whether to go to grad school in the first place to finishing your degree and landing a job.

 A Liberal-Labour lady: the times and life of Mary Ellen Spear Smith /Veronica Strong-Boag. A Liberal-Labour Lady restores British Columbia’s first female MLA and the British Empire’s first female cabinet minister to history. Mary Ellen Smith demanded a fair deal for deserving British women and men in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her death in 1933 ended an experiment in extending democracy that was both brave and deeply flawed. A Liberal-Labour Lady sheds light on a Canadian suffragist undeservedly neglected by scholars and forgotten by posterity. It also illuminates a half a century of political history, first-wave feminism, immigration, and labour history set in a broad context of shifting ideas, ideologies, and strategies. Smith is revealed to be a key figure in early Canada’s compromised struggle for greater justice, who helped set the contours of a modern Canada.

 A long way to paradise: a new history of British Columbia politics /Robert A.J. McDonald. A Long Way to Paradise traces the evolution of political ideas in the province from 1871 to 1972, exploring British Columbia’s journey to socio-political maturity. McDonald explains its classic left-right divide as a product of common sense liberalism that also shaped how British Columbians met the demands and challenges of a modernizing world. This lively, richly detailed overview provides fresh insight into the fascinating story of provincial politics..

 A short history of Christian Zionism: from the Reformation to the twenty-first century /Donald M. Lewis. With a fair-minded, longitudinal study of this dynamic yet controversial movement, Lewis traces its lineage from biblical sources through the Reformation to various movements of today

 Academic irregularities: language and neoliberalism in higher education /Liz Morrish and Helen Sautson. This volume serves as a critical examination of the discourses at play in the higher education system and the ways in which these discourses underpin the transmission of neoliberal values in 21st century universities. Situated within a Critical Discourse Analysis-based framework, the book also draws upon other linguistic approaches, including corpus linguistics and appraisal analysis, to unpack the construction and development of the management style known as managerialism, emergent in the 1990s US and UK higher education systems, and the social dynamics and power relations embedded within the discourses at the heart of managerialism in today’s universities. This important work is a key resource for students and scholars in applied linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, sociology, business and management studies, education, and cultural studies.

 Amish voices: a collection of Amish writings /Brad Igou, compiler.  In Amish Voices, Amish writers share news and advice from their communities and reflect on their daily lives, work, and faith.  Igou, publisher of Amish Country News, gives readers a behind-the-scenes tour of Amish life by compiling writing from Family Life, a popular monthly magazine that thousands of Amish people read.

 As I recall: discovering the place of memories in our spiritual life /Casey Tygrett. According to Tygrett, how we hold and carry our memories–good and bad–is a part of what forms us spiritually. In these pages Tygrett explores the power of memory and offers biblical texts and practices to guide us in bringing our memories to God for spiritual transformation.

 Bead by bead: constitutional rights and Métis community /edited by Yvonne Boyer and Larry Chartrand. In Bead by Bead, contributors address the historical denial – at both federal and provincial levels – of outstanding Métis concerns and Aboriginal rights claims, in particular with respect to land, resources, and governance. Tackling such themes as ongoing colonial policies, the invisibility of Métis women in court decisions, identity politics, and racist legal principles, they uncover the troubling issues that plague Métis aspirations for a just future. By raising critical questions about self-determination, colonization, kinship, land, and other essential aspects of Métis lived reality, these clear-eyed essays go beyond legal theorizing and create pathways to respectful, inclusive Métis-Canadian constitutional relationships.

Becoming curious: a spiritual practice of asking questions /Casey Tygrett ; foreword by James Bryan Smith. In this engaging and interactive book, Tygrett explores the benefits of a healthy curiosity in our spiritual lives.

 Beyond colorblind: redeeming our ethnic journey /Sarah Shin. Shin reveals how our brokenness around ethnicity can be restored and redeemed, for our own wholeness and also for the good of others. Showing us how to make space for God’s healing of our ethnic stories, Shin helps us grow in our crosscultural skills, manage crosscultural conflict, pursue reconciliation and justice, and share the gospel as ethnicity-aware Christians

Biblical and ancient Greek linguistics. Volume 6 /Senior editors: Stanley E. Porter, Matthew Brook O’Donnell. Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics (BAGL) is an international journal that exists to further the application of modern linguistics to the study of Ancient and Biblical Greek, with a particular focus on the analysis of texts, including but not restricted to the Greek New Testament.

 Called to care: a Christian vision for nursing /Judith Allen Shelly, Arlene B. MIller and Kimberly H. Fenstermacher. Offering a historically and theologically grounded vision of the nurse’s call, this thoroughly revised third edition of a classic text includes practical features for educators, students, and practitioners.

 Canada 1919: a nation shaped by war /edited by Tim Cook and J.L. Granatstein. With compelling insight, Canada 1919 examines the year following the Great War. This book offers a fresh perspective on the concerns of the time: the treatment of veterans, including nurses and Indigenous soldiers; the place of children; the influenza pandemic; the rising farm lobby; the role of labour; Canada’s international standing; and commemoration of the fallen. Canada 1919 exposes the ways in which war shaped Canada–and the ways it did not.

 Churchfails: 100 blunders in church history (& what we can learn from them) /David K. Stabnow, general editor. Laugh, maybe cry, but certainly learn from those who have gone before in this eye-opening collection of 100 churchfail moments in church history. Each churchfail recalls the choices and actions of people who claim to be Christians doing foolish things.

Clues to Africa, Islam, and the Gospel: insights for new workers /Colin Bearup. Drawing on decades of engagement in Africa, Bearup has compiled a collection of questions, insights, and narratives to guide the reader into a deeper appreciation for the nuances of African Islamic worldviews. Clues to Africa, Islam, and the Gospel is destined to become a go-to resource for those working on the continent.

 Culture care: reconnecting with beauty for our common life /Makoto Fujimura ; foreword by Mark Labberton. Fujimura issues a call to cultural stewardship, in which we become generative and feed our culture’s soul with beauty, creativity, and generosity. This is a book for artists, but artists come in many forms. Anyone with a calling to create–from visual artists, musicians, writers, and actors to entrepreneurs, pastors, and business professionals–will resonate with its message. This book is for anyone with a desire or an artistic gift to reach across boundaries with understanding, reconciliation, and healing. It is a book for anyone with a passion for the arts, for supporters of the arts, and for creative catalysts who understand how much the culture we all share affects human thriving today and shapes the generations to come.

Ethics and moral reasoning: a student’s guide /C. Ben Mitchell. Mitchell equips Christians to offer biblically faithful, theologically nuanced, and historically informed answers to the most pressing moral questions facing our world today.

 Exploring hope in spiritual care: a practical theological guide for chaplains /Laura Shay.  This book enables those who provide spiritual care to cultivate hope in patients, beyond hope for a cure. Using a framework of the different dimensions to hope, the book suggests creative spiritual care that can help patients prepare for the best possible end of life.

Faces of Muhammad: Western perceptions of the prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to today /John V. Tolan. Faces of Muhammad reveals a lengthy tradition of positive portrayals of Muhammad that many will find surprising. The book shows that Muhammad wears so many faces in the West because he has always acted as a mirror for its writers, their portrayals revealing more about their own concerns than the historical realities of the founder of Islam.

 Faith-based development: how Christian organizations can make a difference /Bob Mitchell. Mitchell posits that, contrary to popular perception, church organizations have long been major players in international development work, and that many of these organizations do take the relationship between their work and the faith that underpins it very seriously. Instead of apologizing for their faith roots and expression, they should celebrate them and recognize the value they bring to every development enterprise, secular or not.

 Fragments: the existential situation of our time : selected essays. Volume 1 /David Tracy. This volume gathers Tracy’s most important essays on broad theological questions-notably the problem of suffering and the category of the Infinite. The title of volume I, Fragments: The Existential Situation of Our Time, refers to the potential of fragments (understood both as concepts and events) to shatter closed systems and open us to difference and Infinity. The range and erudition of Tracy’s essays arc breathtaking. Issues addressed in volume I alone include the invisible as employed in mathematics, physics, philosophy, myth, religion, and theology; the relation of psychoanalysis to religion in the work or Freud (which Tracy reads as prophetic) and Lacan (construed as mystical); and the category of sunyata (emptiness) as a central contemplative category in Buddhism.

 Generation Y, spirituality and social change /edited by Justine Huxley. This collection of stories and interviews with young adults and their allies explores the new landscape, reflecting both the energy and inspiration of the next generation and the tremendous challenges they face. It points towards an exciting evolution in the way we are relating to the sacred.

George MacDonald in the age of miracles: incarnation, doubt, and re-enchantment /Timothy Larsen. In this volume Larsen explores how George MacDonald sought to counteract skepticism and herald the reality of the miraculous.

 God with us and without us.  Volume two, The beauty and power of oneness in Trinity /Imad Shehadeh. This second volume of God With Us and Without Us demonstrates the beauty and life-transforming power of Oneness in Trinity.  Shehadeh elucidates through careful argumentation and detailed critical thinking, why Oneness in Trinity is to be prized and what God would look like if He were not triune. By addressing the beauty and power of Oneness in Trinity, this book deepens our understanding of the Trinity as the solid foundation of all other doctrines. He also addresses the theological debate concerning the eternal generation of the Son and the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit.

 Health equity and nursing: achieving equity through policy, population health and interprofessional collaboration /Margaret P. Moss, Janice M. Phillips, editors. This textbook consists of 18 chapters divided into three sections. Each chapter includes learning objectives, key terms, key objectives and related resources. Although there are many nurse leaders who have contributed to this text, we included interprofessional examples and contributors, as well.

 Holy disunity: how what separates us can save us /Layton E. Williams Williams proposes that our primary calling as humans is not to create unity but rather to seek authentic relationship with God, ourselves, one another, and the world around us. By analyzing conflict and rifts in both modern culture and Scripture, Williams explores how our disagreements and differences—our disunity—can ultimately redeem us.

 Human forms: the novel in the age of evolution /Ian Duncan. A major rethinking of the European novel and its relationship to early evolutionary science. Duncan reorients our understanding of the novel’s formation during its cultural ascendancy, arguing that fiction produced new knowledge in a period characterized by the interplay between literary and scientific discourses–even as the two were separating into distinct domains. The first book to explore the interaction of European fiction with the natural history of humanity from the late Enlightenment through the mid-Victorian era, Human Forms sets a new standard for work on natural history and the novel.

 Intercultural church: a biblical vision for an age of migration /Safwat Marzouk. Marzouk offers a biblical vision for what it means to be an intercultural church, one that fosters just diversity, integrates different cultural articulations of faith and worship, and embodies an alternative to the politics of assimilation and segregation. Marzouk surveys numerous biblical texts from the early ancestor stories of Israel to the Prophets, to the Gospels and Acts, the letters of Paul, and Revelation. Discussion questions are provided to encourage conversation on this complex and important topic.

 Kids and kingdom: the precarious presence of children in the Synoptic Gospels /A. James Murphy. Kids and Kingdom challenges the traditional view that Jesus was deeply concerned over children. Instead, it is argued that despite the Synoptic authors’attempts to convince us that children are fully included in the kingdom of God–that “Jesus loves the little children”–their presentations fail to conceal images of household disruption and alienation of children brought about by Jesus’ eschatological movement. Murphy scrutinizes prominent healing narratives involving children, and teachings involving children such .  Fundamentally, this study does not seek to resolve but to highlight the tensions in the Synoptic Gospels between attempts at child inclusivity and the radical demands of discipleship.

 Laws and the land: the settler colonial invastion of Kahnawà:ke in nineteenth-century Canada /Daniel Rück. An original and impassioned account of the history of the relationship between Canada and Kahnawà:ke, reveals the clash of settler and Indigenous legal traditions and the imposition of settler colonial law on Indigenous peoples and land.

Losing the good portion: why men are alienated from Christianity /Leon J. Podles. Explores the causes and consequences of the almost millennium-old disparity between the participation of lay men and lay women in the churches of Western Christianity. Podles considers both the anecdotal and statistical evidence for the lack of men. He sees the intellectual roots of lack of men in the Aristotelian understanding of male and female as active and passive He makes suggestions for possible outreach to men.

 Love and quasars: an astrophysicist reconciles faith and science /Paul Wallace. Wallace shows how faith and science are pitted against one another, and he explains how the standard ways of reconciling them don’t work. He then proposes a reasonable, thoughtful approach that will appeal to Christians and students of science alike. Readable and wise, Love and Quasars is an indispensable resource for people who wonder if faith and science can coexist.

 Misreading scripture with individualist eyes: patronage, honor, and shame in the biblical world /E. Randolph Richards and Richard James. Combining the expertise of a biblical scholar and a missionary practitioner, this essential guidebook explores the deep social structures of the ancient Mediterranean, stripping away individualist assumptions and helping us read the Bible better.

 Missionaries, mental health, and accountability: support systems in churches and agencies /editors: Jonathan J. Bonk, J. Nelson Jennings, Jinbong Kim, Jae Hoon Lee. Missionaries, Mental Health, and Accountability opens with stories of scriptural saints who struggled. Then, global contributors-comprised of both Korean and Western writers-reach into the complexity of missionary mental health with the added component of accountability in church and agency support systems.

 Nebuchadnezzar’s dream: the Crusades, apocalyptic prophecy, and the end of history /Jay Rubenstein. Rubenstein maps out the steps by which the social, political, economic, and intellectual shifts occurred throughout the 12th century, drawing on those who guided and explained them. Rubenstein examines how those who confronted the conflict between prophecy and reality transformed the meaning and memory of the Crusades as well as their place in history

 New perspectives in philosophy of education: ethics, politics and religion /edited by David Lewin, Alex Guilherme, Morgan White. New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education seeks to build a bridge between philosophical reflection and socio-political action by developing a range of critical discussions in the areas of ethics, politics and religion. This volume brings together established authorities and a new generation of scholars to ask whether philosophy of education can contribute to political and social discourse, or whether it is destined to remain the marginal gadfly of mainstream ideology. This book provides contemporary responses to philosophical issues that bear upon educational studies, policies and practices, contributing to the debate on the role of philosophy of education in an increasingly fractured intellectual milieu.

 Not your white Jesus: following a radical, refugee messiah /Sheri DiGiacinto Rosendahl. Rosendahl takes a look at important social issues in our society, the responses of American Christians, and the true ways behind the red letters. Not Your White Jesus addresses the need to reexamine the true ways of Jesus that we find clearly in the red letters, enabling readers to discover what it truly means to follow the ways of Jesus in contrast to following the ways of the American Christian elite.

 Of games and God: a Christian exploration of video games /Kevin Schut ; foreword by Quentin J. Schultze. TWU AUTHOR Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon.

 Personhood, illness, and death in America’s multireligious neighborhoods: a practical guide /Lucinda Mosher. Mosher investigates different understandings of destiny, loss, death, and remembrance in America’s many religions.  By looking at multireligious America, this book provides an essential exploration of different attitudes to death, helping members of all faith communities to become more literate with each other’s religious traditions.

 Philosophy, science, and religion for everyone /edited by Mark Harris and Duncan Pritchard. Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone brings together these great truth-seeking disciplines, and seeks to understand the ways in which they challenge and inform each other. This book is designed to be used in conjunction with the free ‘Philosophy, Science and Religion’ massive open online course created by the University of Edinburgh, and hosted by the Coursera platform ( ). This book is also highly recommended for anyone looking for a concise overview of this fascinating discipline.

 Planning sabbaticals: a guide for congregations and their pastors /Robert C. Saler. This guide for congregations and their pastors draws on nearly two decades of wisdom from the Lily Endowment Clergy Renewal Program and helps draw the conversation away from a pastor-centric model and towards a holistic congregational framework for thinking about how the entire community can benefit from a pastor’s sabbatical.

 Plantation Jesus: race, faith, & a new way forward /Skot Welch & Rick Wilson, with Andi Cumbo-Floyd. Through their shared passion for Jesus Christ and with an unblinking look at history, church, and pop culture, authors  Welch and Wilson detail the manifold ways that racism damages the church’s witness. Together they take on common responses by white Christians to racial injustice, such as “I never owned a slave,” “I don’t see color; only people,” and “We just need to get over it and move on.” Together they call out the church’s denials and dodges and evasions of race, and they invite readers to encounter the Christ of the disenfranchised. With practical resources and Spirit-filled stories, Plantation Jesus nudges readers to learn the history, acknowledge the injury, and face the truth.

 Portraits of battle: courage, grief, and strength in Canada’s Great War /edited by Peter Farrugia and Evan J. Habkirk. Portraits of Battle brings together biography, battle accounts, and historiographical analysis to examine the lives of a cross-section of Canadians who served in the war, exploring key issues in the process. Contributors to this thoughtful collection consider the range of Canadians touched by war–soldiers and their loved ones, deserters, nurses, Indigenous people, those injured in body or mind–raising fundamental questions about the nature of conflict and memory. These portraits of the formerly faceless men and women honoured on war memorials fill in what is often missing from accounts of the Great War. In the process, they provide a more nuanced perspective on the complex legacy of that war in Canadian history.



What we were reading online in December 2021

Here is a list of the most used eBooks in our collection.

 Logic As a Liberal Art: An Introduction to Rhetoric and Reasoning  /  R. E. Houser  /    PHILOSOPHY / Logic 123 uses

Basic Linguistic Theory Volume 3: Further Grammatical Topics  /  R. M. W. Dixon  /   Grammaticality (Linguistics)  58 uses

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition  /  Tony Kushner  /   Mormons–Drama.; Angels–Drama.; Gay men–Drama.;  43 uses

 Straight White Men / Untitled Feminist Show  /  Young Jean Lee  /   Feminists–Drama.; Men–Drama.  43 uses

Statistics for Advanced Practice Nurses and Health Professionals  /  Manfred Stommel, PhD; Katherine J. Dontje, PhD, FNP-BC  /   Biometry.; Clinical medicine–Statistical methods.  41 uses

 The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament  /  Craig S. Keener  /    RELIGION / Biblical Commentary / New Testament / General 39 uses

 The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications  /  Otto Scharmer  /   Organizational learning.; Organizational change.;  38 uses

From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership  /  Harry M. Kraemer, Jr.  /   Leadership.; Corporate culture.; Values.  34 uses

 The Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life  /  Steven E. Landsburg  /    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory 25 uses

 Aping Mankind  /  Tallis, Raymond.  /   Neurosciences.; Human beings.; Evolution (Biology)  24 uses

The Complete Writings of Menno Simons, C.1496-1561  /  Menno Simons; Wenger, J. C.  /   Mennonites.  24 uses

 Mark 8-16  /  Marcus, Joel  /    RELIGION / Biblical Commentary / General 22 uses

History: A Very Short Introduction  /  John H. Arnold  /   History–Philosophy.; Historiography.  20 uses

 The Neurotic Personality Of Our Time  /  Horney, Karen  /   Neuroses.; Personality.; Psychoanalysis.  19 uses

“Happiness” and “Pain” Across Languages and Cultures  /  Goddard, Cliff; Ye, Zhengdao  /   Metalanguage.; Psycholinguistics.; Intercultural c  18 uses

New Titles Tuesday, January 11

Here is a selection of titles added to the collection in the past week

 After humanity: a guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man /Michael Ward. After Humanity is a guide to one of Lewis’s most widely admired but least accessible works, The Abolition of Man, which originated as a series of lectures on ethics that he delivered during the Second World War.  In After Humanity, Michael Ward sheds much-needed light on this important but difficult work, explaining both its general academic context and the particular circumstances in Lewis’s life that helped give rise to it, including his front-line service in the trenches of the First World War. After Humanity contains a detailed commentary clarifying the many allusions and quotations scattered throughout Lewis’s argument. It shows how this resolutely philosophical thesis fits in with his other, more explicitly Christian works. It also includes a full-color photo gallery, displaying images of people, places, and documents that relate to The Abolition of Man.

 Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world /edited by Sarah Hitch, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Ian Rutherford, University of Reading. /  This volume brings together studies on Greek animal sacrifice by foremost experts in Greek language, literature and material culture. The chapters range across the whole of antiquity and go beyond the Greek world to consider possible influences in Hittite Anatolia and Egypt, while an introduction to the burgeoning science of osteo-archaeology is provided. The twentieth-century emphasis on sacrifice as part of the Classical Greek polis system is challenged through consideration of various ancient perspectives on sacrifice as distinct from specific political or even Greek contexts. Many previously unexplored topics are covered, particularly the type of animals sacrificed and the spectrum of sacrificial ritual, from libations to lasting memorials of the ritual in art.

Biology, religion, and philosophy: an introduction /Michael Peterson, Dennis Venema. TWU AUTHOR In this book we develop a philosophical discussion of the major topics shaping this interdisciplinary field of inquiry, acquainting the reader along the way with the major voices and viewpoints that have contributed to its advance. Of course, the issues covered are located within the broader scholarship on the relationship of science and religion, which is both historical and philosophical, a relation that has been conceived in multiple ways, as we shall see. Furthermore, the biosciences are special in that they pertain to life – to the whole organic world – leading us early on to consider their relation to the sciences of the inorganic world.

 My mother she killed me, my father he ate me: forty new fairy tales /edited by Kate Bernheimer; with Carmen Giménez Smith; foreword by Gregory Maguire.  Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” to Charles Perrault’s “Cinderella” to the Brothers Grimm ,  from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, and Mexico.  This collection of fairy tales  charts the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. and restores their place in the literary canon.

 On poetry and philosophy: thinking metaphorically with Wordsworth and Kant /Brayton Polka. Polka’s book  is unique in bringing poetry and philosophy together in a single study. The poet and the philosopher whom he makes central to his project are both revolutionary founders of modernity, Both the poet and the philosopher, as the author makes clear in his study, found their principles, at once poetically metaphorical and philosophically critical, on the religious values that are central to the Bible–that all human beings are equal before God.

 Proverbs: a shorter commentary /Bruce K. Waltke and Ivan D.V. De Silva.  TWU AUTHOR  Waltke and  De Silva offer an abridged and revised version of the preeminent commentary, which is more accessible to students, pastors, and Bible readers in general. In place of a technical analysis of the Hebrew text, they interpret the translated text, while also including their own theological reflections and personal anecdotes where appropriate. A topical index is added to help expositors with a book that is difficult to preach or teach verse by verse.

 Rocket science for the rest of us: cutting-edge concepts made simple /written by Ben Gilliand ; consultant, Jack Challoner. Want to understand black holes, antimatter, physics, and space exploration or a common sense guide to quantum physics that you can actually understand? Rocket Science for the Rest of Us is the book you’re looking for! Get a grip on even the most mysterious and complex sciences with Gilliland’s guide to dark matter, exo-planets, Planck time, earth sciences, and more.

 Space! /senior editor, Ben Morgan ; contributors, Robert Dinwiddie [and 5 others]. The ultimate space encyclopedia for children is designed to blow your mind with incredible CGI images, from the deep darkness of black holes to the spectacular sparkle of supernovas. .

 Spirituality in nursing: standing on holy ground /Mary Elizabeth O’Brien. Addresses the relationship between spirituality and nursing practice across a variety of settings related to caring for the ill and infirm.

 The brain: the story of you /David Eagleman. The dramatic story of the brain’s role in creating our world, our experience of it, and ourselves. Eagleman compares the brain to a cityscape with different neighborhoods where neural networks vie for supremacy and determine our behavior in ways we are not always aware or in control of. At the same time, he suggests that the brain works as a storyteller–creating a narrative that allows us to navigate and make sense of a world that it is busy constructing for us.

 The dangerous class: the concept of the lumpenproletariat /Clyde W. Barrow. Barrow argues that recent discussions about the downward spiral of the American white working class have reactivated the concept of the lumpenproletariat,  even though it is a term so ill-defined as to not be theoretical. Using techniques from etymology, lexicology, and translation, Barrow brings analytical coherence to the concept of the lumpenproletariat, revealing it to be an inherent component of Marx and Engels’ analysis of the historical origins of capitalism. The Concept of the Lumpenproletariat is the first comprehensive analysis of the concept of lumpenproletariat in Marxist political theory. Barrow excavates and analyzes the use of this term from its introduction by Marx and Engels in 1846 through the central role of the relative surplus population in Post-Marxist political theory. He argues that, when organized by a strong man-whether a Bonaparte, a Mussolini, or a Trump-the lumpenproletariat gravitates toward a parasitic and violent lumpen-state created in its own image, and such a state primarily serves the interests of the equally parasitic finance aristocracy. Thus, Barrow updates historical discussions of the lumpenproletariat in the context of contemporary American politics and suggests that all post-industrial capitalist societies now confront the choice between communism or dystopia.

 The dark tower, and other stories /C.S. Lewis ; edited by Walter Hooper. A compilation of all of Lewis’s shorter fiction including several science fiction tales.

 The heart of a woman: the life and music of Florence B. Price // Rae Linda Brown ; edited and with a foreword by Guthrie P Ramsey, Jr. ; afterword by Carlene J. Brown. Price (1887-1953) was the first African American woman composer to achieve national recognition. Brown discusses Price in the context of the Harlem Renaissance and deals with issues of race, gender, and class. She draws on interviews with Price’s colleagues, on music manuscripts located in major repositories of African American material and in private collections, on contemporary black newspapers and journals, on census records, and on archival materials as well as the relevant published sources.

 The rural /edited by Myvillages. An investigation through texts, interviews, and documentation of the complex relationship between the urban, the rural, and contemporary cultural production. This anthology offers an urgent and diverse cross-section of rural art, thinking, and practice, with writings that consider ways in which artists respond to the socioeconomic divides between the rural and the urban-from reimagined farming practices and food systems to architecture, community projects, and transnational local networks. Edited by three artists who have been working within rural situations and communities for the last twenty years, this anthology is formed as a document, tool, and navigation device for future artistic practice in which “the rural” is filtered through a lens sharpened by an audience-based model of art that practices from within the culture it addresses.

 The studio /edited by Jens Hoffmann. This collection, expanding on current critical interest in issues of production and situation, looks at the evolution of studio-and “post-studio”-practice over the last half century. Among the topics surveyed here are the changing portrayal and experience of the artist’s role since 1960; the diversity of current studio and post-studio practice; the critical strategies of artists who have used the studio situation as the subject or point of origin for their work;  and the expanded field of production that arises from responding to new conditions in the world outside the studio.

 The sublime /edited by Simon Morley. This anthology examines how contemporary artists and theorists explore ideas of the sublime, in relation to the unpresentable, transcendence, terror, nature, technology, the uncanny, and altered states. Providing a philosophical and cultural context for discourse around the sublime in recent art, the book surveys the diverse and sometimes conflicting interpretations of the term as it has evolved from the writings of Longinus, Burke, and Kant to present-day writers and artists.

  The tradition /Jericho Brown. WINNER OF THE 2020 PULITZER PRIZE FOR POETRY. Brown’s daring new book details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. His poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown’s mastery, and his invention of the duplex–a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues–is testament to his formal skill. The Tradition is a cutting and necessary collection, relentless in its quest for survival while reveling in a celebration of contradiction.

 This is my body: a memoir of religious and romantic obsession /Cameron Dezen Hammon. In this memoir of faith and faltering, musician Cameron Dezen Hammon, a Jewish New Yorker, finds herself searching for love, meaning — a sign. She’s led to Coney Island, where during a lightning storm, she is baptized in the murky waters of the Atlantic by a group of ragtag converts. She follows her boyfriend and new God to Houston, Texas, the heart of American evangelical subculture. Her job at a suburban megachurch there has her performing on stage, awash in lights and smoke,  grappling with outdated gender expectations and ultimately her identity as both a believer and feminist. This Is My Body weaves her zealous conversion with the search for a more progressive and fluid theology. From speaking in tongues to street preaching, from biblically sanctioned discrimination to sexual assault, she invites readers inside this tender and harrowing journey. Part inspiring spiritual memoir, part incisive cultural critique, her story of finding and losing faith is ultimately one of rebuilding a truer, braver self.

 Willmoore Kendall contra mundum /Willmoore Kendall ; edited by Nellie D. Kendall. The author invites the reader to travel along with him as he investigates many of the political questions that have long confronted US society.  A posthumous collection originally published by 1971 by Arlington House, this reprinted edition includes for the first time Kendall’s provocative essay, “The ‘Open Society’ and its Fallacies.” The essays, speeches, and part of a projected book included in this work direct the reader’s attention to subjects that reflect the general theme running through all of Kendall’s political thought–the ways that majority rule can bring about government that is sound and just.

New Titles Thursday, January 6

Here’s a special Thursday edition of New Titles Tuesday featuring a selection titles added to the collection over the Christmas break.

Coding interviews: questions, analysis & solutions /Harry He. This book is about coding interview question of software and Internet companies. The basics of languages, algorithms and data structures are discussed as well as questions that explore how to write robust solutions after breaking down problems into manageable pieces. It also includes examples.

 Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls: the Gēr and mutable ethnicity /by Carmen Palmer. Examines the meaning of the term gēr in the Dead Sea Scrolls. While often interpreted as a resident alien, this study of the term as it is employed within scriptural rewriting in the Dead Sea Scrolls concludes that the gēr is a Gentile convert to Judaism. Contrasting the r in the Dead Sea Scrolls against scriptural predecessors, Palmer finds that a conversion is possible by means of mutable ethnicity. Furthermore, mutable features of ethnicity in the sectarian movement affiliated with the Dead Sea Scrolls include shared kinship, connection to land, and common culture in the practice of circumcision.

 Duty, honour & izzat: from golden fields to crimson – Punjab’s brothers in arms in Flanders /written by Steven Purewal ; illustrated by Christopher Rawlins ; edited by Alexander Finbow. A look at how Indian soldiers from the Punjab helped Great Britain fight in World War I, as well as the early history of Punjabis in Canada.

 Exoplanets: diamond worlds, super-Earths, pulsar planets, and the new search for life beyond our solar system /Michael Summers, James Trefil. In Exoplanets, astronomer Summers and physicist Trefil explore remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space.

 Hijacking history: how the Christian right teaches history and why it matters /Kathleen Wellman. The book proposes that the three most prominent Christian curricula have played a role through the historical narrative promoted for almost fifty years, becoming more widespread in different forms of alternative schooling from Christian schools to voucher programs, and homeschooling. Their narrative has been significant in defining Americans’ understanding of the world and its history and exposes the efficacy of the alliance between certain religious interests, conservative legislators and school boards, and various corporate interests in reshaping education in the United States.

 How art works: a psychological exploration /Ellen Winner. This book is an examination of what psychologists have discovered about how art works—what it does to us, how we experience art, how we react to it emotionally, how we judge it, and what we learn from it.

How food works /editorial consultant, Dr. Sarah Brewer ; contributors, Joel Levy, Ginny Smith.

 If I go missing /text by Brianna Jonnie and Nahanni Shingoose ; art by Neal Shannacappo. A powerfully illustrated graphic novel for teens about the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous people.  The text is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie — a letter that went viral and in which, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate and involve the public in the search for missing Indigenous people. Indigenous artist Neal Shannacappo provides the artwork for the book. Through his illustrations he imagines a situation in which a young Indigenous woman  disappears, portraying the reaction of her community, her friends, the police and media. An author’s note at the end of the book provides context for young readers about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

 Light: the visible spectrum and beyond /Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke. Introducing light — Radio waves — Microwaves — Infrared — Visible light — Ultraviolet — X-rays — Gamma rays.

Ocean recovery: a sustainable future for global fisheries? /Ray Hilborn and Ulrike Hilborn. Provides a clear, engaging, and scientifically-based description of the major controversies and contentions surrounding the world’s fisheries. This book will explore very different perspectives on sustainability, and bring together the data from a large number of studies to show where fish stocks are increasing, where they are declining, the consequences of alternative fisheries management regimes, and what is known about a range of fisheries issues such as the impacts of trawling on marine ecosystems. Ocean Recovery is aimed principally at a general audience that is already interested in fisheries but seeks both a deeper understanding of what is known about specific issues and an impartial presentation of all the data rather than selected examples used to justify a particular perspective or agenda. It will also appeal to the scientific community eager to know more about marine fisheries and fishing data, and serve as the basis for graduate seminars on the sustainability of natura l resources.

 Secularity and science: what scientists around the world really think about religion /Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Steven W. Lewis, et al. Based on over 600 interviews and surveys of over 20,000 scientists worldwide, Secularity and Science tells the story of the relationship between science and religion in the lives of scientists. The book makes four key claims: there are more religious scientists then we might think; religion and science overlap in scientific work; scientists – even atheist scientists – see spirituality in science; and finally, the idea that religion and science must conflict is primarily an invention of the West.

 The Romans in Britain /Howard Brenton. A 1980 stage play that comments upon imperialism and the abuse of power.

The science of religion, spirituality, and existentialism /edited by Kenneth E. Vail and Clay Routledge. Presents in-depth analysis of the core issues in existential psychology, their connections to religion and spirituality, and their diverse outcomes. Leading scholars from around the world cover research exploring how fundamental existential issues are both cause and consequence of religion and spirituality, informed by research data spanning multiple levels of analysis, such as: evolution; cognition and neuroscience; emotion and motivation; personality and individual differences; social and cultural forces; physical and mental health; among many others.