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

Month: May 2022 (Page 1 of 2)

New Titles Tuesday, May 23

Here is  a list of titles added to the collection in the past week many of these titles came from a recent bequest to the library made by an ancient history enthusiast.

1700: scenes from London life /Maureen Waller. Waller captures the grit and excitement of London in 1700. Combining investigative reporting with popular history, she portrays London’s teeming, sprawling urban life and creates a brilliant cultural map of a city poised between medievalism and empire.

 69 A.D.: the year of four emperors /Gwyn Morgan.  A strikingly vivid account of ancient Rome, 69 AD is an original and compelling account of one of the best known but perhaps least understood periods in all Roman history. It will engage and enlighten all readers with a love for the tumultuous soap opera that was Roman political life.

 A history of London /Stephen Inwood. The Romans built it, the Angles and Saxons invaded it, the Vikings ravaged it, the Normans conquered it.  The history of London may indeed be a history of printing, the theater, newspapers, museums, pleasure gardens, music halls, international finance, and the novel, but for Inwood it is a history of the people whose tastes, talents, philosophies, and pocketbooks have created it — and sometimes threatened to destroy it.

 Akhenaten, Egypt’s false prophet /Nicholas Reeves. Reeves argues that Akhenaten cynically used religion for purely political ends in a calculated attempt to reassert the authority of the king, thus concentrating power in his own hands. Ultimately his revolution failed as political, financial, and moral corruption overwhelmed the regime. His traditionalist successors showed little mercy, and with a ruthless determination systematically expunged all traces of Akhenaten’s existence.

 Ancient goddesses: the myths and the evidence /editors, Lucy Goodison and Christine Morris. In Ancient Goddesses, historians and archaeologists write accessibly about this intriguing and controversial topic. Considering a number of significant early civilizations these experts review the most recent evidence so that readers can make up their own minds.

Jesus according to the New Testament /James D.G. Dunn. In this small, straightforward book designed for a lay audience, Dunn focuses his fifty-plus years of scholarship on the central question posed by the New Testament–who is Jesus? Dunn surveys the New Testament books from Matthew to Revelation, exploring and unpacking what they actually say about Jesus. Dunn’s Jesus according to the New Testament points to the wonder of those first witnesses and enriches our understanding of who Jesus is to us today.

 Roman Britain: a new history /Guy de la Bédoyère. This illuminating account of Britain as a Roman province sets the Roman conquest and occupation of the island within the larger context of Romano-British society and how it functioned. The author first outlines events from the Iron Age period immediately preceding the conquest in AD 43 to the emperor Honorius’s advice to the Britons in 410 to fend for themselves. He then tackles the issues facing Britons after the absorption of their culture by an invading army, including the role of government and the military in the province, religion, commerce, technology, and daily life.  The superb illustrations feature reconstruction drawings, dramatic aerial views of Roman remains, and images of Roman villas, mosaics, coins, pottery, and sculpture.

 Roman Gaul and Germany /Anthony King. Drawing on many recent excavations throughout Gaul and Germany, this generously illustrated book—co-published with the British Museum—brings a wealth of archaeological findings to bear upon a crucial period in Roman history.  King has interpreted the most recent research data available to reconstruct the Romanization of the provinces until its eventual decline.

 Sailing the wine-dark sea: why the Greeks matter /Thomas Cahill.  Cahill escorts the reader on another entertaining—and historically unassailable—journey through the landmarks of art and bloodshed that defined Greek culture nearly three millennia ago. Granting equal time to the sacred and the profane, Cahill rivets our attention to the legacies of an ancient and enduring worldview.

 Temples of the last pharaohs /Dieter Arnold.  Using the great work Description de l’Egypt, published in Paris in 1809-1928 as his primary source,  Arnold has reconstructed and redrawn all of the lost buildings of the Late Period–some in computer
assisted images–and redrawn all other available plans. These, along with superb photographs of extant temples dating to Ptolemaic and Roman times, are included in this book on the formal and stylistic development of Egyptian temple architecture. The study places special emphasis on the survival of Egyptian building elements in Roman and Medieval European architecture and includes descriptions of building volume, stylistic evaluations, and foreign connections of the monuments as well as a detailed account of all known building activities from the end of the New Kingdom (c 716 BC) to the end of the Roman period.

 The complete Tutankhamun: the king, the tomb, the royal treasure /by Nicholas Reeves ; foreword by the Seventh Earl of Carnarvon. Here is the fullest account yet published of this fabulous archaeological discovery.T ells the story of the boy-king, and describes his burial, the quest for his tomb, the riches found there, and the legendary curse

New Titles Tuesday, May 24

Here’s a list of titles added to the collection in the past week.

 Bivocational and beyond: educating for thriving multivocational ministry /edited by Darryl W. Stephens. Bivocational and Beyond provides a wide range of perspectives on faith, leadership, and learning to equip pastors and theological educators for a future in which multivocational ministry may become the norm.

 Challenging bias against women academics in religion /edited by Colleen D. Hartung. Challenging Bias Against Women Academics in Religion presents biographies about women in academia who study, research, and teach about the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. It addresses the question of why so many women academics, who are themselves producers of secondary sources, are absent as biographical subjects in secondary literature generally and on digital knowledge platforms specifically. Authors variously challenge the exclusionary assumptions that underlie systemic bias in the production of secondary and tertiary sources about women. This critical engagement disrupts sourcing and writing conventions that support and perpetuate bias and creates the opportunity for more expansive and inclusive biographical narratives about women.

 Jesus according to the New Testament /James D. G. Dunn. In this small, straightforward book designed for a lay audience, Dunn focuses his fifty-plus years of scholarship on the central question posed by the New Testament–who is Jesus? Dunn surveys the New Testament books from Matthew to Revelation, exploring and unpacking what they actually say about Jesus. Jesus according to the New Testament points to the wonder of those first witnesses and enriches our understanding of who Jesus is to us today.

 The armchair economist: economics & everyday life: revised and updated for the 21st century /Steven E. Landsburg. Landsburg shows how the laws of economics reveal themselves in everyday experience and illuminate the entire range of human behavior. Why does popcorn cost so much at the cinema? The ‘obvious’ answer is that the owner has a monopoly, but if that were the whole story, there would also be a monopoly price to use the toilet. When a sudden frost destroys much of the Florida orange crop and prices skyrocket, journalists point to the ‘obvious’ exercise of monopoly power. Economists see just the opposite: If growers had monopoly power, they’d have raised prices before the frost. Why don’t concert promoters raise ticket prices even when they are sure they will sell out months in advance? Why are some goods sold at auction and others at pre-announced prices? Why do boxes at the football sell out before the standard seats do? Why are bank buildings fancier than supermarkets? Why do corporations confer huge pensions on failed executives? Why don’t firms require workers to buy their jobs? Landsburg explains why the obvious answers are wrong, reveals better answers, and illuminates the fundamental laws of human behavior along the way. This is a book of surprises: a guided tour of the familiar, filtered through a decidedly unfamiliar lens. This is economics for the sheer intellectual joy of it.

New Titles Tuesday, May 17

Here is a selection of titles added in the past week

 #LiveFully: reimagining the greatest calling on earth. Teacher edition /Brian Burchik. This course is the integration of three concentrations: worldview, identity, and calling. Students will learn how Christian faith impacts every area of life and human culture..

Blueprints: co-labor with Christ for a lifetime of fulfillment. Student workbook /Brian Burchik. Blueprints: co-labor with Christ for a lifetime of fulfillment. Teacher handbook /Brian Burchik.  Blueprings Bible course is about empowering students to build a life of godliness that sustains over the course of a lifetime.

Cool water /Dianne Warren. Juliet, Saskatchewan is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town–the welcome sign promises a population of one thousand and eleven–so it’s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place there. But the heart of Juliet beats with rich stories of its inhabitants. They all bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid life in this funny, tragic and touching novel.”–

 Dinosaurs to defence: a story of the Suffield Block /by BATUS and others. Provides a fascinating background into the life of those of us who live and train with the British Army Training Unit Suffield. It also records the history of this magnificent part of Canada and is an excellent piece of joint Anglo-Canadian work

 Double duty: sketches and diaries of Molly Lamb Bobak, Canadian war artist /edited by Carolyn Gossage. The 1942 – 1945 personal war journal of Molly Bobak, Canada’s first female war artist.

 Faulkner and the discourses of culture /Charles Hannon.  Hannon argues in his brilliant  study that the language of Faulkner’s fiction is replete with the voiced conflicts that shaped America and the South from the 1920s to1950.

 Finding joy in God’s names & attributes: a Christian devotional & Bible study resource /S.T. Perry. TWU Author. Now you can explore 40 of the most common names that are a tribute to God in this resourceful Christian devotional that explores them through: A lesson on each one with an overview of the name, Bible passages in which that name appears, A story or observation to give a clearer picture of the name, A thematic photograph with Bible verse overlaid, A short prayer at the conclusion of each chapter, and a Bible study resource to expand your knowledge.

Reformer without a church: the life and thought of Thomas Muentzer, 1488(?)-1525 /by Eric W. Gritsch.

The church, the new people of God /by David Ewert.

 The coronation voyage /Michel Marc Bouchard ; translated by Linda Gaboriau. May 1953. The Empress of France sets sail from Montreal. On the pretext of attending the celebrations marking the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, an important mafioso leaves for England where he secretly plans to live in exile with his two sons. Aboard this floating palace in the middle of the ocean, the petty lord of the Montreal underworld must face the most important decision of his dubious career: will he sacrifice his youngest son for a safe-conduct?

 The SBL handbook of style /Billie Jean Collins, project director ; Bob Buller, publishing director ; John F. Kutsko, executive director. The SBL Handbook of Style has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest practices among scholars, editors, and publishers as well as to take into account current trends in scholarly publishing. This edition has been meticulously supplemented with important new subject matter that fills gaps in the first edition. Chapters and sections have been reorganized and restructured to be more intuitive and logical.

  Half-lives: a guide to nuclear technology in Canada /Hans Tammemagi, David Jackson. The purpose of this book is to explain the fundamentals of radiation, nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, and other matters so they can be readily understood.

 Timeless at heart: essays on theology /C.S. Lewis ; edited by Walter Hooper. A collection of essays, published 1987, with preface by Walter Hooper. It consists of nine essays and a collection of short letters.  All were previously published; most found in God in the Dock

On the set at Alloway Library

Here are a few shots of what Alloway Library looks like after becoming a Movie of the Week set for the shooting of scenes for “Love on your Doorstep.”

The Main level of Alloway Library was transformed into a TV studio. Our computer lab was transformed into the set of a chat show.



The Writing Center became creative offices for  TNW












The Glass Room was an executive office.

In spite of the apparent chaos, the work of the library continued and peace and quiet, were available on the upper and lower levels

No word on when the movie will be released.

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