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New Titles Tuesday, August 30

Here is a selection of recently added titles in our collection:


 Jesus and the manuscripts: what we can learn from the oldest texts /Craig A. Evans. Evans introduces readers to the diversity and complexity of the ancient literature that records the words and deeds of Jesus. This book critically analyzes important texts and quotations in their original languages and engages the current scholarly discussion. Evans argues that the Gospel of Thomas is not early or independent of the New Testament Gospels but that it should be dated to the late second century. He also argues that Secret Mark, like the recently published Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, is probably a modern forgery. Of special interest is the question of how long the autographs of New Testament writings remained in circulation. Evans argues that the evidence suggests that most of these autographs remained available for copying and study for more than one hundred years and thus stabilized the text.

 Learned, experienced, and discerning: St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on spiritual direction /Mark O’Keefe, OSB. Insights into the qualities that should mark a good spiritual director-learned, experienced, and discerning-as demonstrated by the spiritual texts of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

 Muslim sources of the crusader period: an anthology /edited and translated, with an introduction, by James E. Lindsay & Suleiman A. Mourad. Drawn from greater Syria, northern Mesopotamia, and Egypt, the sources in this anthology–many of which are translated into English for the first time here–provide eyewitness and contemporary historical accounts of what unfolded in the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries.   In providing representative examples of the many disparate types of Muslim sources, this volume opens a window onto life in the Islamic Near East during the Crusader period and the interactions between Franks and Muslims in the broader context of Islamic history.

 On being human: essays in theological anthropology /by Ray S. Anderson. Anderson focused on the person as determined by and sustained by the creative power of God. He explored the the implications of a biblical understanding of personhood for such critical issues as human sexuality, family relationships, abortion, and death. He broke new ground in relating pastoral care and counseling to contemporary issues which challenge Christians and their understanding of the meaning of human life.

 On pandemics: deadly diseases from bubonic plague to coronavirus /David Waltner-Toews. Waltner-Toews, gathers the latest research to profile dozens of illnesses in On Pandemics. On Pandemics shows the greater impact of animal-borne diseases on our world, and encourages us to re-examine our role in pandemics, if not for our own health, then for the health of our planet. This book has been updated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 On the six days of creation /St. Gregory of Nyssa ; translated by Robin Orton. This is the first complete English translation of St. Gregory of Nyssa’s treatise On the Six Days of Creation (In Hexaemeron). It incorporates Gregory’s own observations on the Genesis text, which reflect his desire to show the consistency between Scripture and the philosophy and natural science of his day. A notable feature is Gregory’s presentation of God’s creation of the world as what has been called a substantification of God’s own will, creatio ex Deo rather than creatio ex nilhilo. Other ideas of Gregory’s seem interestingly to foreshadow those of modern science.

 Quasi-experimentation: a guide to design and analysis /Charles S. Reichardt. This book explains how to use modern approaches to quasi-experimentation to derive credible estimates of treatment effects under the demanding constraints of field settings.  Reichardt provides an in-depth examination of the design and statistical analysis of pretest–posttest, nonequivalent groups, regression discontinuity, and interrupted time-series designs. Comparing quasi-experiments to randomized experiments, Reichardt discusses when and why the former might be a better choice than the latter in the face of the contingencies that are likely to arise in practice. Throughout, mathematical equations are translated into words to enhance accessibility.

 Reading Evangelicals: how Christian fiction shaped a culture and a faith /Daniel Silliman. A historical examination of Evangelical identity through a close look at five best-selling Evangelical novels and the Christian publishing and bookselling industry they helped build

 Resurrected to eternal life: on dying and rising /Jürgen Moltmann ; translated by Ellen Yutzy Glebe. In this daring meditation, Moltmann interrogates dying, the nature of death, and the hope of eternal life. For Moltmann, the living soul that awakens to eternal life is not a ghost in a machine, but the Lebensgestalt, the shape and story of a life. Seasoned readers will find here a capstone to Moltmann’s career of theological exploration, while those new to his thought will find a concise and elegant entry point into his work.

 The Christ party in the Corinthian community /Ferdinand Christian Baur ; with an introduction by Ernst Käsemann ; translated by Wayne Coppins, Christoph Heilig, Lucas Ogden, and David Lincicum. For the first time Baur’s ground-breaking essay appears in English translation. Baur argued for a diversity of views in the earliest strata of the Christian tradition that shaped the modern study of Paul in lasting ways. Baur’s work revealed a tension between Pauline, gentile Christianity, on the one hand, and Petrine, Judaizing Christianity.

 The divine imprint: finding God in the human mind /Russell Stannard. Those who think the evidence for God is found in the world around us, says Russell Stannard, are starting in the wrong place. Instead, we must begin by looking inside ourselves – into the inner recesses of our own consciousness, where the ultimate source of all consciousness has left his imprint.

 The fall of the Roman Empire: a new history of Rome and the Barbarians /Peter Heather.  The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book,  Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors Rome called barbarians into an enemy capable of dismantling an Empire that had dominated their lives for so long.

 The five dysfunctions of a team: a leadership fable /Patrick Lencioni In this book, the author turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. The author’s story serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, he reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the very heart of why teams, even the best ones, often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

 The idea of a Christian college: a reexamination for today’s university /Todd C. Ream and Perry L. Glanzer. Ream and. Glanzer account for changes in how 21st century people view the Church and themselves as human agents, and propose a vision for the Christian college in light of the fact that so many Christian colleges now look and act more like research universities. Including topics such as the co-curricular, common worship, and diversity, they craft a vision that strives to see into the future by drawing on the riches of the past. First-year students as well as new faculty members and administrators will benefit from the insights in this book in ways previous generations benefitted from Arthur Holmes’s original efforts.

 The need for creeds today: confessional faith in a faithless age /J.V. Fesko. A leading Reformed theologian offers a brief, accessible invitation to the historic creeds and confessions, making a biblical and historical case for their necessity and utility today.

 The post-quarantine church: six urgent challenges and opportunities that will determine the future of your congregation /Thom S. Rainer. From thousands of surveys of church leaders and in-person consultations, Rainer and his Church Answers team have gathered the essential wisdom you will need to face the challenges and opportunities that the quarantine crisis creates for the local church. This book is valuable for those looking for local church and pastor resources to enhance church leadership, grow your church, and serve digital and online church communities in the post-quarantine world.

 The power of pictures in Christian thought: the use and abuse of images in the Bible and theology /Anthony C. Thiselton.  Part One considers key philosophical and aesthetic evaluations of literary images and symbols.  theories of symbol, metaphor, and visual representation must be examined. Part Two discusses visual representation in the Old Testament, the teaching of Jesus, pictures and analogies in Paul, and the Book of Revelation. This shows the range of authentic visual representations.  Similarly, sermons and prayers today can be enriched with pictorial images, but some can be misleading and unhelpful for the life of the Church.

 The robot will see you now: artificial intelligence and the Christian faith /edited by John Wyatt and Stephen N. Williams. Contributions from a number of international experts explore a range of social and ethical issues raised by recent advances in AI and robotics. Considering the role of artificial intelligence in areas such as medicine, employment and security, the book looks at how AI is perceived as well as its actual impact on human interactions and relationships. Alongside are theological responses from an orthodox Christian perspective. The Robot Will See You Now offers a measured, thoughtful view on how Christians can understand and prepare for the challenges posted by the development of AI. Whatever your level of technical knowledge, The Robot Will See You Now will give you a thorough understanding of AI and equip you to respond to the challenges it poses with confidence and faith.

 The three arrows ; and, The servants and the snow: plays by Iris Murdoch. These two plays concern problems of political power, and in particular the nature of sovereignty. They are also dramas of romantic love.

 Theodicy of love: cosmic conflict and the problem of evil /John C. Peckham. Based on a close canonical reading of Scripture, this book offers a new approach to the challenge of reconciling the Christian confession of a loving God with the realities of suffering and evil. Peckham offers a constructive proposal for a theodicy of love that upholds both the sovereignty of God and human freedom, showing that Scripture points toward a framework for thinking about God’s love in relation to the world.

 To think Christianly: a history of L’Abri, Regent College, and the Christian study center movement /Charles E. Cotherman ; foreword by Kenneth G. Elzinga. Cotherman traces the stories of notable study centers and networks, as well as their influence on twentieth-century Christianity. Beginning with the innovations of L’Abri and Regent College, Cotherman sheds new light on these defining places in evangelicalism’s life of the mind.

  Top girls /Caryl Churchill ; with commentary and notes by Bill Naismith.  Marlene hosts a dinner party to celebrate her promotion to managing director of ‘Top Girls’ employment agency. Her guests are five women from the past.  As the evening continues we are involved with the stories of all five women and the impending crisis in Marlene’s own life. A classic of contemporary theatre, Churchill’s play is seen as a landmark for a new generation of playwrights.

 Understanding climate change through religious lifeworlds /edited by David L. Haberman. Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds offers a transnational view of how religion reconciles the concepts of the global and the local and influences the challenges of climate change.

 Who created Christianity?: fresh approaches to the relationship between Paul and Jesus /Craig A Evans, Aaron W White, editors. This collection of essays proposes a complementary work to the work of David Wenham and his thesis that Paul was indeed, not the founder of Christianity or the creator of Christian dogma, as such, but instead the faithful disciple and conveyer of a prior Jesus tradition.

New Titles Tuesday, August 23

Here is a selection of recent additions to the collection.

 1066: the year of the three battles /Frank McLynn. A new version of the Battle of Hastings through a triple biography of the key players: William of Normandy ; Harold Godwinson ; and Harald Hardrada.

 And we came outside and saw the stars again: writers from around the world on the COVID-19 pandemic /edited by Ilan Stavans. In this rich, eye-opening, and uplifting anthology, dozens of esteemed writers, poets, artists, and translators send literary dispatches from life during the pandemic.

 Anxious to talk about it: helping white people talk faithfully about racism /Carolyn B. Helsel. Helsel offers  new content to contextualize the conversation for this new season of the racial justice movement. This new edition includes an updated introduction, fresh stories reflecting current events, new research, and tips for parents and teachers. Anxious to Talk about It helps whites engage their feelings of anxiety, shame, and guilt, and work through them so that they can join conversations with more courage and confidence. Reflection questions close each chapter.

 Blessed union: breaking the silence about mental illness and marriage /Sarah Griffith Lund. Griffith Lund opens up about depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in her own marriage and shares stories of other couples who have been impacted by mental illnesses such as addiction, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, suicidality, and more. Using traditional marriage vows as a framework for the book, Blessed Union explores the challenges of loving in the midst of mental health challenges, why it happens, what we can do about it, and how our faith is connected to mental illness.

 Bread from heaven: an introduction to the theology of the Eucharist /Bernhard Blankenhorn. Bread from Heaven offers a contemporary theological synthesis on the Eucharist that brings together classical and critical biblical exegesis, debates on the early history of the Christian liturgy, patristic doctrine, the teachings offered by the Councils, and the Church’s lex orandi, all within a framework provided by the Eucharistic theology of Thomas Aquinas.

Celebrities for Jesus: how personas, platforms, and profits are hurting the Church /Katelyn Beaty. An award-winning writer shows how and why celebrity is woven into the fabric of the evangelical movement, identifies many ways fame goes awry, shows us how we all unwittingly foster a celebrity culture, and offers a vision of faithfulness to the Messiah who was despised and rejected.

 Dancing about architecture is a reasonable thing to do: writing about music, meaning, and the ineffable /Joel Heng Hartse. In this short, insightful book argues that music and the impulse to write about it is part of the eminently mysterious desire for meaning-making that makes us human. Touching on the close resonances between music, language, love, and belief, Dancing about Architecture is a Reasonable Thing to Do is relevant to anyone who finds deep human and spiritual meaning in music, writing, and the mysterious connections between them.

 Does religion do more harm than good? /Rupert Shortt. In this succinct but richly reflective book, Shortt offers even-handed guidance on one of the most disputed questions of our time. Among much else he sheds light on the contrast between good and bad religion, and on why the distinction is of urgent relevance in an era increasingly described as post-secular.

 From Nineveh to New York: the strange story of the Assyrian reliefs in the Metropolitan Museum and the hidden masterpiece at Canford School /John Malcolm Russell, with contributions by Judith McKenzie and Stephanie Dalley. The story of Sir Austen Henry Layard’s rediscovery of ancient Assyria and its fabled capital, Nineveh, is one of the great tales of the nineteenth century, uniting archaeological imperialism, genius, and romance. No less remarkable is the story of the collection, dispersal, and then frantic re-acquisition in the twentieth century of the world.

 Green theology: an eco-feminist and ecumenical perspective /Trees avan Montfoort. van Montfoort demonstrates that Ecological Theology is not a sub-discipline of Theology but a rediscovery of Theology, focused not only on God and people, but all of creation. Drawing on the perspectives of eco-theologians from around the world, this is a ground-breaking book that redefines the scope of Theology for a world in urgent need of answers.

 Honest to God preaching: talking sin, suffering, and violence /Brent A. Strawn. Strawn focuses on the importance of honesty in preaching, especially around three challenging Old Testament themes: sin, suffering, and violence. He makes the case that preaching honestly is critical in the church today.

Hurting yet whole: reconciling body and spirit in chronic pain and illness /Liuan Huska.  Huska went through years of chronic pain; she questioned how the Christian story speaks to our experiences of pain and illness. Countering a gnosticism that pits body against spirit, Huska helps us redefine what it means to find healing and wholeness, even in the midst of ongoing pain

New titles Tuesday, August 16

Here is a sample of titles recently added to the collection

 A biblical path to the triune God: Jesus, Paul, and the revelation of the Trinity /Denis M. Farkasfalvy, O. Cist ; foreword by Bruce D. Marshall ; edited by Thomas Esposito, O. Cist. This short volume was finished just before  Farkasfalvy’s death in 2020. In A Biblical Path to the Triune God, the Cistercian abbot identifies the earliest biblical witnesses to the Church’s teaching about God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This book aims to show that the Trinitarian doctrine of the Church defined in the later ecumenical councils is firmly rooted in the very first reflections on Jesus’ ministry and mystery by the biblical authors.

 All who are weary: easing the burden on the walk with mental illness /Emmy Kegler. Kegler joins the reader on the long walk of reflection, understanding, and compassion, calling followers of Jesus back to ancient practices of lament, vulnerability, honesty, community, and hope. This book is not a map to a cure, nor a perfectly restorative prayer. Written with a wide community in mind–patients, but also parents and partners, coworkers and friends, pastors and therapists, and the whole church–All Who Are Weary points to the embodied grace known in Jesus, trusting in the promise of a lighter load for all.

 An introduction to the Old Testament: the Canon and Christian imagination /Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt. This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts. Incorporating the most current scholarship, this new edition also includes concrete tips for doing close readings of the Old Testament text, and a chapter on ways to read Scripture and respond in light of pressing contemporary issues, such as economic inequality, racial and gender justice, and environmental degradation

 Ancient mosaics /Roger Ling. 

 Digital storytelling: capturing lives, creating community /Joe Lambert with Brooke Hessler. n this revised and updated edition of the StoryCenter’s popular guide to digital storytelling, StoryCenter founder Joe Lambert offers budding storytellers the skills and tools they need to craft compelling digital stories. Using a “Seven Steps” approach, Lambert helps storytellers identify the fundamentals of dynamic digital storytelling.

 Greek sanctuaries: new approaches /edited by Nanno Marinatos and Robin Hägg. 

How to build a healthy church: a practical guide for deliberate leadership /Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. The aim of this book is to hold up a way of doing things that has been recovered from centuries past-a church driven and governed by the gospel.

   Little Malcolm and his struggle against the Eunuchs. David Halliwell. A mixture of comedy and cruelty, this play was first performed in London’s West End in the 1960s. It follows the adventures of Malcolm Scrawdyke, one of four North of England arts students who heat their cold attic to boiling point with fantastic and elaborate onslaughts against authority.


 Love makes room: and other things I learned when my daughter came out /Staci Frenes. When Frenes learned her teenage daughter was gay, she found her dreams for the future–along with her lifelong faith–collapsing around her. Coming to terms with a new reality offered an invitation to make room for many things: the inevitability of uncertainty, hope in the midst of loss, awkward and tough conversations, an expanding faith, and a greater understanding of how people are more the same than different.

 Reconnect: spiritual restoration from digital distraction /Ed Cyzewski. Cyzewski investigates the crisis of attention that is leading to mental health challenges and extending to our souls. For all its benefits and promises, technology trains its users to pursue the exact opposite of contemplative prayer practices every day, claims Cyzewski. Grounded in current research into the impact of technology, Reconnect helps Christians rewire their technology addictions and train themselves to be present and aware of God rather than tuned into the constant distractions and deceptions of this digital age.

 Solstice /Zinnie Harris. A family is riven by intergenerational conflict when forced to resettle in an oppressive state. Solstice explores themes of faith and terror in a world slipping out of control. Harris’s Solstice is her second RSC commission and marks the first in a trilogy of plays: Solstice, Midwinter (New Work Festival 2004) and Fall. Solstice premiered at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in March 2005.

 The final sack of Nineveh: the discovery, documentation, and destruction of King Sennacherib’s throne room at Nineveh, Iraq /John Malcolm Russell. In his palace at Nineveh, Assyrian King Sennacherib immortalized his campaign against Jerusalem with a series of sculptures. Russell presents photographs and drawings of the sculptures, and proposes standards for the preservation of artifacts

 The Gnostic scriptures /translated with annotations and introductions by Bentley Layton ; with additions and revisions by David Brakke. This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. It provides authoritative translations of ancient texts from Greek, Latin, and Coptic, with introductions, bibliographies, and annotations. This second edition provides updates throughout and adds three new ancient texts, including the recently discovered Gospel of Judas.

 The mysteries of the Lord’s prayer: wisdom from the Early Church /John Gavin, SJ ; foreword by George Weigel. An in-depth examination of the Lord’s Prayer guided by the writings of the Church Fathers.

 The person in psychology and Christianity: a faith-based critique of five theories of social development /Marjorie Lindner Gunnoe. Lindner Gunnoe offers a comprehensive understanding of personhood from both perspectives, examining the intersection of biblical perspectives with established theories of social development as proposed by Erik Erikson, B. F. Skinner, Evolutionary Psychology, and more.

 The sayings and stories of the desert fathers and mothers. Volume 1, A-H (E͠ta) /translated and introduced by Tim Vivian ; preface by Kathleen Norris ; foreword by Terrence G. Kardong. For the first time in an English translation, this volume provides: extensive background and contextual notes, significant variant readings in the alphabetical manuscripts and textual differences vis-à-vis the systematic and anonymous Apophthegmata, reference notes to both quotations from Scriptures and the many allusions to Scripture in the sayings and stories. In addition, there is an extensive glossary that offers information and further resources on people, places, and significant monastic vocabulary. Perfect for students and enthusiasts of the desert tradition.

New Titles Tuesday, August 9

Here is a selection of titles added to our collection recently.

 … And the church actually changed uncommon wisdom for pastors in an age of doubt, division, and decline /N. Graham Standish. … And the Church Actually Changed arises out of Standish’s work as a spiritual director and coach to clergy of all denominations and traditions, and as the pastor of a healthy, growing, and somewhat alternative church for more than twenty-two years. … And the Church Actually Changed addresses issues brought up by clergy themselves in his coaching work with them. Using an integrative approach to ministry, Standish draws on insights from counseling, spiritual direction, organizational development, and other fields.

 A complex exile homelessness and social exclusion in Canada /Erin Dej. A Complex Exile shows that the homelessness sector inadvertently reinforces the social exclusion of people who are homeless. This book goes beyond bio-medical and psychological perspectives on homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, to call for a transformation in how we respond to homelessness in Canada.

 A legacy of exploitation early capitalism in the Red River Colony, 1763-1821 /Susan Dianne Brophy. Brophy examines the early Red River Colony to show how its history informs present-day settler-colonial relations. This critical re-evaluation upends standard accounts of the Red River Colony by foregrounding Indigenous producers as a driving force of change. A Legacy of Exploitation offers a comprehensive account of legal, economic, and geopolitical relations to show how autonomy can become distorted as complicity in processes of dispossession. Brophy’s unflinching assessment lays bare the myths of pre-Confederation adventuring and the cruel reality of early settler-colonialism in Canada.

 After college navigating transitions, relationships, and faith /Erica Young Reitz. Reitz has specialized in helping college seniors and recent graduates navigate the transition to postcollege life. Drawing on best practices and research on senior preparedness, she offers practical tools for a life of faithfulness and flourishing during a critical, transitional time. This practical guide addresses the top issues graduates face: making decisions, finding friends, managing money, discerning your calling and much more.

 Arts, health and well-being a critical perspective on research, policy and practice /Norma Daykin. This important book develops a critical understanding of the bridging of arts and health domains, drawing on models and perspectives from social sciences to develop the case for arts and health as a social movement. This interdisciplinary perspective offers a new research agenda that can help to inform future developments and sustainability in arts, health and well-being.

 Bringing Bernard Lonergan down to earth and into our hearts and communities /John Raymaker and Godefroid Alekiabo Mombula.  Bringing Bernard Lonergan Down to Earth seeks to show how Lonergan addressed problems of community life.  Here the Christian theological virtues of faith, hope, and love are indispensable but that does not curtail from Lonergan’s uncanny ability to reach out to secularists by focusing on ethics. The importance of Lonergan’s interdisciplinary work is signaled in the book’s twelve explorations that detail for interested readers his extraordinary ability to solve major philosophical issues.

 By Gospel alone a historical, doctrinal, and pastoral counseling perspective on the primacy of the Gospel. /David Menendez. The present work pursues an apologetic plea on behalf of the gospel. Furthermore, we want to show that the Gospel provides a very practical framework to live in communion with God and with one another.

 Catholics and evangelicals for the common good a dialogue in an historic convergence /edited by Ronald J. Sider and John Borelli. This book reports on The National Association of Evangelicals’s official public policy document and the official public policy positions of American Catholics. The result was a series of annual meetings that brought together prominent Catholic and Evangelical scholars and public policy specialists to explore the extent of the common ground.that dialogue–and its contribution to the increasing Catholic-evangelical cooperation.

 Christian apologetics a comprehensive case for biblical faith /Douglas Groothuis. Groothuis makes a clear and rigorous case for Christian theism. Demonstrating how apologetics must be both rational and winsome, he addresses the most common questions and objections people raise regarding Christianity. The second edition of this landmark work has been updated throughout to address current issues and sources. It includes new chapters on topics such as doubt and the hiddenness of God, the atonement, the church, and lament as a Christian apologetic.

 Coherent Christianity toward an articulate faith /Louis Roy. Roy illustrates his conviction that Christianity consists in the most profound experience to which human beings are invited by God. This experience involves meaning and truth, hope and love, suffering and joy, solidarity and critique. It is a space of freedom, where diverse persons seek the light and make their decisions, interacting with the intellectual and affective resources of their culture. The book proposes an articulate and coherent vision of the Christian faith.

 Communicating COVID-19 everyday life, digital capitalism, and conspiracy theories in pandemic times /by Christian Fuchs. Fuchs analyses the changes of everyday communication in the COVID-19 crisis and how misinformation has spread online throughout the pandemic. He explores the foundations and rapid spread of conspiracy theories and anti-vaccination discourse on the Internet, paying particular attention to the vast amount of COVID-19 conspiracy theories about Bill Gates. He also interrogates Internet users’ reactions to these COVID-19 conspiracy theories as well as how Donald Trump communicated about COVID-19 on Twitter during the final year of his Presidency. Communicating COVID-19 is an essential work for anyone seeking to understand the role of digital technologies, changes in communication and the Internet, and the spread of conspiracy theories in the context of COVID-19.

 Contextualizing the faith a holistic approach /A. Scott Moreau. This comprehensive yet accessible textbook organizes contextualization, which includes everything the church is and does, into seven dimensions. Filled with examples, case studies, and diagrams and conversant with contemporary arguments and debates, it offers the author’s unique take on the challenge of adapting the faith in local cultures.

 Current controversies in philosophy of science /edited by Shamik Dasgupta, Ravit Dotan, and Brad Weslake. Current Controversies in Philosophy of Science asks twelve philosophers to debate six questions that are driving contemporary work in this area of philosophy. These debates explore the philosophical foundations of particular scientific disciplines, while also examining more general issues in the philosophy of science. The result is a book that’s perfect for the advanced philosophy student, building up her knowledge of the foundations of the field and engaging with its cutting-edge questions. Preliminary descriptions of each chapter, annotated lists of further readings for each controversy, and study questions for each chapter help provide clearer and richer snapshots of active controversies for all readers.

 Decolonizing data unsettling conversations about social research methods /Jacqueline M. Quinless. Decolonizing Data explores how ongoing structures of colonialization negatively impact the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, resulting in persistent health inequalities. Decolonizing Data provides a deeper understanding of the social dimensions of health as applied to Indigenous peoples, who have been historically underfunded in and excluded from health services, programs, and quality of care; this has most recently been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on both western and Indigenous methodologies, this unique scholarly contribution takes a sociological perspective, as well as the two-eyed seeing approach to research methods.

 Desert daughters, desert sons rethinking the Christian desert tradition  /Rachel Wheeler. Wheeler argues that a new reading of the texts of the Christian desert tradition is needed to present the (often) anonymous women who inhabit the texts.

 Forming humanity redeeming the German Bildung tradition /Jennifer A. Herdt. Deftly uncovering Rhineland mysticism, Pietist introspection, and the rise of the bildungsroman, Herdt reveals bildung, or ethical formation, as the key to post-Kantian thought. While bildung was invoked to justify racism and colonialism by stigmatizing those deemed resistant to self-cultivation, it also nourished ideals of dialogical encounter and mutual recognition. Herdt reveals how the project of forming humanity lives on in our ongoing efforts to grapple with this complicated legacy

 From research to teaching a guide to beginning your classroom career /Michael Kibbe ; foreword by Gary M. Burge. The transition from graduate studies to teaching is full of challenges. In this concise, practical guide for the aspiring professor, Kibbe offers plenty of personal examples and tested advice as he covers preparation for teaching, best practices in the classroom, self-evaluation, and the discovery of your mission and method.

 ‘I know who caused COVID-19’ pandemics and xenophobia /Zhou Xun and Sander L. Gilman. Through a close analysis of four cases from around the world, this book explores prejudice toward groups who are thought to have caused and spread COVID-19. The authors examine stereotyping and the false attribution of blame towards these groups, as well as what happens when a collective is actually at fault, and how the community deals with these conflicting issues. This is a timely, cogent examination of the blame and xenophobia that have been brought to the surface by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Introduction to political science a Christian perspective /Fred Van Geest. Written for students who may not have any prior knowledge about political life, this textbook provides a nonpartisan introduction to the key concepts, institutions, and policies that shape politics today. Van Geest draws on a variety of sources and examples to present a balanced Christian perspective on political science.

 Jane Austen, early and late /Freya Johnston. A reexamination of Austen’s unpublished writings that uncovers their continuity with her celebrated novels–and that challenges distinctions between the writer’s early and late periods. Johnston examines the three manuscript volumes in which Austen collected her earliest writings, and finds that Austen’s regard and affection for them are revealed by her continuing to revisit and revise them throughout her adult life.  Johnston upends the conventional narrative according to which Austen discarded the satire and fantasy of her first writings in favour of the irony and realism of the novels. By demonstrating a stylistic and thematic continuity across the full range of Austen’s work, Johnston asks whether it makes sense to speak of an early and a late Austen at all.

 Jesus the priest /Nicholas Perrin. Perrin challenges the standard reading of classic texts to argue that the historical Jesus primarily identified himself not as sage or prophet but as Israel’s eschatological high priest. Jesus the Priest identifies Jesus’s priesthood as a mediating understanding that sheds crucial light on the kingdom of God. Perrin’s insightful theological contribution synthesizes the best in traditional/conservative and liberal reconstructions of Jesus’s life and teaching.

 Jesus, revolutionary of the poor Matthew’s subversive messiah /Mark Bredin ; foreword by Willard M. Swartley.  In Matthew, we see Jesus to be a man on the frontline, battling against the forces that stop the non-poor from living generously, and the poorest of the poor living abundantly the way God intended. This is Jesus as one who in his very being is an expression of God’s wrath against human beings who live their lives as if creation is a battle zone where only the selfish and powerful flourish.

 Just faith reclaiming progressive Christianity /Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons. Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied every major progressive advance in our society, and he resurrects the long but forgotten history of progressive Christianity in the United States. This book is a rallying cry for a bold progressive Christianity that unapologetically fights for its values to impact the biggest political battles of our time–from immigration and economic fairness to LGBTQ+ and abortion rights.

 Learned, experienced, and discerning St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on spiritual direction /Mark O’Keefe, OSB. Insights into the qualities that should mark a good spiritual director-learned, experienced, and discerning-as demonstrated by the spiritual texts of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

 Making and breaking settler space five centuries of colonization in North America /Adam J. Barker. Barker traces the trajectory of settler colonialism, drawing out details of its operation that are embedded not only in imperialism but also in contemporary contexts that include problematic activist practices by would-be settler allies. Unflinchingly engaging with the systemic weaknesses of this process, he proposes an innovative, unified spatial theory of settler colonization in Canada and the United States that offers a framework within which settlers can pursue decolonial actions in solidarity with Indigenous communities.

 Mission strategy in the city cultivation of inter-ethnic common grounds /Enoch Jinsik Kim ; foreword by Douglas McConnell. This book was written to suggest an appropriate mission strategy by identifying key issues that impact urban ethnicities through an urban socioanthropological lens. The book discusses the author’s interactions with enclaves of ethnic minorities who had recently arrived in the city after migrating from rural areas. The minorities’struggles to balance cultural assimilation and tradition preservation are highlighted throughout.  Based on these observations, the author states that immigrants in many cities face similar social issues and find similar resolutions to them. Though there are many negative aspects to urban areas, readers will see some positive features of cities that can contribute to effective evangelism.

 Mixed blessing embracing the fullness of your multiethnic identity /Chandra Crane ; foreword by Jemar Tisby. Crane explores what Scripture and history teach us about ethnicity and how we can bring all of ourselves to our sense of identity and calling.

 No exit: Arab existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, and decolonization /Yoav Di-Capua. By closely following the remarkable career of Arab existentialism, Di-Capua reconstructs the cosmopolitan milieu of the generation that tried to articulate a political and philosophical vision for an egalitarian postcolonial world. He tells this story by touring a fascinating selection of Arabic and Hebrew archives, including unpublished diaries and interviews. Today, when the prospect of global ethical engagement seems to be slipping ever farther out of reach, No Exit provides a timely, humanistic account of the intellectual hopes, struggles, and victories that shaped the Arab experience of decolonization and a delightfully wide-ranging excavation of existentialism’s non-Western history.

 On Descartes’ passive thought: the myth of Cartesian dualism /Jean-Luc Marion ; translated by Christina M. Gschwandtner. On Descartes’ Passive Thought is the culmination of a life-long reflection on the philosophy of Descartes by one of the most important living French philosophers. In it, Marion examines anew some of the questions left unresolved in his previous books about Descartes, with a particular focus on Descartes’s theory of morals and the passions.

 Outgrowing Dawkins God for grown-ups /Rupert Shortt. Dawkins purports to demolish the claims of mainstream religion, starting with belief in a Creator. Shortt’s response in Outgrowing Dawkins is that the high priest of New Atheism quite literally doesn’t know what he’s talking about, because the deity he rejects is a childish parody. From this flow many further muddles and straw man arguments. Shortt’s incisive rebuttal includes positive suggestions for advancing an often-sterile debate.

 Pediatric palliative care a model for exemplary practice /Betty Davies, Rose Steele, and Jennifer Baird. Pediatric Palliative Care lays out a road map for healthcare providers interested in optimizing care for seriously ill children and their families. Grounded in clinical practice and the study of positive rather than problematic encounters between providers and parents, the book presents an evidence-based model of exemplary interaction. This is a one-of-a-kind guidebook for healthcare providers interested in (re)discovering how to maximize positive outcomes for both families and providers.

 Philosophy in a technological world gods and titans /James Tartaglia. Drawing on work from a range of philosophers, including Heidegger, Spinoza and Hume, alongside Isiah Berlin, Roger Shattuck, John Gray, Tartaglia argues that rational discussion based around such traditional philosophical themes needs to be maintained, especially in our current circumstances, and that this can and should replace physicalism as the common sense of the secular world as we move forward in the 21st century.

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