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.