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New Titles Tuesday, October 25

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

 Everyday apologetics: answering common objections to the Christian faith /Paul Chamberlain, Chris Price, editors ; foreword by Sean McDowell. TWU AUTHOR In Everday Apologetics, readers will be equipped with answers to some of Christianity’s most difficult objections: Why is the God of the Old Testament so violent? Are science and faith in fundamental conflict with one another? The contributors take up these questions and more, helping Christians be strengthened in their faith while also providing powerful answers to opponents of the Christian faith.

Letters to Annie: a grandmother’s dreams of fairy tale princesses, princes, and happily ever after /Monika B. Hilder. TWU AUTHOR In the fictional voice of a grandmother writing to her granddaughter over the first twenty-five years of her life, Letters to Annie inspires us to live into our deepest life questions. With a wealth of spiritual and literary insights, these thirty-three letters leave us richer and more able to navigate the challenges, sorrows, and joys of life with wisdom, courage, and love.

 Daily life in the French theatre at the time of Molière; translated [from the French] by Claire Eliane Engel. A lively and detailed account of the life of actors.

 Dan Taylor (1738-1816), Baptist leader and pioneering Evangelical /Richard T. Pollard ; forword by Peter J. Morden. This book provides considerable new light on the theological thinking of this important evangelical figure. It is thus especially relevant to recent debates regarding the origins of evangelicalism. Taylor’s evangelicalism was particularly marked by its pioneering nature. His propensity for innovation serves as a unifying theme throughout the book, with many of its accompanying patterns of thinking and practical expressions demonstrating that which was distinct about evangelicalism in the eighteenth century.

 Early Christian care for the poor: an alternative subsistence strategy under Roman imperial rule /K.C. Richardson. Beginning with Jesus’s ministry in the villages of Galilee and continuing over the course of the first three centuries, the Christians organized their house churches, at least in part, to provide subsistence insurance for their needy members.  Modeling their economic values and practices on the traditional patterns of the rural village, the Christians created an alternative subsistence strategy in the cities of the Roman empire by emphasizing need, rather than virtue, as the main criterion for determining the recipients of their generous giving.

 Echoes of contempt: a history of Judeophobia and the Christian church /Bruce D. Thompson. Echoes of Contempt is an engaging and vivid account of the tragic history of the church’s relationship with Jewish communities over two millennia. Beginning with the Jerusalem house church, the book traces that history through medieval pogroms and the Parisian salons of the Enlightenment, right up to the present-day focus on the Israel/Palestine conflict. The author shows that Judeophobia is a recycling of misinformation, prejudice, and hatred. While the book is accessible to those who have very little previous knowledge of the subject, it is well-researched and retains a sophisticated approach.

 Eight plays by Molière /translated, with an introduction by Morris Bishop. The eight plays in this volume, complete & unabridged, are among Molière’s best comedies. They give full evidence of his undisputed rank as the foremost dramatist in all French literature & concededly one of the world’s greatest since Shakespeare. These plays have all been newly translated  with skillful fidelity that will establish these translations as the definitive ones of our time.

 Essays on the Trinity /edited by Lincoln Harvey. This volume gathers together twelve essays on the doctrine of the Trinity. It includes the work of systematic theologians, analytic theologians, and biblical scholars who address a range of issues concerning the Christian doctrine of God.

 Faith in the living God: a dialogue /John Polkinghorne & Michael Welker.  Polkinghorne and  Welker explain how they understand faith in the living God. Between them, they offer a’binocular vision from [their] twin perspectives to yield helpful insight in relation to the important issues.’ Part of the fascination of this book is how two people with such different backgrounds approach central theological questions relating to the faith they both share. Their concerns are truth rather than polemics, reliability rather than simple certainty. They seek to anchor their thought in concrete particulars rather than abstract generalizations.

 Fides and secularity: beyond Charles Taylor’s Open Faith /Emilio Di Somma ; foreword by Philip G. Ziegler. This book wishes to talk about two main topics: the Canadian political philosopher Charles Taylor and faith. To develop my argument, I will attempt to develop a dialogue between continental and Anglo-American philosophers and theologians, in the hope of convincing the readers that we should change radically the way we discuss faith, religion, and secularism.

 Genesis as Torah: reading narrative as legal instruction /Brian Neil Peterson. Should Genesis rightly be identified as law–that is, as torah or legal instruction for Israel? Peterson argues in the affirmative, concluding that Genesis serves a greater function than merely offering a prehistory or backstory for the people of Israel. Peterson posits that many of the Genesis accounts serve as case law.  When Genesis is read through this lens, the rhetorical strategy of the biblical author(s) becomes clear and the purpose for including specific narratives takes on new meaning.

 God, science, and religious diversity: a defense of theism /Robert T. Lehe. This book argues that one rational way to adjudicate disagreements between the claims of diverse religions is to assess their consistency with contemporary science. The book considers how Christian theism and Buddhism fare in harmonizing their metaphysical frameworks with contemporary scientific cosmology. Although both theistic and Buddhist worldviews resonate with many recent scientific discoveries, the Big Bang theory and cosmic fine-tuning favor the Christian doctrine of creation.

 Help! – I’ve got an alarm bell going off in my head!: how panic, anxiety and stress affect your body /K.L. Aspden ; foreword by Babette Rothschild ; illustrated by Zita Rá. This straightforward, illustrated guide explores just that, explaining what happens to the brain and nervous system when that alarm bell in our heads starts ringing. It describes how our bodies can become very sensitive and set off false alarms.

 Inhabiting the land: thinking theologically about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict /Alain Epp Weaver. Epp Weaver introduces readers to the intertwined histories of Zionism (as a movement to establish a Jewish state and renew Jewish life in the biblical land of Israel) and Palestinian nationalism. He also situates Palestinian Christian theologies within broader Christian conversations about election, God’s enduring covenant with the Jewish people, and Zionism. In the face of a politics of separation and dispossession, Epp Weaver contends, Palestinian Christian theologies testify to the possibility of a shared polity and geography for Palestinians and Israeli Jews not defined by walls, militarized fences, checkpoints, and roadblocks, but rather by mutuality and reconciliation.

 Love in a time of fear: hearing our neighbors across lines that divide us /Cassie J. E. H. Trentaz. Trentaz asks her friends and neighbors in four communities currently facing pressure and often viewed with suspicion–immigrants, Muslim Americans, LGBTQ+ people, and young African American men–what feels like love to them and, alternatively, what does not. Trentaz brings their honest, heartfelt responses in their own words, helping us to know people we might not know and bringing us powerful stories of offerings of love that were received as love as well as stories of good intentions that missed their mark. She then offers us tools to help us act on what we hear.

Molière: a collection of critical essays /Jacques Guicharnaud. These essays both define Moliere’s role in the comic tradition, and explore the art and purpose of his individual works.

 Molière’s tartuffe , or, The imposter /translated by Christopher Hampton.

 Paul /Daisy Lafarge. A sharp, timely debut about a young woman’s toxic relationship with an older man and her battle to free herself from the suffocating expectation to be good. When personal scandal forces her to leave Paris, Frances, a young British graduate student, travels to southern France one summer to volunteer on a farm.  Coming to terms with what’s happening to her and wrenching control from an older man with dark secrets of his own are at the heart of this compelling, unsettling novel. By turns the story of how a modern woman finds the inner strength to regain her sense of self and a fascinating exploration of the power dynamics between men and women, Paul is a deeply human novel that holds a mirror up to many of the issues that people confront today.

 Queer theology: beyond apologetics /Linn Marie Tonstad.  Queer Theology offers a readable introduction to a difficult debate. Summarizing the various apologetic arguments for the inclusion of queer people in Christianity, Tonstad moves beyond inclusion to argue for a queer theology that builds on the interconnection of theology with sex and money. Thoroughly grounded in queer theory as well as in Christian theology, Queer Theology grapples with the fundamental challenges of the body, sex, and death, as these are where queerness and Christianity find (and, maybe, lose) each other.

 Re-envisioning transformation: toward a theology of the Christian life /David C. Scott. Re-Envisioning Transformation looks at the possibility of moving toward a vision of transformational theology that is cohesive, unified, broad, effectual, and distinctly Christian. In this book, the contributions of two radically different theologians of the Christian life are examined. This provides the basis from which to develop a comprehensive and integrated framework of transformational theology–pointing God’s people toward the need to express and live out a distinctly Christian vision.

Scapin /by Molière ; translated and with an introduction by Donald Sutherland.  The crafty Scapin, promises to help in the affairs of two young men in love with penniless young women. Scapin’s schemes aid in revealing the penniless beauties to be the exact right mates for the young charges daughters. There is a final chase and dance among all the participants, which, inevitably, becomes the raucous, delightful curtain call.

  The Cid ; Cinna ; The theatrical illusion /[by] Pierre Corneille ; translated and introduced by John Cairncross. The Cid, Corneille’s masterpiece set in medieval Spain, was the first great work of French classical drama; Cinna, written three years later in 1641, is a tense political drama, while The Theatrical Illusion, an earlier work, is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s exuberant comedies.

 The cyberdimension: a political theology of cyberspace and cybersecurity /Eric Trozzo. Trozzo seeks not only a theological means of speaking about cyberspace in its ambiguity, but also how the spiritual dimension of life provokes resistance to the reduction of life to what can be calculated. Rather than focusing on the content available online, he looks to the structure of cyberspace itself to find a chastened yet still expectant vision of divinity amidst the political, economic, and social forces at play in the cyber realm.

 The end Is music: a companion to Robert W. Jenson’s theology /Chris E.W. Green. This book is an attempt to give Jenson the kind of hearing that puts his creativity and significance on display, and allows newcomers to and old friends of his theology the opportunity to hear it afresh.

 The Genesis column: correlating the creation days of Genesis with the geologic column /W. Joseph Stallings ; foreword by William P. Payne ; preface by Edward N. Martin. It is the assertion of Old-Earth Creationism that God created the Earth and then made it into an inhabitable environment over the course of a week of epoch-long creation days. It is the assertion of modern science that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old and has reached such an age by passing through a number of geologic periods that are differentiated by stratigraphic, paleontological, and other empirical markers. Therefore, it seems very logical that if one holds to the veracity of these two basic assertions, then the long creation days of Genesis and the geologic ages of modern science can and should be effectively correlated with one another in some cohesive and systematic manner. Here we offer our origins correlation model, The Genesis Column, which does just that.

 The genius of the Anglo-Saxons: innovations from past civilizations /Izzi Howell Find out how the Anglo-Saxons farmed their land, built their houses, and organized their society. Discover how their brilliant developments in defense, law, language, and storytelling still influence the way we live today.

 The genius of the Maya /Izzi Howell.   Find out how the Maya built their cities to suit the landscape and population, traded their resources, and developed a complex system of writing. Discover how their brilliant developments in farming, astronomy, and cloth-making still influence the way we live today.

 The Letter of James: a pastoral commentary /Addison Hodges Hart. Hart argues that the epistle is indeed the work of James of Jerusalem,’the brother of the Lord,’that it was an encyclical letter, and that its chief concern was to combat a distorted version of Paul’s gospel. This commentary presents James afresh, as a living guide with a perennial message for those who seek to follow Jesus. It is pastoral in intent, written for those who teach and preach, those who desire a more authentic discipleship, and those who practice lectio divina. (Includes the entire Greek text and the new English translation of the epistle by David Bentley Hart.)

 The school for husbands ; and, Sganarelle, or, The imaginary cuckold /Molière ; translated into English verse and introduced by Richard Wilbur. Two plays in which the entertaining character of Sganarelle appears: in The School for Husbands as a guardian, and in Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold as a duped and jealous husband.

 The school for wives ; and, The learned ladies /Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Molière ; translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur. The School for Wives concerns an insecure man who contrives to show the world how to rig an infallible alliance by marrying the perfect bride; The Learned Ladies centers on the domestic calamities wrought by a domineering woman upon her husband, children, and household.

 Why you shouldn’t kill yourself: five tricks of the heart about assisted suicide /Susan Windley-Daoust. The author engages in an extended discussion with a game dialogue partner who thinks that there are five good reasons to employ physician-assisted suicide–and proves those common reasons (or tricks of the heart) may be well-intended, but make no moral or spiritual sense. She argues that physician assisted suicide is based in medical ignorance, a utilitarian understanding of the human, and a spiritual vacuum–and the Christian Church needs to engage these realities quickly and directly by recovering the art of dying well.

New Titles Tuesday, October 18

Here is a selction of recently added titles.

Run towards the danger: confrontations with a body of memory / Sarah Polley ; with illustrations by Lauren Tamaki. Polley’s Run Towards the Danger explores memory and the dialogue between her past and her present These are the most dangerous stories of my life. The ones I have avoided, the ones I haven’t told, the ones that have kept me awake on countless nights. As these stories found echoes in my adult life, and then went another, better way than they did in childhood, they became lighter and easier to carry. Polley’s work as an actor, screenwriter, and director is celebrated for its honesty, complexity, and deep humanity. She brings all those qualities, along with her exquisite storytelling chops, to these six essays. Each one captures a piece of Polley’s life as she remembers it, while at the same time examining the fallibility of memory, the mutability of reality in the mind, and the possibility of experiencing the past anew, as the person she is now but was not then.

 Scientific models for religious knowledge: are the scientific study of religion and a religious epistemology compatible? / Andrew Ralls Woodward. In Scientific Models for Religious Knowledge, the author aims to get outside typical polarized debates between traditional, a priori theism and radical, scientistic naturalism. Instead, a new science and religion compatibility system–between a scientific study of religion and a religious epistemology–is our new, elusive problem. Moreover, we shall look at a comparison and contrast of modern science with the simple deference of the human mind to the actions of culturally postulated superhuman agents. This book pays critical attention to the contributions of scholars in the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of science, and the scientific study of religion. Scientific Models for Religious Knowledge is useful for readers looking to expand their learning in the philosophies of science and religion as these subjects are taught and analyzed in modern research universities.

 Super dinosaur encyclopedia / author, Chris Barker ; Smithsonian consultant, Matthew T. Miller ; general consultant, Darren Naish. Prepare to be amazed as more than 40 incredible prehistoric creatures come roaring back to life in stunning CGI reconstructions. Alongside the amazing images, Super Dinosaur is packed with incredible facts about these extraordinary creatures. Features on fascinating fossils and the latest scientific techniques will show you exactly how paleontologists piece together information about how dinosaurs would have looked and lived

The big dark / David Bouchard. All of these stories have a traditional Aboriginal origin and are retold by Aboriginal authors. From trickster tales to creation stories, all of these contain important life lessons.

 The business of design: balancing creativity and profitability / Keith Granet ; foreword by Holly Hunt. The Business of Design debunks the myth that business sense and creative talent are mutually exclusive, showing design professionals that they can pursue their passion and turn a profit. The Business of Design is written and illustrated to speak to a visually thinking audience. The book covers all aspects of running a successful design business, including human resources, client management, product development, marketing, and licensing. This timely update on the tenth anniversary of the first edition includes new content on social media, working from home, and understanding and working with different generations, essential tools in today’s ultracompetitive marketplace.

 The Christian wallet: spending, giving, and living with a conscience / Mike Slaughter ; with Karen Perry Smith.

 The formation of gaming culture: UK gaming magazines, 1981-1995 / Graeme Kirkpatrick.This book analyses gaming magazines published in Britain in the 1980s to provide the first serious history of the bedroom coding culture that produced some of the most important video games ever played.

The formation of the ‘Book’ of Psalms: reconsidering the transmission and canonization of Psalmody in light of material culture and the poetics of anthologies / David Willgren. By conceptualizing the ‘Book’ of Psalms as an anthology, and by inquiring into its poetics by means of paratextuality, Willgren provides a fresh reconstruction of its formation and concludes that it preserves a selection of psalms that is best seen not as a book of psalms, but as a canon of psalms.

The great flood / retold by David Bouchard ; art by Michael Lonechild.

 The hunt / Robert Cutting ; art by Francesco Francavilla. Grandfather shares his wisdom with Ethan. to help Ethan understand that hunting was important to their ancestors. Grandfather teaches Ethan that wisdom can be passed down from one generation to another.

 The judgment of love: an investigation of salvific judgment in Christian eschatology / James M. Matarazzo Jr. This book seeks to explore the concept of divine judgment in Christian eschatology. It contends that this judgment is salvific rather than destructive. The book concludes by proposing that we may approach divine judgment with faith, hope, and love–not only for ourselves, but for the human race as a whole.

 The kingdom of God in Africa: a history of African Christianity / by Mark Shaw and Wanjiru M. Gitau. Shaw and Gitau trace the development and spread of African Christianity through its two-thousand year history, demonstrating how the African church has faithfully testified to the power and diversity of God’s kingdom.

 The market as god / Harvey Cox. The Market has deified itself, according to Harvey Cox’s brilliant exegesis. And all of the world’s problems–widening inequality, a rapidly warming planet, the injustices of global poverty–are consequently harder to solve. Only by tracing how the Market reached its divine status can we hope to restore it to its proper place as servant of humanity.

 The one who watches over / Eileen Marthiensen and Ella Nasogaluak-Brown ; illustrations by Anne Marie-Bougeois. A retelling by two Inuvialuit authors that introduces readers to significant figures in Inuit culture, including the good and selfless Kublualuk and the beautiful and selfish Sedna.  The book concludes with Reflecting on the Story and Turtle Island Circle, features that provide additional information and prompt reflection and extension.

 The promise of paradise: utopian communities in British Columbia / Andrew Scott. With careful research and engaging first-person accounts, Scott sifts through the wreckage of the utopia-seekers’ dreams and delves into the practices and philosophies of contemporary intentional communities. This book is a compendium of astounding misadventures as well as an intriguing analysis of what moves people to search for paradise.

 The reason you walk / Wab Kinew. When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant aboriginal man who’d raised him.. Kinew writes affectingly of his own struggles in his twenties to find the right path, eventually giving up a self-destructive lifestyle to passionately pursue music and martial arts.

 The resurrection of Jesus Christ: exploring its theological significance and ongoing relevance / W. Ross Hastings. Reveals the hidden depth of the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for our being, our salvation, Christian life, ethics, and our future hope.

 The Routledge companion to Jane Austen / edited by Cheryl A. Wilson and Maria H. Frawley. The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen provides wide-ranging coverage of Jane Austen’s works, reception, and legacy, with chapters that draw on the latest literary research and theory and represent foundational and authoritative scholarship on as well as new approaches to an author whose works provide seemingly endless inspiration for reinterpretation, adaptation, and appropriation. Includes exciting chapters not just on Austen in her time but on her ongoing afterlife, whether in the academy and the wider world of her fans or in cinema, new media, and the commercial world. In addition, the Companion devotes special attention to teaching Jane Austen .

 The secular as methodology: a Christian view of the benefits and dangers of secularization. / Robert L. Montgomery.  I propose that the secular be viewed primarily as a methodology in various areas of life, beginning most clearly with science, but extending to many other areas of thought and activity. When this is done I believe people then have the clear option to apply their faith to all of their thought and action and at the same time to allow for correction and improvement to their thought and action. These corrections and improvements will be debated, but in the end, for Christians, they are dependent on interpretations of the Bible. Furthermore, I believe the broad result for all people is to clarify the choice to believe in God or rather that we are chosen by God revealed in the Bible who is seeking to have fellowship with us.

 The well-played game: a player’s philosophy / Bernard De Koven. De Koven’s classic treatise on how human beings play together, first published in 1978, investigates many issues newly resonant in the era of video and computer games, including social gameplay and player modification. De Koven explains that when players congratulate each other on a well-played game, they are expressing a unique and profound synthesis that combines the concepts of play (with its associations of playfulness and fun) and game (with its associations of rule-following). This, he tells us, yields a larger concept: the experience and expression of excellence. His book belongs on the bookshelves of players who want to find a game in which they can play well, who are looking for others with whom they can play well, and who have discovered the relationship between the well-played game and the well-lived life.

 The white deer / David Bouchard. The White Deer is a traditional Aboriginal tale told by peoples from the Eastern Woodlands of Turtle Island to the Plains and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The story tells of a hunter’s tragic mistake and of the origin of the Aboriginal value never to take more from nature than you need.

 There for you / Robyn Michaud-Turgeon ; Series editors: David Bouchard and Robert Cutting. There for You is a book that brings out issues that young Aboriginal youth face growing up in rural and urban settings. This book provides the reader an understanding of teamwork, healthy competition, perseverance and healthy role models. An excellent resource for traditions such as storytelling, legends which link Elders to young Aboriginal teens.

  Thinkertoys: a handbook of creative-thinking techniques / Michael Michalko. A guide designed to encourage creative thinking in business offers techniques, hints, and tricks for generating ideas and offers dozens of success stories.

 This place: 150 years retold / foreword by Alicia Elliott ; stories by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, et al. Explores the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this graphic novel anthology. These stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

 True north: leading authentically in today’s workplace / Bill George and Zach Clayton ; foreword by David Gergen. This leadership classic enables you to discover your True North: the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. The third edition offers a concrete and comprehensive guide for becoming an authentic leader and reveals how you can chart your path to success. Updated stories and examples throughout, including a new lead story for the chapters on self-awareness and values.

 Using power well: Bob Williams and the making of British Columbia / Bob Williams, with Benjamin Isitt and Thomas Bevan. In Using Power Well, former provincial politician Bob Williams tells his atypical life story: beginning with his childhood in the working-class east end of Vancouver, Williams goes on to describe his early years as a planner in Delta, BC, his political life on Vancouver City Council and in the BC Legislature–including a major impact on the first NDP government in the 1970s. Williams’s legacy is dotted across the physical and political landscape of BC–from the Whistler Town Centre and Robson Square to the Agricultural Land Reserve, the Insurance Corporation of BC and many projects in between.

 Viola Desmond won’t be budged! / Jody Nyasha Warner ; pictures by Richard Rudnicki.

 What has Jerusalem to do with Beijing?: biblical interpretation from a Chinese perspective / K.K. Yeo. This book, a twentieth-anniversary revised and expanded edition, includes studies that range from exploration of the philosophical structure of Eastern culture to present-day sociopolitical realities in Malaysia and China–all in support of cross-cultural methods of reading the Bible culturally and reading the cultures biblically.

The Long Night Against Procrastination is October 20

The Long Night Against Procrastination at Alloway Library and Learning Commons is a night for kick starting those projects with looming deadlines.  It’s a night to get things done whether that means getting research or writing help, checking in with an advisor or tutor or just getting a spot in the library for distraction free work.

But since it is a  long night Alloway Library will also provide a few motivating distractions, like visiting faculty with their dogs, snacks and prize draws,  to keep you pushing through till midnight.  Watch for more details soon.

In the meantime, don’t procrastinate. Make a plan to be at Alloway Library and Learning Commons on Thursday October 20.

New Titles Tuesday, October 11

Here is a selection of titles recently added to the collection

 A complete ABA curriculum for individuals on the autism spectrum with a developmental age of 4-7 years: a step-by-step treatment manual including supporting materials for teaching 150 intermediate skills / Julie Knapp and Carolline Turnbull.

A mind spread out on the ground / Alicia Elliott. The Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated to a mind spread out on the ground. In this urgent and visceral work, Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced.

 A modern relation of theology and science assisted by emergence and kenosis / Bradford McCall.

 A nature guide to Boundary Bay / Anne Murray ; with photographs by David Blevins.

 A recipe for disaster: four ways churches and parents prepare individuals to lose their faith and how they can instill a faith that endures / John Marriott.  A Recipe for Disaster focusses  on the four ways churches and parents unwittingly contribute to the deconversion process. By over-preparing, under-preparing, ill-preparing, and painfully preparing those they are responsible to disciple into mature believers, churches and parents instead set them up for a crisis of faith that all too often leads to the loss of faith. In response to each of the four methods of poor preparation, A Recipe for Disaster offers a recipe for success, four alternative methods of preparation designed to instill lifelong faith.

 A war of loves: the unexpected story of a gay activist discovering Jesus / David Bennett ; foreword by N.T. Wright.. A War of Loves investigates what the Bible teaches about sexuality and demonstrates the profligate, unqualified grace of God for all people. David describes the joy and intimacy he found in following Jesus Christ and how love has taken on a radically new and far richer meaning for him.

  Acts of interpretation: scripture, theology, and culture / edited by S.A. Cummins & Jens Zimmermann. TWU Author

 Addiction: how we get stuck and unstuck in compulsive patterns and behavior / Robert P. Vande Kappelle. As this book demonstrates, addiction is a pattern of learned behavior that utilizes ancient mental pathways designed to promote survival and reproduction.  Designed as a study guide for groups or individual use, this book approaches the topic comprehensively, examining the nature of addiction; its cause, symptoms, consequences, and means of recovery.

 Africa and the Bible: corrective lenses : critical essays / by Gene Rice ; edited by Alice Ogden Bellis ; foreword by Cain Hope Felder ; preface by Jonathan Rice. Africa and the Bible is a collection of essays about the African influence on and presence in the Old Testament. They focus on characters with African heritage such as Ebed-melech and Jehudi in Jeremiah, and the prophet Zephaniah himself, as well as dealing with texts that have been misinterpreted to the detriment of African-Americans such as the story of the curse of Canaan, the book is a treasure-trove of carefully researched, thought-provoking articles, and a perfect supplement to be used alongside a Hebrew Bible textbook.

 Beaver and Porcupine / David Bouchard ; art by Nidhi Chanani. Beaver and Porcupine are best friends. They love each other, even though they are different.

 Christ and the cosmos: a reformulation of Trinitarian doctrine / Keith Ward. Ward argues that social Trinitarian thinking threatens the unity of God, and that this new view of God does not require a ‘social’ component. Expanding on the work of theologians such as Barth and Rahner, who insisted that there was only one mind of God, Ward offers a coherent, wholly monotheistic interpretation of the Trinity. Christ and the Cosmos analyses theistic belief in a scientific context, demonstrating the necessity of cosmology to theological thinking that is often overly myopic and anthropomorphic. This important volume will benefit those who seek to understand what the Trinity is, why it matters, and how it fits into a scientific account of the universe.

 Church of spies: the Pope’s secret war against Hitler / Mark Riebling. Riebling shows that, Pope Pius XII ran the world’s largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Skimming from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recording meetings with top Nazis, Pius sent birthday cards to Hitler– while secretly plotting to kill him. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he muted his public response to Nazi crimes.

 Eccentricity in anthropology: David H. Kelsey’s anthropological formula as a way out of the substantive-relational Imago Dei debate / Stephen R. Milford. Eccentricity in Anthropology brings into conversation a constructive, critical interpretation of David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence with a central–yet often overlooked–debate in theological anthropology: the substantive-relational imago Dei. Milford’s work explores new insights into human identity and dignity. In particular he demonstrates the value of an alternate constructive of humanity in the image of God.

 Excusing sinners and blaming God: a Calvinist assessment of determinism, moral responsibility, and divine involvement in evil / Guillaume Bignon. This book is a philosophically rigorous and comprehensive defense of Calvinism against arguments. With respect to human moral responsibility, it discusses whether determinism destroys free will, turns humans into pets or puppets, and involves or is analogous to coercion and manipulation.

 Eyes on Jesus: through Mark’s gospel / Tim MacIntosh.

Forgetting the former things: brain injury’s invitation to vulnerability and faith / Tamara Puffer ; with Joyce Hollyday ; foreword by Bill Gaventa.

 From the monastery to the world: the letters of Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal / translated and edited by Jessie Sandoval ; with additional notes and translations by Jeffrey Neilson ; introduction by Robert Hass.

 Getting at Jesus: a comprehensive critique of neo-atheist nonsense about the Jesus of history / Peter S. Williams. This comprehensive critique documents the falsehood of neo-atheist claims, correcting their historical and philosophical mistakes to show how we can get at the truth about the historical Jesus.

 Graphic design rules: 365 essential design dos and don’ts / Sean Adams, Peter Dawson, John Foster, Tony Seddon.Graphic Design Rules is a handy guide for professional graphic designers, students, and laymen who incorporate graphic design into their job or small business. Packed with practical advice, this spirited collection of design dos and don’ts takes readers through 365 rules like knowing when to use a modular grid–and when to throw the grid out the window. All designers will appreciate tips and lessons from these highly accomplished authors, who draw on years of experience to help you create good design.

 Graphic design theory: readings from the field / edited by Helen Armstrong. Graphic Design Theory presents groundbreaking, primary texts from the most important historical and contemporary design thinkers. Striking color images illustrate each of the movements discussed and demonstrate the ongoing relationship between theory and practiceAuthors include such influential designers as Herbert Bayer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Karl Gerstner, Katherine McCoy, Michael Rock, Lev Manovich, Ellen Lupton, and Lorraine Wild. Additional features include a timeline, glossary, and bibliography for further reading. A must-have survey for graduate and undergraduate courses in design history, theory, and contemporary issues.

 Greening the children of God: Thomas Traherne and nature’s role in the ecological formation of children / Chad Michael Rimmer. Greening the Children of God establishes the contemporary significance of Traherne’s moral theory in conversation with child psychologists, educators, philosophers, and theologians who know that cultivating a place-based relationship to the local ecology helps children perceive creation’s deep mutuality and develop a moral identity in the image of a caring Creator.

 Helping hands / Robert Cutting. Many Aboriginal peoples helped Europeans adjust to a new way of life.

 Her preaching body: conversations about identity, agency, and embodiment among contemporary … female preachers / Amy P. McCullough. McCullough explores the every-Sunday bodily decisions of contemporary female preachers, with an eye to uncovering the meanings about body, preaching, and God alive underneath. Ultimately, she argues for a renewed understanding of embodiment, in which one’s living body, inescapably intertwined with her preaching, becomes the avenue for greater knowledge about how to preach and deeper insight into the faith professed.

 History through trauma: history and counter-history in the Hebrew Bible / Tiffany Houck-Loomis. History through Trauma explores the symbolic function of religious, political, and national symbols that aid in the construction of historical narratives, and the psychological effects of trauma on their creation and dissolution.  This work offers a valuable new understanding of the impact of trauma on history-making in general–an understanding that brings light to biblical studies, practical theology, pastoral psychology, and psychoanalysis.

 Humbling faith: brokenness, doubt, dialogue : what unites atheists, theists, and nontheists / Peter Admirand. This is a book hoping to embolden doubt and sharpen unanswerable questions, all in the context of loving the self and one another. Humbling Faith helps us see how our beliefs, or non-beliefs, our belongings and identities, often remain flawed, myopic, self-absorbed, unredeemed. The hope is that such awareness of our brokenness can fuel greater ethical partnerships and dialogue, promoting peace from our recognized need for one another. Humbling Faith is not only a resource towards humbling other faiths, but most importantly, your own.

 Hymns and hymnody: historical and theological introductions. Volume 2, From Catholic Europe to Protestant Europe / edited by Mark A. Lamport, Benjamin K. Forrest, and Vernon M. Whaley. Hymns and Hymnody is a 60-chapter, three-volume introductory textbook describing the most influential hymnists, liturgists, and musical movements of the church.

 In progress: see inside a lettering artist’s sketchbook and process, from sketch to vector / Jessica Hische ; preface by Louise Fili. This show-all romp through design-world darling Jessica Hische’s sketchbook reveals the creative and technical process behind making award-winning hand lettering. See everything, from Hische’s rough sketches to her polished finals for major clients such as Wes Anderson, NPR, and Starbucks. The result is a well of inspiration and brass tacks information for designers who want to sketch distinctive letterforms and hone their skills.This highly visual book is an essential–and entirely enjoyable–resource for those who practice or simply appreciate the art of hand lettering.–

 Indigenous theology and the Western worldview: a decolonized approach to Christian doctrine / Randy S. Woodley. A Cherokee teacher, missiologist, and historian encourages us to reject the many problematic aspects of the Western worldview and to convert to a worldview that is closer to that of both Indigenous traditions and Jesus.

 Jesus and Christian origins: directions toward a new paradigm / edited by Ben Wiebe. The purpose here is not to develop particular New Testament themes as such. Rather, in this volume the writers take up Gospel related topics in the context of the early church in order to illuminate specific baselines for New Testament interpretation and to discern directions toward a new paradigm.

 Joseph: a gateway to the Lord / Merrell M. Peters. Using concepts from the common law, the author shows the organizational structure of this remarkable story and sets out the writer’s argument concerning God’s relationship with humanity. Understanding the story of Joseph, the reader gets pointed in the right direction for further exploration of Holy Scripture.

  Making love with the land / Joshua Whitehead. Making Love With the Land is a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person in the rupture between identities. In sharp, surprising, unique pieces,Whitehead illuminates this particular moment, in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new (and old) ideas about the land.

 New world, new church?: the theology of the emerging church movement. / Hannah Steele. Offering an assessment of the impact of the emerging church upon the church in the West, and examining the thinking of the movement’s leading proponents including Brian McLaren and Rob Bell, New World, New Church? affirms what is good and insightful in the emerging church and offers a robust critical evaluation of its theological revisions.

 Oedipus unbound: selected writings on rivalry and desire / René Girard ; edited and with an introduction by Mark R. Anspach. The hard-to-find writings assembled here include three major early essays, never before available in English, which afford a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the emergence of Girard’s scapegoat theory from his pioneering analysis of rivalry and desire. Girard unbinds the Oedipal triangle from its Freudian moorings, replacing desire for the mother with desire for anyone—or anything—a rival desires. In a wide-ranging and provocative introduction, Mark R. Anspach presents fresh evidence for Girard’s hypotheses from classical studies, literature, anthropology, and the life of Freud himself.

 Peace and good order: the case for indigenous justice in Canada / Harold R. Johnson. In this direct, concise, and essential volume, Johnson examines the justice system’s failures to deliver peace and good order to Indigenous people. He explores the part that he understands himself to have played in that mismanagement, drawing on insights he has gained from the experience; insights into the roots and immediate effects of how the justice system has failed Indigenous people, in all the communities in which they live; and insights into the struggle for peace and good order for Indigenous people now.

 Pixilated practices: media, ritual, and identity / Christopher Peyton Miller. Miller demonstrates how media has taken the place of ritual(s).

 Red River girl: the life and death of Tina Fontaine / Joanna Jolly. On August 17, 2014, the body of fifteen-year old runaway Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg’s Red River. It was wrapped in material and weighted down with rocks. Red River Girl is a gripping account of that murder investigation and the unusual police detective who pursued the killer with every legal means at his disposal. Aware of the reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Jolly has chronicled Tina Fontaine’s life as a reminder that she was more than a statistic. Most importantly, the book will chronicle whether Tina’s family will find justice.

 Rethinking the dates of the New Testament: the evidence for early composition / Jonathan Bernier.This paradigm-shifting study is the first book-length investigation into the compositional dates of the New Testament to be published in over forty years. It argues that, with the notable exception of the undisputed Pauline Epistles, most New Testament texts were composed twenty to thirty years earlier than is typically supposed by contemporary biblical scholars. What emerges is a revised view of how quickly early Christians produced what became the seminal texts for their new movement.

 Ring by spring: dating and relationship cultures at Christian colleges / Stacy Keogh George. This book begins to explore this complicated dynamic that is unique to Christian colleges by describing the experiences of Christian college students and alumni. The author provides additional thoughts on how to support students overwhelmed by this culture, and how to foster positive relationships of all kinds on college campuses that too often make romantic relationships too serious too quickly.

 Rockhounding for beginners: your comprehensive guide to finding and collecting precious minerals, gems, geodes, & more / Lars W. Johnson ; with Stephen M. Voynick. Rockhouding for Beginners shows you how to take your rockhounding to the next level, providing everything you need to know from tips for finding local sources for really cool finds to techniques for safely cleaning, cutting, polishing, and caring for the best samples. Complete with full-color photos to help you identify each rock and mineral wherever you find them, this guide has all the rockhounding information you need whether you’re ready to get down and dirty or simply want to learn more from the comfort of your couch.

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