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New Titles Tuesday, November 28

Here is a diverse selection of print and eBooks recent added to the collection and ready for use.

 Breaking the code: understanding the Book of Revelation /Bruce M. Metzger ; revised and updated by David A. deSilva.  Metzger presents the fruits of solid scholarship in a non-academic style. This revised edition includes updates based on current biblical research, as well as additional teaching from author and respected New Testament scholar David deSilva.

 British Columbia in the balance: 1846-1871 /Jean Barman. Barman brings new insights on the seemingly disparate events that converged to lay the foundation of the present-day province. By examining newly accessible private correspondence exchanged with the Colonial Office in London, Barman pieces together the chain of events that caused the distant colony of British Columbia to join the Canadian Confederation as opposed to the very real possibility of becoming one or more American states. In this detailed exploration of colonial politics, including fur trader and politician James Douglas’s governance and the critical role played by the many unions between white settlers and Indigenous women, Barman expertly weaves together seemingly disparate events that converged to lay the foundations of today’s Canadian province.

 Can you see me?: If the world doesn’t see you … show them. /Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott. Tally isn’t ashamed of being autistic. But, starting sixth grade at a new school, even with her best friend Layla at her side, is going to be a challenge. Tally feels like she has to act normal though she begins to wonder if fitting in is really what matters most. This story is inspired by coauthor Scott’s experiences.

 Do morals matter?: presidents and foreign policy from FDR to Trump /Joseph S. Nye. Nye provides a concise yet penetrating analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy during the American era after 1945. Nye works through each presidency from Truman to Trump and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions of their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions. Alongside this, he also evaluates their leadership qualities, elaborating on which approaches work and which ones do not. He further notes the important ethical consequences of non-actions, such as Truman’s willingness to accept stalemate in Korea rather than use nuclear weapons.

 Faith seeking understanding: an introduction to Christian theology /Daniel L. Migliore. Migliore’s classic theology textbook returns in a new edition, revised and supplemented with fresh material. Faith Seeking Understanding covers fundamental topics for budding theologians, from biblical hermeneutics to the incarnation to the life of faith. As in previous editions, the material culminates in four imaginative dialogues between prominent thinkers to illustrate major theological debates. In addition to updates throughout the text, the fourth edition also includes a new introduction and an additional chapter on Christology

 Final gifts: understanding the special awareness, needs, and communications of the dying /Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley. In this moving and compassionate classic Callanan and Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts of wisdom, faith, and love that the dying leave for the living to share. Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.

 Five views on the New Testament canon /edited by Stanley E. Porter, Benjamin P. Laird. Five Views on the New Testament Canon presents five distinct ways of understanding how the New Testament came to be. Each contributor addresses historical, theological, and hermeneutical questions related to the New Testament canon, such as what factors precipitated the establishment and recognition of the New Testament canon; the basis of any authority the New Testament has; and what the canon means for reading and interpreting the New Testament. Contributors also include a chapter each responding to the other views presented in the volume.

 Kamloopa: an Indigenous matriarch story /play by Kim Senklip Harvey ; with the Fire Company (Cris Derksen, Yolanda Bonnell, Daniela Masellis, Lindsay Lachance, Jessica Schacht, et al. This high-energy Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless Trickster who face a postcolonial world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. Kamloopa explores the fearless love and passion of two Indigenous women reconnecting with their homelands, ancestors, and stories. Senklip Harvey’s play is a boundary-blurring adventure that will remind you to always dance like the ancestors are watching.

   Melissa /Alex Gino. When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she’s not a boy. Melissa thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. Melissa really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

 New Testament apocrypha: more noncanonical scriptures. Volume three /edited by Tony Burke. This anthology of ancient nonbiblical Christian literature presents introductions to and translations of little-known apocryphal texts from a wide variety of genres, most of which have never before been translated into any modern language. An introduction to the volume as a whole addresses the most significant features of the included writings and contextualizes them within the quickly evolving study of the Christian Apocrypha. The body of the book comprises thirty texts that have been carefully introduced, annotated, and translated into readable English by eminent scholars.

 New Testament apocrypha: more noncanonical scriptures. Volume two /edited by Tony Burke. This anthology of ancient nonbiblical Christian literature presents informed introductions to and readable translations of a wide range of little-known apocryphal texts, most of which have never before been translated into any modern language.

 New Testament rhetoric: an introductory guide to the art of persuasion in and of the New Testament /Ben Witherington III and Jason A. Meyers. More than just an exploration of the use of the ancient rhetorical tools and devices, this guide introduces the reader to all that went into convincing an audience about some subject. Witherington and Myers make the case that rhetorical criticism is a more fruitful approach to the New Testament epistles than the oft-employed approaches of literary and discourse criticism. Familiarity with the art of rhetoric also helps the reader explore non-epistolary genres. In addition to the general introduction to rhetorical criticism, the book guides readers through the many and varied uses of rhetoric in most New Testament documents–not only telling readers about rhetoric in the New Testament, but showing them the way it was employed. This brief guide is intended to provide the reader with an entrance into understanding the rhetorical analysis of various parts of the New Testament, the value such studies bring for understanding what is being proclaimed and defended in the New Testament, and how Christ is presented in ways that would be considered persuasive in antiquity.

 Pastor: the theology and practice of ordained ministry /William H. Willimon. Pastor: Revised Edition explores central questions about the vocation of ordained ministry. It begins with a discussion of who pastors are, asking about the theological underpinnings of ordained ministry, and then moves on to what pastors do, looking at the distinctive roles the pastor must fulfill. The book also draws on great teachers of the Christian tradition to demonstrate that, while much about Christian ministry has changed, its core concerns – preaching the word, the care of souls, the sacramental life of congregations – remains the same.

 Research literacy for health and community practice /Sonya L. Jakubec and Barbara J. Astle. TWU AUTHOR Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice introduces students to fundamental research concepts that will enable them to think critically about research and recognize effective methods for understanding and utilizing research for practice. This textbook teaches skills for engaging with research literature, including how to frame and organize knowledge, interpret and evaluate evidence using qualitative and quantitative approaches, distinguish between research and other forms of information, and use this evidence in practice settings. This second edition features content on Indigenous knowledge and research, including contributions by two Indigenous scholars to balance the focus on medicine and nursing and broaden the scope to include different care providers in health, community services, and other fields.

 Rethinking the Filioque with the Greek Fathers /Giulio Maspero.   Examining Syriac traditions as an example, Maspero observes that both Syriac and Latin lack the linguistic precision to describe the nature of the Holy Spirit’s procession from the Trinity in the same way as Greek, hence the ambiguous Filioque. Yet what might be seen on the surface as a mere translation error reveals deep questions about the triune nature of God. With rigorous theological argument, Maspero ultimately proposes a way forward for East and West—one based not on centuries of polemics, but on a common tradition established by the Greek Fathers. Essential reading for the ecumenically minded theologian, Rethinking the Filioque with the Greek Fathers takes a crucial step toward Christian unity.

 Revelation through Old Testament eyes: a background and application commentary /Tremper Longman III. The images of Revelation–like a seven-sealed scroll, four horsemen bringing destruction and death, locusts from the Abyss, and more–often seem hopelessly complex to today’s readers and have led to egregious misunderstanding and misinterpretations. But as Longman demonstrates, this confusion arises from unfamiliarity with symbolism that Revelation’s first readers readily comprehended. Avoiding overly technical discussions and interpretive debates to concentrate on Old Testament influences, Revelation Through Old Testament Eyes combines rigorous, focused New Testament scholarship with deep respect for the entire biblical text.

 Son of Man. Volume 1, Early Jewish literature /Richard Bauckham. In the first volume of this landmark study, Bauckham explicates the phrase Son of Man as it appears in Jewish interpretations of the book of Daniel and in the apocryphal book of 1 Enoch. With philological precision and sensitivity to his sources, Bauckham attunes us to the realities of early Jewish eschatology. Son of Man, vol. 1 offers scholars a solid basis for understanding the context of the messiah in the centuries leading up to Jesus.

 Stewarding our bodies: a vision for Christian student affairs /edited by Perry L. Glanzer and Austin T. Smith. Stewarding Our Bodies draws from the expertise and experiences of researchers and practitioners both within and outside higher education to provide relevant insights and suggestions for those who desire to help students better bear God’s image.

 The Bible in the early church /Justo L. González. González introduces the reader to some important features of the earliest Bibles-for instance, the Bible’s original languages, its division into chapters and verses, and even its physical appearance in its first forms. González also explores the use of the Bible in the early church (such as in worship or in private reading) and the interpretation of the Bible throughout the ensuing centuries, giving readers a holistic sense of the Bible’s emergence as the keystone of Christian life, from its beginnings to present times.

 The book of Ruth  /Peter H. W. Lau. Lau’s new commentary explores the human and divine love at the center of the narrative as well as the book’s relevance to Christian theology. The Book of Ruth includes detailed notes on the translation and pays careful attention to the original Hebrew and the book’s historical context, all the while remaining focused on Ruth’s relevance to Christian readers today.

 The Oxford history of the Reformation /edited by Peter Marshall. The Oxford History of the Reformation is the story of one of the truly epochal events in world history, and how it helped create the world we live in today.

 To Heaven’s rim: the kingdom poets book of world Christian poetry : beginnings to 1800, in English translation /edited by Burl Horniachek. Learn about  Christian poets and singers from around the world, many of whom are hardly known at all among English readers, yet who are often considered the greatest poets in their own languages. Explore the many styles and genres which Christians have used to express their faith in song, whether hymn, psalm, dream vision, epic, drama, lyric, or didactic poem. Journey through the lives of biblical characters, through abstract theological and philosophical arguments, through moments of intense personal grief and joy, through the lives of saints and terrible sinners, sometimes even through heaven and hell themselves.

 Work: a kingdom perspective on labor /Ben Witherington III. Ben considers work as neither the curse nor the cure of human life but, rather, as something good that God has given us to do. In this brief primer on the biblical theology and ethics of work, Witherington carefully unpacks the concept of work, considering its relationship to rest, play, worship, the normal cycle of human life, and the coming Kingdom of God. Work as calling, work as ministry, work as a way to make a living, and the notably unbiblical notion of retirement — Witherington’s Work engages these subjects and more, combining scholarly acumen with good humor, common sense, cultural awareness, and biblically based insights from Genesis to Revelation.

Christmas Themed Curriclum Resources

Christmas Time is Here! Check out our holiday themed book display in TWU’s Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC).

This specialized education resource library serves Trinity’s School of Education and local educators, and it provides a variety of resources for curriculum planning, research and teaching (including curriculum guides), teacher’s resources, and K-12 student resources.

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The Attic Christmas by B.G. Hennessy and illustrated by Dan Andreasen

Picture book that tells a story of a group of treasured Christmas ornaments who stage their own holiday celebration in the attic.

 A Firefly in a Fir Tree: A Carol for Mice by Hilary Knight

When the author discovered mice in his studio, he set about designing them a special outdoor home. The mice had unique talents of their own. Maude, an expert needle-mouse, complemented Max’s way with a hammer. Both shared a keen eye for found objects.

Baseball Bats for Christmas by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak (Inuk) and illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

The year is 1955 and Arvaarluk and his friends watch as Rocky Parsons lands his plane on the ice in Repulse Bay, a tiny community “smack dab on the Arctic Circle.” Having never seen trees before, the children try to guess what the six green spindly things are that Rocky delivers. One of the boys has a brilliant idea: why not use them as baseball bats?

Chinook Christmas by Rudy Wiebe and illustrated by David More

Christmas in the Prairies means snow and blizzards and bitterly cold winds. But what happens when a warm Chinook wind blows like an unexpected gift down from the Rocky Mountains, turning December into April in the blink of a child’s eye? What happens when the Chinook promises a temporary magic? What happens is the people of a small prairie town abandon old habits and emerge momentarily from the grip of the harsh cold to embrace this wonder.

Dream Soul by Laurence Yep

Young adult fiction about the story of Joan Lee and her younger siblings, Bobby and Emily, want for Christmas in 1927 is to be allowed to celebrate it. Joan longs to be just like everyone else, even if she is Chinese, but this will be the Lees’ first Christmas in West Virginia! Miss Lucy, their landlady and friend, innocently invites the family to celebrate Christmas with her. Joan’s parents resist at first, but that changes when Papa realizes he can turn it to his advantage.

Last Chimney of Christmas Eve by Linda Oatman High and illustrated by Kestutis Kasparavicius

It is Christmas Eve and Nicholas, a young chimney sweeper, has one last chimney to clean. Shivering in his ragged coat, he climbs inside the narrow, sooty chimney, working his way to the top. From the roof, he sees the glow of fireplaces in the houses below and inhales the smell of warm mincemeat. “Someday,” he thinks, “Christmas Eve will be joyful for me, the way it’s meant to be.” After the chimney is cleaned, the owner of the house surprises the boy with two presents: a big, warm coat and a glass snow dome. “Thank you for your kindness,” says Nicholas. “Pass it on,” says the man.

Olive, The Other Reindeer by Bruce Kilby

Young adult fiction about the story of Santa and his famous team of reindeer fail to return to the North Pole after his Christmas Eve delivery of toys around the world, Mrs. Claus fears the worst. What could have happened to keep Santa from his favourite chair by the fire on Christmas day? Desperate, Mrs. Claus chooses Olive, an inexperienced prankster of a reindeer, to launch out into the howling winds and frozen wasteland of the Arctic in search of the lost team and their beloved Santa Claus.

New Titles Tuesday, November 21

Here is a selection of print and ebooks recently added to the collection. Click on a title for more information.

 A liturgy of grief: a pastoral commentary on Lamentations /Leslie C. Allen. In this commentary on Lamentations, a respected Old Testament scholar and volunteer hospital chaplain presents a biblical model for helping those coping with grief.

 Enacting anti-racist and activist pedagogies in teacher education: Canadian perspectives /Ardavan Eizadirad, Zuhra Abawi, and Andrew B. Campbell. Enacting Anti-Racist and Activist Pedagogies in Teacher Education  examines the complexities, challenges, spaces of resistance, and possibilities when faculty–specifically Black, Indigenous, and racialized faculty–advocate and implement anti-racism approaches and pedagogies in Canadian teacher education programs. As a collective, the chapters explore how to disrupt white normalcy by dismantling the hierarchies in place and unpacking intersectionalities, positionalities, and knowledge production through transformative anti-racist pedagogies. Gathering the voices of established and emerging academics, as well as field practitioners, this volume presents a holistic and nuanced understanding of anti-racism within the educational context from discussing collaboration and innovative methodologies for studies in racism to critiquing institutional policies and practices that uphold white supremacist ideals.  Including key terms, discussion questions, and “toolbox” sections highlighting advice for pre-service K-12 teachers, this text is an essential resource for undergraduate and graduate students in teacher education.

 Father’s road /written by Ji-yun Jang ; illustrated by Tan Jun ; edited by Joy Cowley. Wong Chung encounters many obstacles as he and his father travel along the Silk Road.

 Grandfather Whisker’s table /written by Eun-jeong Jo ; illustrated by Bimba Landmann; edited by Joy Cowley. In medieval Italy, while visiting the Palio di Siena festival with his father, young Enzo asks the world’s first banker to safeguard a toy purchased for his brother.

 Harmonia mundi /Tim Lilburn. Harmonia Mundi borrows its title from Johannes Kepler’s melodious theory of the heavens, but the ‘alarming geometry’ that Tim Lilburn presents in these forty-one poems is far from harmonious. Part One, ‘The Philosophical History’, focuses on the suppression of Plato’s Academy in the early 6th century, followed by its disastrous relocation to the court of Khusrau in Persia. Part Two, ‘Actants, Conatus’, is rooted in contemporary Canada, albeit with a cast of characters that include Augustine, Christ, Duns Scotus, Aelred of Rievaulx and even Kepler himself. Harmonia Mundi is a timely and darkly visionary text, which, amid the spreading collapse of the world around us, clings to a single, urgent truth: ‘You must hate / nothing’.

 IntraConnected: MWe (Me + We) as the integration of self, identity, and belonging /Daniel J. Siegel. Both a personal and general meditation on identity and belonging, Siegel’s book combines personal reflections with scientific discussions of how the mind, brain, and our relationships shape who we are. Weaving the internal and external, the subjective and objective, IntraConnected reveals how our culture may give us a message of separation as a solo, isolated self, but a wider perspective unveils that who we are may be something more–broader than the brain, bigger even than the body–and fundamental to social systems and the natural world.

 Learning to love: Christian higher education as pilgrimage /Alex Sosler.  Conceiving of the Christian college as more than job preparation or the acquisition of knowledge, Sosler inspires a greater hope for education–namely one oriented toward the love of God and neighbor. This expansive vision re-imagines an education worth pursuing. While written with the student in mind, Sosler’s consideration of the purpose of Christian higher education is also great for faculty, staff, and administrators.

 Leather shoe Charlie /written by Gyeong-hwa Kim ; illustrated by Anna & Elena Balbusso ; edited by Joy Cowley. Charlie’s dream of becoming a cobbler is threatened when his family moves to Manchester during the Industrial Revolution.

 Lion, king, and coin /written by Jeong-hee Nam ; illustrated by Lucia Sforza ; edited by Joy Cowley. In ancient Turkey when trading goods at the market becomes increasingly difficult, Laos’s family is commissioned to make the world’s first coin.

 Listening to Scripture: an introduction to interpreting the Bible /Craig G. Bartholomew. A renowned Old Testament scholar offers students guidance for interpreting the Bible in an accessible, up-to-date, and theologically grounded manner.

 Living in the world as if it were home /Tim Lilburn. In these essays Lilburn shares his belief that desire for the world in which we live can lead us to a state of being that he calls the ‘chthonic self’ – a condition that moves towards resolving our separation from the natural world and its innately mysterious inhabitants. First published in 1999, this prescient text makes a vital philosophical contribution to the contemporary debate about ‘rewilding’. Lilburn explores a rare path of early Christian mysticism known as apophatic theology – the ‘negative way’; sharing his belief that a route used to reach the divine can also be used to forge a genuine relationship with nature, which is no less divine than anything alluded to in theological texts. Surrendering to this new way –  becoming a disciple of deer, soil, lichen – eventually alters our perceptions, reinvigorating them, stripping away the extraneous so what we are left with is the poverty of a truthful ‘seeing’, a never-ending longing, and a ceaseless desire that may restore us to a genuine relationship with the world surrounding us, the world which we long to return to as home.

 Mikis and the donkey /written by Bibi Dumon Tak ; illustrated by Philip Hopman ; translated by Laura Watkinson. Mikis is thrilled when his grandfather buys a new donkey, but soon begins to worry that he is overworking the animal.

 Nothing special: a novel /Nicole Flattery. New York City, 1966. Seventeen-year-old Mae lives in a rundown apartment with her alcoholic mother and her mother’s sometimes-boyfriend, Mikey. When she drops out of high-school, she is presented with a job offer that will remake her world entirely: she is hired as a typist for the artist Andy Warhol. Warhol is composing an unconventional novel by recording the conversations and experiences of his many famous and alluring friends. Tasked with transcribing these tapes alongside several other girls, Mae quickly befriends Shelley and the two of them embark on a surreal adventure at the fringes of the countercultural movement. Nothing Special is a whip-smart coming-of-age story that brings to life the experience of young girls in this iconic and turbulent American moment.

 Panthera tigris /written by Sylvain Alzial ; illustrated by Hélène Rajcak ; translated from the French by Vineet Lal and Sarah Ardizzone. After devouring every available book on Bengal tigers, a great scholar travels to the jungle and discovers that his encyclopedic knowledge cannot compete with his guide’s practical experience.

 Practical divinity /Thomas A. Langford. Practical Divinity traces the growth of Wesleyan thought from Britain to North America and to other continents, and views it against the background of general historical and institutional developments.  Practical Divinity is the primary choice for textbook use in courses on Wesleyan/Methodist history, theology, and doctrine.

 Rouge: a novel /Mona Awad. When her estranged mother mysteriously dies, Belle finds herself back in Southern California, dealing with her mother’s considerable debts and grappling with lingering questions about her death. The stakes escalate when a strange woman in red appears at the funeral, offering a tantalizing clue about her mother’s demise, followed by a cryptic video about a transformative spa experience – La Maison de Méduse, the same lavish, culty spa to which her mother was devoted. There, Belle discovers the frightening secret behind her (and her mother’s) obsession with the mirror–and the great shimmering depths (and demons) that lurk on the other side of the glass. With black humor and seductive horror, Rouge explores the cult-like nature of the beauty industry–as well as the danger of internalizing its pitiless gaze. Rouge holds up a warped mirror to our relationship with mortality, our collective fixation with the surface, and the wondrous, deep longing that might lie beneath.

 Snowmen live forever /by Thierry Dedieu. When the Snowman disappears one spring, four animal friends set out to find their friend.

 Teaching the Bible in the liberal arts classroom /edited by Jane S. Webster and Glenn S. Holland. This collection of pedagogical essays reflects the practical experience of instructors who have spent years teaching biblical studies successfully to undergraduates at liberal arts colleges. The essays address both methodological approaches and specific classroom strategies for teaching biblical studies effectively in a way that advances the skills of thinking and expression that are essential to a liberal arts education. The product of several years of conversation among working professors from an array of liberal arts colleges, these essays offer insights and inspiration for biblical studies instructors who work in a very specific and demanding academic environment.

 The value of ecocriticism /Timothy Clark, University of Durham. The Value of Ecocriticism offers a brief, incisive overview of the fast-changing field of environmental literary criticism in a bewildering age of global environmental threat.  Clark surveys recent developments in ecocriticism lucidly, but also sometimes critically. This book examines ecopoetics, material ecocriticism, and the ideas of world literature as well as contentious claims that we are living in a new geological epoch.

 Understanding the Christianity-evolution relationship /Michael Ruse. This book focusses on the Christianity-evolution relationship. It shows that two paradigms – the world as an organism and the world as a machine – have critically informed and guided the discussions. The author uses his deep understanding of the history and philosophy of science, particularly Darwinian evolutionary theory and its controversies through the past 150 years, to bring fresh ideas to the debate and to wider discussions such as environmental issues and hate. Understanding the Christianity-Evolution Relationship provides a lively and informative analysis and lays out multiple views so that readers can make their own judgements to increase their understanding.

 White saviorism in international development: theories, practices and lived experiences /edited by Themrise Khan, Kanakulya Dickson, Maïka Sondarjee. This captivating volume dives into the complexities of racism and White Saviorism in North/South relations. With contributions from 19 experts across the Global South, this book examines its prevalence within Western initiatives for international development. Through a blend of theoretical topics, testimonies, stories and personal experiences these contributors shed light on implicit as well as explicit forms of White Saviorism – all with sensitivity to broaden an understanding through multi-dimensional approaches that truly transcend borders. Uniting scholars and practitioners from around the world, this book will address white saviorism as one of the perennial underbelly challenges of the global development aid industry. Overall, this book will analyze how development practices can undermine voices in the Global South and perpetuate a harsh myth of white superiority. The innovative chapters it encompasses will serve as a basis for more empirical work on white savior practices in international development.

New Titles Tuesday, November 14

Here is a selection of titles recenlty added to the collection and ready for use.

 Academia and the world beyond: navigating life after a PhD /Christopher R. Madan, editor. Kelly Arbeau (TWU AUTHOR) This book is a collection of 22 interviews with those have completed a PhD and are now in an academic position or another career path. In either case, they have all been successful and have a multitude of insights to share with those who are interested in considering a variety of careers. Nearly all the individuals interviewed have been on the job market recently and understand today’s job climate

 AI, faith, and the future: an interdisciplinary approach /edited by Michael J. Paulus and Michael D. Langford. This book is a multidisciplinary engagement with the present and future impacts of AI from the standpoint of Christian faith. It provides technological, philosophical, and theological foundations for thinking about AI, as well as a series of reflections on the impact of AI on relationships, behavior, education, work, and moral action. The book serves as an accessible introduction to AI as well as a guide to wise consideration, design, and use of AI by examining foundational understandings and beliefs from a Christian perspective.

 Art and engagement /Arnold Berleant. Berleant develops a bold alternative to the eighteenth-century aesthetic of disinterestedness. Centering on the notion of participatory engagement in the appreciation of art, he explores its appearance in art and in aesthetic perception, especially during the past century. Aesthetic engagement becomes a key, both on historical and theoretical grounds, to making intelligible our experiences with both contemporary and classical arts. In place of the traditional aesthetic that enjoins the appreciator to adopt a contemplative attitude, distancing the art object in order to ensure its removal from practical uses, Art and Engagement examines the ways in which art entices us into intimate participation in its workings.

 Creativity: research, development, and practice /Mark A. Runco. Creativity: Research, Development, and Practice, summarizes the research on the development, expression, and enhancement of creativity. It draws from the full range of disciplines studying creativity, including psychology, business, education, economics, philosophy, neuroscience, and more. This volume includes exploration of research on the nature/nurture debate, what influences creativity, how creativity is related to personality, how social context may affect creativity, mental health, and its relation to creativity, gender differences, and how creativity is related to and differs from, invention, innovation, imagination, and adaptability.

 Fire weather: the making of a beast /John Vaillant. A stunning, panoramic exploration of the symbiotic relationship between humans and combustion and why we are entering a new century of fire. Vaillant weaves together an enthralling, multifaceted story of how Fort McMurray revealed a new normal of fires burning longer and with greater intensity than at any other time this planet has ever known.

 How to overcome the antibiotic crisis: facts, challenges, technologies and future perspectives /Marc Stadler, Petra Dersch, editors. This volume focuses on antibiotics research. It covers several basic aspects, such as the evolution of antibiotic resistance and the influence of antibiotics on the gut microbiota, and addresses the search for novel pathogenicity blockers as well as historical aspects of antibiotics. Further topics include applied aspects, such as drug discovery based on biodiversity and genome mining, optimization of lead structures by medicinal chemistry, total synthesis and drug delivery technologies.

 Human-gut microbiome: establishment and interactions /edited by Gunjan Goel, Teresa Requena, Saurabh Bansal. Human-Gut Microbiome: Establishment and Interactions gives an overview of microbiome establishments in humans and basic technologies used to decipher the structure and function of gut microbiome. The book provides the basics, as well as mechanistic knowledge underpinning the structural and functional understanding of the microbiome.

 Identity in action: Christian excellence in all of life /Perry L. Glanzer. Glanzer focuses on the idea of identity excellence. Identity in Action, empowers readers to be excellent–and think deeply about the why questions of life in a practical, theologically informed manner. With personal stories and expert research, Glanzer explains how students can untangle the confusion and integrate their core identities with excellence.

 Integrating Christian faith and work: individual, occupational, and organizational influences and strategies /Sharlen G. Buzka, Timothy Ewest. This book presents key research insights concerning integration influences and strategies for Christians who seek to integrate their faith and their work. Specifically, it discusses how individual, occupational and organizational factors influence faith and work integration, and suggests diverse ways to integrate the Christian faith at work. The Faith and Work Integration Spheres of Influence Model is presented as a tool to guide individuals in better understanding how to develop their own personal plan for faith and work integration within the context of limiting or enabling occupational and organizational factors. It also suggests areas for further research on this topic.

 Israel’s scriptures in early Christian writings: the use of the Old Testament in the New /edited by Matthias Henze and David Lincicum. Henze and Lincicum marshal an international group of renowned scholars to analyze the New Testament, text-by-text, aiming to better understand what roles Israel’s Scriptures play therein. In addition to explicating each book, the essayists also cut across texts to chart the most important central concepts, such as the messiah, covenants, and the end times. Carefully constructed reception history of both testaments round out the volume.

 Revenge of the microbes: how bacterial resistance is undermining the antibiotic miracle /Brenda A. Wilson, Brian T. Ho. In this edition of Revenge of the Microbes, the authors detail the intricacies of the antibiotic-microbe arms race. Beginning with a historical perspective on antibiotics and their profound impact on both modern medicine and present-day society, they review our current arsenal against infectious diseases and the various ways pathogens evade or overcome them. The authors examine the practices and policies driving the discovery and development of new antibiotics, what happens to antibiotics once they are released into the environment, how antibiotic-resistant bacteria evolve and spread, and the urgency for finding alternative approaches to combating infections. The authors don’t dilute the science but manage to deliver it in language and examples that everyone can digest.

 The art of preaching Old Testament narrative /Steven D. Mathewson ; foreword by Haddon Robinson. Guides readers through a ten-step process to preaching Old Testament narratives from text selection to delivery, followed by an exemplary sample sermon. Now updated and revised throughout.

 The developing mind: how relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are /Daniel J. Siegel. Siegel synthesizes cutting-edge research from multiple disciplines, revealing the ways in which neural processes are fundamentally shaped by interpersonal relationships throughout life. And even when early experiences are not optimal, building deeper connections to other people and to one’s own internal experience remains a powerful resource for growth.

 The enslaved and their enslavers: power, resistance, and culture in South Carolina, 1670-1825 /Edward Pearson. Pearson offers a sweeping history of slavery in South Carolina, from British settlement in 1670 to the dawn of the Civil War. For enslaved peoples, the shape of their daily lives depended primarily on the particular environment in which they lived and worked, and Pearson examines three distinctive settings in the province: the extensive rice and indigo plantations of the coastal plain; the streets, workshops, and wharves of Charleston; and the farms and estates of the upcountry. In doing so, he provides a fine-grained analysis of how enslaved laborers interacted with their enslavers in the workplace and other locations where they encountered one another as plantation agriculture came to dominate the colony. The Enslaved and Their Enslavers sets this portrait of early South Carolina against broader political events, economic developments, and social trends that also shaped the development of slavery in the region.

 The human microbiota and microbiome /edited by Julian R. Marchesi, Cardiff University, Cardiff. This book presents a review of the current understanding of human microbiomes, the functions that they bring to the host, how we can model them, their role in health and disease and the methods used to explore them. Current research into areas such as the long-term effect of antibiotics makes this a subject of considerable interest.

 The realities of money and missions: global challenges and case studies /Jonathan J. Bonk, Michel G. Distefano, J. Nelson Jennings, Jinbong Kim, Jae Hoon Lee, editors. The Realities of Money & Missions provides a unique level of credibility and transparency as it calls for evangelicals to reevaluate their relationship with money, both personally and corporately. Global case studies, workshops, and testimonials cover a broad range of topics. The Realities of Money & Missions waswritten by men and women whose calling as missionaries, pastors, and administrators has brought them face-to-face with the complex, real-life issues involving the intersection of money and ministry.

 The scandal of the evangelical mind: with a new preface and afterword /Mark A. Noll. Noll asks why the largest single group of religious Americans-who enjoy increasing wealth, status, and political influence-have contributed so little to rigorous intellectual scholarship. Over twenty-five years since its original publication, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind has turned out to be prescient and perennially relevant. In a new preface, Noll lays out his ongoing personal frustrations with this situation, and in a new afterword he assesses the state of the scandal; showing how white evangelicals’ embrace of Trumpism, their deepening distrust of science, and their frequent forays into conspiratorial thinking have coexisted with surprisingly robust scholarship from many with strong evangelical connections.

 The ultimate history of video games /Steven L. Kent. Volume 1 chronicles the industry’s first thirty years. Volume 2,  narrates gaming’s entrance into the twenty-first century, as Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and Microsoft battle to capture the global market.

 The WEIRDest people in the world: how the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous /Joseph Henrich. Perhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, analytical, and trusting of strangers. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically distinct? Henrich tackles this question and others by weaving together cutting-edge research from anthropology, psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology. Tracking the origins of monogamous nuclear families back into Late Antiquity, Henrich reveals how the Roman Catholic Church unintentionally shifted people’s psychology, and the trajectory of Western civilization, by transforming the most fundamental of human institutions: those related to marriage and kinship. Provocative and engaging in its vast scope and surprising details, The WEIRDest People in the World explores how culture, institutions, and psychology shape one another, and explains what this means for both our most personal sense of who we are as individuals and also the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history.

 Truth telling: seven conversations about Indigenous life in Canada /Michelle Good. Truth Telling is a collection of essays about the contemporary Indigenous experience in Canada. The collection includes an expansion and update of Good’s article about pretendians, as well as A History of Violence, an essay that appeared in a book about missing and murdered women. Other pieces deal with topics such as discrimination against Indigenous children; what is meant by meaningful reconciliation; and the importance of the Indigenous literary renaissance of the 1970s.

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