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Month: December 2023

New Titles Tuesday, December 26

Happy Boxing Day!  Here is a selection of recently added titles ready for unpacking.

 10 days that shaped modern Canada /Aaron W. Hughes. Revisiting ten notable days from recent history, Aaron W. Hughes invites readers to think about the tensions, achievements, and people that make Canada distinctive. These indelible dates interweave to offer an account of the political, social, cultural, and demographic forces that have shaped the modern nation. Diverse episodes include the enactment of the War Measures Act, hockey’s Summit Series, the patriation of the Constitution, the Multiculturalism Act, the École Polytechnique Massacre, victories for gay rights, Quebec’s second referendum on secession, The Tragically Hip’s farewell concert, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and ongoing Black equality struggles. Ten Days That Shaped Modern Canada is the perfect guide for all those curious about the forces that shape our country and about how we understand our place in the world..

 A philosopher’s guide to natural capitalism: a sustainable future within reach /Wayne I. Henry. This book posits that a sustainable future is possible without abandoning Capitalism. Henry sets out an economic model for a sustainable form of Capitalism, referred to in the literature as Natural Capitalism. In Part II, he abandons exposition in favour of rigorous philosophical analysis and critiques the older but still dominant narrative that underlies Classical Liberalism. In Part III, he investigates Classical Liberalism and globalized capitalism, the economic system it licenses, from a normative perspective. Finally, in the conclusion, Henry draws the threads of the discussion together in a way that emphasizes the differences between the two narratives.

 Caught in the current: British and Canadian Evangelicals in an age of self-spirituality /Sam Reimer. Caught in the Current explores how and why Western evangelicals are changing. Drawing upon 125 interviews with British and Canadian clergy and active laity, Reimer argues that evangelicals have been deeply influenced by a post-Christian culture that has rejected institutional religious authority and embraced self-spirituality. Caught in the Current is an insightful and nuanced assessment of how British and Canadian evangelicals are navigating a post-Christian culture, often in ways that are distinct from how their counterparts in the United States approach it.

 Companions in the darkness: seven saints who struggled with depression and doubt /Diana Gruver ; foreword by Chuck Degroat. Gruver looks back into church history and finds depression in the lives of some of our most beloved saints, telling their stories in fresh ways and offering practical wisdom both for those in the darkness and those who care for them.

 Faith and reason through Christian history: a theological essay /Grant Kaplan. Kaplan revisits the key figures and debates that shape how faith and reason relate. Divided into three parts, Kaplan invites readers into a conversation rather than a drive-by. Readers will encounter the words and arguments of some of Christianity’s greatest thinkers, some well-known (Augustine, Aquinas, Newman) and others nearly forgotten. In Faith and Reason through Christian History, the roughly fifty figures treated are given sufficient room to breathe. Rather than simply summarizing their thought, Kaplan traces their arguments through key texts.

 From underground railroad to rebel refuge: Canada and the Civil War /Brian Martin. From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge examines the role of Canadians in the American Civil War. Martin will open eyes in both Canada and the United States about how the two countries and their citizens interacted during the Civil War and the troubled times that surrounded it.

 Heavy burdens: seven ways LGBTQ Christians experience harm in the church /Bridget Eileen Rivera. Provides an honest account of the ways LGBTQ people experience discrimination in the church, helping Christians grapple with hard realities and empowering churches across the theological spectrum to navigate better paths forward.

 Inconspicuously Christian film criticism /by Kenneth R. Morefield. This collection presents essays that lay out the author’s Christian approach to film criticism and reviews that exemplify this critic at his most perceptive. Including interviews with award-winning actors and directors, this volume draws heavily on the author’s academic expertise and his decade of experience as an acclaimed film journalist. Whether examining the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a topical documentary, or an indie festival favorite, the book subtly, but carefully, draws attention to how films can speak to Christians and how Christian voices can enrich the conversations around them.

 Invested indifference: how violence persists in settler colonial society /Kara Granzow. Invested Indifference offers a divergent perspective by examining practices during three different periods in the place we now call Edmonton, juxtaposing early settler texts, documents concerning the former Charles Camsell Indian Hospital, and contemporary online police materials. Granzow reaches a startling conclusion: that what we see as societal indifference doesn’t come from an absence of feeling but from a deep-rooted and affective investment in framing specific lives as disposable. Granzow demonstrates that through mechanisms such as the law, medicine, and control of land and space, violence against Indigenous peoples has become symbolically and politically ensconced in the social construction of Canadian nationhood..

 Leading with the sermon: preaching as leadership /William H. Willimon. Willimon makes the compelling case that two key pastoral tasks–preaching and leadership–complement, correct, strengthen, and inform one another. This book shows how the practices, skills, and intentions of Christian preaching can be helpful to the leadership of a congregation.

 Lifting the stone /Susan McCaslin.(TWU AUTHOR) Lifting the Stone is the finest collection yet by an award-winning poet with a growing reputation for writing with passionate candor and exquisite finesse on matters of faith and spirituality in the tradition of Herbert, Hopkins, and Avison. A series of courageously forthright treatments of the problematics of 21st Century belief is complemented by a set of affectionately witty accounts of family, students and mentors, electronic technology, and a veritable bestiary of creatures; and the book concludes with a luminous meditation on water “in her myriad transformations.”

 Raised on the third day: defending the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus : essays in honor of Dr. Gary R. Habermas /W. David Beck and Michael R. Licona, Editors. Raised on the Third Day collects essays from prominent contributors in the fields of philosophy, history, and apologetics. Contributors evaluate scriptural, historical, moral, and apologetic issues related to Christ’s death and resurrection. Essays on the Shroud of Turin and near-death experiences round out the volume. Inspired by the foundational work of Gary Habermas these essays build upon his work and move the discussion forward. Readers will better appreciate how Habermas has shaped scholarship on Christ’s resurrection and further areas for exploration and discussion.

Routledge handbook of philosophy and nursing /edited by Martin Lipscomb. This Handbook provides a gateway to new understandings of nursing. International in scope, this volume provides a vital reference for all those interested in thinking about nursing, whether students, practitioners, researchers, or educators.

 The battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the age of Trump /Stephen R. Haynes.  Haynes examines “populist” readings of Bonhoeffer, including the acclaimed biography by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. In his analysis Haynes treats, among other things, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump and the “Bonhoeffer moment” announced by evangelicals in response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage.  Haynes offers a countering warning to those who misappropriate Bonhoeffer to align themselves against an imagined parallel between Trump and Adolf Hitler.  The Battle for Bonhoeffer includes an open letter from Haynes pointedly addressing Christians who still support Trump.

 The Grapes of wrath /John Steinbeck ; introduction and notes by Robert DeMott. Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America.

 The hope of life after death: a biblical theology of resurrection /M. Jeff Brannon. Brannon explores how the hope of life after death is woven throughout Scripture. As we follow the biblical themes of creation, fall, and redemption, we begin to understand the doctrine of resurrection and what it means for Christian faith and discipleship.

 The vice president’s Black wife: the untold life of Julia Chinn /Amrita Chakrabarti Myers. Myers has recovered the riveting, troubling, and complicated story of Julia Ann Chinn (ca. 1796-1833), the enslaved mixed-race wife of Richard Mentor Johnson, veteran of the War of 1812, and US vice president under Martin Van Buren. Outliving Chinn, Johnson was ruined politically by his relationship with her, and Myers compellingly demonstrates that it wasn’t interracial sex that led to his downfall but his refusal to keep it-and Julia Chinn-behind closed doors.

 Tongue-tied: learning the lost art of talking about faith /Sara Wenger Shenk. Shenk investigates the reasons that people who claim the name of Christ are so reluctant to talk about him. By reflecting theologically on biblical wisdom and our shared humanness, Shenk calls readers to recover the winsome language of Christian faith.

 Turning points: decisive moments in the history of Christianity /Mark A. Noll, David Komline, and Han-luen Kantzer Komline. Now in its fourth edition, this bestselling textbook isolates key events that provide a framework for understanding the history of Christianity. The book presents Christianity as a worldwide phenomenon rather than just a Western experience. It also more thoroughly highlights the importance of women in Christian history and the impact of world Christianity.

 Who are you, really?: a philosopher’s inquiry into the nature and origin of persons /Joshua Rasmussen. Rasmussen offers a step-by-step examination into the fundamental nature and ultimate origin of persons. Using accessible language and clear logic, he argues that understanding what it means to be a person sheds light not only on our own nature but also on the existence of the one who gave us life.

New Titles Tuesday, December 12

Here is a selection of eBooks recently added to the collection and ready for use

 A hebraic Inkling: C.S. Lewis on Judaism and the Jews /P. H. Brazier. A Hebraic Inkling examines in depth  the Jewish-Hebrew influence of Joy Davidman on Lewis’life and works. Analysing some of his key writings in theology, philosophy, literature and apologetics, his rigorous stand against anti-Semitism and affinity for Jewish literature and culture is outlined, as well as his vision of how Christians are enfolded into the chosen people.

 A women’s history of the Christian church: two thousand years of female leadership /Elizabeth Gillan Muir. Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church. From the earliest female apostle, and the little known stories of the two Marys–the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene–to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female witches, Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity. Offering broad coverage of both the Catholic and Protestant traditions and extending geographically well beyond North America, A Women’s History of the Christian Church presents a chronological account of how women developed new sects and new churches, such as the Quakers and Christian Science. The book includes a timeline of women in Christian history, over 25 black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and a list of primary and secondary sources to complement the content in each chapter.

 After the revolution: sex and the single evangelical /David J. Ayers. Ayers provides the Christian heirs of the sexual revolution a resource to understand their challenges and social context to find a way forward. Drawing on social sciences and history, Ayers traces recent worldview shifts in the United States.

 Allah: God in the Qur’an /Gabriel Said Reynolds. Reynolds depicts a god of both mercy and vengeance, one who transcends simple classification. This eye-opening book provides a unique portrait of the God of the Qur’an.

 Are all religions true? /Harold A. Netland. Netland offers a Christian response to religious pluralism. Netland considers the nature of religious claims, tolerance, and the great commission. Learn how you can be devoted to Christ while showing love for those of other faiths.

 Been in the struggle: pursuing an antiracist spirituality /Regina Shands Stoltzfus, Tobin Miller Shearer. Filled with wisdom and insight from nearly three decades of working as an interracial team, Stoltzfus and Shearer offer a powerful mix of practical direction and poignant reflection to empower and sustain anyone working to dismantle racism regardless of their stage on the journey.

 But their faces were all looking up: author and reader in the Protevangelium of James /Eric M. Vanden Eykel. This study of the Protevangelium of James explores the interrelationship of authors, readers, texts, and meaning. Its central aim is to better understand how the process of repetition gave rise to the narratives of the early Christian movement, and how that process continued to fuel the creativity and imagination of future generations. Vanden Eykel addresses specific episodes in the life of the Virgin.

 Canada and China: a fifty-year journey /B. Michael Frolic. Presenting a thorough record of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China, Canada and China recounts ten stories regarding China policy decisions made by the Canadian government. These decisions describe key bilateral moves, beginning with Pierre Trudeau and recognition in 1970, and ending fifty years later with his son Justin as Prime Minister. Rooted in archival research, extensive interviews, and Frolic’s lived experience as a policy observer, the book contributes to our understanding of how the Canada-China relationship has developed over time and how best to position Canada in future relationships with China. The ten decisions discussed in the book are the result of two decades of research and behind the scenes discussion with Prime Ministers, Ministers, Ambassadors, and China specialists, revealing the challenges, successes, and limitations of our engagement with China. Canada and China concludes that we should maintain the ties we have developed over fifty years and recommends ways to manage our future relations.

 Christianity and critical race theory: a faithful and constructive conversation /Robert Chao Romero, and Jeff M. Liou. This irenic book offers a critical but constructive and sympathetic introduction written from a perspective rooted in Scripture and Christian theology. The authors take us beyond caricatures and misinformation to consider how critical race theory can be an analytical tool to help us understand persistent inequality and injustice–and to see how Christians and churches working for racial justice can engage it in faithful and constructive ways. The authors explore aspects of critical race theory that resonate with well-trod Christian doctrine but also that challenge or are corrected by Christian theology. They also address the controversial connection that critics see between critical race theory and Marxism. The book includes a helpful glossary of key terms. —

  Contemporary Korean shamanism: from ritual to digital /Liora Sarfati. Contemporary Korean Shamanism explores this vernacular religion and practice, which includes sensory rituals using laden altars, ecstatic dance, and animal sacrifice, within South Korea’s hypertechnologized society, where over 200,000 shamans are listed in professional organizations. Sarfati reveals how representations of shamanism in national, commercialized, and screen-mediated settings have transformed opinions of these religious practitioners and their rituals. Applying ethnography and folklore research, Contemporary Korean Shamanism maps this shift in perception about shamanism-from a sign of a backward, undeveloped Korea to a valuable, indigenous cultural asset.

 Covenant: concepts of berit, diatheke, and testamentum : proceedings of the conference at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas, November 2019 /edited by Christian A. Eberhart et al. The essays in this collection explore the diverse spectrum of covenant concepts that emerged in different parts of the ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean. They also discuss theological implications and later applications in mostly religious texts from different scholarly perspectives. The result is a detailed, comprehensive, and thorough presentation of the tremendous range of covenantal concepts and their complexities in biblical and cognate literature throughout the ages, together with a keen look at the history of pertinent scholarly research.

 Dictionary of Paul and his letters: a compendium of contemporary biblical scholarship /general editor Scot McKnight ; associate editors Lynn H. Cohick and Nijay K. Gupta. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of a classic reference work, topics like Christology, justification, and hermeneutics receive careful treatment by trusted specialists. New topics like politics, patronage, and different cultural perspectives expand the volume’s breadth and usefulness for scholars, pastors, and students today.

 Digital communion: Marshall McLuhan’s spiritual vision for a virtual age /Nick Ripatrazone. Digital Communion explores the religious history of mass communication, focusing on Marshall McLuhan’s vision of the electronic world as a place of potential spiritual exchange. McLuhan’s Catholicism deeply informed his theory, which in turn reveals how we can cultivate a more spiritual vision of the internet.

 Dual citizens: politics and American Evangelicalism /edited by Timothy Padgett. A window into sixty years of Evangelical political engagement. This collection of articles from Christianity Today originally published between 1956 and 2016 reveals a variety of evangelical thought towards political developments over the past few decades. Padgett has collected a number of articles that traces a variety of perspectives in Evangelical political thought, giving a more nuanced understanding of how American Evangelicals have acted politically over the past decades.

 Economy and modern Christian thought /by Devin Singh. Economy and Modern Christian presents key features of the engagement of Christian theology, ethics, and related disciplines with the market and economic concerns. It surveys ways in which the dialogue has been approached and invites new models and frameworks for the conversation. It contends that economy and Christian thought have long been interconnected, and recounts aspects of this relationship and why it matters for how one might engage the economy ethically and theologically. Finally, it highlights a number of sites of emerging research that are in need of development in light of pressing social, political, economic, and conceptual issues raised by modern life, including money, debt, racial capital, social reproduction, corporations, and cryptocurrency.

 From peoples into nations: a history of Eastern Europe /John Connelly. This book is a history of East Central Europe since the late eighteenth century, the region of Europe between German central Europe and Russia in the East. Connelly argues the region was one of shared experience despite most of the peoples being divided by linguistic, geographic, and political barriers. The author argues that the underlying national self-assertion which emerged under imperial rule in the eighteen and nineteenth centuries shows deep connections to subsequent histories. The book interconnects major themes and country histories for first time, chronicling this diverse region over many generations into our own day, when illiberal politicians come to power by exploiting very old fears–

 Gender identity and faith: clinical postures, tools, and case studies for client-centered care /Mark A. Yarhouse & Julia A. Sadusky. Filled with assessments, therapeutic tools, and case studies, this practical resource from Yarhouse and Sadusky offers mental health professionals a client-centered, open-ended approach that makes room for gender exploration while respecting religious identity

 How can we help victims of trauma and abuse? /Susan L. and Stephen N. Williams. Williams and Williams draw on their expertise in theology and counseling to equip the readers. A truly useful response must be informed, not just well-intentioned. Before we can aid in recovery, we must gain a deeper understanding of trauma’s emotional and spiritual implications.

 How do we know God exists? /William Lane Craig. Craig offers five air–tight arguments for God’s existence. Not only are these arguments rational, but they have not been disproven–let alone adequately challenged.

 How should we think about gender and identity? /Robert S. Smith. Can someone be born with the wrong body? Smith recognizes that to properly respond, we must first understand. Smith defines terms and outlines the history and current debates around transgender.

 How should we think about homosexuality? /Mark A. Yarhouse.. Yarhouse considers how to think about recent scientific findings and sexual identity language before suggesting avenues of fruitful discipleship for same–sex attracted Christians.

 Imagining our neighbors as ourselves: how art shapes empathy /Mary W. McCampbell.  McCampbell examines how narrative art expands our imaginations and, in so doing, emboldens our ability to love our neighbors as ourselves.

 Indigenous peoples: an encyclopedia of culture, history, and threats to survival /Victoria R. Williams. This book is an essential resource for those interested in investigating the lives, histories, and futures of indigenous peoples around the world–

 Islam /edited by Jin Yijiu ; translated by Chan Ching-shing Alex ; edited by Ho Wai Yip TWU AUTHOR (English edition).  This important collection of articles by leading Chinese scholars of Islamic studies reflects current thinking about the past and present condition of Islam in China. Most contributions relate to the Hui (Chinese-speaking) Muslims of Gansu and Qinghai provinces and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region but there are also chapters on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. An important feature of this book is the attention paid to the Sufi orders

 Jesus the hero: a guided literary study of the gospels /Leland Ryken. This is the fourth of a six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. This volume on the Gospels explores the intersection of the Bible and literature. Ryken enables pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of the Gospels and how to interpret them correctly. He goes one step further than merely explaining the literary dimensions of the Gospels – he includes exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.

 Jesus, divorce, and remarriage: in their historical setting /Gordon J. Wenham. Challenging the evangelical near-consensus that Jesus permitted divorce and remarriage in certain circumstances, Wenham argues that while Jesus permitted separation in cases of sexual immorality, he did not permit divorce and remarriage. Presenting a revisitation and expansion of several decades of thought and debate on the topic, Wenham builds his case from a close reading of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels, showing how his teaching pushed against the culture of his day. In addition, Wenham brings in insights from ancient Near Eastern marriage laws, the Old Testament, the writings of Paul, and the earliest Christian interpreters of the Gospel divorce texts.

 Julian of Norwich’s literary legacy /Luke Penkett. This book is a systematic linguistic study of, and commentary upon, Julian of Norwich’s A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman. Penkett draws attention to the medieval anchoress’s stylistic brilliance, clarifies complicated passages for the twenty-first century reader, and summarises and builds upon the wisdom of the most up-to-date scholarly research to inspire fresh insight of what is the earliest record of a woman writing in the English language. Penkett gives context to Julian’s writing with a survey of other English literary texts of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. He offers a detailed analysis of the notable vocabulary and syntax employed by Julian, her rhetorical techniques, and of what we can learn from the stylistic choices of Julian as both ‘listener’and ‘communicator’. The book concludes with a fascinating study of what we can learn of the initial reader and listener responses to Julian’s writing from the marginalia found in the manuscript of the Short Text of A Vision Showed to a Devout Woman. 

 Liberty in the things of God: the Christian origins of religious freedom /Robert Louis Wilken. Chronicling the history of the struggle for religious freedom from the early Christian movement through the seventeenth century, Wilken shows that the origins of religious freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political, in origin. They took form before the Enlightenment through the labors of men and women of faith who believed there could be no justice in society without liberty in the things of God. This provocative book, drawing on writings from the early Church as well as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, reminds us of how the meditations of the past were fitted to affairs of a later day.

 Longing for an absent God: faith and doubt in great American fiction /Nick Ripatrazone. Longing for an Absent God unveils the powerful role of faith and doubt in the American literary tradition. Ripatrazone explores the writings of devout American Catholic writers in the years before the Second Vatican Council through the work of Flannery O’Connor, Andre Dubus, and Walker Percy; those who were raised Catholic but drifted from the church, such as the Catholic-educated Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy, the convert Toni Morrison, the Mass-going Thomas Pynchon, and the ritual-driven Louise Erdrich; and a new crop of faithful American Catholic writers, including Ron Hansen, Phil Klay, and Alice McDermott, who write Catholic stories for our contemporary world. Longing for an Absent God demonstrates the profound differences in the storytelling styles and results of these major writers–but ultimately shows how, taken together, they offer a rich and unique American literary tradition that spans the full spectrum of doubt and faith.

 Lyric theology: art and the doctrine of creation /Thomas Gardner. Four artists –the poet Czeslaw Milosz, filmmaker Terrence Malick, novelist Marilynne Robinson, and lyric essayist Annie Dillard–actively wrestle with a world that reflects God’s glory while remaining at times deeply and troublingly obscure. Gardner unfolds the ways these four important contemporary figures, drawing on modes of thinking rooted in lyric poetry, explore what the world looks like when seen as created and received as a gift. Lyric thinking, he argues, dramatizes a mind and spirit reaching toward a beauty and complexity that can never be fully grasped but yet can be lifted up in praise and wonder, bafflement and song. Drawing on his own work as a literary scholar and a lyric essayist, Gardner here gives us the tools to both understand and join in performing creative theological explorations of great subtlety, beauty, and originality.

 Mediatized religion in Asia: studies on digital media and religion /edited by Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and Xenia Zeiler. Contibutor Wai Yip Ho. TWU CONTENT This edited volume discusses mediatized religion in Asia, examining the intensity and variety of constructions and processes related to digital media and religion in Asia today. Individual chapters present case studies from various regions and religious traditions in Asia, critically discussing the data collected in light of current mediatization theories. By directing the study to the geographical, cultural and religious contexts specific to Asia, it also provides new material for the theoretical discussion of the pros and cons of the concept mediatization, among other things interrogating whether this concept is useful in non-‘Western’ contexts.

 Non-toxic masculinity: recovering healthy male sexuality /Zachary Wagner. Confronting harmful teaching from the American church that has distorted desire, sex, relationships, and responsibility, Wagner offers a renewed vision for Christian male sexuality–

 Once upon a time in the West: essays on the politics of thought and imagination /Jan Zwicky Western civilization is over. So begins Zwicky’s trenchant exploration of the roots of global cultural and ecological collapse: a way of thinking that is also linked to some of the West’s most noted achievements. Despite its self-image as objective, Zwicky argues, the West’s style of thought is not politically neutral, but intensely anthropocentric. Lyric comprehension, in Zwicky’s view, offers an alternative to this way of thinking, and she provides a wide range of examples. Once Upon a Time in the West documents how a narrow epistemological style has left Western thought blind to critical features of reality, and how the terrifying consequences of that blinkered vision are now beginning to unfold.

 Paul transformed: reception of the person and letters of Paul in antiquity /Adela Yarbro Collins. A fascinating reception history of the theological, ethical, and social themes in the letters of Paul. Collins traces the reception history of major theological, ethical, and social topics in the letters of Paul from the days of his apostleship through the first centuries of Christianity. She explores the evolution of Paul’s cosmic eschatology, his understanding of the resurrected body, marriage and family ethics, the role of women in the early church, and his theology of suffering. Paying special attention to the ways these evolving interpretations provided frameworks for church governance, practice, and tradition, Collins illuminates the ways that Paul’s ideas were understood, challenged, and ultimately transformed by their earliest audiences.

 Reconsider the lilies: challenging Christian environmentalism’s colonial legacy /Andrew R. H. Thompson. Reconsider the Lilies introduces readers to the ways environmental issues are shaped by dynamics of racism and colonialism and orients readers to Christian approaches to environmentalism. By recounting the history of environmental justice, Thompson shows how even well-intentioned Christian environmentalism incorporates racist and colonialist assumptions. Reconsider the Lilies focuses on different conceptions of justice and structural sin and offers a constructive cosmic Christology that traces Christ’s presence in the concrete relationships that exist among all living things.

 Religion, materialism and ecology /edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Kate Rigby, and Peter Manley Scott. This timely collection of essays by leading international scholars across religious studies and the environmental humanities advances a lively discussion on materialism in its many forms. The volume explores how debates concerning the new materialisms impinge on religious traditions and the extent to which religions, with their material culture and beliefs in the Divine within the material, can make a creative contribution to debates about ecological materialisms. Spanning a broad range of themes, including politics, architecture, hermeneutics, literature, and religion, the book brings together a series of discussions on materialism in the context of diverse methodologies and approaches.

 Religious education in Asia: spiritual diversity in globalized times /edited by Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee. Wai Yip Ho, contibutor –  TWU CONTENT The book examines ancient religious traditions and modernity in a globalized Asia that is as much in need of a moral compass as it is economic development. This edited book seeks to understand what forms religious education takes in Asian contexts and what role it continues to play. On the one hand, the societies which are the subject of this book reflect ancient religious traditions but on the other they are responsible for a significant portion of the world’s economic development.

 Science and the Bible: modern insights for an ancient text /David Instone-Brewer. Instone-Brewer takes a refreshing, non-antagonistic approach, asking how science can aid our interpretation of the Bible. The result is stimulating for a wide range of topics, such as God’s omnipresence, the origin of languages, the nature of eternity, the relationship of spirit and soul, the reality of resurrection, and Jesus’ human experience.

 Scribbling in the sand: Christ and creativity /Michael Card ; foreword by Makoto Fujimura. Card explores the biblical foundations of true Christian creativity. With Jesus as his model, Card shows how understanding God’s creative imagination leads to a lifestyle of humility and servanthood, inviting us to follow God’s creative call through worship and community and respond with worshipful creativity.

 Seeing is believing: the revelation of God through film /Richard Vance Goodwin ; foreword by Craig Detweiler. Goodwin considers how the images that constitute film might be a conduit of God’s revelation. By considering works by Stanley Kubrik, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, and more, Goodwin argues that by inviting emotional responses, film images can be a medium of divine revelation

 Soul work: finding God in your entrepreneurial pursuits /Lowell W. Busenitz. Busenitz helps you overcome those obstacles in your workplace that may hinder you from experiencing the fullness of Christ. Building from a biblical foundation, he shares a new paradigm for enhancing your relationship with God through your job. Instead of bringing your faith to your workplace, find God in your workplace by learning how to identify God in your work.

 Sport, physical education, and social justice: religious, sociological, psychological, and capability perspectives /edited by Nick J. Watson, Grant Jarvie and Andrew Parker. This interdisciplinary collection explores the nexus of social justice and sport to consider how sport and physical education can serve as a unique point of commonality in an era of religious, political, economic, and cultural polarity. Sport, Physical Education, and Social Justice offers timely theoretical perspectives from the fields of theology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The volume demonstrates the multiple ways in which sport can be used to overcome inequalities and marginalization relating to gender, race, disability, religion, and sexuality, and posits sports education as a powerful mechanism for addressing school-based issues including bullying, racism, and citizenship education. The text includes contributions from scholars addressing issues in both formal and in-formal sports education settings, communities, and locales.

 Sports chaplaincy: trends, issues and debates /edited by Andrew Parker, Nick J. Watson and John B. White. This  book provides an in-depth analysis of the theory and practice of sports chaplaincy in a global context. The contributors include leading major national chaplaincy organisations  in the UK, US, Australia and  Europe, as well as chaplains and sport psychologists working in elite and amateur sport and those involved in teaching pastoral theology. This much needed overview of chaplaincy provision in sport across a range of national and international contexts and settings, including both catholic and protestant perspectives, is the first collection of its kind to bring together leading scholars in sports chaplaincy with a view to providing professional accreditation and training amidst the fast-emerging field of sports theology.

 Stewards of the earth: Christianity and creation care /Christianity Today, Loren Wilkinson. Stewards of the Earth collects five decades of articles from Christianity Today that display the diversity and development of evangelical perspectives on creation care. Some articles address the concerns evangelicals have over cooperating with the broader environmentalist movement or lay out positive ways to navigate or overcome these hesitations. Other articles present constructive approaches to creation care. With a new introduction by Loren Wilkinson and contributions from writers like Bill McKibben, Ronald Sider, Leslie Leyland Fields, and Andy Crouch.

 Strategy in his image: supporting and sustaining organizational strategy from a Christian perspective /Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Richard Peters. This book is intended to contribute model bases on a faith-inspired, biblically based perspective that is consistent with the needs of strategic-organizational leadership.

 The age of Atlantic revolution: the fall and rise of a connected world /Patrick Griffin Griffin’s timely account of revolutionary regime change and reaction shows how a world of empires became our world of nation-states. Griffin shows that the Age of Atlantic Revolution was rooted in how people in an interconnected world struggled through violence, liberation, and war to reimagine themselves and sovereignty. Tying together the revolutions, crises, and conflicts that undid British North America, transformed France, created Haiti, overturned Latin America, challenged Britain and Europe, vexed Ireland, and marginalized West Africa, Griffin tells a transnational tale of how empires became nations and how our world came into being.

 The ethics of artificial intelligence in education: practices, challenges, and debates /edited by Wayne Holmes and Kaśka Porayska-Pomsta. The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Education identifies and confronts key ethical issues generated over years of AI research, development, and deployment in learning contexts. Featuring expert perspectives from inside and outside the AIED scholarly community, this book provides AI researchers, learning scientists, educational technologists, and others with questions, frameworks, guidelines, policies, and regulations to ensure the positive impact of artificial intelligence in learning.

 The evangelical imagination: how stories, images, and metaphors created a culture in crisis /Karen Swallow Prior. An acclaimed author shows that understanding evangelicalism means understanding not only the faith commitments at the movement’s core but also the images, metaphors, assumptions, and stories that have cultivated evangelical culture.

The God question: an invitation to a life of meaning /J. P. Moreland. Moreland helps us see the Christian story-its reasonableness and its relevance-in fresh ways. For anyone wrestling with big questions about life and faith, this book explores evidence for God’s existence, the reliability of the Gospels, essentials of a flourishing Christian life, and more.

 The lives of beetles: a natural history of Coleoptera /Arthur V. Evans. In this lavishly illustrated book, beetle expert Evans presents an inviting and comprehensive introduction to the fascinating lives of the world’s beetles.

 The lives of fungi: a natural history of our planet’s decomposers /Britt A. Bunyard. A fascinating and richly illustrated exploration of the natural history of fungi. Filled with stunning photographs, The Lives of Fungi presents an inside look into their hidden and extraordinary world. Combining engaging and accessible text with beautiful images, The Lives of Fungi lays out all the essential facts about fungi for the mycologically curious.

 The logic of the body: retrieving theological psychology /Matthew A. LaPine ; foreword by Kevin J. Vanhoozer. LaPine argues that Protestants must retrieve theological psychology in order to properly understand the emotional life of the human person. With classical and modern resources in tow, LaPine argues that one must not choose between viewing emotions exclusively as either cognitive and volitional on the one hand, or simply a feeling of bodily change on the other. The two stories can be reconciled through a robustly theological analysis. In a culture filled with worry and anxiety, The Logic of the Body offers a fresh path within the Reformed tradition.

 The origins of Judaism: an archaeological-historical reappraisal /Yonatan Adler. A groundbreaking new study that utilizes archaeological discoveries and ancient texts to revolutionize our understanding of the beginnings of Judaism.

 The psychology of world religions and spiritualities: an indigenous perspective /edited by Timothy A. Sisemore, and Joshua J. Knabb. This book takes a bottom-up approach to understanding religious behavior around the world. Each of the major religions is the focus of a separate chapter, and each chapter is written by a psychologist who is either a practicing member of that religion or who has cultural roots among the people who practice that religion.

 The spiritual art of business: connecting the daily with the divine /Barry L. Rowan. Rowan invites us to see our work as a chance to serve God by contributing to a better society. With forty short chapters, this book beckons us into a connection with God that will infuse our lives, our offices, and our world with meaning.

 The spiritual roots of the ecological crisis /Jean-Claude Larchet ; translated from the French by Archibald Andrew Torrance. In this text, noted philosopher and scholar Larchet finds the roots of the global ecological crisis in a rejection of a truly Christian cosmology. Explaining the relationship between man and nature ordained by God in the beginning, Larchet bases the degradation of the creation ultimately in the primordial fall and outlines how we have arrived at the present crisis point. Finally, the author proposes principles and actions deeply rooted in his Christian ethos that would allow mankind to restore and reinvigorate its relationship with nature.

 Tolkien dogmatics: theology through mythology with the maker of middle-earth /Austin M. Freeman. Freeman inspects Tolkien’s entire corpus–The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and beyond–as a window into his theology. Tolkien Dogmatics is a comprehensive manual of Tolkien’s theological thought arranged in traditional systematic theology categories, with sections on God, revelation, creation, evil, Christ and salvation, the church, and last things. Through Tolkien’s imagination, we reencounter our faith.

 Voicing identity: cultural appropriation and Indigenous issues /edited by John Borrows and Kent McNeil. Written by leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, Voicing Identity examines the issue of cultural appropriation in the contexts of researching, writing, and teaching about Indigenous peoples. This book grapples with the question: who is qualified to engage in these activities and how can this be done appropriately and respectfully? The authors address these questions from their own individual perspectives and experiences, often revealing personal struggles and their ongoing attempts to resolve them.

 What does nature teach us about God? /Kristen Birkett. Birkett rethinks the relation between nature, science, and faith. God and science are not simply two rival answers to your questions. The Questions for Restless Minds series applies God’s word to today’s issues.

 What is a Christian worldview? /Graham A. Cole. Cole asks how Christians should see the world. And how should Christians live?

 When children come out: a guide for Christian parents /Mark A. Yarhouse and Olya Zaporozhets. Yarhouse and Zaporozhets, therapists and researchers, have written this book to provide perspective, insight, and the chance to learn from others. Using data from studies of Christian parents of LGBTQ+ children, they deliver research-based insights and faithful wisdom that is accessible for parents, their friends, and church leaders. Yarhouse and Zaporozhets reframe the focus away from culture war questions that are not helpful to families in favor of practical counsel for maintaining and deepening relationships..

 Wittgenstein elegies /Jan Zwicky. First published in 1986, Wittgenstein Elegies is a polyphonic poem in five parts. It establishes the parameters of a long conversation between logic and the lyre that has continued over multiple books and in multiple genres. Long out of print, this revised edition is both a must-have for Zwicky’s readers and a perfect introduction to her work.

 Women and the religion of ancient Israel /Susan Ackerman. Ackerman presents a comprehensive account of ancient Israelite women’s religious lives and experiences. She examines the various sites of their practice, including household shrines, regional sanctuaries, and national temples; the calendar of religious rituals that women observed on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis; and their special roles in religious settings. Drawing on texts, archaeology, and material culture, and documenting the distinctions between Israelite women’s experiences and those of their male counterparts, Ackerman reconstructs an essential picture of women’s lived religion in ancient Israelite culture.

 Work pray code: when work becomes religion in Silicon Valley /Carolyn Chen. Work Pray Code explores how tech companies are bringing religion into the workplace in ways that are replacing traditional places of worship, blurring the line between work and religion and transforming the very nature of spiritual experience in modern life. Chen spent more than five years in Silicon Valley, conducting a wealth of in-depth interviews and gaining unprecedented access to the best and brightest of the tech world. The result is a penetrating account of how work now satisfies workers’ needs for belonging, identity, purpose, and transcendence that religion once met. Chen argues that tech firms are offering spiritual care such as Buddhist-inspired mindfulness practices to make their employees more productive, but that our religious traditions, communities, and public sphere are paying the price. Work Pray Code reveals what can happen when work becomes religion, and when the workplace becomes the institution that shapes our souls.

New Titles Tuesday, December 19

Here is a selection of print and eBooks recenlty added to the collection

 Atonement: soundings in biblical, trinitarian, and spiritual theology /Margaret M. Turek. This book presents the chief insights concerning the mystery of atonement in the works of four theological guides: John Paul II, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Norbert Hoffmann. The author argues for the central importance and perennial value of a theology of atonement, even as she explains the modern aversion to it. The book develops a compelling vision of atonement as a process that originates from and is engendered by God’s own power to love. This vision not only takes account of the gravity of sin and its consequences, but also provides a clear illumination of the wholly gratuitous, radically forgiving, passionate and powerful nature of God’s redeeming love for mankind. Distinct from the majority of theological accounts of atonement, which focus almost exclusively on the role of Christ, this book highlights the role of God the Father in the atoning mission of the Son.

 Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg: a biography of the first Protestant missionary in India, 1682-1719 /by Erich Beyreuther; translated from the German by S.G. Lang and H.W. Gensichen. The book looks at the first Protestant missionary to India and explores a little-known corner of south India’s cultural history. Ziegenbalg comes across as a flawed but gifted man who laid the foundations of an indigenous Church.

 Bullies and saints: an honest look at the good and evil of Christian history /John Dickson. Dickson gives an honest account of the mixed history of Christianity, the evil and the good. He concedes the Christians’ complicity for centuries of bullying but also shows the myriad ways the beautiful melody of Christ has enriched our world and the lives of countless individuals. This book asks contemporary skeptics of religion to listen again to the melody of Jesus, despite the discord produced by too many Christians through history and today. It also leads contemporary believers into sober reflection on and repentance for their own participation in the tragic inconsistencies of Christendom and seeks to inspire them to live in tune with Christ.

 Dead souls /Nikolai Gogol ; translated with an introduction by David Magarshack. Chichikov, an amusing, and often confused schemer, buys deceased serfs’ names from landholders’ poll tax lists hoping to mortgage them for profit.

 Dishonored Americans: the political death of loyalists in revolutionary America /Timothy Compeau. This book examines the experiences of Loyalists before, during, and after the American Revolution through the lens of honor culture and political death–Provided by publisher.

 Ecocriticism: the essential reader /edited by Ken Hiltner. Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader charts the growth of this important field. Containing seminal, representative, and contemporary work in the field, this volume and the editorial commentary is designed for use on both undergraduate and postgraduate ecocritical literature courses.

 Environmental education: an interdisciplinary approach to nature /edited by Matthew Etherington  (TWU AUTHOR); foreword by Amba J. Sepie. This book has a single motif and a dual purpose. Its motif is the portrayal of influential authors within an environmental framework and worldview. The design is presented in different ways in which environmental understandings might be understood. The purposes are to engender in the reader a broad knowledge of some of the ideas and problems inherent in a discussion of nature and the environment and to stimulate the reader to go further into the sources of their tradition and worldview in search of meaning and insights that are uniquely relevant to their philosophy.

 Foundations of Christian worship /Susan J. White. Providing structure for thinking seriously about worship as a part of Christian faith and experience, Foundations of Christian Worship addresses the question, what is Christian worship and why do Christians worship as they do? Beginning with an overview of the theological, biblical, historical, and anthropological foundations of Christian worship,  White then turns to discussing its components–prayer, creeds, music, time, ritual, and art. Later, she delves into the nourishment of the Christian life and the major worship events throughout the human life cycle. Finally, she discusses contemporary challenges to Christian worship and concludes with case studies for further exploration. With helpful appendixes and a glossary of liturgical terms Foundations of Christian Worship is an excellent primer for seminary students and ministers early in their careers.

 Ivanhoe /Sir Walter Scott ; edited with an introd. and notes by A.N. Wilson. In 1194 the Saxon knight Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to a chaotic England ruled by the enemies of the absent King Richard the Lion-Hearted and finds himself disowned and dishonored, forced to fight for his name and the people he loves.

 The apathetic God: exploring the contemporary relevance of divine impassibility /Daniel Castelo ; foreword by Thomas G. Weinandy. Castelo provided a strong biblical defense and understanding of God’s impassibility

 The appalling story of Euro-American meddling in Yugoslavia /[Milutin Propadovich]. The primary purpose of this book is the defense of the Serbian nation.

 The Book of Lamentations /Joshua A. Berman, Bar-Ilan University. In this commentary, we discover how Lamentations’ narrator, a pastoral mentor, engages daughter Zion in a series of discussions in a systematic process akin to therapy, charting for her a way forward to reconnecting with the LORD.

 The Christian bhakti of A. J. Appasamy: a collection of his writings /edited by T. Dayanandan Francis. Comparative perspectives on Christianity and Hinduism, partly centering around bhakti, worship and love of God.

The mill on the floss /George Eliot ; edited with an introd. and notes by A.S. Byatt. A Victorian mill owner and the lord of a manor start a family feud which ends in tragedy for two young lovers.

 The singing-masters: church fathers from Greek East and Latin West /Aidan Nichols, O.P. The Singing-Masters is a passionate, personalized account of the theological achievement of eighteen of the Church Fathers. The Fathers chosen here are those who have been especially authoritative for Catholic doctrine or particularly influential in Church life. While giving a dramatic, humanized account of patristic thought, colored by biographical detail,  Nichols, draws the reader into a serious discussion of the Fathers’ complex theological doctrines. The Singing-Masters offers a holistic and loving introduction to the figures who most shaped Christian thought, both in the East and in the West.

 When time is short: finding our way in the Anthropocene /Timothy Beal. A book about our denial of death as a species, how religion has fueled that denial, and how religion might also help break through that denial and find hope.

 You need a better gospel: reclaiming the good news of participation with Christ /Klyne R. Snodgrass. A senior New Testament scholar shows that the church will never be what it is supposed to be without a recovery of the gospel.

New Titles Tuesday, December 5

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

 A history of the quests for the historical Jesus /Colin Brown, with Craig A. Evans. A History of the Quests for the Historical Jesus is an extensive survey and analysis of historical Jesus debates, assessing not only the quests’ historical, exegetical, critical details but also their philosophical and theological underpinnings.

 Beyond the broken church: how to leave church problems behind without leaving the church /Sarah Cunningham. Beyond the Broken Church is a collection of heartfelt learnings from Cunningham, The book engages concerns of a disillusioned generation head on and offers hope and honest, practical ideas for moving beyond one’s frustrations. Beyond the Broken Church tells a story that will be familiar to many:  the journey of overcoming disillusionment and staying the course. This revised and expanded version of Cunningham’s Dear Church includes additional chapters, fresh statistics, new insights into why people are leaving the church, and a resource guide for those who care about the disillusioned and want to understand them better.

 Black brother, black brother /by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.

 Descartes in context: essays /Emanuela Scribano. Originally written and published in French and Italian, these essays are translated into English for the first time. The essays focus on some pivotal theses in Cartesian philosophy: proofs of God’s existence, free creation of eternal truths, error, animals as machines, occasionalism, examining them in light of the philosophical context and of classical writers such as Galen, scholastic authors such as Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Suárez and, authors contemporary to Descartes, such as Campanel.

 Judas: the most hated name in history /Peter Stanford. In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Stanford explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil. But as the author points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus’ mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal.

  Making sense of statistics: a conceptual overview /Deborah Mikyo Oh and Fred Pyrczak.  Making Sense of Statistics, Eighth Edition, is an introduction to the concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics for students undertaking their first research project. It presents each statistical concept in a series of short steps, then uses worked examples and exercises to enable students to apply their own learning. It focuses on presenting the “why,” as well as the “how” of statistical concepts, rather than computations and formulas. As such, it is suitable for students from all disciplines regardless of mathematical background. Only statistical techniques that are almost universally included in introductory statistics courses, and widely reported in journals, have been included.

 Music for others: care, justice, and relational ethics in Christian music /Nathan Myrick. Music for Others: Care, Justice, and Relational Ethics in Christian Music focuses on the religious aspects of musical activity, particularly on the practices of Christian communities. It is based on ethnomusicological fieldwork at three Protestant churches and interviews with a group of seminary students, combined with theories of discourse, formation, response, and care ethics oriented toward restorative justice. The book argues that relationships are ontological for both human beings and musical activity. It further argues that musical meaning and emotion converge in human bodies such that music participates in personal and communal identity construction in affective ways-yet these constructions are not always just. Thus, Music for Others argues that music is ethical when it preserves people in and restores people to just relationships with each other, and thereby with God.

 Quaker women, 1800-1920: studies of a changing landscape /edited by Robynne Rogers Healey TWU AUTHOR and Carole Dale Spencer. An interdisciplinary investigation of nineteenth-century Quaker women’s cultural challenges, historical landmarks, and gender transgressions. Explores the dynamic ways that Quaker women were active agents of social and cultural change within multiple contexts–..

 Ruthless consistency: how committed leaders execute strategy, implement change, and build organizations that win /Michael Canic, PhD. Canic identifies the three surprising  reasons most strategic change initiatives fail. The book introduces an intuitive yet comprehensive model for success. Simply put, leaders who develop the right focus, create the right environment, and build the right team-consistently-are leaders whose organizations win

 The life we’re looking for: reclaiming relationship in a technological world /Andy Crouch. A deeply reflective primer on creating meaningful connections, rebuilding abundant communities, and living in a way that engages our full humanity in an age of unprecedented anxiety and loneliness. Crouch shows how we have been seduced by a false vision of human flourishing-and how each of us can fight back. From the social innovations of the early Christian movement to the efforts of entrepreneurs working to create more humane technology, Crouch shows how we can restore true community and put people first in a world dominated by money, power, and devices.

 The poetics of space /Gaston Bachelard ; translated by Maria Jolas ; foreword by Mark Z. Danielewski ; introduction by Richard Kearney. Since its first publication in English in 1964, Bachelard’s Poetics of Space remains one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams. The Poetics of Space is a prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances.

 The Quran with Christian commentary: a guide to understanding the scripture of Islam /Gordon D. Nickel TWU AUTHOR; J. Dudley Woodberry, consulting editor ; Quran translation by A. J. Droge. The Quran with Christian Commentary offers a unique introduction to the primary religious text of Islam. Alongside a precise modern English translation of the Quran, Nickel provides in-text notes to explain the meaning of various sūrahs (chapters) and ayat (verses), their interpretive history and significance in Muslim thought, and similarities and differences when compared to biblical passages. Additional articles on important topics are written by an international team of today’s leading experts. Factual, respectful of Muslims, and insightful on issues about which Muslims and Christians disagree, The Quran with Christian Commentary equips Christians to interact more fruitfully with Muslim believers.

 The Routledge handbook of religion and journalism /edited by Kerstin Radde-Antweiler and Xenia Zeiler. The Handbook is divided into five parts, each taking global developments in the field into account. Within these sections, central issues, debates and developments are examined. This volume is essential reading for students and researchers in journalism and religious studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as sociology, communication studies, media studies and area studies.

 Thinking 101: how to reason better to live better /Woo-Kyoung Ahn. Ahn delivers a smart and compellingly readable guide to cutting-edge research into how people think. She shows how “thinking problems” stand behind a wide range of challenges, from common, self-inflicted daily aggravations to our most pressing societal issues and inequities. Throughout, Ahn draws on decades of research from other cognitive psychologists, as well as from her own groundbreaking studies. And she presents it all in a compellingly readable style that uses fun examples from pop culture, anecdotes from her own life, and illuminating stories from history and the headlines.

 Tolkien’s faith: a spiritual biography /Holly Ordway. Tolkien’s Christian Faith is an exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Catholic faith and how it shaped his life and his literary work.

 Why I left, why I stayed: conversations on Christianity between an Evangelical father and his Humanist son /Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. Christian author, activist, and scholar Tony Campolo and his son Bart, an avowed humanist, debate their spiritual differences and explore similarities involving faith, belief, and hope that they share.