June 30, 2016

Impact of Canada Post Work Disruption on Interlibrary Loan Book Deliveries

It appears that a strike or lock-out at Canada Post could take place as early as July 4th. In the event of a postal strike, most lending libraries will not ship interlibrary loan books via the postal system. 

Arrival times for any book requests will be dependent on the length of the labour action. If the strike continues indefinitely,  Alloway Library and our lending partners will re-assess the situation for viable alternatives.

For those making interlibrary load requests for books, please be aware that we will not be able to estimate the arrival date for your request. Requests for journal articles, which are sent by email, will be unaffected by the strike and delivered as usual.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email ill@twu.ca

June 28, 2016

June 2016 Oxford Quick Reference: New Title

This month Oxford Reference is focused on updating and expanding its content in Philosophy in the Oxford Quick Reference collection:

A Dictionary of Logic expands on Oxford’s coverage of the topic in works such as The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. Featuring entries primarily concentrating on technical terminology, the history of logic, the foundations of mathematics, and non-classical logic, this dictionary is an essential resource for students of all levels studying philosophical logic at a high level. 

Philosophy encompasses the study of many fundamental aspects of our lives and the world that surrounds us, including the nature of reality, of knowledge, of morality, and of the relationship between the mind and the body. Oxford Reference provides over 17,000 concise definitions and in-depth, specialist encyclopedic entries on all aspects of philosophy.

Take a look at our visual guide to what's been added in philosophy this month.

Discover more about Oxford Reference's experts and titles in philosophy at http://www.oxfordreference.com/page/philosophy

New Titles Tuesday, June 28

It’s hard to imagine! Fifteen thousand titles were added to Alloway Library’s collection this month. Here’s a random sampling.  Click to view any of these titles; TWU login may be required.

At the altar of Wall Street: the rituals, myths, theologies,sacraments, and mission of the religion known as the modern global economy /Scott W. Gustafson.
Gustafson argues that economics performs the same function in contemporary American culture that religions did in past cultures. He describes and analyzes the rituals, pilgrimage sites, myths, prophets, reformers, sacraments, and mission of economics to show how the economy operates as our de facto "god." Understanding how economics functions as a religion is the first step in addressing many of today's political and social problems, Gustafson says. 

Commentary on Matthew /St. Hilary of Poitiers ; translated by D.H. Williams.
Likely the earliest of Hilary's writings, this commentary has none of the polemic against the "Arians" that figured so prominently in most of his later works. 

Gregory S. Cootsona shows us how Lewis can serve as a guide to the ups and downs of the Christian journey. All those wishing to deepen and enrich their own spiritual journey will find much guidance and wisdom in these pages

Harvey argues for a radical shift in how justice-committed white Christians think about race. She calls for moving away from the reconciliation paradigm that currently dominates interracial relations and embracing instead a reparations paradigm. 

Morris examines the complex roots of contemporary attitudes toward women who kill by providing a new perspective on violent women in Victorian literature. 

More than just stories, these narratives underlie a belief system that informs everyday attitudes toward the earth." "The Earth's Blanket suggests how systems of traditional ecological knowledge can contribute to the modern world. 

Putting research into practice, this book presents a practical guide to spiritual reminiscence with older people living with dementia. Clear, step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting sessions are accompanied by important information on what spiritual care actually is, and its importance in caring for older people with dementia.

Handbook of PTSD: science and practice /edited by Matthew J. Friedman, Terence M. Keane, Patricia A. Resick.
Widely regarded as the definitive reference, this handbook brings together foremost authorities on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PRINT

How the world changed: social media /Daniel Miller [and eight others].
This book offers a comparative analysis summarising the results of the research and exploring the impact of social media on politics and gender, education and commerce. Supported by an introduction to the project’s academic framework and theoretical terms that help to account for the findings, the book argues that the only way to appreciate and understand something as intimate and ubiquitous as social media is to be immersed in the lives of the people who post. 

Through playful and purposeful exercises, you'll develop your natural aptitude for communication, strengthening your ability to come up with things to say, and your ability to get those things into the minds (and the hearts) of readers. You'll learn to: train and develop your writer's powers--creativity, memory, observation, imagination, curiosity, and the subconscious; understand the true nature of the relationship between you and your readers; find your writer's voice; get required writing projects done so you have more time for the writing you want to do.

Islam and the foundations of political power [electronic resource] /Ali Abdel Razek ; translated by Maryam Loutfi ; edited by Abdou Filali-Ansary.
The publication of this essay in Egypt in 1925 took the contemporaries of Ali Abdel Razek by storm. Challenging fundamental ideas about political power, it was the focus of much attention and the seed of a heated debate. It was especially potent as at this time the Muslim world was in great turmoil over the questiion of the abolition of the caliphate by Mustapha Kemal Ataturk in Turkey. The essay gave rise to a series of "refutations" and unleashed the Arab world's first great public debate with polemics supporting or refuting Ali Abdel Razek's ideas published all over the press. 

If you are unfamiliar with the 1960s, the counterculture, the hippie movement, and the Jesus People, then this book will transport you to that era and introduce you to the generation and the decade that turned American culture upside down. If you have read other books on the Jesus People, this account will take you by surprise. A refreshingly different narrative that unveils a storyline and characters not commonly known to have been associated with the movement, this book argues that the Jesus People, though often trivialized and stigmatized as a group of lost and vulnerable youth who strayed from the Fundamentalism of their childhood, helped American Christianity negotiate a way forward in a post-1960s culture.

This book presents a study of contact archaeology that explores the dynamics of Aboriginal occupation of far north-east Queensland's rainforest region. Cultural trajectories traced through time are defined by material culture and technology, plant use and rainforest settlement patterns. The results show that applying a temporal interdisciplinary framework to contact investigations has the capacity to reveal continuity as well as change in an Aboriginal society.

The definitive biography of the legendary guitarist for The Rolling Stones, now fully updated by the author.

The Last Panda [electronic resource].
Here, acclaimed naturalist George Schaller uses his great evocative powers, and the insight gained by four and a half years in the forests of the Wolong and Tangjiahe panda reserves, to document the plight of these mysterious creatures and to awaken the human compassion urgently needed to save them. 

This book is the first to consider the work of Herman Melville's later years as a whole, in the light of his life and reading during those years and of the intellectual and artistic ambience of the later nineteenth century

Middleton unpacks key Old Testament and New Testament texts to make a case for the new earth as the appropriate Christian hope. He suggests its ethical and ecclesial implications, exploring the difference a holistic eschatology can make for living in a broken world.

Allison wrestles with a number of difficult questions concerning the last things -- such questions as What happens to us after we die? and Why does death so often frighten us? Armed with his acknowledged scholarly expertise, Allison offers an engaging, personal exploration of such themes as death and fear, resurrection and judgment, hell and heaven, in light of science, Scripture, and his own experience. As he ponders and creatively imagines -- engaging throughout with biblical texts, church fathers, rabbinic scholars, poets, and philosophers -- Allison offers fascinating fare that will captivate many a reader heart and soul.


Reclaiming pietism: retrieving an evangelical tradition /Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn.
Roger Olson and Christian Collins Winn argue that classical, historical Pietism is an influential stream in evangelical Christianity and that it must be recovered as a resource for evangelical renewal. They challenge misconceptions of Pietism by describing the origins, development, and main themes of the historical movement and the spiritual-theological ethos stemming from it. The book also explores Pietism's influence on contemporary Christian theologians and spiritual leaders such as Richard Foster and Stanley Grenz. 


Rethinking the Messianic idea in Judaism /edited by Michael L. Morgan and Steven Weitzman.
Using the writings of Gershom Scholem, which ranged over the history of messianic belief and its conflicted role in the Jewish imagination, these essays put aside the boundaries that divide history from philosophy and religion to offer new perspectives on the role and relevance of messianism today

Kim argues that educational and occupational success for groups in the racial middle such as Korean and Asian Americans does not necessarily translate into further integration in other sectors of American society. Korean and Asian Americans may experience rapid intergenerational upward mobility and integration, but still be subject racialization and exclusion. This challenges the assimilation paradigm that immigrants and their children.

This is the first study to relate the Greek romances to Elizabethan drama. It focuses upon the Greek romance materials in Shakespeare's plays to clarify the background of his art and to illuminate the relationship between the two literatures. The Greek romance tradition is described historically and traced through the works of Boccaccio and Cervantes, as well as other continental and English writers. 
  
Iain Duguid explains how the Song of Songs is designed to show us an idealized picture of married love. It also convicts us of how far short of this perfection we fall, both as humans and as lovers, and drives us repeatedly into the arms of our true heavenly husband, Jesus Christ.

In a careful analysis supported by case studies and discrete examples, Drury develops the concept of invoked public opinion to study the modern presidents' use of public opinion as a rhetorical resource. He defines the term as the rhetorical representation of the beliefs and values of US citizens. 
  
Coleman interprets in a clear and meaningful way the themes and practitioners that make the science-theology rapprochement different, and what it has achieved. But this book is more than description-it is an inquiry into whether Christian theology has lost its authentic voice by its singular focus on accommodating modern science. 

Twenty of the world's leading scientists explain how their science enhances their faith and their faith undergirds their science. Each of them gives their own account of how their science and faith intersect and interact in their personal life and thought. 
  
Understanding gender dysphoria: navigating transgender issues in achanging culture /Mark A. Yarhouse.
Yarhouse, an expert in sexual identity and therapy, challenges the church to rise above the political hostilities and listen to people's 

This is the history of the Luftwaffe through the eyes of those who served in combat. 



June 14, 2016

New Titles Tuesday: Jun 14

Wow!
Who said summers are quiet at Alloway Library?  In the past week 721 new titles were added (quietly) to our collection.   Here is  the first sample of 31 of them, all falling under the general heading of Religious Studies.
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Simpson encourages us to root our faith in who God is, not in our own will power. This is a book not just for people who worry; this is a call to the church to turn its eyes from the things of earth and fix its eyes on the author and completer of our faith.

Rooted in research, The Calling of Congregational Leadership teaches a three-pronged approach to congregational leadership: being a good leader, the knowledge needed by the leader, and the managing of ministry leadership. By using this practical, holistic approach to leading congregations, McSwain shows you how to use your church’s potential for conveying the power of God in the lives you touch.

The age of Christendom is now over, and as Lee Beach demonstrates, this is something for which the church should be grateful. Drawing on a close engagement with Old Testament and New Testament texts, and practical theology for the church in a post-Christian age,Beach helps the people of God today to develop a hopeful and prophetic imagination, a theology responsive to its context, and an exilic identity marked by faithfulness to Gods mission in the world.
 
Considering the topic of animal suffering and predation as a theodicy dilemma, Osborn offers an open-minded exploration of the subject, specifically coming against the fundamentalist and literalist view of the book of Genesis and the creation account. He challenges one-dimensional reading of Scripture and shines a sobering light on the evangelical dogma responsible for advancing viewpoints long ago dismantled by science. Always acknowledging the traditionalist viewpoint, Osborn demonstrates with a wealth of exegetical and theological insight how orthodox Christianity can embrace evolutionary concepts without contradiction

Activist Ben Lowe renews our mission with key postures and practices for sustaining faithful social action. Moving beyond theory, Lowe showcases practical examples of what it looks like to persevere in faithful activism and advocacy today.

Jones shares his vision for authentic Christian spirituality focused on becoming more like Jesus.

As readers join Tickle down the winding stream of Emergence Christianity, they will discover fascinating insights into concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions. Anyone involved in an emergence church or a traditional one will find here a thorough and well-written account of where things are--and where they are going.

Burgess asks how an encounter with Orthodoxy can help Protestants better see both strengths and weaknesses of their own tradition. In a time in which North American Protestantism is in decline--membership has now fallen to below 50% of the population--Russian Orthodoxy can help Protestants rethink the ways in which they worship, teach, and spread the gospel. Burgess considers Orthodox rituals, icons, saints and miracles, monastic life, and Eucharistic theology and practice. He then explores whether and how Protestants can use elements of Orthodoxy to reform church life.

Exploring why it is imperative to begin and end theology from within faith, Molnar relies on the thinking of Karl Barth and of Thomas F. Torrance in dialogue with other contemporary theologians (Catholic and Protestant) about divine and human freedom. Powerfully argued and meticulously documented.

Beale and Kim take temple theology off the bookshelf and bring it to our modern-day life, where the church is instructed and exhorted in its purpose.

Twenty-four low-prep, in-depth sessions that will ground believers in the basics of their faith. It is a user-friendly guide to growth in the Christian faith that covers important topics such as justification, overcoming temptation, sanctification, evidence for the inspiration of the Bible, the value of prayer, the guidance of God, the Trinity, the uniqueness of Christ, and the attributes of God.

Shares stories to show why disaster preparedness is a sacred calling and gives you the tools to be healers, places of refuge, enablers of communication--whatever is needed after disaster hits your town.

Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Each of the thirty short chapters of this book bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You'll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.

Anyone interacting with this resource, whether Christians long dedicated to ecological justice or those just beginning to ask about the connections between faith and the environment, will go away with new ideas, rejuvenated spirit, and a willingness to try something new. This important book provides a biblical basis for thinking about our world differently and prompts us to consider changing our own actions. 

An overview of biblical ethics that not only addresses the life of love and wisdom to be lived out by Christians as virtuous individuals, but also as Christians in community, in society and in a world of God’s creation. McQuilkin and Copan stay focused on how we are fulfilling the purposes of God for our lives—a will that is for our good and our well-being. 
 
Takes the awkwardness and guesswork out of inviting others by equipping church members to talk about their faith in the form of a sincere invitation—creating disciples out of members. This isn't another book on evangelism—it's so much more. Based on her experience leading several churches to real numerical growth, Laurene Beth Bowers presents practical strategies to help congregations turn around declining numbers and thrive once again. By creating change within the current membership and teaching them how to effectively reach out to others, Invitational Ministry moves beyond usual evangelism strategies. Pastors and church leaders are guided through a process of identifying whom to invite, what kinds of invitational events are likely to reach certain groups, and how to make your event successful.

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament /Christopher J.H. Wright.
In this revised and updated book Christopher Wright traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament and describes God's design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.

Sheridan, an expert in early Christianity, explores how ancient Christian theologians interpreted Scripture in order to address the problem of attributing human characteristics and emotions to God.

Seeks to provide a history of the Latino Assemblies of God that can also serve as a case study and window into the larger Latino Pentecostal, Evangelical, and Protestant movements along with the changing flow of North American religious history.

Lessons in belonging from a church-going commitment phobe /Erin S. Lane ; foreword by Parker J. Palmer.
Lane’s church experience might be described in two words :'It’s complicated.' Having grown up in a church, she has an appreciation for liturgy and covenant community. Having graduated from divinity school and taken a job in spiritual formation, she appreciates the structured, shared pursuit of theological and spiritual integrity. Having married a pastor, she sort of had church coming. Her story is an invitation to reclaim God's promise of inclusion and live like we belong to one another.

Luke /edited by Beth Kreitzer ; general editor, Timothy George ; associate general editor, Scott M. Manetsch.
The Reformation Commentary on Scripture is a twenty-eight-volume biblical commentary bringing the insights of the Reformation to the contemporary church. Incorporating the accurate and readable text of the English standard Version of the Bible (ESV), these volumes assemble exegetical and theological comment on the entire canon of Scripture by a vast array of Reformation-era thinkers and leaders. T

Managing stress in ministry /David and Lisa Frisbie.
With quick, practical and inspirational readings on discernment, relaxation, recognition and more, this book will help leaders get on the fast track to achieving their goals while having a positive impact on the people around them. 

Explores recent developments in, and approaches to, biblical criticism since 1999. Leading contributors define and describe their approach for non-specialist readers, using examples from the Old and New Testament to help illustrate their discussion. Topics include cultural criticism, disability studies, queer criticism, postmodernism, ecological criticism, new historicism, popular culture, postcolonial criticism, and psychological criticism.

 Recounting stories from a network of community projects around the world, Hewitt raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty.
 
Until now there has not been a single work dedicated to exploring a distinctively Pietist vision for higher education. In this groundbreaking volume edited by Christopher Gehrz, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education. 

This book is a witness to what takes place when stories with their accompanying metaphors keep relationships personal and prayerful. In this raw, honest, whole-life approach to Christian formation, Tom Smith introduces us into a 'rhythm of life' that that brings flourishing to our personal spirituality that then extends to our service in the world.

Introduces students of the Bible to the layers of meaning that can be uncovered by serious study of the synoptic gospel texts. Included are two new chapters introducing ideological exegetical approaches to the gospels and a concluding chapter that helps the student synthesize the exegetical discoveries they have made using the methods taught in the book.

Theology of work Bible commentary /Theology of Work Project ; William Messenger, executive editor. [Print]
An in-depth Bible study tool put together by a group of biblical scholars, pastors, and workplace Christians to help you discover what the first part of the New Testament says about work.

In many churches today, Christians assume that women are excluded from the public role of preaching--yet women like Sara Barton experience a call to preach, forcing congregations and individuals to confront a complicated rethinking of tradition and theology

Award-winning journalist Rob Moll chronicles the fascinating ways in which our brains and bodies interact with God and spiritual realities. He reports on neuroscience findings that show how our brains actually change and adapt when engaged in spiritual practices. Moll explores the neuroscience of prayer, how liturgy helps us worship, why loving God causes us to love others, and how a life of love and service leads to the abundant life for which we were created.

Why can't they get along?: a conversation between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian /Dawoud El-Alami, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, George D. Chryssides.
Three men of faith debate the differences between them.



June 10, 2016

New Cambridge Companion Online now available

Access to these resources is made possible by a generous donation from the Trinity Western University Graduate Student Association.




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The Cambridge companion to the Summa Theologiae / edited by Philip McCosker and Denys Turner.

Arguably the most influential work of systematic theology in the history of Christianity, Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae has shaped all subsequent theology since it was written in the late thirteenth century. This Companion features essays from both specialists in Aquinas' thought and from constructive contemporary theologians to demonstrate how to read the text effectively and how to relate it to past and current theological questions. The authors thoroughly examine individual topics addressed in the Summa, such as God, the Trinity, eternity, providence, virtue, grace, and the sacraments, making the text accessible to students of all levels. They further discuss the contextual, methodological, and structural issues surrounding the Summa, as well as its interaction with a variety of religious traditions. This volume will not only allow readers to develop a comprehensive multi-perspectival understanding of Aquinas' main mature theological work, but also promote dialogue about the vital role of the Summa in theology today.

Contents:

Part I: 1. Reading the Summa Theologiae / Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt -- 2. Spirituality / Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. -- 3. Structure / Mark D. Jordan -- 4. Scripture / Wilhelmus (Pim) Valkenberg -- 5. Philosophy / Karen Kilby -- 6. Method / John Marenbon -- Part II: 7. God / Brian Davies -- 8. Eternity / Herbert McCabe, O.P. -- 9. Trinity / Eugene F. Rogers, Jr -- 10. Holy Spirit / Gilles Emery, O.P. -- 11. Creation / Kathryn Tanner -- 12. Providence / David Burrell, C.S.C. -- 13. The human person / Denys Turner -- 14. Happiness/ Jean Porter -- 15. Virtues / James F. Keenan, S.J. -- 16. Grace / Philip McCosker -- 17. Person of Christ / Sarah Coakley -- 18. Life of Christ / Paul Gondreau -- 19. Redemption / Nicholas M. Healy -- 20. Sacraments / Olivier-Thomas Venard, O.P. -- Part III: 21. Catholic traditions / Paul J. Griffiths -- 22. Orthodox traditions / Andrew Louth -- 23. Reformed traditions / Christoph Schwobel -- 24. Non-Abrahamic traditions / Francis Clooney, S.J.  

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June 07, 2016

New Titles Tuesday; June 7

68 new titles were added to the collection this week including a large number of pastoral theology and counselling titles.
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Counseling and Psychology
 In this book, Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger weaves together threads from the fields of psychology and pastoral theology as she explores the impact of trauma on people's lives and offers practical strategies and restorative practices for dealing with it.

 Of interest to ministers, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and social workers, these essays focus particularly on human experiences, needs, or concerns that relate to matters of mental health and religious faith or spirituality. Converging Horizons demonstrates approaches to integrative work that draws on multiple fields of theory and practice in service to the goal of providing a range of caregivers with ways to both conceptualize and engage their important work.

A landmark work providing critical Christian engagement with existing models of family therapy, this volume was written for those studying counseling, social work, psychology or family therapy. Family Therapies will also serve as an indispensable resource for those in the mental health professions, including counselors, psychologists, family therapists, social workers and pastors.
 
A vitally important contribution to the field of Christian counseling offers a new framework for the care of souls that is comprehensive in scope, yet flows from a Christian understanding of human beings--what amounts to a distinctly Christian version of psychology. This book is a must-read for any serious Christian teacher, student, or practitioner in the fields of psychology or counseling.

Twelve notable psychologists relate their journeys as Christians who entered the field of psychology. They provide personal reflections on their spiritual, personal and professional journeys of interrelating their faith and profession.

Psychology & Christianity [electronic resource]: five views /edited by Eric L. Johnson; with contributions by David G. Myers [and others].
This revised edition now presents five models for understanding the relationship between psychology and Christianity. All the essays and responses have been reworked and updated with some new contributors including the addition of a new perspective, the transformative view from John Coe and Todd Hall. Each of the contributors responds to the other essayists, noting points of agreement as well as problems they see.

The quick-reference guide to counseling teenagers [electronic resource] /Tim Clinton and Chap Clark, with Joshua Straub.
A practical, comprehensive guide to counseling teenagers for lay and professional Christian counselors.

This A-Z guide gives pastors, professional counselors, and lay helpers the information they need to help female church members, clients, and friends work through their spiritual and emotional issues. Each of the forty topics covered follows a helpful eight-part outline and identifies typical symptoms and patterns, definitions and key thoughts, questions to ask, directions for the conversation, action steps, biblical insights, prayer starters, and recommended resources.

Psychiatrist and theologian Richard Winter explores the complex issues surrounding depression. He sorts through scientific research, dispels common misunderstandings and looks at how biblical characters experienced despair. Here is help for all those who find themselves, loved ones or those they counsel vulnerable to depression.

Earth Science
Global volcanic hazards and risk /edited by Susan C. Loughlin, Steve Sparks, et al.
This is the first comprehensive assessment of global volcanic hazards and risk, presenting the state of the art in our understanding of global volcanic activity. It examines our assessment and management capabilities, and considers the preparedness of the global scientific community and government agencies to manage volcanic hazards and risk. This book is a key resource for the disaster risk reduction community and for those interested in volcanology and natural hazards. A non-technical summary is included for policy makers.

Industrial agriculture and ape conservation /editors: Helga Rainer, Alison White, and Annette Lanjouw.
Presenting original research, topical case studies and emerging best practice from a range of key stakeholders to examine the interface between ape conservation and industrial agriculture. In assessing the drivers behind agricultural expansion and land investments, it sheds light on governance challenges and legal frameworks that shape land use. Intended for policy makers, industry experts, decision makers, academics, researchers and NGOs, it is designed to inform debate, practice and policy to help reconcile the goals of industrial agriculture with those of ape conservation and welfare, and social and economic development.

Ship and offshore structure design in climate change perspective /by Elzbieta Maria Bitner-Gregersen; Lars Ingolf Eide; Torfinn Hørte; Rolf Skjong.
This book summarizes results of longstanding research and scientific contributions from many projects and relevant working groups. It collects and evaluates wind and wave climate projections under changing climate having design needs and marine safety in focus. The monograph is intended for students, researchers and industry based engineers who want a summary of the many studies that have been carried out on climate change effects on wind and waves and their importance for design and operations of ship and offshore structures. The reader needs only a moderate knowledge of marine wind and wave climate to follow the text.

Education
This discussion paper focuses on identifying and examining the cost pressures and financial challenges that are an integral part of the Canadian higher education business model. The paper is intended to provide sufficient information and analysis to stimulate discussion and focus attention on fundamentals – key ingredients to ‘improving the odds’ for a financially sustainable future.

History
Lori Khatchadourian argues that things--from everyday objects to monumental buildings--profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Out of the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars working on empire across the humanities and social sciences.

The history manifesto /Jo Guldi and David Armitage.
A call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians David Armitage and Jo Guldi identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasing specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age.

Explores the popular democratic movement that emerged in the London of the 1790s in response to the French Revolution. Central to the movement's achievement was the creation of an idea of 'the people' brought into being through print and publicity. Ideas of disinterested rational debate were thrown into the mix with coruscating satire, rousing songs, and republican toasts. Print personality became a vital interface between readers and print exploited by the cast of radicals returned to history in vivid detail by Print, Publicity, and Popular Radicalism.

Linguistics
Up to now, a comprehensible theory of the acoustics of the voice and of voiced speech sounds is lacking, and consequently, no satisfying understanding of vowels as an achievement and particular formal accomplishment of the voice exists. Thus, the question of the acoustics of the vowel—and with it the question of the acoustics of the voice itself—proves to be an unresolved fundamental problem.

Pastoral Theology
Drawing on the insights of sociology and psychology, Jacober reveals youth ministry to be an act of practical theology, and helps youth pastors find their footing as they guide young people through adolescence

Awakening youth discipleship: Christian resistance in a consumer culture /Brian J. Mahan, Michael Warren, David F. White ; with a foreword by Don C. Richter.
Mahan, Warren, and White tell a story of the ways in which our society has colluded to shape a domesticated adolescence. The authors believe a Christian response to this challenge must be multilevel, addressing the problem at three levels--society, church, and individual. The authors propose reclaiming practices of discernment that both engage congregations in social awareness and involve individuals in discerning fuller vocational opportunities than those allowed by popular cultural norms.
 
Solid advice to help you succeed in bivocational ministry. You'll learn how to: - Manage time wisely - Define success on your own terms - Develop a vision for your church - Maintain a passion for the ministry - And much more!

Lays out basic theological issues that must be addressed for the church to serve God faithfully as Christ's witnessing people. Guder argues that there are major consequences for every classical theological locus if the fundamental claims of the missional church discussion are acknowledged. In Called to Witness he delves into these consequences, saying that we need to keep doing missional theology until it is possible to leave off the ‘missional scaffolding ‘because, after all, mission defines the very essence and calling of the church.

The challenge of preaching /John Stott; abridged and updated by Greg Scharf.
This book abridges and revises the text of Stott's Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today, first published in 1982, and updates it for our twenty-first-century context. Through Greg Scharf's abridging and updating work, John Stott's perspectives and insights on faithful, relevant preaching of the Word of God will benefit a new generation of preachers and preachers-to-be.

Christian mission in the modern world /John Stott and Christopher J.H. Wright.
Newly updated and expanded by Christopher J. H. Wright, John Stott's classic book presents an enduring and holistic view of Christian mission that must encompass evangelism and social action. Through a thorough biblical exploration, Stott provides a biblically based approach to mission that addresses both spiritual and physical needs.

Juan Martinez and Mark Branson have written this book to equip leaders to create environments that make God's reconciling initiatives apparent in church life and in our mission engagement with neighborhoods and cities.
 
Crossover Preaching proposes a way forward through conversation with the ‘dean of the nations black preachers,’ Gardner C. Taylor, senior pastor emeritus of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. In this richly interdisciplinary study, Jared E. Alcántara argues that an analysis of Taylor’s preaching reveals an improvisational-intercultural approach that recovers his contemporary significance and equips U. S. churches and seminary classrooms for the future

David Instone-Brewer shows how, when properly understood the New Testament provides faithful, realistic and wise guidance of crucial importance and practical help for the church today.

Foundations of pastoral care /Bruce L. Petersen.
With thorough examination, Professor Bruce Petersen traces the historical development of soul care from the primitive church and on through the centuries to the church of today. In unit one, he introduces the place of pastoral care in the local church. He emphasizes the unique responsibility of church leaders and pastors to provide spiritual guidance while caring for the physical and emotional needs of their people.

Give me Jesus: gospel-centered children's ministry that changes lives /general editor, Ryan Frank ; foreword by Jack Eggar.
Ryan Frank and ten ministry leaders share practical advice about keeping the gospel at the center of family and children's ministry. This book will change the way you do ministry.

Gospel-centered ministry [electronic resource].
D.A. Carson and Tim Keller outline their vision for the Gospel Coalition and the nature of gospel-centered ministry.

Whether you're a layperson or a professional counselor, Helping Those Who Hurt will help you care for others encountering life crises such as: Illness, hospitalization, and death A troubled marriage Addiction Suicide
 
If you wonder why you drag yourself into the pulpit every Sunday, if you worry that your sermons aren't reaching past the front pew, then read this book and be encouraged. God chooses; God chooses preachers; God chooses you.

In this comprehensive text, Holly Allen and Christine Ross offer a complete framework for intentional intergenerational Christian formation. They provide the theoretical foundations for intergenerationality, showing how learning and spiritual formation are better accomplished through intergenerational contexts. It is not just elders teaching youth; learning also takes place when adults discover fresh insights from children. Then the authors give concrete guidance for intergenerational praxis on how worship, learning, community and service can all be achieved intergenerationally

In this book, Boren reminds us that any small group, no matter how it's organized, is at its heart a collection of people each walking in the way of Jesus.

Full of practical advice about how holistic community-based ministry can bring transformation, healing, and liberation from captivity, Liberty to the Captives encourages Christians to respond to God's call by ministering wherever God has placed them.

Explores four specific Christian practices -- gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality -- that can counteract destructive forces and help churches and individuals build and sustain vibrant communities. Drawing on a wealth of personal and professional experience and interacting with the biblical, historical, and moral traditions, Pohl thoughtfully discusses each practice, including its possible complications and deformations, and points to how these essential practices can be better cultivated within communities and families.

The main sections explore the connection between worship and the purpose of the Father, the supremacy of the Son and life of the Holy Spirit. Each section concludes with two chapters on the Psalms, in which we hear a variety of ‘voices', and learn to join their distinctive songs.

Patrick W. T. Johnson develops the first missional homiletic, a model for preaching determined by the missionary encounter between the gospel and Western culture. Mobilizing the latest resources in homiletical theory and missional theology, he argues that preaching is a major form of the churchs witness to Jesus Christ, equipping the congregation for its witness to the world.

Luke Cawley shows how Christians can contextualize the gospel in different ways to connect with different kinds of people. Here he unpacks the religious identities of three key demographics: the spiritual but not religious, committed atheists and nominal Christians. Each group has particular characteristics and requires specific approaches and practices to make the Christian faith plausible, desirable and tangible to them. Filled with real-life stories of changed lives, this book is a practical and hopeful resource

The next worship: glorifying God in a diverse world /Sandra Maria Van Opstal ; foreword by Mark Labberton.
Shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue. Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God's invitation for all peoples to praise him. 

Through engaging case studies and vignettes, the authors re-examine the assumptions about youth agency, vocational development, educational practice, and mentoring. Offering concrete guidelines and practices for working effectively across lines of difference, Nurturing Different Dreams invites readers to consider their own cultural assumptions and practices for mentoring adolescents, and assists readers in analyzing and transforming their practices of mentoring young people who come from different communities than their own

Alan Sell argues that far from being a parochial enquiry, the nature of the ministry and the work and education of all the ministers are issues as relevant to the life and practice of particular local churches as they are to ecumenical discussions between the several Christian world communions.

Analyzes the message of First Peter in its first-century context, where Peter's suffering churches are seeking to be the people of God in an increasingly alien and hostile Roman world. The author shows how the clash of cultures in Peter's world parallels our own. Pastors, teachers, and general readers will find this book insightful, engaging, and practical for ministry application and personal enrichment. --Mark L. Strauss

Explores the rhetorical context of Pauls preaching and his own understanding of his task as a preacher. What is revealed in this investigation is a sharp distinction between Greco-Roman rhetorical strategies, which sought to persuade, and Pauls theology of preaching, which was based on the model of an obedient herald. This revised and expanded version of Litfin's previous St. Paul's Theology of Proclamation will provide insight to those engaged in Pauline and New Testament studies, rhetorical theory, and Greco-Roman studies. 

Steve Addison identifies what it takes to follow Jesus’ example. Building on his previous books, he reveals the apostolic qualities and behaviors of biblical, historical, and contemporary pioneers who can guide church and ministry leaders today.

Brad Hoffman and Michael Todd Wilson present this workbook designed to be used by people in vocational ministry, alongside their peers, to safeguard them from burnout, moral failure and spiritual exhaustion.

Addresses the pressing questions you are facing in ministering to those with addictions. Here you will discover a clinically informed, biblical and theological framework to love the addicts in your midst and also practical tools to help you succeed in doing so, including discussion questions after each chapter for use in small group settings. 

"Shaping the Prayers of the People begins by considering what public prayer is and offering practical guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls. It explores prayer as an integral part of worship and discusses the language we need (and don't need) to address God. Significantly, the book also provides an array of example prayers along with commentary"

A full-length academic treatment of the theme of the shepherd/pastor throughout the whole of scripture. It comprises a detailed study of Ancient Near Eastern understandings of this powerful metaphor, its uses and development in the Old Testament and its employment by the apostolic writers to describe the messianic significance of Jesus Christ, both in his earthly ministry and in his ascended and apocalyptic Lordship over church and world. In doing so, it articulates key elements of a biblical theology of pastoral ministry and leadership.

 Through the character sketches in this book, we learn how God works with us. We discover something about the way God transforms us from what we are into what we can be. In these sometimes tragic and broken lives, we get a glimpse of how God renews us and remakes us into people who are perfectly imperfect.

The Succession Principle: how leaders make leaders /David L. McKenna ; foreword by Gayle D. Beebe.
 As a college, university, and seminary president who experienced three successions in leadership, David McKenna is eminently qualified to speak on the subject. He begins by introducing us to the Succession Principle: What we bring to leadership is important. What we do in leadership is more important. What we leave from our leadership is most important of all. 
 
Newly revised and expanded, this classic resource is an essential guide for pastors seeking a biblical standard for preaching.

Researchers and practitioners Ryan Hartwig and Warren Bird have discovered churches of various sizes and traditions throughout the United States who have learned to thrive under healthy team leadership. Using actual church examples, they present their discoveries here, culminating in five disciplines that, if implemented, can enable your team to thrive. The result? A coaching tool for senior leadership teams that enables struggling teams to thrive, and resources teams doing well to do their work even better.
 
A major mind-shift is required if we are to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, and see the vine flourish again.

In this book Harvie M. Conn and Manuel Ortiz address the vital work of the urban church as they trace the history of the city around the world, examine the biblical basis for urban mission, unpack the multifaceted identity of the city and discuss particular issues and needs of urban leadership.
 
Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don't have to have it all together. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource. God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them.

must read for anyone who works with the poor or in missions, When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.

 In this easy-to-read book written directly to the pastors, well-known grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith probes the many facets of grief ministry, presenting practical advice in dealing with one of the most challenging yet rewarding parts of ministry in the local church. You'll learn: hat family members expect from their pastors during times of grief, what you should never say to those who have experienced loss, how to equip your congregation to care for grievers, how to counsel grievers who question the existence of God, why we no longer talk about the ‘five stages of grief.

The beautiful prayers in this book are theologically grounded in God's steadfast love and invincible grace and contain traditional elements of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession. In this helpful volume, church leaders will find prayers ordered around the liturgical calendar with themes appropriate to the seasons of the church year. Individuals and prayer groups will find guidance in praying for church and world, in interceding on behalf of strangers and enemies as well as loved ones and friends.

Social Science
An ethnographic study of the internal dynamics of a subcultural community that defines itself as a social movement. While the majority of scholarly studies on this movement focus on its official face, on its front stage, this book concerns itself with the ideological and practical paradoxes at work within the micro-social dynamics of the backstage, an area that has so far been neglected in social movement studies. The central question is how hierarchy and authority function in a social movement subculture that disavows such concepts.

Conflict, security and the reshaping of society: the civilization of war /edited by Alessandro Dal Lago and Salvatore Palidda.
An examination of the effect of contemporary wars (such as the 'War on Terror') on civil life at a global level. This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, war and conflict studies, terrorism studies, sociology and IR in general.

Bringing together scholars and practitioners who specialise on the ICC, this collection offers a diverse account of its interventions: from investigations to trials and from the Court's Hague-based centre to the networks of actors who sustain its activities. Exploring connections with transitional justice and international relations, and drawing upon critical insights from the interpretive social sciences, it offers a novel perspective on the ICC's work.

Analyzes the relationship between intellectual property and indigenous innovation. The contributors come from different disciplinary backgrounds including law, ethnobotany and science.

The practices of happiness: political economy, religion and wellbeing /edited by John Atherton, Elaine Graham and Ian Steedman.
A unique collection of nineteen leading scholars from the field of economics, psychology, public theology and social policy have been brought together in this volume to explore the religious contribution to the debate about happiness and well-being. It will be of particular relevance for those who are concerned about the continuing debate about personal and societal well-being, as well as those who are interested in the continuing significance of religion for the future of public policy.

Untamed urbanisms /edited by Adriana Allen, Andrea Lampis and Mark Swilling.
This book aims to re-politicise the relationship between urban development, sustainability and justice, and to explore the tensions emerging under real circumstances, as well as their potential for transformative change. It will be of interest to researchers, city managers and a wide range of policy actors in government, civil society and the private sector.

Theology
Makant admits the horrors of suffering: that suffering damages and destroys, that past suffering renders one unable to live in the present, and that profound suffering can make it altogether impossible to imagine a future. Yet in the very midst of this impossibility, Makant shows how suffering, even extreme and profound suffering, does not have the final word. God does. The story of suffering is not the defining narrative.