July 13, 2016

Recommended reading from TWU Alumni

TWU Alumni Association has created an alumni-curated reading list just in time for summer. Each book on the list has sparked something in the reader -- and most of the ten on the June 22 list are available at Alloway Library!

So, if you’re going on a trip or if you just need a bit of inspiration, sift through this list and  check out something recommended by our very own alumni community. Enjoy!


Daring greatly : how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and 
lead by Brene Brown. Print
 “Brene Brown highlights shame as a major issue in our society, and promotes vulnerability as the way to combat it. Writing in a way that is accessible, personal, and challenging, she sees the bigger picture and invites the reader to recognize the importance of vulnerability. It provides considerable food for thought and has opened my eyes to the importance of being vulnerable and honest with myself and others.” Submitted by Jenna Kastelein (’17)

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. Print
 “If you’re a recovering Calvinist like me, love mythology, or simply love a beautifully constructed story, look no further than Fifth Business. Canadian writer Robertson Davies writes a captivating fictional memoir, which follows Dunstan Ramsey as he learns what it means to own his place in the story, and live it fully. As Padre Blazon says, ‘Forgive yourself for being a human person, Ramsey, that is the beginning of wisdom, that is part of what is meant by the fear of the Lord.’ ” Submitted by Erik DeLange (’15)

Overwhelmed : work, love, and play when no one has the time by Brigid Schulte. Print
“As a woman who can at times feel overwhelmed by all my roles – mother, wife, friend, employee – and by my to-do list – laundry, cooking, exercising, sleeping, trying to have a hobby – this book helped me see there are different ways to structure my schedule, distribute relationship roles, and manage life-work balance. It helped me feel more freedom to create a schedule and priorities that work for me.” Submitted by Melissa Reed (’03)

Prayer: finding the heart's true home by Richard Foster. Print
“This book is a theologically sound practitioner’s guide to prayer. What I love about this book is how Foster explains abstract concepts with concrete stories
and writes in a way that is profound without being difficult to read. It has helped me both understand and practice prayer more faithfully.” Submitted by Jared Crossley (’07)
 “As an extrovert with introverted family members, Quiet gave me a greater understanding of what it means to be introverted. I could not, until this book, comprehend the need to recharge away from people or problem solve independently. Not only do I now understand it, but my relationships have improved as a result.” Submitted by Erin Grypma (’14)

Shake Hands with the Devil: the failure of humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire. Print & VHS
“Romeo Dallaire’s account of being the UN mission commander in Rwanda during the genocide. I believe that it compels readers to deeply search their own hearts and biases and motivations for life choices.” Submitted by Amanda van Rietschoten (’09)

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