Here’s a sample of the nearly 500 titles added to the collection in the past week. Click on the title for more information. TWU login may be required.
The library now has 223 Oxford Handbooks which offer authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area. From Abrahamic Religions to World Philosophy the handbooks are specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.
Rodin sculptures /selected by Ludwig Goldscheider ; photographed by Ilse Schneider-Lengyel ; introduced by Sommerville Story.
Understanding curriculum as phenomenological and deconstructed text /edited by William F. Pinar and William M. Reynolds.
Along the frontier of American curriculum studies are two traditions of scholarship and research: phenomenology and post-structuralism. In Paris in the late 1960s, post-structuralism replaced phenomenology; while their history in North American curriculum studies is quite different than it is in France, there are solid intellectual reasons for linking the two, as the editors explain in their introduction.
Voices of war: stories of service from the home front and the front lines /edited by Tom Wiener ; introduction by Max Cleland ; afterword by Chuck Hagel.
This collection of stories of service from the home front and front lines will provoke memories and thoughtful reflection and truly celebrate the sacrifices made by the millions of veterans who have fought to defend America's freedom.
Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the shadow of evil /Colin Duriez.
Among the Inklings, Lewis was at the forefront of writing on human pain, suffering, devilry, miracles and the supernatural, with books like The Screwtape Letters and more. It is no surprise, then, that he provides the main focus of this book by expert Inklings writer Colin Duriez. J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy offers another rich resource with much to say to the World War II era and beyond. Other Inklings writings and conversations come into play as well as Duriez explores the writers' considerations of evil and spiritual warfare, particularly focused in the context of wartime. Delving into the interplay between good and evil, these pages enlighten us to the way of goodness and the promise of a far country as we explore the way out of the shadow of evil.
Shenzhen: a travelogue from China /Guy Delisle ; translated by Helge Dascher.
The follow-up graphic novel to the acclaimed Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea. Shenzhen is entertainingly compact, with Guy Delisle's observations of life in a cold urban city in southern China that is sealed off from the rest of the country by electric fences and armed guards. With a dry wit and a clean line, Delisle makes the most of his time spent in Asia overseeing outsourced production for a French animation company. Yet he never forgets to relay his compassion for the simple freedoms that escape his colleagues by virtue of living in a Communist state.
Women and the blues: passions that hurt, passions that heal /Jennifer James.
Presents clear and honest survival strategies for dealing with the blues while teaching women to cope with circumstances around and within themselves.
Thirty course-altering events are brought to life by consummate storyteller Alton Gansky. Spanning twenty centuries of history, this lively book will entertain and educate readers who love history and who want to know why the church is the way it is today.
The altars where we worship: the religious significance of popular culture /Juan M. Floyd-Thomas, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Mark G. Toulouse.
Be You. Do Good.: Having the guts to pursue what makes you come alive /Jonathan David Golden.
Drawing on Scripture, entrepreneur Jonathan David Golden helps readers discover their own passion and dares them to have the courage to pursue it.
Becoming simple and wise /Joshua A. Kaiser
By tracing Bonhoeffer's understanding of moral discernment throughout his writings, and especially in his Ethics, Kaiser demonstrates the importance of discernment for Bonhoeffer's vision of Christian ethics and explores how his view combines elements of simple faith and rational reflection. While the results of the study will be significant for those interested in Bonhoeffer, they will also be relevant to all who struggle along the path of Christian discipleship.
Becoming the Psalms: a spirituality of singing and praying the Psalms /Kathleen Harmon.
Each chapter offers cantors who pray and sing the psalms a better understanding of the role of the psalms in shaping faith. Becoming the Psalms showcases material exploring the relationship between praying the psalms privately and praying them liturgically, as well as the function of the responsorial psalm as proclamation.
Calling on the name of the Lord: a biblical theology of prayer /J. Gary Millar.
Defining prayer simply as ""calling on the name of the Lord"", Millar follows the contours of the Bible's teaching on prayer. In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, he shows how prayer is intimately linked with the gospel and how it is primarily to be understood as asking God to deliver on his promises.
C. S. Lewis and Christian postmodernism: word, image, and beyond /Kyoko Yuasa ; foreword by Bruce L. Edwards.
Employing a postmodernist literary approach, this book identifies C. S. Lewis both as an antimodernist and as a Christian postmodernist who tells the story of the gospel to twentieth- and twenty-first-century readers.
What you are about to read comes from the heart of the Apostle Paul, that great missionary theologian of the first century AD.
Did he say that? [electronic resource]: the difficult words of Jesus /Charles Sigel, Mitchell Mackinem.
This book explores some of the "difficult" sayings of Jesus. This study explores both how the church through its history has handled these sayings and what these sayings may say to us today.
Disaster ministry handbook /Jamie D. Aten and David M. Boan.
Jamie Aten and David Boan, codirectors of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provide this practical guide for disaster preparedness, filled with resources for emergency planning and crisis management plus best practices for local congregations. Filled with resources for emergency planning and crisis management, this book provides best practices for local congregations.
A highly readable but scholarly work of narrative nonﬁction, The Doubled Life places Bonhoeffer's theology of love and sexuality within the context of his struggles with women, friendship, and the evils of Nazi Germany.
Encountering God in tyrannical texts: reflections on Paul, women, and the authority of Scripture /Frances Taylor Gench.
Frances Taylor Gench provides strategies for engaging texts with integrity -- that is, without dismissing them, whitewashing them, or acquiescing to them -- and as potential sources of edification for the church. Gench also facilitates reflection on the nature and authority of Scripture. Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts provides access to feminist scholarship that can inform preaching and teaching of problematic Pauline texts and encourages public engagement with them.
An explorer's guide to Karl Barth /David Guretzki.
This handy, accessible guide offers a brief snapshot of the key texts, terms, and ideas that any new reader of Barth's work need to know.
Finding God in the verbs: crafting a fresh language of prayer /Jennie Isbell and J. Brent Bill.
Finding your way in seminary: what to expect, how to thrive /David Mellott.
Fooling Ourselves with Fig Leaves is an attempt to take the message of the Galatian epistle and apply it to today's spiritual context. In it, the author takes us through a journey of discovery and insight as he exposes the deceptive nature of religion, and highlights efficacy of justification by grace through faith.
Forbidden texts on the Western frontier [electronic resource]: the Christian apocrypha from North American perspectives : proceedings from the 2013 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium /edited by Tony Burke ; foreword by Christoph Markschies.
The topics covered in the papers include new developments in the study of canon formation, the interplay of Christian Apocrypha and texts from the Nag Hammadi library, digital humanities resources for reconstructing apocryphal texts, and the value of studying late-antique apocrypha. Among the highlights of the collection are papers from a panel by three celebrated New Testament scholars reassessing the significance of the Christian Apocrypha for the study of the historical Jesus. Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier demonstrates the depth and breadth of Christian Apocrypha studies in North America and offers a glimpse at the achievements that lie ahead in the field.
The gift of hard things: finding grace in unexpected places /Mark Yaconelli.
Yaconelli eloquently expresses the reality of our situation:'We are small, sensitive creatures with short lifespans, in a world that is often chaotic, capricious, mysterious, terrible and wonderful all at the same time. Failure, disappointment, loss and other difficult experiences call us to accept our humanity, feel grateful for what has been given, receive the care of others and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit.' Using extraordinary stories from his own life and the lives of others, Yaconelli offers a narrative journey through ways in which disappointments have turned into gifts.
Growing God's Church: how people are actually coming to faith today /Gary L. McIntosh.
How John works: storytelling in the fourth gospel /edited by Douglas Estes and Ruth Sheridan.
Insider Jesus: theological reflections on new Christian movements /William A. Dyrness.
William Dyrness brings a rare blend of cultural and theological engagement to his reflections on insider movements. Within the present ferment and conversation, Dyrness's probings and reflections open up a theological space for exploring these questions anew.
Jesus behaving badly: the puzzling paradoxes of the man from Galilee /Mark L. Strauss.
Mike Tenbusch , a Detroit native and longtime advocate for youth education, brings you into the classrooms of the toughest schools in America so you can see firsthand the hardships of surviving as a child in these settings. If you have ever wondered how you, your company, or your church can be a part of the solution to the challenge of extreme poverty, this book will inspire you to take action.
Life's too short to pretend you're not religious /David Dark.
Live like you give a damn!: join the changemaking celebration /Tom Sine ; foreword by Walter Brueggemann.
Live Like You Give a Damn! declares the very good news that God is raising up a new generation, largely outside the church, to bring impressive change to the lives of our neighbors locally and globally by creating innovative forms of social enterprise and community empowerment. In this book Tom Sine offers practical ways you can join those who are creating their best communities, their best world, and in the process their best lives. S
Making Jesus attractive: the ministry and message of Young Life /Gretchen Schoon Tanis ; foreword by Pete Ward.
An in-depth look at the history and theology of this parachurch organization dedicated to ministry with young people. Beginning with the theological background of founder Jim Rayburn and moving through the decades of the ministry, this book examines not only the articulated theological statements of the organization but the lived theology as well. This book provides a thorough overview of the theological underpinnings of the Young Life organization and challenges their model of an attractive Christianity, providing insights that could be utilized by all youth ministers.
Modern psychopathologies: a comprehensive Christian appraisal /Barrett W. McRay, Mark A. Yarhouse and Richard E. Butman.
Modern Psychopathologies is addressed to students and mental health professionals who want to sort through contemporary secular understandings of psychopathology in relation to a Christian worldview. Written by well-known and respected scholars, this book provides an introduction to a set of disorders along with overviews of current research on etiology, treatment and prevention. The revised second edition is fully updated according to DSM-V and ICD-10.
Mom, I'm gay: loving your LGBTQ child and strengthening your faith /Susan Cottrell.
This is not a book about the politics or morality of homosexuality. This is a book about how to respond with love and support during this vulnerable time for your child. With practical advice and heartfelt encouragement, Cottrell guides readers through the fear and uncertainty Christian parents of LGBTQ children often feel.
Monastic sermons /Bernard of Clairvaux ; translated by Daniel Griggs ; introduction by Michael Casey.
The sermons in the collection published here, styled Sermones de diversis (Sermons about Various Topics), lack the specific point of departure that characterizes his other sermons. This collection of sermons deals with his various pastoral concerns. Since Scripture is always Bernard's point of departure and inspiration, the sermons often read like a Scripture study, but what comes through equally is the voice of an understanding spiritual father who is a masterful student of Scripture, biblical language, and the needs of his monks.
Money and possessions /Walter Brueggemann.
The music architect: blueprints for engaging worshipers in song /Constance M. Cherry.
Worship expert Constance Cherry offers comprehensive guidance to Christian leaders seeking a deeper, richer way to employ worship music in engaging ways for twenty-first-century worshipers. This work helps Christian leaders think theologically and act pastorally about worship music in their churches. It addresses larger issues beyond the surface struggles of musical styles and provides tools to critically evaluate worship songs. The book is applicable to all Christian traditions and worship styles and is well suited to both the classroom and the local church. Each chapter concludes with suggested practical exercises, recommended reading, and basic vocabulary terms.
The naked state of human being: the meaning of gymnos in 2 Corinthians 5:3 and its theological implications /Luis Iván Martínez Toledo ; foreword by Kim Papaioannou.
This book explains the image of nakedness (gymnos) taken by Paul in the Corinthian correspondence to refer to the state of human being during death. Through an academic approach, but in simple language, the author explains the biblical monist understanding of human being. He takes the biblical experience of death and resurrection to point out his arguments. This book uncovers the ancient problem of the continuation of personal identity from life prior to death, on to resurrection. It also provides a fresh biblical approach from an anthropological and biblical perspective to the problem of what being human really is. Those who enjoy traveling through the Bible with an open mind and warm heart will find in this book a good experience.
The Naomi story--the book of Ruth: from gender to politics /Terry Giles and William J. Doan.
Neither complementarian nor egalitarian: a kingdom corrective to the evangelical gender debate /Michelle Lee-Barnewall ; foreword by Craig L. Blomberg ; afterword by Lynn H. Cohick.
Michelle Lee-Barnewall critiques both sides of the debate, challenging the standard premises and arguments and offering new insight into a perennially divisive issue in the church. She brings fresh biblical exegesis to bear on our cultural situation, presenting an alternative way to move the discussion forward based on a corporate perspective and on kingdom values.
The new Christian Zionism: fresh perspectives on Israel and the land /edited by Gerald R. McDermott.
Written with academic rigor by experts in the field, this book proposes that Zionism can be defended historically, theologically, politically and morally. The authors include recommendations for how twenty-first-century Christian theology should rethink its understanding of both ancient and contemporary Israel, the Bible and Christian theology more broadly. This provocative volume proposes a place for Christian Zionism in an integrated biblical vision.
Not all roads lead to heaven: sharing and exclusive Jesus in an inclusive world /Dr. Robert Jeffress.
Of good comfort: Martin Luther's letters to the depressed and their significance for pastoral care today /Stephen Pietsch.
The original ending of Mark: a new case for the authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 /Nicholas P. Lunn.
It is demonstrated that the church fathers knew the Markan ending from the very earliest days, well over two centuries before the earliest extant manuscripts. Strong indications of Markan authorship are found in the presence of specific linguistic constructions, a range of literary devices, and the continuation of various themes prominent within the body of the Gospel.
Paul as a problem in history and culture: the apostle and his critics through the centuries /Patrick Gray.
This engaging book explores why many people have been wary of Paul and what their criticisms reveal about the church and the broader culture. Patrick Gray brings intellectual and cultural history into conversation with study of the New Testament, providing a balanced account and assessment of widespread antipathy to Paul and exploring what the controversy tells us about ourselves.
Pauline parallels: a comprehensive guide /[edited by] Walter T. Wilson.
What are people for?' This book locates the starting point for answering this question in a placed perspective, and examines what G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Wendell Berry have to show us in this regard. These authors' rooted perspectives challenge us to see our communities and ourselves differently.
Praying the language of enmity in the psalter: a study of Psalms 110, 119, 129, 137, 139, and 149 /Aran J.E. Persaud ; foreword by James M. Houston.
This study of six psalms with graphic language of enmity seeks to help the reader overcome shallow views of the mystery of evil, cultural blinkers of the use of language, and even personal prejudices. It attempts to recover the complete prayer book of the Church, as it once was, Israel's prayer book.
Q, the first writing about Jesus /Yoseop Ra.
This book shows readers the formation of Q by exploring how the texts were subjected to redaction four times. As author Yoseop Ra demonstrates, the first redaction of Q conveys the words and deeds of the historical Jesus and then the rest of redactors imposed their own theological interpretation to the words and deeds of Jesus. His argument will provide readers with a fresh look on how the earliest "Jesus movement" was formed in the thirties of the first century CE.
Reading John for dear life: a spiritual walk with the fourth gospel /Jaime Clark-Soles.
Saint Francis of Assisi [electronic resource]: passion, poverty & the man who transformed the Church /Bret Thoman, OFS.
In this riveting biography, Thoman accomplishes what few biographers have. He pierces the inner life of Francis, revealing his deepest passions, his unquenchable love for poverty, and his unshakable grip on the core of the Gospel. If you want to hear his thoughts, if you want to feel the fervor that blazed within his soul, you must read St. Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty, and the Man who Transformed the Catholic Church.
A myriad of interpretations surround these four verses. Expanding on Brevard Childs's brief work on Daniel, Haydon responds with a canonical approach, reading a text that is shaped to include future generations of faithful interpreters.
The silence of God during the passion [electronic resource] /Daniel Bourguet ; foreword by Bob Ekblad.
Spiritual survival in the modern world: insights from C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters /Andrew Dean Swafford.
In this work, Dr. Swafford opens up the wisdom of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters.
A splendid wickedness and other essays /David Bentley Hart.
Incisive essays from a master wordsmith This collection of occasional essays brings us David Bentley Hart at his finest: startlingly clear and deliciously abstruse, coolly wise and burningly witty, fresh and timeless, mystical and concrete — often all at once. Hart's incisive blend of philosophy, moral theology, and cultural criticism, together with his flair for both the well-told story and the well-turned phrase, is sure to delight.
The spiritual dimension of ageing /Elizabeth MacKinlay.
To the table: a spirituality of food, farming, and community /Lisa Graham McMinn.
The author offers practical guidance on what it means to eat alone or in community with more intention, compassion, humility, and gratitude. She also tells the story of food as it transitions from seed to table. Sidebars contain gardening and food tips, recipes, and food preservation guides. End-of-chapter questions for individual and group use are included.
The touch of the sacred: the practice, theology, and tradition of Christian worship /F. Gerrit Immink ; translated by Reinder Bruinsma.
Immink offers thoughtful theological reflection on the religious practice of worship services in the Protestant tradition. He develops a theology of worship with a clear focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as he explores the meaning of worship, the mystery of Christ, the sacraments, prayer, and preaching. Ultimately, he says, something dynamic happens when a church congregation speaks and acts: it is touched by the sacred, by a very encounter with the living God.
Overplayed: a parent's guide to sanity in the world of youth sports /David King & Margot Starbuck.