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Levinas and the Wisdom of Love

Levinas and the Wisdom of Love: The Question of Invisibility
(Baylor University Press) by Corey Beals, assistant professor of philosophy and religion.

Challenging the prevailing interpretation, Beals explores the ideas of 20th-century philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’ concept of love, love’s relation to wisdom, and how love makes others visible to us.

Becoming a Teacher Through Action Research: Process, Context, and Self-Analysis
(Routledge) by Donna Kalmbach Phillips, professor of education, and Kevin Carr, associate professor of education.

An action research textbook for teacher education, it includes interactive textware on CD. Written for teachers new to the profession, the book emphasizes professional identity formation and the challenges and dilemmas of doing action research as a student teacher.

Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling

Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling: An Integrative Paradigm
(InterVarsity Press) by Mark R. McMinn, professor of psychology.

McMinn believes that Christian counseling must take account of both human sin and God’s grace, for both sin and grace are distorted whenever one is emphasized without the other. Expounding the proper relationship of sin and grace, McMinn shows how the full truth of the gospel works itself out in the functional, structural, and relational domains of an integrative model of psychotherapy.

Growing Strong Daughters

Growing Strong Daughters: Encouraging Girls to Become All They’re Meant to Be (2nd edition)
(Baker Books) by Lisa Graham McMinn, associate professor of sociology.

McMinn offers a critique of our culture blended with strategies and personal insights to guide readers in growing strong, capable daughters. This revised edition includes a new preface, study questions, and updated studies, illustrations, and concepts.

Practicing Discernment Together

Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making
(Barclay Press) by Lon Fendall, director of Center for Global Studies and Center for Peace and Justice, with Jan Wood and Bruce Bishop.

It provides Christian groups with a practical approach to understanding God’s voice and navigating the decision-making process.

Seeking Peace in Africa

Seeking Peace in Africa: Stories from African Peacemakers
(Cascadia Publishing House) with Donald E. Miller, Scott Holland, and Dean Johnson. Also edited by Lon Fendall.

It features the hopeful responses of Africans who have lived through horrific violence.

Preaching on the Plains

Preaching on the Plains: Methodist Women Preachers in Kansas, 1920-1956
(University Press of America) by Kendra Weddle Irons, assistant professor of religious studies.

By sharpening the focus on rural Methodist pulpits during the Dust Bowl and World War II, this study brings to life women who preached and provided leadership when Kansas faced one of its most difficult eras.

Stepping in the Light: Life in Joy and Power
(Friends United Press) by Howard R. Macy, professor of religion and biblical studies.

This book features more than 60 of Macy’s essays that explore how to live well, personally and together, in our ordinary lives. The essays were formerly published in Quaker Life magazine.

Good and Evil

Good and Evil: Quaker Perspectives
(Ashgate), featuring chapters written by George Fox professors Paul Anderson, Corey Beals, William Jolliff, Carole Dale Spencer, Arthur O. Roberts, and Phil Smith.

This multidisciplinary collection provides insights into the question “What did, and do, Quakers think about good and evil?”

Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism
(Paternoster Press) by Carole Dale Spencer, adjunct professor of church history and spiritual formation.

This book provides a historical analysis of the theology of holiness in the Quaker tradition.

Soaring in the Spirit

Soaring in the Spirit: Rediscovering Mystery in the Christian Life
(Paternoster Press) by Charles J. Conniry, Jr., associate professor of pastoral studies.

Conniry’s book is about experiencing the presence of Jesus Christ in the moment-by-moment “nows” of daily life. Conniry asserts that the experience of Christ’s presence in the “right here” of our daily walk is the birthright of every follower of Christ.


Worldviews: Contact and Change
(Pearson) by Ken Badley, associate professor of education.

Badley coauthored this teacher guide (with Dana Antaya-Moore, Dean Cunningham, and Maureen Duguay) for a social studies textbook that explores the impact of exploration and the Renaissance on Spain and Italy, Spanish contact with the Aztecs, and American contact with Japan.

Collected Works of James Wilson

Collected Works of James Wilson
(Liberty Fund Press), edited by Mark David Hall, Herbert Hoover distinguished professor of political science, and Kermit L. Hall.

This two-volume set brings together the most important writings and speeches of James Wilson, one of only six signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and one of the most influential members of the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787.

The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered
(T&T Clark) by Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies.

The first book in the Library of New Testament Studies to be reprinted in paperback, it challenges the prevalent scholarly view that, because the book of John is theological and different from the other gospels, it cannot be historical and therefore is deemed off-limits for historical Jesus studies.

John, Jesus, and History, Vol. 1: Critical Assessments of Critical Views
(SBL Press) co-edited by Paul Anderson

The first of three volumes featuring the papers produced in the John, Jesus, and History Group at the national Society of Biblical Literature meetings, of which Anderson is a co-chair.

Founded by Friends: The Quaker Heritage of Fifteen American Colleges and Universities
(Scarecrow Press) by Paul Anderson

Anderson also wrote the story of George Fox University here, which illustrates the diversity of the colleges and universities founded by Friends in North America.


Rethinking Evangelism
Todd Hunter (Dmin '05), national director of Alpha USA, believes an oversimplified sharing of the gospel hinders serious Christian discipleship, and consequently, evangelistic efforts.  Full story...

Bruin Brawl
Soon after arriving on campus, most George Fox freshmen get a lesson on the university's oldest and oddest tradition.  Full story...

Bruin Notes
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