New Book Titles for the Week of August 8

Photography and Literature by François Brunet (Reaktion Books, 2009).

Brunet”s beautifully illustrated study shows how, starting with the British pioneer William Fox Talbot, photography has shed this aura of objectivity to become a medium of individual expression. Today, photography is the “new muse of literature” and it subverts the very reality its images were once thought to reflect with such veracity.—Guardian

The Piano Player in the Brothel: The Future of Journalism by Juan Luis Cebrian (Overlook Press / Duckworth, 2011).

A thoughtful collection of essays exploring the storied past and shifting present of reporting, a call to encourage what is best in journalism as we move into the tumultuous era of online news.—Foreword Magazine

Unexpected Destinations: An Evangelical Pilgrimage to World Christianity by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson (Eerdmans, 2011).

Delightful, moving, important. . . . The wonderful story of a person who has played a large role in bringing Christ’s one — broken — body closer together.— Ronald J. Sider

How Societies Embrace Information Technology: Lessons for Management and the Rest of Us by James W. Cortada (Wiley & Sons, 2009).

The book also presents ideas for educators. For instance, to encourage IT people to be naturally proactive, courses should leverage the creation and production of IT projects with solving society’s problems. With some effort, this can be done in computers and society courses, at both the general and professional education level.—Computing Reviews

Hermeneutics as a Theory of Understanding by Petr Pokorný (Eerdmans, 2011).

What is ‘hermeneutics,’ and what are the best methods for discerning the eternal in the ephemeral or God’s Word in scriptural words? To supply answers, Pokorný has crafted this wonderful and deeply inspiring book…He blends together disciplines–philosophy, philology, phenomenology, and theology–that tend to shed each other like oil and water…Pokorny shows how two worlds, our own and the authors’ world, merge in ways that transcend finite methodologies.—James H. Charlesworth

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Eric Bradley is a academic librarian. He does not moonlight as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter or Los Angeles studio singer, although may be seen playing French Horn in a community band or adding another tune book to his hymnal collection.
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