New Featured Books for Week of June 4, 2012

Although many of our students are out and about enjoying their summer break, the staff at Miller Library continue to bring you new and exciting titles.  Here are a few featured ones:

Levine, Amy-Jill, and Marc Zvi Brettler. 2011. The Jewish annotated New Testament: New Revised Standard Version Bible translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In this first ever annotation by Jewish scholars and theologians of the New Testament, editors Levine (New Testament & Jewish studies, Vanderbilt Univ.) and Brettler (biblical studies, Brandeis Univ.) remark, “there is much in the New Testament that we find both beautiful and meaningful.” Intended for scholarly and lay readers, Jewish as well as Christian, the volume aims to present the Revised Standard Version from a Jewish perspective and provide historical and literary context.

Davis, E. P. 2012. The crisis and the kingdom: economics, Scripture, and the global financial crisis. Eugene, Or: Cascade Books.

Taking a view from Scripture, Philip Davis critiques the overall aims of individuals, as assumed by economics—wealth, consumption, and power—in contrast to Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom of God, the love for God and neighbor, and responsible stewardship of resources. In doing so, he aims to equip Christians to better understand the crisis from a kingdom perspective, to provide the church with a distinctive voice in these troubled times, and to press for radical Christian solutions to address the underlying difficulties.

Hirshberg, Meg Cadoux. 2012. For better or for work: a survival guide for entrepreneurs and their families. New York, N.Y.: An Inc. Original.

When people start businesses, they rarely consider how much the business will take over their lives and sap their time and energy, much less that of their families. Hirshberg shares her story and others’, speaking powerfully and emotionally about the trials and tribulations of an entrepreneur marriage. She covers the challenges of relatives investing in the business, layering a professional relationship onto a personal one, keeping romance alive for spouses who work together, caring for and providing attention to children, passing the reins within the family, and surviving the failure of the relationship or the business itself. Along the way, she suggests marriage-saving rules and offers cool-headed advice, making the book an indispensable tool for those living-enthusiastically or reluctantly-for a spouse’s dream.

Garner, Stephen Chapin, and Jerry Thornell. 2011. Scattering seeds: cultivating church vitality. Herndon, Va: Alban.

In Scattering Seeds: Cultivating Church Vitality, Stephen Chapin Garner and Jerry Thornell share the story of their home congregation, the United Church of Christ in Norwell, MA. This average congregation has approached congregational life in a not-so-average way. Each congregant is seen as a minister, bringing the good news of Christ to the community; the church has moved away from boards and committees, instead utilizing the people to form ministry teams; and they have revitalized the way they approach and practice worship and education.

Gidley, M. 2011. Photography and the USA. London: Reaktion Books.

Gidley (emer., Univ. of Leeds, UK) points out in his introduction that this book is “written out of a conviction that–in ways both large and small–there has been a symbiotic connection between the medium of photography and the nation that has emerged as the world’s remaining superpower.. He expands this thesis with discussions of photographic technologies developed in the US, the history of US photography, photography as it has documented American life, and the use of photography to symbolize various aspects of American society.


About Eric

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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