New Titles for the Week of October 8th, 2012

Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist who Inspired a Nation by Aili and Andres McConnon (New York: Crown, 2012).

Road to Valour is a wonderful tale about strength and perseverance that describes how Italian cyclist Gino Bartali manages to overcome poverty and war to conquer the Tour de France in 1948 when he was 34 years old. Despite being a sickly child from a poor family, Bartali becomes a cycling star only to have Fascism and World War II interrupt his career. During the war, despite the danger involved, Bartali participated in the resistance movement by transporting fake documents or photographs that would help Jewish families avoid arrest and possible deportation to concentration camps. Then, after the war, Bartali worked to rebuild his life and cycling career and was able to win the 1948 Tour de France at a time when Italy was fraught with political upheaval due to the attempted assassination of an important politician. –LibraryThing Early Reviews

On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics by Therese Lysaught (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012).

See the review in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

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Epistles of 1, 2, 3 John by J.E. McDermond (Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2011).

1, 2, and 3, John were written during a time of church schism that left Christians confused and questioning their status before God. in response, the author of these three letters argues that the Christian life has two fundamental markers: Acceptance of Jesus Christ’s role in God’s plan of salvation, and the need to practice love in interactions with other believers. In this commentary, Je. E. McDermond shows that these two crucial concepts are as relevant and important today as they were back then. — From Description

What Motivates Cultural Progressives? Understanding Opposition to the Political and Christian Right by George Yancey and David Williamson (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012).

See George Yancey’s blog for a thoughtful description and conversation on this title.

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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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