It’s New Book Friday!

genomeAfter the Genome: A Language for our Biotechnological Future
Michael J. Hyde and James A. Herrick
Biotechnological advancements during the last half-century have forced humanity to come to grips with the possibility of a post-human future. The ever-evolving opinions about how society should anticipate this biotechnological frontier demand a language that will describe our new future and discuss its ethics. ‘After the Genome’ brings together expert voices from the realms of ethics, rhetoric, religion, and science to help lead complex conversations about end-of-life care, the relationship between sin and medicine, and the protection of human rights in a post-human world. With chapters on the past and future of the science-warfare narrative, the rhetoric of care and its effect on those suffering, black rhetoric and biotechnology, planning for the end of life, regenerative medicine, and more, ‘After the Genome’ yields great insight into the human condition and moves us forward toward a genuinely humane approach to who we are and who we are becoming.

ongodssideOn God’s Side Jim Wallis
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on Gods side.”–Abraham Lincoln Lincoln led America through one of the most tumultuous times in our nations history. Reading his words today, it is clear we still have much to learn concerning what it means to be on Gods side. Bestselling author, public theologian, and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis speaks directly into our current context, revealing the spiritual compass we need to effect lasting change in our society. He explains how the good news of Jesus transforms not only our individual lives but also our public lives. Jesuss gospel of the kingdom of God helps us recover a personal and social commitment to the common good and shows us–in concrete ways–how to be both personally responsible and socially just. Working together, we can reshape our churches, society, politics, and economy. In the midst of contentious national debates on gun control, immigration, budget deficits, and more, this book moves the conversations beyond current media and political warfare to bring together a divided country. Wallis explores how Jesuss agenda can serve the common good, what it takes to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice, and how reading the Bible as well as the culture can shape our lives for genuine transformation.

churchimpotentThe Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity Leon J. Pdoles
The current preoccupation with the role of women in the church obscures the more serious problem of the perennial absence of men. This provocative book argues that Western churches have become “women’s clubs”, that the emasculation of Christianity is dangerous for the church and society, and that a masculine presence can and must be restored. After documenting the highly feminized state of Western Christianity, Dr. Podles identifies the masculine traits that once characterized the Christian life but are now commonly considered incompatible with it. He contends that though masculinity has been marginalized within Christianity, it cannot be expunged from human society. If detached from Christianity, it reappears as a substitute religion, with unwholesome and even horrific consequences. The church, too, is diminished by its emasculation. Dr. Podles concludes by considering how Christianity’s virility might be restored. In the otherwise stale and overworked field of “gender studies”, The Church Impotent is the only book to confront the lopsidedly feminine cast of modern Christianity with a profound analysis of its historical and sociological roots.

mattersnowWhat Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation Gary Hamel
This is not a book about one thing. It′s not a 250-page dissertation on leadership, teams or motivation. Instead, it′s an agenda for building organizations that can flourish in a world of diminished hopes, relentless change and ferocious competition. This is not a book about doing better. It′s not a manual for people who want to tinker at the margins. Instead, it′s an impassioned plea to reinvent management as we know it-to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about capitalism, organizational life, and the meaning of work. Leaders today confront a world where the unprecedented is the norm. Wherever one looks, one sees the exceptional and the extraordinary: Business newspapers decrying the state of capitalism. Once-innovative companies struggling to save off senescence. Next gen employees shunning blue chips for social start-ups. Corporate miscreants getting pilloried in the blogosphere. Entry barriers tumbling in what were once oligopolistic strongholds. Hundred year-old business models being rendered irrelevant overnight. Newbie organizations crowdsourcing their most creative work. National governments lurching towards bankruptcy. Investors angrily confronting greedy CEOs and complacent boards. Newly omnipotent customers eagerly wielding their power. Social media dramatically transforming the way human beings connect, learn and collaborate. Obviously, there are lots of things that matter now. But in a world of fractured certainties and battered trust, some things matter more than others. While the challenges facing organizations are limitless; leadership bandwidth isn′t. That′s why you have to be clear about what really matters now. What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead? Hamel identifies five issues are that are paramount: values, innovation, adaptability, passion and ideology. In doing so he presents an essential agenda for leaders everywhere who are eager to… move from defense to offense reverse the tide of commoditization defeat bureaucracy astonish their customers foster extraordinary contribution capture the moral high ground outrun change build a company that′s truly fit for the future Concise and to the point, the book will inspire you to rethink your business, your company and how you lead.

virtualexecThe Virtual Executive D. A. Benton
Master digital platforms to deliver powerful messages and build your personal brand In the virtual world, every voice mail, e-mail, or tweet is fraught with the danger of misunderstanding or misdirection, which can be disastrous for results and/or relationships. For those on the rise or recently thrust into this very different world, this book is an exceptional resource . . . and entertaining too! –Hal Johnson, Chairman, Global Human Resources Practice, Korn/Ferry International Benton’s insights on being seen as a leader remain as relevant as ever, even though the tools with which we work have changed dramatically. . . . The Virtual Executive provides a guide for making yourself and those around you successful in a rapidly evolving, connected, and virtual world. –Brian Fabes, CEO, Civic Consulting Alliance Benton teaches us all the protocol for success in a digital age. What worked yesterday won’t work today . . . and what will work tomorrow is in this book. –Rulon Stacey, Chairman, American College of Healthcare Executives; CEO, Poudre Valley Health Systems; author, Over Our Heads Benton’s book empowers you to play at the top of your game–not just in person, but from afar. –Paola Bonomo, Head of Online Services, Vodafone Omnitel N.V. A must-read as applicable to the novice new hire as it is to the CEO. –John Odegaard, Executive Director, U.S. Naval War College Foundation A remarkably focused tool for the successful executive striving to be better in the digital age. I literally could not put the book down once I started it. –Stan Payne, CEO, Canaveral Port Authority About the Book: When was the last time you were in a meeting and every participant was in the room? How many people do you know who work from remote sites? How many e-mails did you receive and send at work today? Blogging, commenting, tagging, e-mailing, texting, video chatting. Everywhere you turn these days, there’s a new way to communicate ideas and opinions. Whether you’re a C-suite executive or a mid-level manager, you have to be able to move seamlessly among all the available digital platforms in order to communicate your message effectively. In The Virtual Executive , world-renowned CEO coach and bestselling author Debra Benton teaches you everything you need to know to navigate today’s seemingly endless choices of social media and virtual communication tools in order to stay relevant in a sea of competition. From videoconferencing, instant messaging, and webinars to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, Benton explains how and when to use each platform to: Differentiate yourself from others in the vast digital world Deliver a clear, powerful message Make people remember you for the right reasons Build trust with colleagues and customers Achieve more than ever–with less effort and lower costs Digital communication isn’t the way of the future–it’s the way of now. And even more change is inevitable. If you don’t face it head-on, the future will be a time of chaos and lost opportunities. But if you reinvent yourself into a true virtual executive, you will make your mark with surprising speed and effectiveness. The Virtual Executive is your guidebook to boldly leading your organization into the future by embracing digital communication platforms, tailoring them to your needs, and using them to build your personal brand for the long run.

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About jessicashuck

Jessica is a Library Associate at Cornerstone University's Miller Library and a future librarian. Currently, she is working on her MLIS through the University of South Florida. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
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