New books for the week of Nov. 4

igodsiGods: how technology shapes our spiritual and social lives by Craig Detweiler – Christianity and Culture
Today the world is literally at our fingertips. We can call, text, email, or post our status to friends and family on the go. We can carry countless games, music, and apps in our pocket. Yet it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by access to so much information and exhausted from managing our online relationships and selves. Craig Detweiler, a nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today’s social media culture. He interacts with major symbols, or “iGods,” of our distracted age–Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter–to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we’ve been and a prophetic look at where we’re headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.

startThe Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben CasnochaBusiness & Careers
LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Hoffman and entrepreneur Casnocha (My Start-Up Life) show how to adapt to the challenges of professional life and achieve career goals by behaving like an entrepreneur in this innovative approach to career management. Recognizing the similarities between business strategies employed by successful startups and career strategies used by top individuals, Hoffman began to ponder individuals as startup ventures and realized the importance of utilizing an entrepreneurial mindset to forge new careers. Given the new economic landscape, where young talent is stuck at the bottom of the employment ladder, retirement-age employees are staying on the job, and stalemated middle-aged workers are stalled in limbo, workers at all levels need to develop strategies to gain opportunities, improve their competitive edge, and expand their networks-in other words, obtain a startup mindset and skills. To do so, the authors show how to combine assets, aspirations, and market realities and adapt as needed, emphasizing the necessity of building real, lasting relationships and establishing a powerful professional network. With plenty of valuable guidance relevant to any career stage, this book will help readers not only survive professionally in times of uncertainty but stand out from the pack and flourish.

aviationThe early days of aviation in Grand Rapids  by Gordon G. BeldLocal Interest
From the back cover: Perch next to the first man to fly over Grand Rapids and share the spine-tingling thrills of wing-walker Ormer Locklear.  Learn how barnstormer “Fish” Hassell led locals to the sky from the shores of Reeds Lake and paved the way for a new air route to Europe.  Be there as helicopters and gliders roll off Grand Rapids assembly lines during World War II.  With journalist Gordon Beld as your pilot, you’re in for a spectacular aerial veiw of Grand Rapids aviation.

orangeMy Orange Duffel Bag: a journey to radical change by Sam Bracken Motivational
Abandoned at age 15, Sam Bracken battled homelessness, poverty, and abuse to successfully earn a full-ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology. When he left for college, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag. Now, in this award-winning illustrated memoir and road map to personal transformation, Sam shares his story as well as everything he’s learned about overcoming the odds and radically changing his life so that you can create positive, lasting change of your own. With My Orange Duffel Bag , you’ll have the inspiration, motivation, and tools to realize your potential and achieve your dreams.

liliesLilies Without by Laura KasischkeMichigan Author / Poetry
“She has, like all good poets, created a music of her own, one suited to her concerns. When denizens of the 22nd century, if we get there, look back on our era and ask how we lived, they will take an interest both in the strangest personalities who gave their concerns verbal form, and in the most representative. The future will not–should not–see us by one poet alone. But if there is any justice in that future, Kasischke is one of the poets it will choose.” — Boston Review  Laura Kasischke is the author of six books of poetry, including Gardening in the Dark (Ausable Press, 2004) and Dance and Disappear (winner of the 2002 Juniper Prize), and four novels. Her work has received many honors, including the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

ocdOCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu YA Fiction
In this raw and relatable romance, Bea learns that some things just can t be controlled. When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she s obsessed. Bea tells herself she s got it all under control. But this isn t a choice, it s a compulsion. The truth is, she s breaking down and she might end up breaking her own heart.

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About aprilvanputten

April is the Acquisitions / Office Manager at Miller Library. She is also the Business Manager of the Association of Christian Librarians, a non-profit organization serving Christian librarians in institutions of higher learning. April is passionate about business and leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband and three children.
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