February 2014 Staff Recommendations
Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and sling, and ever since then, the names David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. Or should he have?
Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland’s troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high cost of revenge and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms – all too demonstrates how what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.
Shaping a Digital World
Faith, Culture and Computer Technology
by Derek C. Schuurman
“Reflecting a deep understanding both of computer technology and biblical truths, Derek Schuurman draws parallels between the two that enlighten our understanding and deepen our faith.”
“There are many books on technology. This book is exceptional and very special. Everyone who wants to understand the real meaning of the digital world has to read this biblically oriented and wise book.”
“What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s high-tech world? Engagingly written, this book is a must-read for high-tech Christians interested in the question of how their faith and their technology relate to one another.”
Walking with the Poor
Principles and Practices of Transformational Development
“Probably the best book on how to do holistic community development. A must read.”
“This book is a tour de force reflection on the various theories of the causes of poverty. In an excellent account, Myers outlines the principles for what he terms ‘transformational development.’ Must reading for anyone who wants to carefully connect theology and development economics.”
How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help
by Robert D. Lupton
Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people.
“Toxic Charity should serve as a guide and course correction for anyone involved in charitable endeavors at home or abroad.”
“If we truly love the poor, we will want to educate ourselves on how best to serve. This book is a great starting point.”