NWC Faculty Book Club
An Introduction to the selected books.
This Spring, faculty are invited to participate in a Faculty Book Club.
If you want to participate a NWC Faculty Book Club, please REGISTER before January 1, 2019.
TEACHING AND CHRISTIAN PRACTICES
The first book is called Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith & Learning, edited by David I. Smith & James K.A. Smith.
In the foreword to the book we discover the following exhortation:
”If you want to see great teaching in action, read this book. If you believe that college classes can be communities of learning where knowledge of self, others, and the world is sought in response to God’s call and the world’s need, read this book. If you yearn for pedagogical wisdom capable of sustaining resistance to consumerist and instrumentalist pressures on teaching and learning, read this book.”
This book is comprised of 11 essays that model, discuss, and illustrate various ways of re-integrating spiritual practices with classroom teaching. Reflecting upon transformative power of sharing meals, prayer, spiritual pilgrimage, hospitality, confession, and learning as a spiritual gift-exchange, this book offers compelling and imaginative ways of advancing our formation of students.
The Year of Our Lord 1943
The second book, The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis, is Alan Jacobs fascinating study of five Christian intellectuals — Jacques Maritain, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden, and Simone Weil. Persuaded that each of these Christian Scholars independently arrived at similar conclusions about the nature of a world in crisis and the promise of a distinctly Christian vision of culture, reality, and renewal.
Commenting upon the importance of this work, James D. Hunter (author of *To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World*) writes this:
”Alan Jacobs has written an elegant and deeply learned book on Christian humanism in the critical years of the Second World War. He opens a window into some of the most luminous and profound thinking about the nature and possibilities of civilization during those troubled years. By doing so, he has opened a window for thinking about our own troubled times.”