Lamott’s  Hallelujah Anyway

The School of Theology and Ministry’s non-credit online program, STM Online: Crossroads, is presenting a 4-week book club course on Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy (Riverhead Books, 2017). In the book, which entwines essays and narratives, Lamott rediscovers mercy in the everyday messiness of life and connects it to kindness and forgiveness for oneself and others.  Course participants will discuss the text under the guidance of a facilitator. The course will run from January 31 to February 27. Registration closes January 26 or when filled to capacity.

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More from the Outcasts

Whispers of Spring, the third installment in Chuck Abdella‘s Outcasts fantasy book series, has been published. The series continues to follow the story of Octavia, Alexia, Quintus, Hector and friends. As the adventure continues, some secrets will be revealed, and others will remain untold. The previous titles in the Outcasts Series are: The Lies of Autumn and The Darkest ForestsAbdella is a Boston College graduate who teaches history at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.

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Put on your game face

Boston College alumna Brigitte Henry Cooper has written four titles for the Game Face series published by Calico, an imprint of Magic Wagon/ABDO Publishing. Cooper’s books, which are geared for readers in elementary and middle school, feature a different girl and different sport in each story. Each girl must face her weaknesses, find her strengths, and navigate the pressures of competition as well as the ups and downs of friendship. The books in the series are: Balancing Act (Louie Lin’s story); STEAM & Ice (Alana O’Brien’s story); Sports Report (Maya Esposito’s story), and Softball Surprise (Rana Parisi’s story). Illustrations by Tim Heitz.

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The other Middle East

The new book The Other Middle East: An Anthology of Modern Levantine Literature (Yale University Press, 2018) offer readers a nuanced understanding of the mosaic that is the contemporary Middle East. The anthology, compiled by Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh who introduces and annotates each selection, offers a window on the contemporary Levant, a region comprising most of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, parts of southern Turkey and northwestern Iraq, and the Sinai Peninsula. Originally written in Arabic, French, Aramaic, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Hebrew, the selections in this book  reflect a diversity of cultures, faiths, traditions, and languages and a wide range of ideas and perspectives. Salameh is the author of the books Charles Corm: An Intellectual biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese “Young Phoenician” and Language Memory and Identity in the Middle East; The Case for Lebanon, among other works.

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STM scholars collaborate on book

Scholars from the School of Theology and Ministry have collaborated on a new book to help guide the Catholic faithful to greater awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence and movement in their lives. In The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire (Paulist Press, 2017), co-edited by Professor Rev. Richard Lennan and Associate Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid, each of the 17 STM faculty authors addresses the topic of the Holy Spirit from his or her area of study, from history, ethics, and spirituality to pastoral theology, systematic theology and the Bible. This is the second collaborative book project from the STM. More from BC News.

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Religious minorities in the Middle East

Franck Salameh, associate professor of Near Eastern Studies, has contributed a chapter to the new book, The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), edited by John Eibner. The book, which addresses the domestic and international politics that have created conditions for contemporary religious cleansing in the Middle East, is a collection of scholarship, history, personal experiences, and chronicles of dispossession that are often left out of traditional history books and shielded from the popular media. According to Salameh, the contributors are a veritable who’s who of scholars, journalists political practitioners, activists, diplomats, and luminaries. Collectively, they make a major contribution to understanding the dynamics of the mortal threat to the social pluralism upon which the survival of religious minorities depends. Salameh’s chapter is on the Christians of the Holy Land.

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New battlefields

According to author David Patrikarakos, the scholarly work of Associate Professor of Communication and International Studies Matt Sienkiewicz greatly enhanced the intellectual rigor of his new book, War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century.  Covering three key conflicts (Russia/Ukraine, Israel/Hamas, and ISIS), Patrikarakos looks at how social media has reshaped war and can affect the physical and narrative battlefields, and how the relationship between war and the media has been upended. The author says Sienkiewicz, who is quoted extensively in the book, “provided valuable insights into the role both traditional and social media play in framing the discussion around war and indeed constructing its reality to consumers.”

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