Books in Brief

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Author: Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Theologian’s Journey, Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P. (Paulist Press). The autobiography of a Dominican priest who has witnessed vast changes in the church and society. O’Meara is an ND emeritus professor of theology.

Chalk Dust: A Teacher’s Marks, David Ellison ’81 (Heinemann). A collection of funny, sad and poignant columns from a seventh-grade teacher who strives to make a difference in his students’ lives.

Philosophy, Feminism and Faith, edited by Ruth E. Groenhout ’93 Ph.D. and Marya Bower (Indiana University Press). Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and other women describe how they balance their commitment to faith, philosophy and feminist thought.

The Lord’s Prayer: A Survey Theological and Literary, Nicholas Ayo, CSC (Rowman & Littlefield). A definitive study of the Our Father, including historical analysis, critical evaluation and discussion of deeper issues raised by various interpretations of the prayer. Ayo is a professor in the ND Program of Liberal Studies.

Dixie Limited: Railroads, Culture, and the Southern Renaissance, Joseph R. Millichap ’62M.A., ’70Ph.D. (University Press of Kentucky). A cultural reading of the imagery and symbolism of trains used by such writers as Eudora Welty, Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner.

Games that Teach Teams: 21 Activities to Super-Charge Your Group!, Steve Sugar and George Takacs ’71M.A. (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer). Designed for use by any team from youth groups to professional organizations to those in cyberspace, with an eye toward customizing the games for specific needs.

Between Fathers and Sons: Critical Incident Narratives in the Development of Men’s Lives, edited by Robert J. Pellegrini and Theodore R. Sarbin (Haworth Press). Personal stories explore the depth of the father-son relationship. Frank J. Barrett ‘75, ’77M.A. shares a touching essay about his father’s indirect and quiet approval.

Environmental Justice: Creating Equity, Reclaiming Democracy, Kristin S. Shrader-Frechette (Oxford University Press). The poor are too often the victims of pollution, their neighborhoods chosen for dangerous industries and toxic landfills. The ND professor of philosophy and biological sciences presents a case for the ethical need to remedy environmental problems.

Organizing for Community Controlled Development: Renewing Civil Society, Patricia W. Murphy and James V. Cunningham ’44, ’50M.A. (SAGE Publications). A guide for urban planners, community organizers and neighborhood activists that focuses on revitalizing the nation’s network of small communities.

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven: 6 Steps to Organizational Excellence, Patrick J. McDonnell ’65 (Sunrise Publishing). Case studies, humorous anecdotes, lists and summaries are used to explain a strategy for creating excellence.

Kenyan Quest, Jack Rosshirt ’54, ’56J.D. (Word Wright). An adventure novel played out on a background of real events, as a retired oil executive uncovers a 50-year-old secret.

Moral Memoranda from John Howard Yoder: Conversations on Law, Ethics and the Church between a Mennonite Theologian and a Hoosier Lawyer, Thomas L. Shaffer (Wipf and Stock Publishers). Shaffer, an ND emeritus professor of law, presents an array of comments on law and government by the late theologian Yoder, who taught at ND for several years.

Give Success!, Richard E. Lochner ’61 (www.GiveSuccess.com). The retired colonel offers a spectrum of military and civilian leadership techniques especially for use in business.

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