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Book Discussion: Renaissance, by Os Guinness

OG_ROn Friday, November 10, at 12:00, the Library Book Club will discuss Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, by author, scholar, and journalist, Os Guinness.
About Renaissance, author Rebecca Manley Pippert writes, “This is a profound, realistic and hopeful book that reminds us that even in the darkest times the power of the gospel can change the world…No other writer I know offers such a rich background of astute cultural analysis combined with a deep understanding of history. I finished this book feeling a deep sense of hope, which was fortified by his powerful prayers at the end of each chapter. If we heed the wisdom in this marvelous book, we could well become effective agents for Christ for such a time as this.”

The Library has several copies of Renaissance in print and e-book formats. A video of Dr. Guinness lecturing about his book at the Acton Institute is on YouTube.

Our discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room. Distance students and faculty are encouraged to join us live via Google Hangouts, Google’s free, easy-to-use videoconferencing software. Click here to request a link to the discussion.

For the complete 2017-2018 schedule of book discussions, see the Library Book Club webpage.

Library Book Club 2017-2018 Schedule

Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra (see image credit below).

The Library Book Club is excited to announce announce its tenth year of book talks and discussions, featuring works chosen to give pleasure, and just maybe, a little instruction. As always, we have tried to select a list that will appeal to a variety of interests, with both classic and contemporary fiction as well as thought-provoking works of non-fiction.

This year we begin with something truly different. As a tie-in to Regent’s Movie on the Lawn showing of Wonder Woman on September 16, the Book Club is sponsoring a discussion on approaching the film from a Christian perspective. Dr. Pete Fraser, professor of film and literature, will lead our conversation. This special event will take place on Friday, September 22

Here it the complete schedule for 2017-2018:

Month Author Title Date & Time
September Patty Jenkins, director Wonder Woman Sept 22, 2:00
October Jane Austen Northanger Abbey Thur, Oct 26, 12:00
November Os Guinness Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times Nov 10, 12:00
 December Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Dec 8, 12:00
January Thomas Cahill Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World Feb 2,
12:00
February Chaim Potok The Chosen Mar 2, 12:00
March-April Rod Dreher

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

Week of Apr 9. Date & Time TBD

As always, it is not necessary to complete the book in order to come to a discussion. The overriding purpose of the Library Book Club is to encourage members of the Regent and CBN communities to make time in their schedules for reading. For more information about the Library Book Club, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu. If you would like to receive announcements of upcoming discussions and events, follow the Library on Facebook or Google+.

Image Credit: Painting by Sister Isabella Guerra, a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. For information about Sister Isabella and examples of her work, see Lines and Colors (blog) at http://linesandcolors.com/2011/11/13/isabel-guerra/.

John Marcellus Huston

Are you ready for the solar eclipse?

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Composite photograph of the phases of a total eclipse of the sun at five-minute intervals. Solar eclipses are shadows produced by the moon passing between Earth and the sun. During a total eclipse, the sun is completely obscured. The outer layer of the sun, composed of extremely hot gases, is called the solar corona (white) and is seen only during eclipses.

On August 21, the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred in nearly a century.

From August 1 through September 15, Gale-Cengage, one of the leading online publishers of reference and research materials, will offer free access to three of their databases: Science in Context, Student Resources in Context, and Research in Context. Users will have access to carefully chosen general periodicals, scholarly journal articles, terrific images, and much else.

After August 21, there will not be another total eclipse in the United States until April 8, 2024, so don’t miss this astronomy appreciation event!

To take advantage of this free offer and begin using Gale’s science databases, click here.

Image Credit:  Solar Eclipse. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/139_1951766/1/139_1951766/cite. Accessed 3 Aug 2017.

New Librarian for Undergraduate Research Instruction

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

Vivian Washington (Photo used with permission of photographer.)

The Library is happy to announce the appointment of our new librarian for undergraduate research instruction. Vivian Washington holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and has more than ten years of experience teaching information literacy in both public and academic libraries. In addition to her MLIS, Vivian holds a BA in History from James Madison University and a MA in Elementary Education from Hampton University.

Besides her responsibilities at Regent, Vivian also continues to serve as the branch manager of the South Norfolk Memorial Library in the Chesapeake Public Library System. Her principal research interests include libraries, information literacy and learning, and college and career success. Vivian writes that her interest in the new librarian position at Regent was a desire to work again in an academic community and to teach information literacy to the next generation of Christian leaders. “My passion is learning and helping others understand how to learn. I feel this is the most significant 21st century skill set to acquire.”

In her testament of faith Vivian writes, “I was reared to reverence and heed the Word of God. Romans 1:16 best describes my position of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My home church of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk is where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Under the stewardship of the late Dr. John H. Foster, I grew in faith and later served and fellowshipped at churches, both here in Virginia and in California. I am currently a member of First Baptist Church South Hill, where Rev. Michael R. Toliver is the Senior Pastor.”

The librarians are happy to welcome Vivian as a new colleague and are excited about the experience and enthusiasm she brings to her new post.

Summer Reading at the Library

JaneEyreOne of the ironies of academic life is how challenging it can be to find time to read for pleasure. If you have been meaning to set aside those peer-reviewed journal articles for a few minutes per day to read something just for enjoyment, the Library Book Club invites you to join us this summer for two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, has been “teaching true strength of character for generations” (The Guardian). One of the greatest of all bildungsromane, Jane Eyre has taught life lessons to generations of readers through its story of a young woman’s quest for freedom.

The_Bronze_Bow_coverThe Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young man bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

Our Jane Eyre discussion will take place on June 30 and The Bronze Bow discussion on July 28. Both meetings will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate, so please pass the word to middle and high school students in your acquaintance. As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For more information about these events, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.