Mali: The Niger River, which the author crossed using local transportation in 1971.
Author, educator, and public school reformer Dr. C. L. Kennedy’s memoir, One Hundred Pieces of Sun, charts a trajectory from her childhood in the Jim Crow Alabama of the 1950s and a not-exactly-equal-rights city in the Rust-Belt, to Sarah Lawrence College. The book ends with her junior year abroad at the University of Ghana, followed by travels through Africa using only local transportation. (Yes, her mother threw a fit when she first told her about her plans.) One Hundred Pieces of Sun is infused with the author’s enthusiasm for life and delivers a powerful, inspiring message: Have faith in God and yourself, be brave, and follow your dreams!
On Friday, February 24 at 12:00 in RH 105, Dr. Kennedy will present a reading and discussion of her book. A pizza lunch will be served. RSVP by clicking “going” on our Facebook event page or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about the book and three short excerpts, see the review on the Library blog.
“The Road not Taken” is one of America’s best-loved poems, and one that probably has occurred often to Charles Martin since the day he turned down a six-figure salary to follow his dream of becoming a novelist. On May 6, fresh from his 700 Club appearance, Martin met with 48 members of the Regent community to discuss his writing, his life as an author, and his walk with God.
After graduating from Regent in 1994 (Ph.D., Communications), Martin returned home to Florida, where, in need of an income to support his family, he took a job selling insurance. Hard work and success eventually led to a six-figure salary offer from Allstate. As Martin relates, he had a young family and bills that he could not pay without an income, but selling insurance was not his dream. He wrestled with God, asking, “Lord, why did you put me on planet earth?” At the end of a weekend of struggle over what to do, his wife Christy, came to him and said, “We are going to do this all out.”
After leaving his insurance job, Martin began trying to find a publisher for his first novel, The Dead Don’t Dance: A Novel of Awakening. He received 86 rejections before WestBow Press accepted it in 2004. Now at age 43, he is the author of nine novels, has had books on the New York Times Best Seller List, and is published in seventeen countries. Along with his wife Christy, Martin says the credit for his success belongs to God: “The Lord allowed us to do that.”
Martin says that he rises early every day and works on his writing between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m. Although he prefers not to read books while in the middle of a writing project, he says that he enjoys non-fiction books that read like fiction, such as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. Most importantly, however, he reads and re-reads the Bible, last year completing the Bible once, and having this year a goal of reading it twice.
Martin also offered aspiring writers in the audience some reflections and advice based on his own experience. He likened the writer to a sculptor, first using a large chisel, than a smaller chisel, then a still a smaller chisel, until finally polishing the work with a soft cloth. He also advised writers trying to get published to practice reading some of their best work and to take it to writers’ conferences, where books agents are on the hunt for new talent.
Photos of the Charles Martin’s visit are located on the Library’s Facebook and Flickr pages. A video and transcript of his interview with Terry Meeuwsen are on the 700 Club website. To learn more about Martin and his books, visit his official website at http:charlesmartinbooks.com.
On April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts hosted a book launch of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke.
Celluloid Sermons, the product of 20 years of collaboration and research by the authors, is actually the second volume of a three-part series on the history of Christian film. The first book, Sanctuary Cinema: The Origins of the Christian Film Industry (2007) was written by Dr. Lindvall and covered Christian film-making during the silent film era. Prof. Quicke is currently writing the final volume under the provisional title Christian Box Office: 1986-2010.
Both Prof. Quicke and Dr. Lindvall emphasized that the films explored in Celluloid Sermons were not intended to be sophisticated artistic works, but didactic vehicles covering everything from Bible and Church history to spiritual life and moral education.
Following the book talk, special collections librarian Bob Sivigny and Library archivist Don Gantz offered tours of the Film Research Center, located on the 4th floor of the Library. The Library’s collection of more than 3,500 16mm Christian films is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”
A video of the complete event will be posted soon. For photos from the book launch, visit us on Flickr.
Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian
On June 17, the Library hosted C-SPAN and Chancellor Robertson for a book discussion of his latest (19th) book, Right on the Money: Financial Advice for Tough Times. About 160 people came to hear Dr. Robertson explain the roots of the global recession and the practical steps everyone can take to protect their finances in good and lean years.
Dr. Robertson began his talk with an overview of the events leading the near-collapse of the banking system last fall. The roots of the crisis lay in greed-the lust to have it now. It is this definition that explains equally the high-risk behavior of formerly conservative investment houses and average Americans who bought houses they could not afford.
Americans, Dr. Robertson writes in the book’s introduction, need a refresher course in planning for the future instead of living for the moment. As the Book of Proverbs puts it, “The plans of the diligent surely lead to advantage. But everyone who is hasty comes assuredly to poverty.” It is for readers who desire put this timeless wisdom into practice that Dr. Robertson wrote his book.
According to one study, money is responsible for 50 percent of marital discord, making it all the more imperative for couples to put their financial house in order. In his prepared remarks and in the Q & A session that followed Dr. Robertson outlined some of the fundamental lessons of his book, including:
- The necessity of making and sticking to a household budget.
- Holding no more than two credit cards and paying off the principal(s) each month.
- The advantages of husbands and wives holding separate bank and investment accounts.
- Investing in a balanced portfolio and purchasing the right kind of life and property insurance.
- Understanding the power of compound interest-“the eighth wonder of the world.”
While massive levels of federal spending will almost assuredly bring on high inflation, Dr. Robertson said that including assets like commodities and gold (five to ten percent) in a diversified portfolio can help protect one’s wealth from the cruelest tax. (Chapter 10 of Right on the Money gives more advice for inflation-era investing.)
Finally, Dr. Robertson emphasized the importance of making generous giving a fixed monthly expense in order to have for oneself God’s promise in the book of Deuteronomy: “Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each…so that the Lord may bless you in all the works of your hands.”
Dr. Robertson’s book talk aired on C-SPAN’s BookTV over the weekend. The first part can now be viewed on BookTV’s channel on YouTube.