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CTX Faculty Unveil Favorite Reads

November 07, 2017

"Words Onscreen" By Naomi S. Barton

"Research confirms that reading on screen (web pages, ebooks, smart phones, etc.) differs in significant ways from reading printed copy," Philip Hohle, Communication professor, said.

"Citing environmental reasons, people are motivated to exchange print for digital, but the advantage is often overstated. Polls of students reveal they practice deeper reading when using print, something that educators would do well to note..."


"World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech" By Franklin Foer

"High Tech is robbing us of our humanity, our lives, our values and our culture, and Foer demonstrates that in clear analysis," Carl Trovall, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Philosophy History, said.

“This is the non-fiction version of 'The Circle, and more terrifying because Foer’s analysis is real life, not a piece of fiction. We have a cultural war against monopoly ahead of us—and this book has been my call to arms, or words."


"The Rooster Bar" By John Grisham

"Although fiction, Grisham’s latest novel sparks critical thinking as he humanizes the impact of ICE deportation, student loan debt, incompetent bureaucrats, unethical business practices, for-profit law schools and 'hungry' attorneys," Mike Wallace, EdD professor, said.


"The Poisonwood Bible" By Barbara Kingsolver

"This novel is about a missionary who moves his wife and four daughters to the Congo in the 1950s," Allison Robinson, History professor, said.

"I love this book because each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the main characters, the wife and four daughters. However, we never hear from the main protagonist and enemy number one (the father) in the novel."

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"The Millionaire Next Door" By Thomas Stanley and William Danko

"This one provide great information on the habits/characteristics of millionaires," Dr. Nickles Chittester, Psychology professor, said. "If one wants to have financial security, it would be a good idea to do things that wealthy people do."


"The Gene: An Intimate History" By Siddhartha Mukherjee

"This history of the gene (and the story behind the Genome Project) is both readable and interesting throughout," Dr. Don Christian, CTX President and CEO, said.

"This story of how we came to understand the makeup of the human body will have the reader thinking about and looking at human existence through a new set of lenses."


"The Complete Guide to Money" By Dave Ramsey

"It forces the reader to look in the mirror and realize there's a better way to manage money, but it'll involve discomfort and sacrifice in the short-term," Dr. Nickles Chittester, Psychology professor, said. "Live like no one else, so later, you can live and give like no one else!"


"Meditations" Marcus Aurelius

"For pure inspiration on how to live your daily life, read Marcus Aurelius' 'Meditations,'" Dr. Claudia Teinhert, English professor, said. "Almost two thousand years later, the daily reflections of this man remain relevant and practical."


"Lincoln on Leadership" By Donald Phillips

"We use it in some of our business classes and the students enjoy the quick and simple read that is very practical," Randy Wilt, Interim Dean and College of Business and Communication professor, said.


"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

"The premise is strange, and I wasn’t sure it was going to work for me, but it completely did," Carl Trovall, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Philosophy History, said.

"Lincoln visits the cemetery to visit the ghost of his dead son, and many other ghosts as well. Do you like a ghost story? This is it. A psychological thriller? This is it. A book on leadership? This is it. A help in the grieving process? This is it. I can put down most books I read. This one I could not."


"Growing Young" By Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin

"The Fuller Youth Institute interviewed churches around the country and discovered the six common traits of ministries who were retaining and involve young people," Dr. Grant Carey, Religious Education/DCE professor, said.

"I enjoyed the book because it included case studies, narratives and research that showed how the church can be better at training up future generations."


"Dubliners" By James Joyce

"One of Joyce’s most readable books, this set of short stories is an immersion into what it was like to live and grow up in Ireland in the early 20thcentury," Dr. Don Christian, CTX President and CEO, said.

"But do not be confused. These are also the stories of you and me – and what it is like to be human and learn to navigate life on one’s own."

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"David and Goliath" By Malcolm Gladwell

*Dr. Nabia Malouf-Todaro, Nursing professor, recommendation*


"Cecilia" By Linda Ferri

"This novel is written in journal form and imagines the life of Saint Cecilia, a teenage girl born into family of Roman nobility in the second century," Laura Short, Humanities professor, said.

"While her mother deals with grief by searching for solace in the promises of the Roman fertility goddesses, Cecilia struggles to understand the deaths of her loved ones in the Greek philosophies of her tutors.

After Cecilia is sent away for an arranged marriage, however, she hears a different message: that there One God, who heals and saves."

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"A Great Reckoning" By Louise Penny

"Canadian author Louise Penny writes excellent murder mysteries without gore and gratuitous violence," Dr. Claudia Teinhert, English professor, said.

"Her major characters are complex and their personal stories evolve in moving and sometimes tragic ways through her twelve books. Penny is a superb storyteller. Best of all, her Chief Inspector and his immediate staff are people of high moral character, dedicated to their jobs, unrelenting in pursuing justice for the slain."


"Boundaries" By Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

"It's written by two Christian psychologists who provide a biblical perspective on the importance on boundaries in day-to-day life,"Dr. Nickles Chittester, Psychology professor, said.

"I received this book for Christmas last year and literally saw personal relevance on page one. It has so much directly usable information in it!"


"Blink" By Malcom Gladwell

*Dr. Nabia Malouf-Todaro, Nursing professor, recommendation*


"Pachinko" By Min Jin Lee

"The story spans three generations of a Korean family who are exiled to Japan in the early part of the last century," Adrienne Moore, Business and Communication professor, said.

"Their struggles living in a foreign land resonates with today's refugee crisis and the book gives you a glimpse into Korean and Japanese history and culture. Although not a Christian book, the main character, Sunja, encounters a Christian minister and his story arc is a beautiful example of Christian strength and faith. "