Thursday, April 26, 2012

Galley Giveaway: Marcus Borg's EVOLUTION OF THE WORD

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With Evolution of the Word Professor Marcus Borg, distinguished theologian and author of bestsellers such as Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, The Heart of Christianity, and Speaking Christian, reintroduces the New Testament books. By organizing the New Testament in the order they were written—rather than the official sequence of the church Bibles, Borg challenges your students to read the bible in an altogether new way.

With introductions and sidebars to each of the books of the Bible, as well as a survey of what we can know about the oral accounts of Jesus that were passed around before the first book was written, Borg reveals how a radical and primative apocalyptic Jewish faith slowly became more comfortable with the world, less Jewish, and more preoccupied with maintaining power and control. Professor Borg’s Evolution of the Word promises to change how students think about this historic work, helping them to  rediscover documents they thought they knew well by seeing them in an all-new setting.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Resources for World Autism Awareness Month

April is World Autism Awareness Month. Recent research indicates a significant increase in autism in the United States with 1 in 88 children diagnosed with autism. What follows are books published by HarperCollins Publishers which are excellent resources for teachers interacting with their autistic students:

When Karen Siff Exkorn's son Jake was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. But the journey wasn't easy, and in The Autism Sourcebook Siff Exkorn offers the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.
With an emotionally resonant combination of memoir and literature, Wordsworth scholar Priscilla Gilman recounts in The Anti-Romantic Child the challenges of raising a son with hyperlexia, a developmental disorder neurologically counterpoint to dyslexia. Using Wordsworth's poetry as a touchstone, she speaks intimately of her poignant journey through crisis and disenchantment to a place of peace and resilience.

Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He was unable to communicate verbally or tie his shoes, and despite his angelic demeanor was prone to violent outbursts. No doctor, social worker, or specialist could pinpoint what was wrong with Noah beyond a general diagnosis: autism. Boy Alone is Karl Taro Greenfeld's unforgettable memoir of growing up in Noah's shadow, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined the author's childhood—a beautiful, haunting, and wholly original exploration of what it means to be a family, a brother, a person.

When you have a child that doesn't fit in, what do you do? Debra Ginsberg knew that her son, Blaze, was unique from the moment he was born. Raising Blaze chronicles Debra's experience in raising a child who has defied definition by the host of professionals who have sought to label his differences, and the redemptive power of faith, humour and love.

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child is an informative, empathetic, and comprehensive guide to this elusive condition, which answers the most common questions and offers an encouraging outlook for the child dealing with this condition. Dr. Michael D. Powers weaves together a compassionate account of everything related to Asperger Syndrome, offering such practical advice from getting the right diagnosis to helping a child develop social skills. Infused with voices of real children who offer insights about their own conditions, the book gives perspective on how children live with the disorder.

THE STRATEGIST by Cynthia Montgomery

THE STRATEGIST by Cynthia Montgomery“Are you a strategist?” That's the first question Cynthia Montgomery asks the business owners and senior executives from all over the world who participate in her highly regarded executive education course at Harvard Business School. It's not a question they anticipate or care much about on opening day. But by the time the program ends, they cannot imagine leading their companies to success without being—and living the role of—a strategist.

Now, in The Strategist (9780062071019, hardcover, $27.99), Cynthia Montgomery exposes your students to the invaluable insights she shares with the these privileged executives. By distilling the experiences and insights gleaned in her classroom, Montgomery helps students develop the skills and sensibilities they need to become strategists themselves—and she introduces them to a more dynamic model of strategy that is better grounded and better suited for the competitive realities they will face as managers. She puts them at the center of the process as leaders who must be clear about their companies’ purpose and goals so the day-to-day decisions by people throughout their future businesses will move the company forward.

“Cynthia Montgomery stimulates you as a business leader to be owner, creator, and ongoing steward of your company’s strategy. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book.”
—Dr. Tom Clarke, President of New Business Ventures, Nike, Inc.