STILLPOINT Archive: last updated 04/24/2013

Alumni Books


Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook (Wipf and Stock), by Gordon R. Lewis, was recently reprinted in a new, revised edition. Since l970, Decide for Yourself has been used in informal neighborhood and university Bible studies, church education classes, youth groups, Bible colleges, seminaries, and courses in theological education by extension. It has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Lithuanian, Spanish and Vietnamese, and used by more than 130,000 people. 





Blanch Nutting’s book, The Monster in the Wall (Xlibris: 2011), tells a true story about her grandsons, and is designed to help children confront fears. Blanch has read the book to many classes in public and private schools and feels that it has helped many students comprehend and deal better with their fear of the unknown.






Theodore Roosevelt (“Ted”) Malloch has published The End of Ethics and A Way Back: How To Fix A Fundamentally Broken Global Financial System (Wiley, April 2013). With coauthor Jordan Mamorsky, Malloch examines recent failures of business virtue, prudence, and governance—from Bernie Madoff to Jon Corzine and MF Global—before offering structural and holistic solutions. The text includes compelling case studies that reveal the saturation of economic vice in global finance. Also, includes suggestions for structural reform to the global financial system, and works to increase confidence among consumers, and encourage ethical behavior among finance professionals.


John Backman recently published Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart (SkyLight Paths Publishing: 2012), which explores how ancient Christian practices can reorient us in approaching our adversaries with civility and compassion. He has been an associate of an Episcopal monastery since 2005, and has published numerous essays on contemplative spirituality and dialogue.


Edwin David Aponte has published ¡Santo!: Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books: 2012). The book focuses on the ways in which Latinos and Latinas participate in the pursuit and practice of the spiritual (santo). Aponte explores various understandings of santo and its participation in daily life, rites of passage, and worship. An ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, Rev. Dr. Aponte is a research professor of Latina/o and Latin American Christianity in the Center for World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. He is also co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (Chalice, 2006) and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies (Orbis, 2001). 



Jonathan Nauman’s young-adult novel, The Franklin Trees, is now in its second printing. It has been well-reviewed, including this commendation from Thomas Howard, former professor of English at Gordon: “The Lady Julian tells us that ‘All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’ That would be an intolerable bromide if it weren’t bought at the price of great sacrifice. Jonathan Nauman’s story leads us into the precincts where these immensities touch believably on the life of a young upstate New York schoolboy.” 



Nicole (Puleo) Olson just published her first book, A Pair of Sparkly Sneakers: A Mother’s Journey To Inner Wisdom (More here: “Poignant, honest, and heart-breakingly humorous, A Pair of Sparkly Sneakers calls into question the widespread cultural practices that methodically disconnect parents from their children, and explores the dangers of abandoning our own inner wisdom in favor of child experts and authorities.”



Elizabeth (Trask) Peterson is a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts and the founder of This past fall, she published her second teacher resource book for arts integration, Studio Days. 



In Not Your Mother’s Morals: How the New Sincerity Is Changing Pop Culture for the Better (Bondfire, 2012), Jonathan Fitzgerald argues that today’s popular music, movies, TV shows, and books are making the world a better place. For all the hand-wringing about the decline of morals and the cheapening of culture in our time, contemporary media brims with examples of fascinating and innovative art that promotes positive and uplifting moral messages—without coming across as “preachy.” Fitzgerald explains how we’ve arrived at the era of “New Sincerity” and why it’s good news for our future. As a freelancer, his work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Christianity TodayReligion DispatchesThe Jersey City Independent, online in The Huffington Post and in Killing the Buddha, and more. 


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