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From 2007 to 2013, the SPU Library invited the campus and community to readings by faculty, staff, and students. See who has read in the past.

2012–13 ACADEMIC YEAR

Fall

  • Clint Kelly – Scent
  • John Glancy – Reading from Ken Foreman's The Fragile Champion
  • Tom Trzyna – Bunny Goes to Hell
  • Mary Kenagy – Reading from her short stories
  • Jeffrey Overstreet – Through A Screen Darkly

Winter

  • Kerry Dearborn – The Theology of George McDonald
  • Rick Steele – I’ve Been Wondering: Conversations With Young Theologians
  • Jeffrey Overstreet – Auralia’s Colors
  • Doug Thorpe – Rapture of the Deep: Reflections on the Wild in Art, Wilderness and the Sacred
  • Clint Kelly – Echo
  • Priscilla Pope-Levison – Turn the Pulpit Loose

Spring

  • Kim Gilnett – C.S. Lewis: A Personal Reflection
  • Greg Wolfe – Intruding on the Timeless
  • John Medina – Brain Rules
  • Frank Spina – Faith of the Outsider
  • Kathleen Braden – The Real Geography of America and Russia
  • Jennifer Maier – Dark Alphabet

2011–12 ACADEMIC YEAR

Autumn

  • Katie Kresser – The Art and Thought of John La Farge: Representing the Real
  • Nijay Gupta – “The Edge of the Sword and the Tree of Shame: Reading Joshua in Light of the Cross”
  • Clint Kelly – White Water Preacher and the pros and cons of being a male romance writer
  • SPU President Philip Eaton – Engaging the Culture, Changing the World: The Christian University in a Post-Christian World
  • Michael Hamilton – “Something Big for God: the Last Temptation of Billy Graham.”

Winter

  • Miriam Adeney – Kingdom Without Borders
  • Jeffrey Overstreet – The Best Films of 2011: "Arguing with the Oscars”
  • John Medina – Brain Rules for Baby
  • Dave Leong – Street Signs
  • Laura Sweat – “Jesus’ Teaching on Money, Politics, Religion, and the End of the World as We Know It”

Spring

  • Greg Wolfe – Beauty Will Save the World
  • Lingua, Heidi McElrath – “Being, Becoming — or, Student Writers Are Writers Too”
  • Benjamin McFarland – “Built With Words: What Chemists and Poets Have in Common”
  • Robert Drovdahl – Lectio: Called to Proper Worship—1 Corinthians 11
  • Sharleen Kato/Mia Hays – Head, Heart, and Soul: 70 Years of Building Healthy and Sustainable Families
  • Sara Koenig – Isn’t This Bathsheba

2010–11 ACADEMIC YEAR

Autumn

  • Suzanne Wolfe – The Pear Tree: A novel in progress on St. Augustine’s concubine
  • Luke Reinsma – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: a slideshow
  • Hannah Notess – The Un-Testimonies of Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing up Evangelical
  • Daniel Castelo – The Apathetic God
  • Cher Edwards – “Social Justice and Christianity: Legacy or Contradiction?”

Winter

  • Jeff Van Duzer – Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to be Fixed)
  • Suzanne Wolfe; Hannah Notess; Mary Kenagy-Mitchell – The Spirit of Food
  • Susan VanZanten – Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions With Dickinson
  • Doris Heritage and John Glancy – New books about legendary SPU coaches Ken Foreman and Les Habegger
  • Jeff Keuss – Your Neighbor’s Hymnal

Spring

  • Jeffrey Overstreet – The Ale Boy’s Feast
  • Doug Thorpe – Wisdom Sings the World
  • John Perkins – Let Justice Roll Down
  • Rob Wall and David Nienhuis – “The Church’s Guide for Reading the Catholic Epistles”
  • Brian Bantum – Redeeming Mulatto
  • Andrew Ryder – “If You Want to Know Who We Are: Theatre Parody in Civilian Public Service”

2009–10 ACADEMIC YEAR

Autumn

  • Robert Clark – Dark Water: Art, Disaster, and Redemption in Florence
  • Greg Wolfe and Suzanne Wolfe – Bless This House: Prayers for Families and Children
  • Jack Levison – Filled With the Spirit
  • SPU President Philip Eaton – “The Christian University: The Place Where World Change Begins”
  • Stephen Newby – “Freedom and Spiritual Fantasies: Exploring the Music of African-American Composer Frederick Tillis”
  • John Terrill – “Building to Last: Work and the New Creation”

Winter

  • Chris Chaney – Can Rock Music Change the World? U2’s four Irishman are proving that it can
  • Richard Scheuerman – Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Remarkable Native-American Leader
  • Tali Hairston – What Historic Christian Ministry Leaders Say About Reconciliation and Love
  • Owen Ewald – What Is Beauty? Three answers from Socrates, and why they’re all wrong
  • Clint Kelly – An (imaginary) interview with Abraham Lincoln’s son, and a preview of The Lincoln Anomaly
  • Al Erisman – Joseph, the Accidental Executive: Thoughts on business and faith from the life of Joseph

Spring

  • Jeffrey Overstreet – Raven’s Ladder, Avatar, and the subversive nature of parables
  • Karen Smith – Winning the Math Wars: No Teacher Left Behind
  • Ken Himma – “The News Ain’t All Good, Y’all: The Obligation to Help the Poor”
  • Leslie Parrott – The First Drop of Rain: Poetry and insight inspired by Seattle’s landscape
  • Tom Trzyna – Meeting God: Exploring the Origins of Britain’s St. George
  • Eric Long – Over the River and Through the Woods: Why do deer travel long distances?

2008–09 ACADEMIC YEAR

Autumn

  • Bill Woodward – “Runs, Hits, and Eras”
  • Tom Trzyna – Blessed Are the Pacifists
  • Suzanne Wolfe – Unveiling
  • Susan VanZanten – “How to Read Emily Dickinson”
  • Kim Gilnett – “C.S. Lewis: A Personal Reflection”
  • George Scranton – “Rereading the Bible Again (For the First Time)”

Winter

  • Clint Kelly – Delicacy
  • Jeffrey Overstreet – Cyndere’s Midnight
  • Mike McDonald – Europe, a Tantalizing Romance
  • Rob McKenna – Dying to Lead
  • Cara Wall-Scheffler – “Mother-Infant Bonding”
  • Claudia Grauf-Grounds – “Understanding Why Couples Fight — And What to Do About It”

Spring

  • Jeff Keuss – Cinema Divinite: Religion, Theology, and the Bible in Film
  • Les Parrott and Leslie Parrott – Trading Places
  • Mary Kenagy-Mitchell – “The Guest”
  • Katie Kresser – “Night Vision: Jacques Maritain and the Meaning of Art”
  • Rob Wall – “Patterns for Ministry: the Book of Acts for Today”
  • Tammy Van Dyken – “Singing the Gospel”

2007–08 ACADEMIC YEAR

Summer

  • Clint Kelly – Scent 
  • John Glancy  –  Reading from Ken Foreman's The Fragile Champion
  • Tom Trzyna  – Bunny Goes to Hell
  • Mary Kenagy  – Reading from her short stories
  • Jeffrey Overstreet – Through A Screen Darkly

Winter

  • Kerry Dearborn – The Theology of George McDonald
  • Rick Steele – I’ve Been Wondering: Conversations With Young Theologians
  • Jeffrey Overstreet – Auralia’s Colors
  • Doug Thorpe – Rapture of the Deep: Reflections on the Wild in Art, Wilderness and the Sacred
  • Clint Kelly – Echo
  • Priscilla Pope-Levison – Turn the Pulpit Loose

Spring

  • Kim Gilnett –  C.S. Lewis: A Personal Reflection
  • Greg Wolfe – Intruding on the Timeless
  • John Medina – Brain Rules
  • Frank Spina – Faith of the Outsider
  • Kathleen Braden – The Real Geography of America and Russia
  • Jennifer Maier – Dark Alphabet