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Selections of books published by Abilene Christian University or those written, edited, compiled or contributed by ACU alumni, faculty, staff and students. To submit books for consideration, email hadfieldr@acu.edu.


Reconciliation Reconsidered

ADVANCING THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON RACE IN CHURCHES OF CHRIST

Edited by Tanya Smith Brice

ISBN 978-0891123880 • 220 pages

acupressbooks.com

https://store.acupressbooks.com/products/reconciliation_reconsidered

Essays by Dr. Douglas Foster, Dr. Richard Hughes (’67) and Dr. Jerry Taylor are among those addressing stereotypes, navigating race relations and revisiting Christ’s teachings about loving one’s neighbor.


Daring Faith

MEETING JESUS IN THE BOOK OF JOHN

By Randy Harris and Greg Taylor

ISBN 978-0891123460 • 192 pages

Acupressbooks.com

https://store.acupressbooks.com/products/daring_faith

The Gospel of John was written so people would believe the unbelievable story of how God became man and lived among us. Believing that Jesus is truly God requires a daring faith that will cost you your life.


Leading Through the Turn

HOW A JOURNEY MINDSET CAN HELP LEADERS FIND SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE

By Elise (Smith ’83) Mitchell

ISBN 978-1259860997 • 288 pages

Mhprofessional.com

https://www.mhprofessional.com/9781259860997-usa-leading-through-the-turn-how-a-journey-mindset-can-help-leaders-find-success-and-significance-group

Mitchell’s roadmap to modern leadership includes her own lessons and reflections as an innovative CEO, entrepreneur, wife and mother. ACU’s 2015 Outstanding Alumna of the Year writes about finding success as well as significance in one’s work and life.


Longevity in Leadership

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF LONGTIME LEADERS

By Dr. Philip Lewis (’64) and John P. Harrison

ISBN 978-0891126652 • 208 pages

Acupressbooks.com

https://store.acupressbooks.com/products/longevity_in_leadership

Leading in business and churches requires showing people and organizations new places where they can and should venture.


After the Cheering Stops

AN NFL WIFE’S STORY OF CONCUSSIONS, LOSS AND THE FAITH THAT SAW HER THROUGH

By Cindy (Davy ’82) Feasel

ISBN 978-0718088309 • 272 pages

Thomasnelson.com

https://www.thomasnelson.com/after-the-cheering-stops

The poignant story of the late Grant Feasel (’83), a former college and NFL star whose battle with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. The author, his former wife, chronicles the faith that gave her strength to endure extraordinarily difficult challenges caused by the effects of CTE on her spouse.


Worth the Wait

A NOVELLA COLLECTION OF PROPOSALS GONE WRONG

By Karen (Gaskin ’93) Witemeyer

AISN B01LONI62K • 113 pages

Bethanyhouse.com

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/worth-the-wait/352780

The newest book by the award-winning author tells the story of a Texas shopkeeper-entrepreneur who partners with a freighter in a venture bringing economic opportunity – and perhaps the love she thinks may never come her way again.


Because of Bethlehem

LOVE IS BORN, HOPE IS HERE

By Max Lucado (’77)

ISBN 978-0849947599 • 224 pages

Thomasnelson.com

https://www.thomasnelson.com/because-of-bethlehem

Best-selling Christian author Lucado retells the odd, wonderful story of Bethlehem, and how the God who understands us also follows through on all his promises.


Hot, Holy and Humorous

SEX IN MARRIAGE BY GOD’S DESIGN

By Julie (Glover ’90) Parker

ISBN 978-1424552405 • 192 pages

Broadstreetpublishing.com

https://broadstreetpublishing.com/hot-holy-and-humorous/9781424552405/

The author, a blogger and professional counselor, writes about making the most of God’s gift of sexual intimacy in marriage.


West Texas Stories

Edited by Glenn Dromgoole
ISBN 978-0891124900 • 208 pages
Acupressbooks.com

This collection includes more than three dozen pieces – historical, nostalgic, dramatic, amusing, personal – by some of the state’s best writers, including A.C. Greene (’48), Joe Holley (’68), Carlton Stowers, Leon Hale, T. Lindsay Baker, Sallie Reynolds Matthews, Elroy Bode, John Erickson, Red Steagall, Elmer Kelton and others.


Rightside-Up Living in an Upside-Down World

By David Gibson (’80 M.Div.)
ISBN 978-0890989135 • 216 pages
21stcc.com

Christians are faced with teachings, policies and behaviors contradicting God’s Word, even from within the church. Solid ground is needed for building a right-side-up life in Christ.


Raising an Original

PARENTING EACH CHILD ACCORDING TO THEIR GOD-GIVEN TEMPERAMENT

By Julie Lyles-Carr (’88)
ISBN 978-0310345893 • 256 pages
Zondervan.com
https://www.zondervan.com/raising-an-original

The author, a popular blogger and speaker, provides parents with tools for better communication, helping them better understand themselves, their parenting style and their child.


Owning Faith

REIMAGINING THE ROLE OF CHURCH AND FAMILY IN THE FAITH JOURNEY OF TEENAGERS

Edited by Dr. Ron Bruner (’10 D.Min.) and Dudley Chancey
ISBN 978-0891124764 • 304 pages
Acupressbooks.com

This guide into the adventure-filled spiritual journey of adolescents shows older disciples how to be wise and compassionate companions who can make an eternal difference in the lives of youth.


Throughout the World

By Dr. Gary D. McCaleb (’64)
with Lea (Thompson ’79) Watkins
ISBN 978-0692767276 • 163 pages
acu.edu/legacy/campusoffices/cbc/index.html

This book, another in a series by the Center for Building Community, connects the threads in
fascinating stories of students who come from around the world to find common purpose at ACU.


Christmas at Designers’ Homes Across America

By Patricia (Hard ’56) McMillan and Katharine McMillan (’82)
ISBN 978-0764351631 • 256 pages
Schifferbooks.com
Christmas at Designers’ Homes Across America – $45.00 : Schiffer Publishing

Explore the decorating strategies and ingenuity of designers whose stunning homes celebrate Christmas across the nation. Nearly 400 color photographs are shared by the authors, who are partners at a San Antonio architecture and interior design firm.


Conversations on Leadership

FOUNDATIONAL INSIGHTS FOR ELDERS AND LEADERS

By Randy Harris and Dr. Carson Reed (’95 D.Min.)
ISBN 978-0891126195 • 6 segments
Acupressbooks.com

This DVD includes insightful conversations among practitioners who offer meaningful resources for church leaders as they endeavor to grow: Ben Siburt (’00), Dr. James Thompson (’64), Dr. Lynn Anderson (’90 D.Min.), Lance Bolay (’09), Dr. Barry Packer (’78), John Harp (’80), and Dr. David Wray (’67).


Cruciform Church

BECOMING A CROSS-SHAPED PEOPLE IN A SECULAR WORLD – ANNIVERSARY EDITION

By Dr. C. Leonard Allen
ISBN 978-0891125105 • 256 pages
Acupressbooks.com

This revised edition – 25 years after the original – includes new essays from Randy Harris, Dr. Richard Beck (’89), Sara Barton, Raymond Carr, Lee Camp (’93 M.A.), John Mark Hicks, Jonathan Storment (’12 M.A.), and Scot McKnight.


Home Organization Tear Outs for the Whole Family

By Kristi (Pawlik ’00) Dominguez
ISBN 978-1624142857 • 192 pages
Pagestreetpublishing.com

Access helpful materials to simplify the lives of busy adults and the households they direct. Dominguez, who blogs at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com, provides cheerful and fun designs to get the whole family involved in taming organizational challenges.


Heart on the Line

By Karen (Gaskin ’93) Witemeyer
ISBN 978-0764212826 • 336 pages
Bethanyhouse.com
http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/heart-on-the-line/352750

When Grace Mallory receives a telegram warning that her hiding place in Harper’s Station has been discovered, her best chance to save herself and unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s death involves trusting a man she’s only ever known over the telegraph line. Can blind trust lead to true love?


Diversity Matters

RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION

By Karen A. Longman
ISBN 978-0891124542 • 336 pages
Acupressbooks.com
https://store.acupressbooks.com/products/diversity-matters

Dr. Jennifer (Wade ’92) Shewmaker, ACU professor of psychology and associate dean of teaching and learning, is a contributing author in this important book about diversity on the campuses of Christian colleges and universities.


A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale

By Penny Parker Klostermann (’77)
ISBN 978-1101932322 • 40 pages
Penguinrandomhouse.com
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/253653/a-cooked-up-fairy-tale-by-penny-parker-klostermann-illustrated-by-ben-mantle/

Another book for young readers by the award-winning author and poet is a mash-up in which a well-meaning chef accidentally cooks with ingredients essential to famous fairy tales.


Honoring Aging Parents

HOW TO GROW UP WHEN MOM AND DAD GROW OLD

By Klaus Dannenberg and Bruce Black (’77)
ISBN 978-1539853398 • 262 pages
Createspace.com
https://www.amazon.com/Honoring-Aging-Parents-Grow-When/dp/153985339X/

A practical Christian perspective on the medical, financial, emotional and spiritual aspects of being a care-giver for aging parents, one of the most important responsibilities any son or daughter will be asked to fill.


Eucharist and Ecclesiology

ESSAYS IN HONOR OF DR. EVERETT FERGUSON

Edited by Dr. Wendell Willis (’67 M.A.)
ISBN 978-9781498282925 • 206 pages
Wipfandstock.com
http://wipfandstock.com/eucharist-and-ecclesiology.html

Representatives of the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions discuss the relationship of Eucharist and church. Dr. Everett Ferguson (’53) is an esteemed scholar who has published often on this subject; the LeMoine G. Lewis Professor Emeritus of Church History and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence taught from 1962-90 at ACU.


On Evil, Providence, and Freedom

A NEW READING OF MOLINA

By Mark B. Wiebe (’02)
ISBN 978-0875807522 • 180 pages
Niupress.nieu.edu
http://www.niupress.niu.edu/niupress/scripts/book/bookResults.asp?ID=792

Wiebe explores, develops and defends Luis de Molina’s 16th-century work about the reconciliation of divine providence, grace and free will.


4th Dimension Leadership

A RADICAL STRATEGY FOR CREATING AN AUTHENTIC SERVANT LEADERSHIP CULTURE

By Ron Holifield (’80)
ISBN 978-1634920377 • 186 pages
booklocker.com
https://www.amazon.com/4TH-DIMENSION-LEADERSHIP-Authentic-Leadership/dp/1634920376

The roots of great leadership are healthy relationships, but the fruit of great leadership is the ability to thrive in a rapidly changing world while managing the constructive tension between healthy relationships and dynamic change.


Hometown Texas

By Joe Holley (’68)
ISBN 978-0890989135 • 304 pages
tupress.org
http://tupress.org/books/hometown-texas

Explore three dozen stories about small-town Texans who take the hand they’ve been dealt – fate, family, circumstance, luck – and craft a life for themselves. Holley’s “Native Texan” column appears Sundays in the Houston Chronicle, where his editorial writing earned him a 2017 Pulitzer Prize nomination.


Riley

BOOK 2 IN THE FOX AND THE GIRL SERIES

By Frankie Yandow (Jonathan Kuiper, ’11 M.A.)
AISN B01M1D04PF • 280 pages
Frankieyandow.com
https://www.amazon.com/Riley-Fox-Girl-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01M1D04PF/

Book 2 in The Fox and the Girl series is a coming-of-age tale written for middle grade/young adult readers. Kuiper, who earned a master’s in conflict resolution from ACU, teaches at an international school in Brindisi, Italy.  


English Lessons

THE CROOKED PATH OF GROWING TOWARD FAITH

By Andrea Lucado (’08)
ISBN 978-1601428950 • 240 pages
waterbrookmultnomah.com
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/535563/english-lessons-by-andrea-lucado/

The daughter of best-selling Christian author Max Lucado (’77) recounts her own journey through graduate school in Europe, wrestling with faith, doubt and spiritual identity during a time of significant personal growth.

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About the Author: Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.
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