Reading Groups

Gathering around tables, over lunch, relevant books are discussed. Typically, two books are selected each fall and spring semester. Selections are organized around several themes: Mission, Teaching and Learning, Technology and Personal Development. Below is a sample of some of the books read in recent years. This list also makes an excellent resource for personal reading goals.

Teaching and Learning

      • Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, James M. Lang
      • On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom, David I. Smith
      • Make it Stick: The Science of Successful LearningPeter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, et al.
      • The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the BrainAnnie Murphy Paul
      • Teaching Change: How to Develop Independent Thinkers Using Relationships, Resilience, and ReflectionJosé Antonio Bowen
      • Teaching to Transgressbell hooks


      • Diversity Matters:Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education, Karen A. Longman
      • After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in AmericaJessica Goudeau
      • Until we are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in IranShirin Ebadi
      • The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel TruthAllison Barr
      • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for WhitenessAustin Channing Brown
      • The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, Jemar Tisby and Lecrae Moore

Personal Development

      • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.Brené Brown
      • Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Adam Grant
      • The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary ImpactChip Heath, Dan Heath, et al.


      • Ecologies of Faith in the Digital Age: Spiritual Growth Through Online EducationStephen D. Lowe and Mary E. Lowe
      • Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About ItJames M. Lang
      • Remembering and Forgetting in the Age of Technology: Teaching, Learning, and the Science of Memory in a Wired World (Part of: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)Michelle D. Miller

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