Faculty Members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shorter University have partnered with Transformed to share some great books you may want to read over the summer. Take up and read!

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

Recommended by Dr. Cory Barnes, Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Wendell Berry’s vision of the inherent goodness of God’s allowing us to belong to a community and place changed the way my family and I approach our community and local economy. This is the story of the Barber of Port William, equal parts charming, moving, and beautiful. Christians need to give particular attention to how God is moving the stories of “ordinary” people toward beauty and goodness and this book helps us do just that. -Dr. Barnes

The Call by Os Guinness

Recommended by Dr. Angie O’Neal, Professor of English and Chair of English, Modern Language, and Liberal Arts.

The college years are a time of enormous personal growth and change. From questions of vocation to even marriage, these years bring decisions that will impact the trajectory of your life in significant ways. As you decide about your major and eventual career path, it’s vital that you think about vocation not only as an issue of economics but as a part of your spiritual formation as well. Os Guinness’ book is an invaluable resource for this, challenging us to think about our work as an inseparable part of God’s calling on our lives. – Dr. O’Neal

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Recommended by Mrs. Andrea Stiles, Instructor of Psychology.

This is a book of fiction based on the book of Hosea. It had a profound effect on me when I read it a few years ago because of how it illustrated God’s love for sinners. I strongly recommend it. – Mrs. Stiles

Uncovering the Past.  A History of Archaeology by William Stiebing

Recommended by Dr. Terry Morris, Professor of History and Political Science.

This is a history of the rise of modern archaeology which says a lot about 19th-century European history in the bargain. – Dr. Morris

 On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig

Recommended by Dr. Charles Carter, Associate Professor of History

This is a good intro to apologetics for undergraduates. Its language is not technical and is for the lay reader, not professional philosophers. -Dr. Carter

Bearing God’s Name by Carmen Joy Imes

Recommended by Dr. Cory Barnes, who is breaking the rules and recommending two books.

If you have ever wondered why all of the laws God gives his people in Exodus – Deuteronomy matter, then you need to check out this book! Carmen Imes writes in a style that is informative and easy to understand. Her conclusions help readers see how the Law God gives his people makes sense within the context of the entire story of Scripture. -Dr. Barnes