Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Ryan Shook, BBA '11, of Los Angeles, and his brother Josh co-authored this New York Times bestselling book on starting from scratch, questioning everything, and finding a faith that's real. Their parents, Rev. Kerry, BSEd '86, and Christine Shook, BSEd '86, are founders of Woodlands Church in The Woodlands, Texas. The brothers are using this book to help their peers move from beliefs and values that have been handed down from others to a more personal, grown up, sustainable faith. Ryan is a filmmaker and blogger whose videos are used at churches and schools nationwide.
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Gary Keller, BBA '79, chairman of Austin-based Keller Williams Realty Inc., argues that multitasking is the reason for a lot of failure or underachievement. After graduating from Baylor, Keller found his "one thing" to be his ability to sell homes. Today, Keller Williams is the largest real estate brokerage in North America with 80,000 agents. Keller's New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 1.3 million copies.
American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence
Author, historian and national media commentator Jane Hampton Cook, BA '92, breathes life into once-obscure history, weaving a meticulously researched biographical tapestry that reads like a gripping novel. Cook artfully reveals John Quincy's devastation after losing the job of his dreams, battle for America's need to thrive economically, and sojourn to secure his homeland's survival as a sovereign nation.
Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas
Texas often experiences redistricting battles that are heated enough to gain national attention. In editing his third book, Dr. Gary A. Keith, BA '74, collects a variety of voices to deliver a multidimensional picture of how redistricting works in Texas today, and how the process evolved. Keith is associate professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio) and president of the Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
Faithful Citizenship: Christianity and Politics for the 21st Century
Dr. Greg Garrett, professor of English, challenges readers to explore their political values and actions and models a more faithful approach to today's complex political world. He looks to key biblical texts as well as voices from Christian history, including St. Augustine, John Calvin and America's Founding Fathers.
The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor, and Beyond
Former Baylor basketball player Matt Sayman, BA '04, tells a story of personal struggle, anger, shaken faith and perseverance in recounting the tragic summer of 2003 and the redemption that eventually followed, both for himself and for the basketball program.