By David Gill, reprinted from The 313.
My new book was just released and Wipf & Stock Publishers is generously offering a 50% discount on all of their nine Gill titles – if ordered at their website this month using the code DWG1946.
This amazing sale will end December 31.
Please browse the collection below.
And feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
|BOOK NOTES FROM DAVID|
|What Are You Doing About It? The Memoir|
of A Marginal Activist
I decided it was now or never if I wanted to write a memoir. Part One (“Incubators”) explores my ancestral roots, family background, and youth. Part Two (“Shapers”) is about how and where my voice and vocation were clarified from age 18 to 33. Part Three (“Channels”) describes my experiences and initiatives as professor of business ethics and Christian ethics—and sometime organizational ethics consultant, pastor, and entrepreneur. My life was largely a response to my dad’s question (when I griped about anything) “what are you doing about it?” Always an activist, always drawn to the margins not the mainstream—that’s me.
|Workplace Discipleship 101: A Primer|
This is kind of a “legacy” book for me, my “insider’s” description of how Christian faith and values can (and I think “should”) modify and strengthen a positive Christian presence in today’s diverse workplaces (any work, anywhere). Church is fine and important but my passion and calling have always been to explore how Jesus and the Bible relate constructively to our life, our studies, and especially our work outside the walls of the church. I tried to write about it in an introductory way, hence “101: A Primer.” Available in print, e-book, and audiobook formats.
|It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically|
This is one of my favorite books: a straight-ahead introduction to business and organizational ethics for a secular, diverse marketplace. This grew out of my years of teaching ethics to MBA students and consulting for many businesses. How do we decide on the “right thing” when we don’t share the same philosophy of life or values? My approach is to focus on building healthy, positive, mission-driven cultures—and not get stuck in a negative “damage-control” approach focused on dilemmas and rules. Build health, don’t just treat disease. Emphasize a “wiki-ethics” based on everyone’s expertise, ownership, and responsibility.
|Peter the Rock: Extraordinary Insights|
from an Ordinary Man
Peter is my favorite character in the New Testament. There are tons of books on Jesus and Paul but not so much on Peter—whose story looms across all four Gospels, the Acts, and the Letters (two of which bear his name). He is the thread through the whole story. We can relate to his ups and downs. This book was written in 1984-85 while on sabbatical in Bordeaux where my mentor Jacques Ellul read and discussed the manuscript with me. For me, it was a kind of probing of the basic meaning of Christianity, what we believe and how we behave.
|The Opening of the Christian Mind|
A famous book in the 1980s was The Closing of the American Mind, which inspired my title. I felt then and always that God wanted us Christians to have open minds—not empty and uncommitted but open to God, people, and history in pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Bold but humble, serious but joyful. I wrote about not just the characteristics but some strategies for life-long learning and growth. It is a kind of philosophy of life and a manifesto for the kind of educational programs we were developing at New College Berkeley in the 1970s and 1980s. This became the best-seller among all the books I have written.
|Should God Get Tenure? Essays on Religion|
& Higher Education
For this book I was the author of both the Introduction as well as a chapter, “Ethics With and Without God,” and editor of fifteen other chapters/essays by luminaries such as Richard Mouw, Merold Westphal, Ward Gasque, Jill Baumgaertner, and Mark Noll. I was, during 1994-95, the 20th in a line of annual “Distinguished Visiting J. Omar Good Professors” at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Each of us was arguing that in our own fields of study, the university would be enriched by paying serious attention to God and people’s religious traditions. Give God (and religion) “tenure” in that sense
|Becoming Good: Building Moral Character|
All my career I have been an ethics professor: how can we understand and pursue the “good” and the “right”? I learned a lot from classical and contemporary thinkers but often felt that Christian ethics was far too influenced by Enlightenment, (rationalistic, abstract, individualistic) moral philosophy and by the authors’ social and economic locations. Influenced by Alasdair MacIntyre, Stanley Hauerwas, and Peter Kreeft, I came to see virtue ethics (character and community) as a critical missing piece of an organically biblical ethics. The Sermon on the Mount’s Beatitudes and the virtues of faith, hope, and love are the answer. Without good character and community, we lack the insight and strength to do the right thing.
|Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles|
Doing Right was a project begun back on sabbatical in Bordeaux in 1985 but it was always a work in progress as I taught innumerable courses in Christian ethics during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and deepened my approach. I set it aside to write Becoming Good as the essential foundation. But I came to believe the best way to teach Christian ethics was through a study of the Ten Commandments, interpreted as ten guides to freedom. love, and justice. I was deeply influenced by Jewish writers like Andre Chouraqui but above all by the way Jesus and Paul explicate their significance. I still think this might be the best book I ever wrote and my best contribution to the field of Christian or
|The Word of God in the Ethics of Jacques Ellul|
This originated as my 277-page 1979 PhD dissertation at USC, based on my reading and research from 1971 onward. It was nominated for publication as Monograph No. 20 in a series published by the American Theological Library Association. I dragged my feet for five years until I finally abridged it a little and it was published. Bordeaux professor Jacques Ellul is best known for his classic The Technological Society (ET 1964) but also wrote many books on theological ethics. My dissertation examined how he creatively moved from ancient Scripture and Jesus Christ to contemporary application in the technological and
|Political Illusion & Reality: Engaging the Prophetic|
Insights of Jacques Ellul
Over the decades Jacques Ellul continued to have major influence on my thinking about not just theology but technology, politics, and culture. I corresponded with him from 1972 to 1981, met with him personally from 1982 to his death in 1994.
Since 2000 I have been the founding president of the International Jacques Ellul Society. I organized our 2016 biennial IJES conference at my alma mater, UC Berkeley, on Ellul’s contributions to our thinking about politics and the state. David Lovekin and I edited this amazing collection of conference papers. My chapter was on “The Political Theology of Jacques Ellul.” “Résister, c’est exister!”