Write what you know — that’s one guideline that each of these Olivet authors has followed. Combining their education, research, faith and life experience, they explore a variety of topics. We share some of their most recent and requested books with you here.
John Bowling, University president
Above All Else: 20 Years of Baccalaureate Sermons
Dr. Bowling shares the often-requested text from messages he prepared and delivered to Olivet’s graduating classes.
Grace-Full Leadership: Understanding the Heart of a Christian Leader (book and audiobook)
God has redefined the world of management for the Christian leader through scripture. In this book, Dr. Bowling explores the leadership qualities and practices that are Christian distinctives.
Making the Climb: What a Novice Climber Learned About Life on Mount Kilimanjaro
Making the Climb: Lessons for Faith Communities (DVD + book)
This riveting first-person account documents one man’s attempt to climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dr. Bowling describes the challenges and difficulties he encountered during those nine days.
To be published in spring 2013:Re-Vision: Thirteen Strategies to Renew Your Work, Your Organization, and Your Life
As president of Olivet for more than 20 years, Dr. Bowling gives his perspective on the challenges and opportunities that come with long-term leadership. This book addresses how to keep one’s leadership fresh and how to re-vision an organization, as needed, from time to time.
Mark Quanstrom, professor of theology and philosophy, School of Theology and Christian Ministry
From Grace to Grace: The Transforming Power of Holiness
Dr. Quanstrom offers an original explanation of the call to holiness which is faithful to the Wesleyan holiness tradition in a way that makes holiness relevant to this generation. Determining the call to holiness depends on a renewed appreciation for the entire revelation of God.
David Van Heemst, professor of political science, Department of History and Political Science
College: What’s the Point? Embracing the Mystery of the Kingdom in a Postmodern World
This challenge to Christian college students addresses the significant issues they face. Dr. Van Heemst offers the biblical foundation to help them grapple with the tough questions and draw closer to God.
Splashing in Puddles: How to Be a Father to Your Daughter
As the father of five daughters, Dr. Van Heemst details what a father must do in order to give his daughter a strong foundation in Christ. His goal is to bring clarity to fatherhood’s complexity.
Mark Frisius, assistant professor of theology, School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Tertullian's Use of the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude (Studies in Biblical Literature)
Dr. Frisius discusses the material that Tertullian, a third-century theologian, used for his theological controversies. This book, in addition to being a resource for scholars, is also useful in senior level and graduate courses on ancient biblical interpretation.
Kevin Mellish, associate professor of biblical literature, School of Theology and Christian Ministry
1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (New Beacon Bible Commentary)
Dr. Mellish writes from the Wesleyan theological perspective. This commentary provides a critical, relevant and inspiring interpretation of the Word of God in today’s world.