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National Library Week Event Celebrates Faculty

By Brett Wilson | April 22, 2013

Dr. Caramine White shares her passion for story-telling during the Regent faculty book talk.

Since 1958, the American Library Association has sponsored its National Library Week celebration in an effort to promote the love of reading and literature. This year's celebration—promoted by libraries across the nation April 14-20—focused on the theme "Communities Matter." On Wednesday, April 17, Regent University Library celebrated authors within its own community by inviting three prominent faculty members to share the stories of their recently-published books.

"National Library Week is a wonderful time to celebrate authors," said Regent Library dean, Dr. Sara Baron. "And our Regent faculty is responsible for many interesting and informative books."

One informative book presented at the reading was Dr. Eric Patterson's Ending Wars Well. Patterson, dean of the Robertson School of Government, explained that war, in most nations, is circular. The dust of the end of one war is just beginning to settle as nations prepare for the next. In his book, Patterson stresses that no war ends well, and that unless a nation has robust security and stops violence, "the bullets won't stop flying."

"I'm not saying 'kumbaya,' and I'm not saying 'reconciliation,'" said Patterson. "I'm saying that in order to move on from wars, we need to come to terms with the past."

Dr. Wolfgang Vondey, associate professor in the School of Divinity, came to terms with his own calling one night as he was walking through a field of sugarcane in a small town in the island-nation of Taiwan.

As he was escaping the stress of the day, he distinctly heard God speak, urging him to minister. Since then, Vondey has been brought face-to-face with searching for the meaning of Pentecostalism. While looking for explanations, he picked up book after book on the subject.

"I found them, and I was quite bored," said Vondey. "They were all nice and proper, like my suit."

It was clear that if he wanted the answers to the questions he had about the Pentecostal movement, he would have to find them himself. His book, Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed, is a tool Vondey wrote to help guide others in their own search for the meaning of Pentecostalism.

Dr. Caramine White, College of Arts & Sciences professor of language and literature, wrote her own guide through the work of the esteemed Irish author, Roddy Doyle. Her book, Reading More of Roddy Doyle, explores the intricacies of the contemporary storyteller.

White wrote this book as a follow-up to her original book released in 2001, Reading Roddy Doyle. The Dubliner story-teller and his writing style still captivated White over a decade later.

"I would read each of his stories and think, 'holy cow, how could he possibly do something different?' And then he'd write something different," said White.

During her research of this particular author, she found herself in awe of his stories and how, even though he touched on heavy themes such as alcoholism and abuse, he was always able to turn the stories around with happy endings.

"That's what I want in my life," said White.

White explained that just as dedicating oneself to any discipline is a challenge, writing is no different. In an effort to write, she sometimes spends hours in front of the computer biting her fingernails.

"It's painful to write," said White. "But if you just sit and wait for inspiration to come to you, it's not going to."

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