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All students must read ONE selection from the Religion Department’s recommendations and ONE selection from the Arts Department’s recommendations. Please be sure the student reads TWO selections.  

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will choose from the same list of titles.

Note: The Arts Department’s recommendation Make your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven AND Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts counts as one selection.  Students choosing this recommendation will read both books for a total of THREE summer reading books, not TWO.

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Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body, and Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780829450439
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Published: Loyola Press - October 15th, 2020

RELIGION - Option 1 For All Students

For centuries, spiritual and meditative practices have helped people become more calm, focused, and happy. Christian saints such as John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila encouraged habits of the heart and soul. Now we know that such habits benefit the whole person.

In Spiritual Practices for the Brain, Anne Kertz Kernion (founder of Cards by Anne) relies on the most current research to link spiritual practices to improved health. Relying on her education and experience in brain development, positive psychology, and theology, Anne is able to relate seemingly simple practices such as focused breathing, gardening, practicing kindness, or going for a walk with powerful results for your mind, body, and soul. Her presentation is friendly and readable, and each chapter explores a specific topic such as the Breath, Gratitude, and Self-Compassion, and includes simple practices for readers to try. As an artist and an exercise instructor, she exudes encouragement and hope for the person learning a new practice or revisiting an old one.

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Love in a Fearful Land: A Guatemalan Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781570756429
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Published: Orbis Books - March 1st, 2006

RELIGION - Option 2 For All Students

This is Henri Nouwen's personal account of a pilgrimage to Santiago Atitlan, a Mayan town in the highlands of Guatemala. It was there that an American priest, Father Stanley Rother, was murdered by a death squad in the parish where he served. In traveling to Santiago Nouwen hoped to learn more about this modern martyr about the faith that drew him there, and the love that held him in place, even when his life was threatened.

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ISBN: 9780060652951
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Published: HarperOne - April 21st, 2015

RELIGION - Option 3 For All Students

In The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis's revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis's own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."

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Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525580065
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2019

RELIGION - Option 4 For All Students

In this very personal work, renowned lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom as the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Stevenson's story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society--the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634727
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2016

THE ARTS - Option 1 For All Students

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455570249
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 4th, 2017

THE ARTS - Option 2 For All Students

*NOTE: This Book Must Be Paired With Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, -What starts here changes the world,- he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446391061
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 1st, 1990

THE ARTS - Option 2 For All Students

*NOTE: This Book Must Be Paired With Make Your Bed

This is the book you've heard about. The book that leaped to the top ranks of the bestseller lists. The book that's got the business world reading, thinking, and quoting. This is the book that reveals the leadership secrets of Attila the Hun-the man who centuries ago shaped an aimless band of mercenary tribal nomads into the undisputed rulers of the ancient world, and who today offers us timeless lessons in win-directed, take-charge management.

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Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399144462
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 8th, 1998

THE ARTS - Option 3 For All Students

From one of the world's most recognized experts on management comes a simple parable filled with insights designed to help readers manage change quickly and prevail in changing times. Written for all ages, the story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime.

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Fish!: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306846199
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Published: Hachette Go - March 10th, 2020

THE ARTS - Option 4 For All Students

Filled with inspiration and timeless wisdom that will resonate with anyone in any field or career level, FISH! is one of the most popular business parables of all time. People in organizations around the world use its practical lessons to improve customer service, build trust and teamwork, bolster leadership, and increase employee satisfaction. They also use the lessons to strengthen personal relationships, and to live with greater purpose and happiness. FISH! will help you discover the amazing power that is already inside you to make a positive difference -- wherever you are in life.