Roanoke College Alumni Release Books

Topics ranging from religion to the Roanoke basketball program are covered

SALEM, Va. - Two Roanoke College alumni have recently released books while another Roanoke alumnus is in the process of publishing a memoir.

The Church Library on Christian Concerns and Solutions

Corbin M. Wright, a 1954 Roanoke College alumnus and now a Stephen Minister at an English-speaking church in Argentina, recently released a book titled The Church Library on Christian Concerns and Solutions. Published by Authorhouse, the book sets out to address many of the concerns facing Christians today.

Wright addresses issues, including how to communicate the Christian faith to others, careers, divorce, euthanasia and sexuality. He combines his own experiences with those of others to answer the most frustrating questions facing Christians today. The book is billed as a guide for Christians to learn how to live more fully.

Why Johnny Can't Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers

Dr. T. David Gordon '77, professor of religion at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, released Why Johnny Can't Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers. His book, which analyzes the shifts in media forms and their profound, often unfortunate effects on preaching, is published by P & R Publishing.

The purpose of the book is to understand that when a typographic/reading culture becomes an image-based and electronic culture, significant consequences occur, including composition and the competent use of spoken English.

Gordon has been interviewed by five radio programs about his book, most recently on "Knowing The Truth," a live, call-in radio show with Pastor Kevin Boling. The sequel, Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Re-wrote the Hymnal, should appear before the end of this year.

The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Allen Jones, a 1976 Roanoke College alumnus who is manager for foreign currency exchange at Dexia Banque Internationale of Luxembourg, with Mark Naison, wrote the The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir. The book is an interesting look at the history of the Bronx and an inspiring story of the rise of Jones' life from the heroin trade in the Bronx to basketball stardom and banking in Europe.

The book includes notes about his former Roanoke basketball coach, Charlie Moir, who Jones describes as a "class guy who treated his players well." The book also mentions former teammates Hal Johnston '72 and Jay Piccola '74. Publication is set for September by Fordham University Press.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: July 7, 2009
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu