Based on the popular National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty different statements of individual principles from the famous and unknown alike. Each essay candidly and compellingly completes the thought that begins this book’s title. This I Believe presents the hearts and minds of a diverse group of people, both past and present, whose beliefs reveal the American spirit at its best.
A Question of Freedom chronicle author Dwayne Betts' years in prison, as he reflects on his crime and how it would or would not define him. It is a about a quest for identity, one that guarantees a young man's survival in a hostile environment.
A Pearl in the Storm, written by Tori Murden McClure, is about failure and recovery. It is about storms that twist our lives and shatter our dreams. It is about the pearls: the guides, the guardians, and the mentors who lift us up after we fall.
Listening is an Act of Love is made up of 2-3 page transcripts selected from more than ten thousand interviews
captured by the Story-Corps project. Story-Corps, founded by Dave Isay, is the United
States largest oral history project, presenting our nation's history told by the people
who lived that history. There is a connection to each and every discipline contained
in the stories presented. They are organized into the following themes: Home and family;
work and dedication, journeys; history and struggle, and fire and water (The stories
of 9/11 and Katrina).
Outcasts United by Warren St. John is a national bestseller chronicles the impromptu social experiment
created when a small southern town became a center for refugee relocation and one
woman's attempt to change lives through soccer. It has much to teach us about how
to live in an age of globalization when our neighbors may not look like or live like
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else is a memoir by Michael Gates Gill which chronicles his journey from a high-level advertising executive with J. Walter Thompson to a barista at Starbucks.
Three Cups of Tea is one mountaineer's (Greg Mortenson) story on how after trying and failing to climb K2, he came upon a destitute Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Motivated by the people's benevolences, he made a commitment to return and erect a school. Three Cups of Tea is the account of one man fulfilling a promise made to an indigenous people and its remarkable result.
The book selection for 2007 was An Ordinary Man, by Paul Rusesabagina. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation and to attend the President's luncheon on Sunday, August 26, 2007. On Saturday, August 25, 2007, Rusesabagina attended a book signing at Linebaugh Library and also spoke to community book clubs who were reading the book. Ruesesabagina also attended one of MTSU's classes.
The book selection for 2006 was Fat Land , by Greg Critser. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation and to attend the President's luncheon on Sunday, August 27, 2006. On Saturday, August 26, 2006, Critser attended a book signing at Linebaugh Library and also spoke to community book clubs who were reading the book. Critser also visited one of MTSU's classes to discuss how our society's eating habits have changed.
The book chosen for 2005 was Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation and attend the President's luncheon on Sunday, August 28, 2005.
The book of choice for 2004 was Naked in Baghdad , written by a National Public Radio's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels. The Distinguished Lecture Committee once again brought the author to campus to speak at Convocation on Sunday, August 29, 2004.
The book selection for 2003 was All Over but the Shoutin' , written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Rick Bragg. The Distinguished Lecture Committee brought the author to campus to speak at the University Convocation on August 17, 2003.
The book selection for 2002 was The Color of Water written by James McBride.