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Books Stack Up for OCU Faculty

Robin Meyers is the sixth Oklahoma City University arts and sciences professor to publish a book this academic year. His latest work, “The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus” is available in stores this month.

OCU faculty have covered topics from superheroes to Islam. English and Moving Image Arts Professor Marc DiPaolo’s book, “War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film,” was named one of the top 500 academic books of 2011 by the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine. In the book, DiPaolo explores Superhero adventure comics and their long history of commenting on American public opinion and government policy. Superheores included in the book are Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

Political Science Professor Mohamed Daadaoui, who was born and raised in Morocco, published “Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge.”

“The book is timely and comes amidst the tide of Arab spring that is sweeping throughout the Middle East and North Africa,” Daadaoui noted. “While other Arab regimes are facing challenges to their survival, the Moroccan monarchy seems stronger than it used to be.”

History Professor Jim Buss examines how American settlers accomplished Indian removal through language and imagery in his book “Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes.”

English Professor Emerita Salwa Khoddam proposed a fresh approach to reading the Narnian stories based on an inquiry into C.S. Lewis’ readings and his use of classical and Christian symbols in her book, “Mythopoeic Narnia: Memory, Metaphor, and Metamorphoses in The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Religion Professor Lisa Wolfe gives scholarly commentary on women in the Bible and draws connections between the world of ancient audiences and present-day readers in her new book, “Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs and Judith.”

Meyers’ “The Underground Church” explores recapturing the spirit of the early church with an emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Bill Moyers writes, “Danger: The contents of this book are explosive and could turn the world upside down. About time!”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu echoes the book’s theme with a question, “When was the last time you thought of going to church as dangerous? Once we challenged the status quo: now we mostly defend it. ‘The Underground Church’ tells the story of how we forgot where we came from and why we must recover our subversive roots. Read this book if you dare. Become part of the movement if you are daring.”