Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. But getting in is only one small part of the drama of his students’ stories. In a riveting work of narrative nonfiction—winner of a Studs and Ida Terkel award—Hold Fast to Dreams follows the lives of ten of Josh’s students as they navigate the vast and obstacle-ridden landscape of college in America, where students for whom the stakes of education are highest find unequal access and inadequate support.
“A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students.” — Kirkus Reviews
Finding Jesus, a companion to the CNN TV series, looks at six holy objects connected to Jesus, the most famous– and mysterious –man in history to see what they can tell us about his life, and his “after life”.
David Gibson and Michael McKinley designed their book to engage believers, skeptics and those in between, by looking at each object through three lenses: what is the object and its connection to Jesus? How did it get from “then” to “now”– i.e. how did a burial cloth travel thousands of miles and two thousand years from a rock tomb in Jerusalem to a marble cathedral in Turin? And what does science say about these objects today?
Readers can begin the book in any chapter they choose, and find a complete story about a holy object– a story which will lead them to other chapters, and onward, we hope, on a journey to parse the plot of the “greatest story ever told.”
“In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience.” — Kirkus Reviews