This week I’ll be out of the store for three days with some exciting events. First, today I will be at the Baker Publishing Group Sales Conference looking at some of the 2015 forthcoming titles. I’ll be sure to give you a heads up on some of the academic titles.
Second, on Wednesday and Thursday I’ll be hosting a book table at the Acton University here in Grand Rapids. This will be my second year to attend this very prestigious event. More than 900 leaders from over 70 countries will be present. The faculty line up is a major draw which include Ross Douthat, Makoto Fujimura, J. Budziszewski, Peter Kreeft, Scot Hahn, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Scott Rae, Andy Crouch and many, many more (see here for a full list). If you’ve never heard of the Acton Institute look here for more. I’ve taken the segment below from the “About” section of their website.
“Founded in April, 1990, the Acton Institute is named in honor of John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902), 1st Baron Acton of Aldenham and the historian of freedom. Known as “the magistrate of history,” Lord Acton was one of the great personalities of the nineteenth century. Widely considered one of the most learned Englishmen of his time, Lord Acton made the history of liberty his life’s work. Indeed, his most notable conclusion of this work is that political liberty is the essential condition and guardian of religious liberty. He thereby points to the union of faith and liberty, which has been the inspiration for the mission of the Acton Institute.
The mission of the Acton Institute is to promote a free, virtuous, and humane society. This direction recognizes the benefits of a limited government, but also the beneficent consequences of a free market. It embraces an objective framework of moral values, but also recognizes and appreciates the subjective nature of economic value. It views justice as a duty of all to give the one his due but, more importantly, as an individual obligation to serve the common good and not just his own needs and wants. In order to promote a more profound understanding of the coming together of faith and liberty, the Institute involves members of religious, business, and academic spheres in its various seminars, publications, and academic activities. It is our hope that by demonstrating the compatibility of faith, liberty, and free economic activity, religious leaders and entrepreneurs can contribute by helping to shape a society that is secure, free, and virtuous.”