Published Books

  • Evangelicals on Public Policy Issues: Sustaining a Respectful Political Conversation
    by Harold Heie

    Abilene Christian University Press

    Six politically diverse evangelical Christians model a better way to do politics: respectful conversation about twelve public policy issues that uncover common ground and illuminate remaining disagreements.

    Current political discourse is broken, characterized by nasty sound bytes, demonizing the opposition, and holding to fixed positions that resist the discovery of the common ground needed for governing. In this volume six evangelical Christians model a better way, informed by the belief that the call of Christians to love their neighbors should create a welcoming space for persons to talk respectfully about their disagreements.

    Harold Heie affirms the very unfashionable notion that when Christian believers actually talk with one another, good things are possible. Amazingly, he also holds that such a hopelessly old fashioned idea should apply to political differences. For readers who long for such old fashioned and unfashionable respect, dialogue, listening, and learning, this book shows the way. It holds out one more almost unimaginable prospect: that Christian approaches to politics might live up to what the founder of Christianity modeled and in so doing contribute much-needed light and salt to the public square.

    --Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

    Harold Heie has rendered invaluable service to evangelicalism, the church, and society by providing a model for sustained and constructive discourse among people from all points on the political spectrum. Evangelicals and non-evangelicals alike will be surprised by the diversity of evangelical views, but all of us will learn and benefit from the comity exhibited in these pages.

    --Randall Balmer, Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth College, Author of "The Making of Evangelicalism"

    Time to tune out the histrionics of modern political discourse and tune in to this conversation! From the outset, this fine volume seeks to model responsible civil discourse, which is a duty of every citizen in a political community. While the contributors hold diverse views, Harold Heie skillfully guides the "Alternative Political Conversation" to identify areas of agreement. Readers will be encouraged by the sustained and principled commitment to address the remaining differences, leading to responsible action for the sake of the common good.

    --Stephanie Summers, CEO, Center for Public Justice

    Political discourse today all too often exhibits a general lack of respect, as political conversations degenerate into name-calling, distortions of the positions adopted by one’s political opponents, and the outright dismissal of any merits associated with the proposals of those adopting different positions other than one’s own. However, here at last, we see modeled serious political engagement. Though their perspectives and positions may differ, here proponents of different policy positions take the opposing perspectives of others seriously and respond courteously. Hopefully, this effort at political reflection and discussion can begin to encourage others, including evangelical Christians, to engage in deeper and more respectful political reflection and conversation.

    --Corwin E. Smidt, Research Fellow, the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College

    Lots of people talk about “dialogue” in a pious way, but what they actually have in mind is a staged event that proceeds to the right conclusion (theirs). Harold Heie, like Michael Oakeshott, genuinely believes in conversation for its own sake. I’m grateful to Harold and the contributors to this volume for reminding us all that real conversation is indeed possible—and worth the effort it requires.

    --John Wilson, Editor, Books & Culture

     
  • Soul Care: Christian Faith and Academic Administration
    by Harold Heie, Mark Sargent

    Abilene Christian University Press

    Christian academic administration is a peculiar journey for which few are prepared; and those who embark on it are often surprised. These writers describe the deep faith, substantial knowledge, and leadership skill required to serve well as such middle earth pilgrims. Their tales and templates for identity, choice, and community offer Christian guidance for joint expeditions in higher education. Shop talk and soul craft intersect and inspire along the way. In a time of systemic educational change, this volume delivers an applied theology for fellow travelers who share this wondrous calling.

    -- Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor, Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, Council of Independent Colleges; and Professor of Management, Calvin College

    Christian higher education has needed this book for some time. Inspired by a vision for soul-filled leadership, and drawing from very deep wells of experience, this rich collection of essays is a must read. Heie and Sargent brought together a group of scholar-leaders who represent some of the freshest thinking with timely counsel for those who are called to lead and serve in Christ-centered higher education. This book will find a prominent place in the ever-evolving literature on our movement and, more importantly, will help direct our thinking and our practice as leaders.

    -- Ronald P. Mahurin, Vice President for Professional Development & Research, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

    I am pleased to recommend Soul Care to those who are called to serve in positions of academic administration. Whether seasoned by years of experience or new to the work of academic leadership, readers will be helped and encouraged through their engagement with this volume. These transparent and reflective essays provide thoughtful guidance and advice that will strengthen academic communities for the days ahead.

    -- David S. Dockery, President, Union University; author of Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society through Christian Higher Education

     
  • Learning to Listen, Ready to Talk: A Pilgrimage Toward Peacemaking
    by Harold Heie

    iUniverse

    Read a review published at The Trinity Forum   June 6, 2008

     “A gifted story teller, Harold Heie narrates the experiences of a lifetime as college teacher and administrator that taught him the way of peaceful and respectful conversation. His story is fascinating, his wit and wisdom priceless, his advice seasoned and sane. Inviting us into conversations he creates, he shows how it is done, and pleads with us to do likewise.”

    —Arthur Holmes, professor of philosophy emeritus, Wheaton College

    “Harold Heie treats us to an always-engrossing personal tale that speaks to everyone. Heie has a dream (we see it take shape), but he convinces us that openness to other visions—respectful conversation among us all—is vital for any earthly good that lies ahead. Heie’s eloquent plea for commitment and openness will prove contagious and revolutionary.”

    —Paul Borgman, professor of English, Gordon College

    “Harold Heie writes with conviction, clarity, grace and humility, blending rich personal narrative with intellectual and spiritual force. This book should be required reading for all faculty, administrators, staff and trustees who are leaders in Christian higher education. Beware! It may change your view of leadership.”

    —Ronald Mahurin, vice president, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

    “Truth be told, the Truth is not in us. But it has found a good home in its servant, Harold Heie. He embodies his own teaching.”

    —From the Forward, Stan Gaede, scholar-in-residence, Gordon College. President, 2001–2006, Westmont College

     
  • Mutual Treasure: Seeking Better Ways for Christians and Culture to Converse
    Cascadia Publishing House

    by Harold Heie, Michael A. King

    These essays show us concrete ways in which Christians can authentically engage culture without resorting either to simple condemnation or compromise. Heie’s and King’s collection challenges us to think creatively about the challenges of discipleship in a divided world. Believers working in every quarter of the culture will be in their debt.        

     -- Jeanne Heffernan Schindler, Department of Humanities, Villanova University

    Representing a wide variety of theological streams within the larger evangelical family, the authors provide practical suggestions for engaging our culture in dialogue about some of the most challenging issues we face. We can learn much from their stories of meaningful interaction with those who hold differing points of view.  

    -- Loren Swartzentruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University

    Heie, King, and their collaborators have produced a book that advances the project of Christian learning in distinctive ways. Its contributors speak with authority; they join practice with principle creatively; they are seeking new paths for linking faith and scholarship. The book deserves careful attention – read it and think!

    -- Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

    The editors do not just argue that Christians can be more effective agents of redemption by respectful dialogue than by aggressive confrontation; they present eight highly diverse and imaginative case studies in which this actually happened. It’s a timely and very important contribution.

    -- Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

    In an era in which biting partisanship has come to characterize what passes for public discourse, the contributors present a very different, irenic model. This is an instructive, inspiring book; the approaches offered here are eminently worthy of emulation.

    -- Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College, Columbia University, and Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, Connecticut


     
  • The Reality of Christian Learning: Strategies for Faith-Discipline Integration
    by Harold Heie

    by Harold Heie, David L. Wolfe

    This is a major how-to-do-it regarding the integration of faith and learning …. It could significantly advance efforts at integration among Christian scholars and teachers.

    -- Arthur Holmes, professor of philosophy emeritus, Wheaton College

    The editors present a typology of various strategies for faith-discipline integration, which are then exemplified by two essays in each of seven disciplines – political science, sociology, psychology, biology, mathematics, the arts, and philosophy. In each discipline, a principal essayist addresses a significant issue from a Christian perspective; a respondent then analyzes that essay, suggesting at least one alternative approach.