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Celebrating Book Publications

Student; professor. Fiction; textbook. First timer; accomplished author. Two books, as different as can be, but both accomplishments worthy of celebrating.

Heidi GoriIn December 2012, NCU student Heidi Gori self-published her first novel: “A Touch of Lightning.” It is the first of a planned series (“The Books of Eldingar”), and is available in paperback or ebook through This fantasy novel is already garnering rave reviews on Amazon. A copy (signed by the author, of course) is now available in the NCU library. As the first library in the country to add this book to our collection, we had the honor of creating the catalog record that all future library holdings will use. We celebrate with Heidi this incredible accomplishment and look forward to adding (and creating the catalog records for) future books in this series.

Book CoverJust released in February by Baker Academic Publishing is the latest book from Dr. Ron Heine, NCU professor of Biblical studies. “Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith” is the product of courses Dr. Heine has taught on early Christian doctrine. Finding no suitable textbook, he wrote his own! Dr. Heine is already a world-renown author with multiple books to his credit, including especially works on the early Church father Origen. His new book, suitable for the interested general reader, is available through the publisher, and at and other online sellers.

Or, if you are in the Eugene area, come join Dr. Heine and the NCU community on Thursday, April 18, at 3:00 in the NCU Kellenberger Library where you can purchase a copy directly and have it signed by the author. Dr. Heine will also give a brief talk about his work. We will celebrate together this accomplishment and give Dr. Heine the recognition he so richly deserves.

One an academic textbook; the other a young adult fantasy novel. One a well-respected expert in his field; the other an unknown in the publishing field (for now!). One published through a major book publisher, the other self-published through an online bookseller. Two very different books. Two very amazing accomplishments. Congratulations to both Dr. Heine and to Heidi, and best wishes for future publications.