The Occidental Tourist is the fourth book by Paul R. Gibson. Other books include a translation and commentary of the Laozi, Daodejing entitled, The Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching; A Visual Interpretation, 2014. Wisdom's Hiding Place; Reaching Beyond Belief, a book of religious philosophy linking Judaism, Christianity and Daoism to philosophical realism, 2011.
A novel entitled, The Oxbow Revelation, is a fictional portrayal of a high school student who stumbles upon links between realism and religion at a time when he most needs direction. Published 2009.
Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage serves as a clarion call to every American.
In this book Kennedy chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes, coming from different junctures in our nation’s history, include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft.
Now, a half-century later, the book remains a moving, powerful, and relevant testament to the indomitable national spirit and an unparalleled celebration of that most noble of human virtues. It resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Profiles in Courage is as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword: “not just stories of the past but a book of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us."
Along with vintage photographs and an extensive author biography, this book features Kennedy's correspondence about the writing project, contemporary reviews, a letter from Ernest Hemingway, and two rousing speeches from recipients of the Profile in Courage Award. Introduction by John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, forward by John F. Kennedy’s brother Robert F. Kennedy.
As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher—an ambitious goal, given her family's modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?
Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.
In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America's government can and must do better for working families.
25 days in a life . . .
It's 1975 and high school student Paul Roberts has recently left his
church. He struggles to find a morality based upon something more than
common belief or personal opinion. Then he becomes engaged in a series
of conversations with a co-worker. Soon they have embarked upon a
journey that neither had imagined possible.
"...The Oxbow Revelation reads like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance crossed with East of Eden, with shades of American Graffiti
as its backdrop." "... A serious, mysterious and sometimes sexy book
about finding morality."
Interwoven with humorous episodes of cruising the main drag and poignant
stories of first love, Paul and his co-worker consider how the
practical application of philosophical realism can guide human values.
Originally poised to ignore the fact that their descriptions of realism
also mirror the attributes of God, their examples keep echoing other
religious stories, East and West. The mystery compounds until they can
even understand the "virgin birth" through the eyes of realism.
"Religious philosophy for the common man. You can focus on reason,
ignoring every religious reference within the book, and the self-evident
values remain. But don't ignore too much; this is cutting-edge
religious scholarship." "...an opening salvo for a new religious