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A monthly publication of virtues & vocations, Good Thought pieces showcase scholars from various disciplines reflecting on how issues of virtue and vocation intersect with their work in higher education.

The Amen Effect by Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous founded IKAR, a dynamic, multi-generational Jewish community striving to help its members discover healing, purpose, and connection through their ancient faith. In The Amen Effect (Penguin Random House, 2024), Brous shares the hard fought lessons she’s discovered along the way, with the hope that her experience can cast a vision not just for IKAR but for society at large, a vision that can help us bridge our differences in an increasingly fractured age.

Never Enough

More and more students are feeling the pressure, not just to get into a college, but to get into an elite college. In Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – And What We Can Do About It (Penguin Random House, 2023), Jennifer Breheny Wallace tracks down these students, diagnosing both where this pressure comes from and how we can help our students flourish.


In Cathonomics (Georgetown University Press, 2022), Tony Annett lays of a vision inspired by Catholic social teaching for a just and humane economy. Drawing from Aristotle, Aquinas, and several recent popes, Annett argues that concepts like human dignity, solidarity, and subsidiarity can provide the moral grounding necessary for an economy that goes beyond purely mathematical metrics like GDP to achieve the ultimate goal of improving human lives.

The Book of (More) Delights by Ross Gay

Through his vivid, poetic descriptions, Gay challenges us to cultivate a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for the beauty of the many delightful moments that surround us every day.

Going Infinite by Michael Lewis

Sam Bankman-Friend was convicted of seven counts of fraud, a verdict that carries a maximum sentence of 115 years in prison. But just a couple years earlier, Bankman-Fried had been a rising star. What happened? And how did it all go so wrong? In Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon (W.W. Norton, 2023), Michael Lewis takes us behind the scenes, telling the tumultuous tale of Bankman-Fried’s meteoric rise and how it all – his wealth, his company, and his credibility – disappeared overnight.

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