The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

A book I like to teach

One of my grad school teachers said that anyone teaching bioethics should adopt Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Upon arriving at Baylor I took up her suggestion, and I have taught the National Book Critics Circle Award winner twice a year for nearly a decade.


The Sacredness of Human Life, by David P. Gushee

Spring books

David Gushee’s attempt to define and defend the concept of the sacredness of life is a welcome reminder of why it is so important that we not take for granted the protections that surround our lives and the lives of others.


Patients, ethics and power

The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine, and the Church, by Joel James Shuman


Never Let Me Go

Directed by Mark Romanek

Based on the award-winning 2005 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also penned The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go is that rare story that doesn't rely on a revelatory plot twist to make its thematic point and drive the message home.