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  • This is a staff member in the library handing out the new Harding Read book.

    2019 Harding Read

    For the fourth campus-wide read, President McLarty wanted to focus on leadership.

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    2018-19 Harding Read

    The chosen book for this school year is C.S. Lewis' 'Mere Christianity.'

  • A photo of a student reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

    2017 Harding Read

    Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place was the featured book for 2017-18.

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    2016 Harding Read

    The 2016 campus read was centered on Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas.

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Harding Read 2020

A campus read program called Harding Read began fall 2016. The American Studies Institute, Brackett Library and First Year Experience contributed ideas to the creation of the program, which encourages the campus community to read a book together and engage both in and out of the classroom.

President McLarty has chosen Michael Lindsay’s View From the Top: An Inside Look at How People In Power See and Shape the World for the 2020-21 Harding Read. Lindsay is the president of Gordon College, a Christian institution near Boston, and wrote the book based on 550 interviews with super achievers representing a variety of fields across the globe.

Incoming students will be introduced to it at Summer Stampede, the entire student body will be exposed to it in chapel throughout the year, and alumni will be invited to online discussion groups. When young people come to college, they expect to be exposed to deep thoughts, important issues and grand ideas. Harding Read 2019 is an opportunity for the entire Harding community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration – to join together on what promises to be a thrilling and challenging journey of growth in leadership.

2019 Program info

About the book

This book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," is the single most influential, non-Biblical leadership book in my life. I’m convinced there is so much of the language of leadership we use today that came from this book, even if people don’t know where the language came from. I’m thrilled that a new generation is going to discover "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."

I think, for believers, we read this, and every habit is rooted in Scripture. Every page is something where you are reminded of something Jesus said or that Paul wrote or that is in Proverbs, because this is solid wisdom about leadership in life. I think these things make you a better person, but I think they are all things that make you a stronger leader.

Dr. Bruce McLarty
President, Harding University

Faculty resources

Faculty are encouraged to use ideas and thoughts from the book in the classroom. Brackett Library has provided a resource page for more information and tools for classroom use. View the resources here.