Taylor’s president-elect, author and Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay will release his latest book at Taylor University on April 27.
The event will take place in Rediger Chapel from 3-5 p.m. with a reception in the Howell Galleria in the LaRita Boren Campus Center.
“I'm super excited and deeply honored to be able to launch the book at Taylor — that's such a big deal and I'm really excited to share the work I undertook to bring the book to fruition, as well as to be part of a conversation on campus,” Lindsay said. “I also hope it provides a good lift for the community as we wrap up an unusual academic year with some celebration and inspiration.”
Lindsay’s book, “Hinge Moments: Making the Most of Life’s Transitions,” is the culmination of studying 550 American leaders and writing for three years. The book will be released by InterVarsity Press, who recently conducted an interview with him about his own transition from president of Gordon College to president-elect of Taylor.
Originally, Lindsay intended for the book to be primarily for college students, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought him to the conclusion that everyone faces “hinge moments.”
He then decided to serve a broader audience with his writing. He said that when Christians especially are faced with challenging changes, there can be an even greater impact for godly good.
“Oftentimes, when we're facing change, we're a little daunted by the challenges in front of us, when in fact, the Lord uses change in our lives to do extraordinary and great things.” Lindsay said. “While it can be a little scary at times, as a whole, I think that we ought to be embracing the changes that come and be willing to walk into the pathway of the unknown. My hope is it’ll be a source of inspiration and provide some practical advice based on the lives of great leaders who navigated change well in their own journey.”
Mike Falder, the associate vice president for advancement at Taylor, said he is looking forward to reading “Hinge Moments” after reading Lindsay’s book “View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World.” He said he has personally found Lindsay’s writing to be full of real-world application for him as a higher education professional, scholar and leader.
Falder also said he finds Lindsay’s ability to tell stories of leaders’ lived experiences to be fascinating and relevant. He said he would have benefitted from reading Lindsay’s work when he was an undergraduate and wants students to know the first 200 people to arrive at the book release will receive a free copy of “Hinge Moments.”
“I am thrilled that Dr. Lindsay will be releasing his newest book at Taylor,” Falder said. “Dr. Lindsay is a notable author and was nominated for the non-fiction Pulitzer Prize, and that is a big deal for an author and for the University that just named him their next president.”