Prof. Wiz discovers young adults’ morality in ‘The Ought’

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New picture-story book imparts moral insights in short, thoughtful, intriguingly illustrated work

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Ned Wisnefske was preparing for a talk on moral education, and he was thinking that morality is all about the ‘ought.’ Then it occurred to him that ‘the ought’ sounded like a character in a Dr. Seuss book. Dr. Seuss imparted moral insight in his books, and Wisnefske thought that he should try to do the same thing in a picture-story book for teenagers.

The Ought” (published by Xlibris) is written for young adults who wonder where morals come from and whether we just make them up. It is an ethical quest to answer the questions, what is morality? and where does it come from? Intriguingly illustrated, it brings these ethical questions to light.

“This book is relevant today because young people are skeptical about morality. High schools, colleges and universities have trouble with cheating, bullying and moral disruptive behavior. This little book seeks to get to the heart of morality in a short, thoughtful and intriguingly illustrated work,” says the author.

“We all experience the ‘ought’, or the sense of moral responsibility. We do not always like it and we even try to flee from it. This book captures that experience. It also points out how we try to shape moral responsibility to our own wishes instead of being formed by a sense of obligation and duty to others. In the end, we learn the ‘ought’ is nothing scary and nothing to be avoided, but rather embraced because it comes from our own moral nature,” he adds.

“The Ought”
By Prof. Wiz
Hardcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781499070163
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781499070170
E-Book | 28 pages | ISBN 9781499070187
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ned Wisnefske teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Roanoke College where he is Schumann professor of Lutheran theology. His most recent book is “God Hides,” a critique of religion and a primer for faith.

Renae Dower has been drawing, painting, sewing, dancing and generally weaving her way into artistic situations and creations for as long as she can remember. She feels grateful and exalted to have “The Ought” be the first book she was lucky enough to illustrate and hopes for the chance to illustrate many more in the future. Dower lives near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her family and four wacky and wonderful dogs.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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