New Book Depicts Connection Between Texas A&M Practices and Religious Convictions

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Barry Bauerschlag captures lessons taught outside the classroom

The history and reputation of Texas A&M University is marked by an ever-growing number of sacred traditions and rituals. From the Elephant Walk, Fish Camp and Aggie Muster, each timeless custom embodies the 141-year spirit of the school.

Author and Texas A&M alumnus Chaplain Barry Bauerschlag, believes these practices transcend simple superstition and that each Aggie tradition exemplifies core values that are also represented in religious and theological text. Bauerschlag explores these connections in “Aggie Spirit 101: Greater Love.”

“Aggie Spirit 101: Greater Love” captures the novelty and school spirit of Texas A&M University. Bauerschlag analyzes sacred conventions practiced at Texas A&M and links them to ethical and scriptural principles. Additionally, he educates readers about the leadership showcased at Aggieland and how the community’s dedication to moral ethics—such as loyalty, honor, integrity, service, hospitality and hard work—can shape a student’s character.

“There is more to learn at Texas A&M than what they teach you in the classroom,” Bauerschlag said. “Students embrace these transformative values that are then reinforced in Christian teachings. Aggie Spirit explores the intersection of these deeply embedded Aggie traditions and central religious teachings and shows the true value of a Texas A&M education.”

“Aggie Spirit 101: Greater Love”
By Barry Bauerschlag
ISBN: 9781503587939 (hardcover) 9781503587946 (softcover) 9781503587922 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Xlibris

About the author
After serving as a Corps of Cadets outfit commander and Ross Volunteer, Barry Bauerschlag graduated a "distinguished student" in Mechanical Engineering, was commissioned an Army officer and married his Aggieland sweetheart, Donna. They raised two outstanding student leader sons and positively influenced many others. He received his Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he also did his doctoral studies. His pastoral ministries extended all over Texas and for over four decades. Today, he serves as a volunteer chaplain to many student athletes and Aggie teams.

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