March 2016 New Titles in the Library

Watch for the library cart with the newest titles as well as a Library Committee member in the Narthex one Sunday a month.  Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

Seven Keys to Spiritual Renewal – Biblical Insights for Your Journey of Faith. Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop, 1998 [243]  “These keys are based upon principles revealed in the Bible about how a person can experience a deeper relationship with God and have more satisfaction in life.”

Single to Single – Daily Devotionals by and for Single Adults. Douglas L. Fagerstrom, Editor, 1991 [242]  “Whether you are never married, divorced, or widowed, you will identify with . . . [these devotions].”

Saying Goodbye to Disappointments – Finding Hope When Your Dreams Don’t Come True. Jan & David Stoop, 1993 [155.2] “You can’t eliminate all disappointment from your life – but what if you could learn to break the pattern of disappointment?”  This book is especially for women.

Bold Love – The Courageous Practice of Life’s Ultimate Influence. Dr. Dan B. Allender, 1992 [248]  “…explores the complexities of living, forgiving, and healing,..”

Leading Talents, Leading Teams – Aligning People, Passions and Positions for Maximum Performance.  Lee Ellis, 2003 [658] “Would you like to gain new insights on how to unleash the talents of people and align them toward a common goal?”

The Future of the American Family. George Barna, 1993 [173] “…what will the family, our most stabilizing institution, be like in the future?”

Marley & Me – life and love with the world’s worst dog.  John Grogan, 2005 [920]  “The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.”

On My Own at 107– Reflections on Life without Bessie.  Sarah Delany, 1997 [920]  The author’s “…tribute to Bessie, her beloved younger sister and century-long companion …who died at 104.”

Pilgrims. Elizabeth Gilbert, 1997 [fiction]  “…these short stories track her [the author’s] diverse characters as they each pursue their own singular American pilgrimage.”

Day of the East Wind. Julia Shuken, 1993 [fiction] “…captures both the strangeness of a faraway land in a time past, and the sameness of a shared faith, a common human nature, and struggles, fears, and hopes known to us all.”

On The Trail of the Truth and A Place in the Sun – Journals of Corrie Belle-Hollister, 1991 [fiction]  A young girl comes of age after traveling to California and caring for her 4 siblings.  Risk, truth, trouble, faith and love are to be experienced in these 2 novels in one book.

Chariots of Dawn– Would Eshed’s faith and Leona’s love be enough to sustain the embattled young disciples?”.  Kay Stewart, 1991 [fiction] Eshed embarks on a compelling adventure filled with challenge upon challenge as he battles the spiritual ignorance and hardships of the early Christian era.”

July 2016 New Titles in the Library

Watch for the library cart with the newest titles as well as a Library Committee member in the Narthex one Sunday a month.  Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

The Last Days of Jesus.  NBC New Presents,  2004 [232 DVD]  “. . . this objective and discerning investigative report delves into recent discoveries about the events leading up to the crucifixion and sheds new light on the unanswered questions that still surround this defining moment in world history.”

 Who Was Jesus?  The Discovery Channel, 2010 [232 DVD]  “. . . the story of what it was like to be Jesus:  to be born into tyranny and executed for preaching harmony, love and forgiveness to one’s own warring people.”

The Execution of Jesus.  The History Channel, 2004 [232 DVD] “Join scholars and archaeologists on a historic inquiry into the last days of Jesus.  Follow Him from His Passover entry into the Temple to the Last Supper:  from trial to execution and miraculous resurrection.”

Living Before God – Deepening Our Sense of the Divine Presence. Ben Campbell Johnson, 2000 [248.4]  “. . . invites readers to explore ways to enrich their relationship with God. . . . living intentionally in the presence of God.”

Bad Religion – How We Became a Nation of Heretics.  Ross Douthat, 2012 [277.3] “. . . offers a masterful and forceful account of how American Christianity has lost its way – and why it threatens to take American society with it. . . . brings probing, perceptive analysis to bear on the tragic hollowing out of American Christianity.”

Doctors on the Edge– Will Your Doctor Break the Rules for You?  Frederick R. Abrams, M.D., 2006[174.2] “Prioritizing patents over rigid rules, Abrams probes critical medical dilemmas, encouraging doctors to struggle with the ambiguities of humane health care in the 21st Century.”

Escape. Carolyn Jessop, 2007 [920]  “ . . . provides an astonishing look behind the tightly drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive religious groups in the U.S.”

Into Thin Air– A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster. Jon Krakauer, 1997 [796.52]  “A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism.”

Station Eleven. Emily St. John Mandel, 2014 [Fiction]  “. . . offers comfort and hope to those who  believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and that when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old.”

A Promise for Breanna– Angel of Mercy Series #1. Al Lacy, 1995 [Fiction] This is the first in this series which follows the exciting and romantic adventures of traveling medical specialist Breanna Baylor, a ministering angel who brought a touch of grace and mercy to a land marked by danger, lawlessness and struggle.

Faithful Heart– Angel of Mercy Series #2. Al Lacy, 1995 [Fiction]

Captive Set Free– Angel of Mercy Series #3. Al Lacy, 1996 [Fiction]

October 2016 New Titles in the Library

Watch for the library cart with the newest titles in the Narthex one Sunday a month.
Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

The Goldfinch. Donna Tartt, 2013 [Fiction] Thirteen year old, Theo miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Tormented by the trauma and all of the changes in his life he clings to the memory of a painting that is the one thing that reminds him of his mother. That painting ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

A Man Called Ove. Fredrik Backman, 2014 [Fiction] Ove seems at first glance to be the epitome of a curmudgeon. His new neighbor brings out the best in him while the reader gets to know the curious group of people who reside on their street.

Evil Rises – Superstars, a trilogy. Errol Barr, 2014 [Fiction] In 400AD a courageous king defeats Satan’s plan to stop the spread of Christianity. Millennia later Satan plots his revenge using the power of modern media and by spawning seven children around the world who are to grow into young musical geniuses and become a superstar rock band who will bring the world’s youth under Satan’s spell.

Seven Years in Tibet.. Heinrich Harrer, 1953 [951] This real life story of 1940’s Tibet is well worth the read. Most of us will never be able to experience this vast mountainous land. This account gives you a bit of that experience vicariously.

Rebekah’s Journey – the life and writings of Rebekah Jane Priest. Elizabeth Priest, 2002 [920] Rebekah’s mother has chosen to share her daughter’s life and writings with us following the death of Rebekah in an automobile accident in 1997.

The Zippered Heart- Healing for the Secrets We Hide Inside. Marilyn Meberg, 2001[248.4] “This book will change lives, because it requires that we look precisely at both the dark and the light side of ourselves. Then it brings an overflowing grace and forgiveness.”

Clothed in Virtue – Assuming the Habits of St. Lucy Filippini. Coleen Maddy, 2013 [248] “We are all called to become saints in the Kingdom of God, but we must be open to receiving His gracious gifts through faithful and humble hearts.”

The Rainbow Bridge – Bridge to Inner Peace and to World Peace. Brent N. Hunter, 2001 [248] “[This book] illuminates the common ground in the world’s wisdom traditions, also known as universal principles..”

Love Does – Discover a secretly incredible Life in an Ordinary World. Bob Goff, 2012 [248.8] The author believes that when Love takes action, “life gets interesting.”

God’s Behaving Badly- Media, Religion and Celebrity Culture. Pete Ward, 2011 [201] “. . . give(s) concrete evidence of how the religious themes of incarnation, revelation, sin, judgment, and redemption are all woven into narratives we construct about our most cherished-and most villainized-personalities.”

8 Surviving Skills for Changing Times. David Mains, 1992 [248] The author offers practical strategies to survive the upheaval of a world changing at unprecedented speed.

Lambs Among Wolves- How Christians Are Influencing American Culture. Bob Briner, 1995 [248.4 “Roaring lambs are Christians who are bringing the salt and light of their faith into fields dominated by non-Christians – movies, popular music, television, literature, art and other areas in American culture.”

It’s Not About Me- Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy. Max Lucado, 2004 [248.4] “Believing that [it’s all about me] has created chaos – noisy homes, stress-filled businesses, cutthroat relationships, etc.”

Upended- How Following Jesus Remakes Your Words & World. Jedd Medefind & Erik Lokkesmoe, 2012 [248] “ . . . invites the follower of Jesus to become an apprentice to Jesus-particularly the choices that shape our lives most: how we communicate and connect.”

August 2017 – Newest Titles in the Library


  • Becoming a Woman of Purpose. Cynthia Heald, 1994 [248.843] “ . . . will guide you to a better understanding of God’s intended purposes for Himself, for us as His people, and for you as His unique creation.”
  • Free from Bondage God’s Way. Kay Arthur, 1994 [227]  “As you study Galatians and Ephesians, you will discover the matchless freedom that is yours in Christ Jesus, see the grace of God in action, and take up the armor that every believer needs to stand strong.”
  • Tender Love – God’s Gift of Sexual Intimacy. Bill Hybels & Rob Wilkins, 1993 [158]  ” . . . resolves some of the curious duality that many have about their sexuality:  ‘pleasure and guilt, wonder and shame.”
  • Celebrate the Family. Gary Smalley & John Trent, Ph.D., 1999 [306.85] “Ponder the wisdom of God in creating the environment and companionship we know as family.”
  • What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality – Recent findings by top scholars offer a radical new view. Daniel A. Helminiak, PhD., 1994 [136] “The Bible has been used to justify slavery, inquisitions, apartheid and the subjugation of women. Now read what the Bible really says about homosexuality.”
  • Boundless Love. Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Sheila Walsh, Barbara Johnson, Luci Swindoll,& Thelma Wells, 2001 [242]  “ . . . Women of Faith authors share devotional reflections on the character of God’s heart.”
  • The Religion of the Founding Fathers. David L. Holmes, 2003 [200]  “In an America debating Ten Commandment monuments and a world polarized by intolerant religious fundamentalism, readers yearn to understand the original intent of the Founding Fathers.”
  • Destiny – Who Am I? Why am I here?  What do I do now?  Your personal guide to fulfilling your destiny.  William F. Johnson, [248]  ”This book is a discipleship resource which is designed for use in a small group or individually as a personal journey into your destiny.”
  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose– Making a Heart-to-Heart Connection. Danny Silk. 2008 [649] “ . . . plant in your children the principles of the Kingdom of God and a heart for the Lord . . . gives you the tools to raise your children in the joy and fullness of the Lord Jesus.
  • A Voice from The Pews – Insights from a Common Man. Paul Sheldon, 2013 [133] “ . . . attempts to share insights and devotionals from the life and experiences of just such a common man.”
  • A Deeper Shade of Grace – How one family walked through loss…and found hope. Bernadette Keaggy, 1993 [248.8] “ . . [the author’s] account offers profound insight to anyone who has ever looked at life’s moments of happiness and loss and wondered why.”
  • Misery & Virtue. Theresa Marie Moreau, 2014 [272] In this collection of true-life tales the author “. . . brings to life with gritty and evocative writing, the suffering – as well as the unwavering dedication and faith – of political prisoners under the Chinese regime.”
  • The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb – A Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community. Eric H.F. Law, 1993 [261.8] While it would be a stretch to call the Traverse City area a “multicultural community”, we could all benefit from understanding the author’s combination of theology and cultural anthropology.

August 2017

January 2018 – Newest Titles in the Library


The Storyteller. Jodi Picoult, 2013 [Fiction] “At it’s heart [this story] is about whether anyone has the right to tell someone else’s secrets – and what the emotional cost of forgiveness truly is.”

God Is No Laughing Matter – An Artist’s Observations and Objections on the Spiritual Path.  Julia Cameron, 2000 [291.4] ”. . . I [the author] have tried to articulate my artist’s-eye view of spirituality, grounded in my own experience of creating, Creation, and the Great Creator – artist nonpareil.”

Awaken!  Spirit Is Calling. Helena Kalivoda, 2008 [204] “. . . is a call to all to live from our hearts, to realize that we are the creators of every event that happens in our lives and to take responsibility for all that occurs to us.  . . . for all to live in peace, love and compassion for one another . . .”

Hearing With the Heart – A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will for Your Life.  Debra K. Farrington, 2003 [248.4]  “ . . . handbook for anyone seeking a direction in life. . .”

A Sudden Glory – God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More.  Sharon Jaynes, 2012 [248.8]  ” . . . uses Scripture and story to help you erase the line between your “spiritual life” and your “daily life” as you enter the sanctuary of God’s presence even in the middle of your busy, messy day.”

Reconcilable Differences – Two Friends Debate God’s Roles for Women. Nancy Parker Brummett & Alice Scott-Ferguson, 2006 [248] “ . . . an open discussion of women’s roles between two strong, intelligent Christian women . . . honest answers to perplexing questions all women ask.”

365 Prescriptions for the Soul – Daily Messages of Inspiration, Hope, and Love. Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, 2004 [204] “ . . doses of inspiration and humor that gently and joyfully help us live more peaceful, loving and fulfilling lives.”

Muslims, Christians, and Jesus – Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships. Carl Medearis, 2008 [261.2]  Given to our church by the Callisons (our missionaries to the Kurds), this book “ . . . provides new insights into the top questions people have about Muslims, Muhammad, and Islam.”

Always By My Side – Life Lessons from Millie and All the Dogs I’ve Loved. Edward Grinnan, 2017 [920]  “. . . shares how her sensitivity, unconditional love, and innate goodness helped him discover those qualities in himself and put his complicated past in perspective.”

Rez Life – An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life. David Treuer, 2012 [920]  “Blends memoir and history to reveal what life on a reservation is really like – neither the festival of dysfunction nor the oasis of noble, nature-loving stoics that many non-Indians imagine.”

Visions of Israel – A stunning aerial tour of the ancient land. Acorn Media, 2008 [DVD]  “Sacred sites and natural wonders in all their visual glory.”

Draft Day.  Lionsgate, 2014 [DVD-PG13]  “A great sports film”  with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner

Mere Christianity.  C.S. Lewis, 1980 [230]  We know this is an old book, but it’s a classic we should have available in our library.


January 2016 New Titles in the Library

Check out this list of new titles in the library. Also watch for the library cart with the newest titles

as well as a Library Committee member in the Narthex about one Sunday a month.

We welcome your questions and suggestions.

The Fifth Gospel. Ian Caldwell, 2015 [fiction] Pick up this novel for an intriguing murder mystery, complex loving family dynamics, history of the shroud as a religious relic, drama set in the Vatican, and information about the 4 gospels as well as compiled works that have been written.

The Note. Angela Hunt, 2001 [fiction] “ . . . in her quest to find the truth [about a cryptic note found in the aftermath of a disastrous plane crash, Peyton [local reporter] uncovers lessons about love and forgiveness…and about herself.”

The Bridge Over Flatwillow Creek. Lance Wubbels, 1998 [fiction] “A small country Minnesota town on a quiet summer day in 1901. He was home from college. She had only recently moved here. It only took a second to change …[their] lives forever.”

Far From The Dream – The Gentle Hills Book 1. Lance Wubbels, 1994 [fiction] “The call of war plunged them into the most difficult challenge of their lives. . . . would their love be enough to sustain the dream of home and family…?”

Whispers in The Valley – The Gentle Hills Book 2. Lance Wubbels, 1995 [fiction] “Jerry’s dramatic survival during the sinking of his aircraft carrier and his reunion with Marjie and their new daughter signaled their new beginning.”

Keeper of the Harvest – The Gentle Hills Book 3. Lance Wubbels, 1995 [fiction] “ . . . the greatest challenge comes unexpectedly with the brief visit of an American missionary who escaped the Japanese. . . [they and their friends] are caused to reexamine what they really want in life.”

My American Adventure – 50 States 50 Weeks. Amy Burritt, 1998 [917] “What began as her parents’ dream to discover America with their children, becomes Amy’s personnel goal to meet every single governor.”

Don’t Let Jerks Get the Best of You – Advice for Dealing With Difficult People. Paul Meier, M.D., 1993 [248.4] “Dr. Meier combines years of counseling with a light-hearted look at his own life in this handbook on human relationships to help you.”

Why I Stayed – The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour. Gayle Haggard, 2010 [261.8] “A poignant testimony to pain and perplexity being finally swallowed by love.”

The Case for Christ – A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. Lee Strobel, 1998 [232.9] “A seasoned journalist chases down the biggest story in history.”

Family Traditions – Practical Intentional Ways to Strengthen Your Family Identity. J. Otis Ledbetter and Tim Smith, 1998 [649] “…will help you renew your sense of appreciation for the role of tradition in family life by introducing fresh meaningful impressions to undergird traditions you already may celebrate.”

December 2015 New Titles in the Library

Christmas, fiction and amazing bravery on 9/11! Take your pick or read them all.

Christmas Stories for the Heart. Compiled by Alice Gray, 1997 [394] “These wonderful stories will warm your heart and soul and reawaken your love for the holiday season.”

A Christmas Homecoming – Because it’s never too late to be forgiven. Maryann Diorio, 2012 [fiction] “ . . . this prodigal daughter begins the long journey home and prays she will be welcomed after walking away so long ago.”

Christmas by the Hearth – A treasury of stories celebrating the meaning and mystery of Christmas. Rick Blanchette, Editor, 1996 [fiction] “. . . a wide spectrum of short stories about Christmas past and present . . . ”

Simply SenseSational Christmas – Simple, Beautiful Ways to Create a Cozy Home for Christmas. Terry Willits, 1998 [394.266] The author, an interior designer “ . . . encourages you to simplify Christmas in your home so you can celebrate what matters most: the birth of Christ . . . “

In Search of the Real Spirit of Christmas. Dan Schaeffer, 2003 [263] “ . . . takes you beyond the trappings and trimmings and into the wonder of the best gift of the season – the essence of Christmas.”

Christmas Miracles – Inspirational True Stories of Holiday Magic. Brad & Sherry Steiger, 2001 [242] “ . . . these incredible but true, larger than life miracles celebrate the wondrous joys of this special time of year.”

Let’s Roll! – Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage. Lisa Beamer, 2012 [973.931] “ . . . a message of character, courage, and faith in the face of horrifying [9/11] tragedy.”

The Lady in Gold – The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Anne Marie O’Connor, 2012 [920] “The celebrated painting, stolen by the Nazis during WW II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her [the Jewish subject of the painting] heirs and the Austrian government.”

The Eleventh Hour – The Secret of the Rose Series #1. Michael Phillips, 1993 [fiction] Historical fiction set in World War II Europe.

A Rose Remembered – The Secret of the Rose Series #2. Michael Phillips, 1994 [fiction]

Escape to Freedom – The Secret of the Rose Series #3. Michael Phillips, 1994 [fiction

Dawn of Liberty – The Secret of the Rose Series #4. Michael Phillips, 1995 [fiction].

April 2016 New Titles in the Library

Watch for the library cart with the newest titles as well as a Library Committee member in the Narthex one Sunday a month.  Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

In the Meantime – Finding Yourself and the Love You Want. Iyanla Vanzant, 1998 [158]  “Every living being wants to experience the light of love.  The problem is that our windows are dirty! . . . streaked with past pains and hurts, past memories and disappointments.”

Having Our Say – The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Sarah & A. Elizabeth Delany, 1993 [920]  “Sadie and Bessie Delaney recall growing up with eight other siblings in turn-of-the-century North Carolina:  their father was born in slavery, yet became the nation’s first elected black Episcopal bishop  . .”

The Eagle and the Rose – A Remarkable True Story. Rosemary Altea, 1995 [920] “A fascinating spiritual adventure.  Rosemary Altea’s journey of self-discovery reminds us that our existence is more mysterious than any of us have dared to believe.”

From Tears to Triumph – My Journey to the House of Hope. Linda Bello-Ruiz, 2013 [920]  “By the age of 22, disillusioned but not defeated, Linda follows a tug on her heart and a voice in her head and moves to Costa Rica, where with faith, defiance, and courage she advocates for runaways, street girls and underage prostitutes.”

If God Made the Universe Who Made God? – 130 Arguments for Christian Faith.  Holman Bible Publishers, 2012 [230] “Christian apologetics is the discipline and growing body of knowledge that equips believers to address their own doubts, to converse with seekers and critics from a position of strength . . .”

One Minute After You Die. Erwin W. Lutzer, 1997 [155] “…you will be either elated or terrified . . . and it will be too late to reroute your travel plans. . . what the Bible teaches about death.”

God, Me, and My Hula-Hoop – Finding Balance and Momentum in Your Walk with Christ. Mary Riesberg, 2013 [248]  “ . . . an 8 week guide and Bible study that explains how to place God at the center of our everyday life and situations.”

Great Expectations– An Adoption Story and Devotional. Meta Wohlrabe Nelson, 2014 [362]  “ . . . delivers an honest and heartfelt look into the agony and ecstasy of foreign adoption.”

A Cup of Comfort for the Grieving Heart– Stories to lift your spirit and heal your soul.  Colleen Sell, Editor, 2010 [152]  “Much needed solace for your time of need.”

Unbroken– A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  Laura Hillenbrand, 2010 [920] This is the true story of a flawed human being who found his way in the ability to run, went to the Berlin Olympics, became an airman, crashed into the Pacific and survived the unimaginable on a raft only to be taken into captivity and tested almost beyond his capacity, returned home, dealt with his demons and found his way once again.

Daughter of Grace– the 2nd of the Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister.  Michael Phillips & Judith Pella, 1990 [fiction]  More of the life of Corrie Belle Hollister follow the processing last month of 2 other episodes.

Sea to Shining Sea– 5th of the Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister.  Michael Phillips, 1992 [fiction] As the Civil War approaches, “ . . . Corrie finds herself thrust into the political arena.”

Into the Long Dark Night – 6th of the Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister.  Michael Phillips, 1992 [fiction] “Invited by President Lincoln to visit Washington and help with his reelection campaign, Corrie heads east, toward her own roots.”


March 2017 – Newest Titles in the Library


Try one of these new titles selected for the Lenten Season

The Final Week of Jesus – Highlights from And The Angels Were Silent. Max Lucado, 1994 [232.96]  “What Really Matters to God?  . . . if you would truly know the heart of Jesus, consider his final days.”

Windows on Easter. Bill Crowder, 2010 [232.9]  “See the death and resurrection of Christ through the eyes of those who were there.”

What the Cross Means to Me. Rob Holt, Photographer, 2002 [232.96] With text from Max Lucado, Kay Arthur, Charles Colson, Francine Rivers, Jerry Jenkins, Henry Blackaby and others.

Jesus:  Who Is This Man Who Says He’s God. Discovery House Publishers, 2004 [232.9] “This journey of answers guides us toward a clearer focus in our view of Christ and a renewed closeness with God.”

He Walked Among Us – The Life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1993 [226] “A look into the life and teachings of our Lord seen through the eyes of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, His beloved followers.”

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome – A Memoir of Humor and Healing.  Reba Riley, 2015 [200.973]  “ . . . is much more than a memoir about reclaiming faith and overcoming chronic illness.  Written with humor and personality, it tackles the universal struggle to heal what life has broken.”

A Legacy Lived – Your Enduring Influence for Future Generations. L.Allen Morris, 1998 [248]  “ . . tells how he [Allen Morris] managed a career as one of South Florida’s most successful real estate developers while committing himself fully to his family and his faith . . . insight and inspiration for men and women who face the challenge of living in the twenty-first century.”

From Bad Beginnings to Happy Endings. Ed Young, 1994 [248.4]  “ . . . shows you how to make a clean break from those harmful life patterns and make sure you don’t pass them to the next generation.”

Simple Faith – Do you feel confined by the “Christian” life?   Charles R. Swindoll, 1991 [220.07] “Here is the permission to come out of confinement!”

Blossoming Faith – Prairie Series #1.  Hilda Stahl, 1991 [fiction] “Laura Bennett was a respected school teacher in the town of Broken Arrow, Nebraska.  But Laura was in deep trouble.”

The Stranger’s Wife.  Hilda Stahl, 1992 [fiction] “Observing her husband, Hadley Clements’ genuine relationship with God helps Maple establish a personal response to Him that nurtures her faith and brings her unexpected happiness and love.”

The Makeshift Husband. Hilda Stahl, 1993 [fiction]  ”With their trust in God the McGraws discover that biblical principles, open communication and the truth bring the fulfillment and love they yearned for.”

February 2017 – Newest Titles in the Library


The Street of a Thousand Blossoms. Gail Tsukiyama, 2007 [Fiction]  Set in Tokyo 1939 and through the war and beyond, two orphaned brothers grow up with their loving grandparents and make their way through grief and varied experience.

Winter Passing – A Novel about a granddaughter’s search and a love locked in time. Cindy McCormick Martinusen, 2000 [Fiction]  It is August 1941 and Tatianna faces the firing squad finding freedom in death; now a grandmother lies on her deathbed calling out the name of Tatianna and ending a sixty-year winter of sorrow.

The Flying Farm Boy – A Michigan Memoir. Daniel Boerman, 2011 [920] A captivating memoir about the events in a young Michigan farm boy’s life that send him winging his way towards the life God has planned for him.”

Facing Cancer Together – How to help your friend or love one. Pamela N. Brown, 1999 [362.1] “ . . . offers practical tips on ways for friends and family to help, and also on things to avoid.”

Seeds of Faith – Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life. Jeremy Langford, 2007 [248.4] Through an artful use of the Christian  tradition and compelling real-life examples, Langford shows people how God can be found in all things, and how the ordinary events in our lives can be places of extraordinary grace.”

Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals – Weaving Together the Human and the Divine.  Herbert Anderson & Edward Foley, 1998 [253]  “Storytelling and ritual making are not merely something that humans do – they are essential for becoming human.  Together they enable us to create a world that is both habitable and hospitable.  For believers they are the fundamental means for shaping and sustaining our journey into the Divine.”

In the Heart of the Temple – My Spiritual Vision for Today’s World. Joan Chittister, 2004 [248.4]  This collection of Ms. Chittister’s essays “ . . . shows coherence and has force . . . persuades and does not preach . . . evokes moral judgement, but never from a position that would suggest that she has everything worked out or stands above the crowd.”

May I Have This Dance?  Joyce Rupp, 1992 [248.4]  ”. . . a unique invitation to join with God in the dance of life, an invitation to experience God in the daily and seasonal rhythms of life.”

One Heartbeat Away – Your Journey Into Eternity.  Mark Cahill, 2005 [236] “What happens after we take that last breath?  Is there something out there after we die?  Is that all there is?  What are we even here for?     . . . find the answers to all these questions, presented in a logical, interesting and straightforward manner.”

Coming Home to Ourselves – A Woman’s Journey to Wholeness.  Jan Forrest, 1999 [242] “. . . offers practical strategies, along with positive encouragement, to guide us toward a slower pace, deeper connection to ourselves, and wholeness.”

Boundaries in Marriage.  Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, 1999 [306.81] “. . . holds the key to mutual respect and provides the tools for making your relationship everything you want it to be. “

Written That You May Believe – Encountering Jesus in The Fourth Gospel. Sandra M. Schneiders, 2003 [226.5]   “ . . . breathes new life into John’s theology and restores it to its centuries-old role as a spiritual guide toward an encounter with Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.”

Why Pray? – Selected from Prayer: does It Make Any Difference? Philip Yancey, 2006 [242]  “. . . gets practical and honest in inviting you to discover the rewards and challenges of communicating with God .. ”

December 2016 – Newest Titles in the Library



Captive Heart– Trade Winds Series #1. Linda Chaikin, 1998 [Fiction]  “. . . a romantic adventure set in a time when love, honor, and faith forged a sacred trust”.


Silver Dreams – Trade Winds Series #2. Linda Chaikin, 1998 [Fiction]  “An inspiring story of God’s gentle guidance in the lives of those who choose His path. . .”


Uncommon Adventures– A Travel Guide to the Journey of Faith. Mark A. Tabb, 1995 [248.4] “ . . . describes the journey of faith as an expedition filled with both roadblocks and rewards, burdens and blessings, trials and treasures.”


The Ten Commandments From the Backside. J. Ellsworth Kalas, 1998 [241.5]  “ . . . opens new possibilities and insight into the familiar Ten Commandments.  Restating them in the positive. . .”


Wise Choices– A Spiritual Guide to Making Life’s Decisions. Margaret Silf, 2004 [153.8] “. . . takes the guesswork out of the decision-making process and offers a systematic and concise approach – less stressful more focused, and more thoughtful – to making the right choices.”


Watchman!  Have You Been Sleeping?  Helen Jordan Davis, Ph.D., Th.D. 2014 [261]  “We the followers of Jesus, must wake up . . . an exciting call to the possibilities for our nation and the world if we will take our place as WATCHMEN.”


The Laymen’s Gospel Harmony– Mining the Infinite Riches of Christ and the Gospels. Nathaniel Huntting Sherrill, 2012 [226]  “A glorious treasure of spiritual insight, drama, and wonder awaits you when the Gospels . . . are read in a harmonized order linked to a carefully researched historical time line.”


A Joy I’d Never Known– When I Gave Up Control I Found …  Jan Dravecky, 1996 [920]  ”From a smile that masked deep pain to a calm radiance reflecting the miracle of grace. . .the transformation came when emotional torment finally forced her to release control over her life . . . into the hands of God who had been waiting to receive it.”


Four in the Garden.  Rick Hocker, 2014 [248] “ . . . a thought-provoking meditation on life and God as explored in an imagined universe where God creates only one human.”


What Ever Happened to the American Dream – Economic Earthquake told part of the story.  American Dream tells the rest. Larry Burkett, 1993 [248.4]  “The debt . . . is merely a symptom of a much greater issue – the deteriorating value system of our nation. . .”


What A Way To Live! – Running All of Life By the Kingdom Agenda.  Tony Evans, 1997 [248.4] “If you want a better world composed of better nations inhabited by better states filled with better cities comprised of better neighborhoods illuminated by better churches populated with better families then you have to start by becoming a better person.”


The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team. John C. Maxwell, 2001 [658]   “ . . . shares the vital principals of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization.”


A Dangerous Grace – Daily Readings. Charles Colson, 1994 [242]   “ . . . shares truth and warnings, flashes of brilliance and inspiration on timely as well as timeless topics.”

November 2016 – Newest Titles in the Library

– November 2016 Newest Titles –

Still Alice. Sony Pictures, 2015 [DVD] Take this DVD home to watch the movie viewed and discussed at Wednesday Night Connections a few weeks ago. This moving story relates the experience of a renowned linguistics professor who develops early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The Trouble with Angels – Three special dreams for love… Debbie Macomber, 1994 [Fiction] Relax during the upcoming holiday season and enjoy another warm-hearted story set at Christmas.

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell. Nadia Hashimi, 2014 [Fiction] An Afghani family resorts to an ancient custom of bacha posh when their lives become increasingly impossible since the only male in the family is the drug addicted husband/father. By becoming a boy with name change and a change in apparel the oldest daughter is able to leave the house unaccompanied to provide for the family. Freedom changes Rahima (now Rahim).

The Boys in the Boat- An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler’s Berlin. Daniel James Brown, 2013 [920] The real life story of 9 working class boys in 1930’s Washington State take on the upper class Eastern sport of rowing and make their hard earned way to Hitler’s Olympics and win.

Go Set a Watchmen. Harper Lee, 2015 [Fiction] Lee’s earlier novel set 2 decades before To Kill a Mockingbird is itself more a product of its time in the mid-1950’s adding depth, context, and new meaning to that American classic.

Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul- Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Community. Jack Canfield, et al, 2012 [361.3] “Volunteers are models of unconditional kindness, compassion, and love. They choose hope over despair, optimism over cynicism, and caring over withdrawal or indifference. A single individual can make a significant difference in the lives of others.”

When Your Canary Quits Singing – A Dictionary of Wholesome Living. Timothy J. Uhlmann, PH.D. 2005 [170] “. . . provides the basics for people who want to reconnect with their hearts and focus on the wellness of their bodies and spirits. It is a practical and spiritual guide to wholesome living.”

How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It. Skip Heitzig, 1996 [220] “. . . takes the mystery out of studying Scriptures and shows you how to open your eyes, mind, and heart to God’s truth.”

Leadership Jesus Style. Douglas A. Rehberg, 2008 [303.3] “Now it is not only appropriate to ask what Jesus would do . . . it is an absolute necessity.”

A Barclay Prayer Book. William Barclay, 2003 [248] This collection of the renowned William Barclay’s prayers take us through the Christian Year and the Holy Days as well as prayers for all seasons

The Ten Commandments- Laws of the Heart. Joan Chittister, 2006 [241.5] “ . . . an honest inquiry into what it means to be born in the image and likeness of God.”

A Gentle Calling- The Cambridge Chronicles #1. Donna Fletcher Crow, 1994 [Fiction] “A witness to the revival sweeping England, Catherine can see that God is clearly at work in her homeland. Yet His will for her own life seems more hidden than ever.”

Treasures of the Heart – The Cambridge Chronicles #2. Donna Fletcher Crow, 1994 [Fiction] “Forced to choose between two very different worlds, Mary is about to make the most difficult decision of her life. . .”

Where Love Begins- The Cambridge Chronicles #3. Donna Fletcher Crow, 1994 [Fiction]

To Be Worthy – The Cambridge Chronicles #4. Donna Fletcher Crow, 1994 [Fiction]

February 2016 – New Titles in the Library

Watch for the library cart with the newest titles as well as a Library Committee member in the Narthex one Sunday a month. Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

Afterglow – Encounters with the Light. Angela Lee Ann Zieske, 2014 [248] “… a love story written in daily bite-sized portions in the symbolic language of poetic affection. It is filled with spectacular imagery [in photographs] intended to stir and inspire your heart to a deeper, more intimate connection with God.”

Holy Chutzpah – Walking in Godly Boldness. Annette M. Eckart, 2013 [242] “Holy Chutzpah people advance the Kingdom of God by living daring kindness, radical forgiveness, and unflinching generosity.”

Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How – A Creative Look at Life’s Main Issues. D.S. Spears, EdD, 2014 [220] “… presents answers to common life question through original illustrations, proverbs, parables, poetry, and commentary, encouraging spiritual seekers to look at fundamental life lessons in an entirely new way.”

My Prayer Chair – A Living, Walking, Breathing Relationship with Jesus. Carla McDougal, 2013 [248.3] “… encourages the reader to engage in an ongoing conversation with God – seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.”

Calm & Peace Be Careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23. Adrina Green, 2013 [126] “ … a precious and unique collection of Christian-based wisdom and tips that have greatly helped others to restore their courage, to more confidently deal with turmoil, and most importantly, to enjoy the benefits of life changing calm and peaceful choices.”

Living Through the Pain – The Lonely Me. Cathy A. Kurtz, 2014 [920] “[the author] considers her deep understanding of surviving tragedies, and using her pain to enrich her life, as a calling from God to serve others and assist them in finding the courage to move forward.”

China Road – A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power. Rob Gifford, 2008 [951.06] “A crash course in Chinese history, geography, economy, and society … From afar, China looks like an emerging superpower, but [the author] contends that up close it is ‘more fragile and brittle than it appears’ …”

Purple Hibiscus. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2003 [fiction] “A novel about the promise of freedom, about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood, between love and hatred between the old gods and the new.”

Glimpses of Paradise. James Scott Bell, 2005 [fiction] “…a story that encompasses rural Nebraska, the battlefields of France, and the Hollywood of the ‘20’s. Action, suspense, and romance are permeated with themes of faith, doubt, and reconciliation – as relevant today as a century ago.”

Leaning on a Spider’s Web – A Story of Love, Faith & Life-Changing Choices. Jennifer Rees Larcombe, 1991 [fiction] “When Richard, the young vicar, arrives on the scene, he discovers that the people have built a comfortable world that makes them feel secure. But will their values hold up when disaster strikes?”

Sign of the Cross. David Horton, 1997 [fiction] Two people caught up the horror of World War II “. . . must find the courage to step into the unknown, testing the fragile limits of faith.”

A Bouquet of Love– An arrangement of four beautiful novellas about friendship and love. Ginny Aiken Ranee McCollum, Jeri Odell & Debra White Smith, 1999 [fiction] Four original love stories are offered for your enjoyment and inspiration.