The following books were added to our library in November
Becoming a Welcoming Church
by Thom S. Rainer
This book delves into all aspects of church life. Hundreds of “first time” visitors were interviewed about their experiences. The author concludes that many times churches are not as welcoming as they think they are. It’s surprising what visitors notice. This book is short, easily readable and thought provoking.
A Daring Venture
by Elizabeth Camden
This is a sequel to A Dangerous Legacy. In the early 1900’s water-borne illnesses were a great threat. Rosalind Werner is sure chlorination will solve this problem but trying to get permission to treat the water of New York City with chlorine is a battle. Nick Drake, the New York Commissioner of Water, doesn’t trust Rosalind and her team and is determined to stop them. Many were suspicious of adding a chemical to the water. Many parts of this book were based on fact and show the hard work and dedication it took to have the clean water we have today.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
by Nabeel Qureshi
This book was recommended by the speaker in our church the last Sunday in September. The book cover states: “Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against hi will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God.” Reading this book will give one a greater understanding of how difficult it is for Muslims to break free of Islam.
The following books were added to our library in December
Creating Moments of Joy
by Jolene Brackey
This book was donated by the Stephen Ministry. The author states: “With short-term memory loss life is made up of moments. There are not perfectly wonderful days; there are perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye. This new edition of Creating Moments of Joy is sprinkled with hope, fueled with wisdom, and lightened with humor. Our greatest teacher is the person with Alzheimer’s, and who we explore is …Ourselves.”
River to Redemption
by Ann H. Gabhart
The book cover states: “Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1933, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She’s determined to find a way to buy Louis’s freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she’ll need all of the courage and strength she possesses—and more”.
by Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer
The authors use examples from history to show how Christians can engage the broader culture in a persuasive yet civil way. They want us to challenge the beliefs of others while showing love and respect. They offer practical help in creating your message as well as delivering it. Both authors give a response to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
by Jody Hedlund
This is book two in the Orphan Train series. Marianne Neumann takes a job with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York to try to find out what happened to her sister Sophie. She and fellow agent, Andrew Brady, take a group of orphan children on a train to be placed in homes in Illinois small towns along the route. Marianne feels that her sister may have been on a previous orphan train so her plan is to search for her sister in every town they stop in. Her faith is tested many times on this journey.
No God But One
by Nabeel Qureshi
This is an in-depth study of the differences between Christianity and Islam. It deals with misconceptions that people of the Muslim faith have about Christianity and how we can be confidently correct these misconceptions. His discussion of The Trinity was very insightful and made my thinking on this unique aspect of Christianity much clearer. This is not easy reading but worth the time.