There is a wide range of books and movies for men, women, and children. It is easy to check out a book or movie: take the card sign and date it and stick it in the container above the return books stand. When you are done reading or watching it, bring it back. We just ask that you return it in a timely fashion so others can enjoy it just as you did.
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Our AngelZ has been busy buying new books for our church library for which we are grateful! In lieu of waiting for reader reviews, we’ve taken information from the back of some of the books to entice our readership. Let us know what you think after you’ve read one. If it’s a series, are you interested in having the series filled?
LIBRARY CORNER FOR JUNE, 2020
We are pleased to report the addition of a new book shelf section to our church library. Many thanks go out to Jim Hohenstein for building it for us. He said he enjoyed having this project to work on during the sheltering-in-place season. Darlene and I are looking forward to getting back to work processing new books and reorganizing the shelves for easier access.
A LONG TIME COMIN’ by Robin W. Pearson found under 813.6 Pea. The following is copied from an on-line review: "There are so many things that can happen to a person, things that other people can't understand - even the person involved sometimes doesn't understand." And the one person who has the ability to explain it all is nearing the end of explanations. When Evelyn Lester arrives at her grandmother's little house, she is unprepared for the stream of unfettered words that the crotchety old woman spews out of her mouth. Granny B isn't exactly mean, but she can seem that way to those who don't really know her; she knows a lot more about life and death than most people, but she sure doesn't crave any sympathy; she has lived a lifetime of ups and downs, but is finally ready to admit…..that grace took a "long time comin'". What a lovely journey along the raw edges of a family, where pain always hovered just beneath the surface, and secrets lived and breathed much longer than the truth. What matters most is that in the end, a mother's sacrifice and determination to give her children what they needed the most, gifted them with a legacy that they are finally able to recognize and understand.”
A SKY WITHOUT STARS by Linda S. Clare found under 813.6 Cla. The following is copied from an on-line review: “Frankie Chasing Bear is caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she also thinks he will need to learn the white man's ways to succeed. After the untimely death of her husband, Frankie joins the U.S. Government's Relocation Program and moves to Arizona. There she begins sewing a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn, and prayed into it.
A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars, but neither the quilt--nor her new life--comes easily to Frankie. Nick Vandergriff, for instance, is the last man Frankie wants to trust. He's half-Lakota but Christian, and Frankie can see no good coming from that faith after her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian school. Can Nick convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren't all bad? And will Frankie learn that love is the most important ingredient--for her son's quilt and life itself?”
DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS by Irene Hannon found under 813.54 Han (Book 1). The following is copied from an on-line review: “Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death—and puts Trish under police scrutiny—her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge—and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly. Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps—and figure out what they missed!”
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley
A CLAIM OF HER OWN by Stephanie Grace Whitson found at Whi. Look in the very last book shelf by the book return bin! This book has been around since 2010 but not many readers have checked it out. Determined to put the unspeakable circumstances of her past behind her, 20-year-old Mattie O’Keefe travels to Deadwood, South Dakota in search of her brother, whose letters boast of making a fortune in the gold fields.
ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND by Jane Kirkpatrick found at 813.54 Kir. The fascinating story of Jennie who graduated from medical school in 1879. She was one of the first doctors in Portland working with women and children. She was also a social worker. Her expertise was in medical research. Though classed as historical fiction, the book is based closely on real people and events. See author’s notes at end of book. Reviewed by Alice Hill
An Eclipse of the Soul – a Christian Resource on Dealing with Suicide at 248.8 Hos. This book “is a compassionate resource on the motives, myths, and effects of suicide. Having recovered from an unsuccessful suicide attempt herself, Helen Kooiman Hosier writes like few can, providing not only sound biblical counsel and resources for suicide prevention but also understanding, empathy, and hope.”
Beyond the Orphan Train Series books 1 – 4 by Arleta Richardson. Written in the tender style of Little House on the Prairie, this series tells the story of the Cooper children as they take the orphan train to a new life in the early 1900s. Based on the life of a real family, this charming four-book series is rich in history, adventure and faith.
BLOWING ON DANDELIONS by Miralee Ferrell found at 813.54 is Book 1 of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. “Do dandelion wishes actually come true? Katherine Galloway knows the moment of calm she is feeling won’t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. It’s 1880, three years after her husband’s death, and she’s struggling to run an Oregon boardinghouse and raise two girls alone. Things don’t get easier when her critical, domineering mother moves in. Katherine must make the situation work, but standing up for herself and her family while honoring her mother isn’t easy. And with a daughter soon to turn fourteen, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. Then she crosses paths with Micah Jacobs, a widower who could reignite her heart, but she fears a relationship with him might send things over the edge. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, because everything is about the change.”
TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER found at 242.8 Kin. It takes us on a daily journey of Psalmody (Psalms), Old Testament readings, New Testament readings (using NIV), short sermon, Hymnody (short stanza from LSB), Prayer of the Day, and suggested readings from Book of Concord. There are also other helps too numerous to mention. Check it out!
CENTER OF GRAVITY by Laura McNeil found at 813.6 McN. This is a book, that after reading it, the story will stay with you for a while. Thought provoking, uncomfortable, angry, wanting to get into the story to help these characters were some of the reactions I had. I’m not sure it is considered a Christian book; would like feedback from readers! Ava Carson’s picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, yet she considers it temporary. The chapters tell the story as each character enters. Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things – and people – are not always what they seem. Reviewed by Darlene Baltus
CHASING THE WIND by Pamela Ewen found at 813.6 Ewe. Young Amalise Catoir, with her hard won law degree, was a junior associate in a very prestigious New Orleans legal firm. Excited at her newest assignment in a multi-million dollar deal in the very complex world of big deals and high finance, she found herself in an adversarial position to that of her firm, threatened with losing her job, her license, and her good reputation. You’ll find the surprise ending in this great new book in our library. Reviewed by Alice Hill
CITY OF REFUGE by Ashley King found at 813.6 Kin A horrible accident took the lives of the mother and 3 young children. Alex was the other car’s driver. The surviving family members blamed him (as did he himself) and blamed God. The father, a Baptist pastor, quit the ministry, living a solitary life of bitterness and blame. Can anything be salvaged from this tragedy? The book’s title is based on Numbers 35:11 and you’ll see why as you read this story. Reviewed by Alice Hill
EVEN NOW by Karen Kingsbury at 813.54 Kin Karen has crafted a superb story of ordinary flawed people. Emily was born to 17 year old parents still in high school and was raised by her grandparents. She hadn’t known how both families made sure Emily’s parents were permanently separated from each other. As many problems arose, Emily never lost her faith but as much as she and her grandparents prayed, God just didn’t seem to be listening. But 19 long years later in an amazing turn of events, they realized that God had indeed answered their prayers, just not in their timing or in the way they had always asked. This is a book about forgiveness and reconciliation found in the large print section of our library. Have a box of tissues ready as you read this stirring book. Reviewed by Alice Hill
FLASH POINT 813.54 Loc, book 2 in the Fault Lines series. “This book is a true psychological thriller that cannot be put down…An awesome jaunt into a world that may just be closer to reality than we think.” “In the clash of science, government, and big business, one thing remains clear: what you don’t know can kill you.”
HEALING THE HEARTBREAK OF GRIEF by Peter James Flamming found at 242.4 Fla. Flamming speaks of the positive wisdom of grief that seeks to take the pain of our loss, and in time, recycle it for our good. This I can do today – remember that God works in all things, past, present, and future. Each chapter closes with “This I can do today” and “This I can remember today” bit of advice. It is written in the language of a layperson.
HOUSE OF LIVING STONES by Katie Schuermann found at 813.6 Sch. Another of the delightful recent books added to our library. The trials and triumphs of a congregation from very young children to the saints going to be with their Savior. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll see some very hurting human dilemmas handled with not only the Law, but also with the Gospel’s compassion and wisdom. Be sure and get all 3 books in the series, marked 1, 2 and 3 on the spine, including THE CHOIR IMMORTAL and THE HARVEST RAISE. Reviewed by Alice Hill
I’LL WATCH THE MOON by Ann Tatlock found at 813.54 Tat. It’s a good family story with a section explaining the fear of polio in 1946 – 1950. (Activities such as movies, fairs and bathing beaches were closed in summer to keep people at home.) A man tells about his life and family in Germany and Poland during the Holocaust. Many were killed and imprisoned by the Gestapo in 1939 and 1940. Although some people doubt this, it really happened. Reviewed in the past by Virginia Ames
IN EVERY PEW SITS A BROKEN HEART by Ruth Graham (daughter of Ruth and Billy Graham) found at 248.8 Gra. The broken heart in your pew may be the woman sitting next to you who struggles with breast cancer. It may be the middle-aged man at the far end whose alcoholism has torn his family apart. Behind every face is a story, and the story is not always pleasant. But God knows how to write our stories with redemptive ink, and He can heal our broken hearts. Ruth Graham has found through bitter personal experience that God does His great work in the ruins of our lives.
INVISIBLE by Ginny L Yttrup found at 813.6 Ytt. This is one of the new books in the library reviewed by Alice Hill. She says, “I just finished it and it is excellent!” New and fresh subject matter, informative, and educational – all woven into a very well-written novel.
JADED, JUSTIFIED AND JILTED all by Varina Denman found at 813.6 Den. The main characters change with the books as it all takes place in Trapp, Texas, a small town where everyone knows each other. These series books are fun to read when the ending leaves the reader hanging for the next book. Ruthie in the first book, Fawn, her childhood friend in the second, and Ruthie’s mother in the third weave a nicely paced story with surprise endings.
MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI, WHAT HAPPENED ON BEALE STREET, MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT, and SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH are 4 in the series called Secrets of the South Mysteries. All the books are dealing with stories of private investigators helping the police catch the criminal. The author is Mary Ellis and the books are found at 813.6. It has been fun seeing the same characters pop up in each book like old friends. I had hesitations about reading beyond the first book but I was glad I did; each one became a page turner in suspense. Reviewed by Darlene Baltus
MOUNTAINTOP DRIVE by James R. Coggins found at 813.6 is Book 3 a John Smyth Mystery. None of our First readers had read it since we received it in 2018, so I took it home to see if we should look into getting Books 1 & 2. Online reviews were: “An intriguing and highly readable mystery with plot turns and enough suspects to keep the reader guessing until the end.” “A slick, crisp read. It has just about everything. Mystery, suspense, action, twists in plot and a lot of extras you won’t find in too many mysteries these days – morality, spirituality, and theology. Mountaintop Drive is a page turner but it’s far more than a weekend’s entertainment. It will take you places you never expected to go. A good ride.” I enjoyed this book and can recommend it. However, I went onto GoodReads to get plot lines and reviews of the first two books in the series and nothing about either of them grabbed my attention. So for now we’re holding off on ordering them until someone lets us know otherwise! – Janie Carlson
NOAH BUILT HIS ARK IN THE SUNSHINE by James Moore and found at 248.421 Moo. This title jumped out at me in the library after having just returned from the Ark Encounter. On the back cover it indicates that Noah “prepared in advance for the storm that was to come. He didn’t wait until the last minute. He used those bright days in the sunshine to get himself ready, to build up resources he would need when the dark floodwaters came.” The book includes a study guide that can be used at home or with a group. There are 15 chapters that cover the things we need to build our own ark in the sunshine so that we’re ready when troubles come. Perhaps there are members who would like to get their own copy of the book and meet to discuss it together? – Janie Carlson
OUT OF THE SHADOWS by J. Thomas Lapacka at 92 Lap is a biography and an inspiring life story of a man’s walk of faith. A complex story, it reads like a novel although you know the end of his story before you begin. It is “how” he is transformed that holds you spellbound. In it, I learned one thing very important. We must devote more time to the religious training of our impressionable children. This intelligent young man was led to accept cultish leanings that could have wasted his very life if God had not chosen him and saved him! It truly has a happy ending. This book has been reviewed by a reader in the past.
Outreach Promises – God’s Encouragement for Sharing Your Faith at 269.2 Bic. “Outreach promises are Bible verses in which God assures you His mission is possible and you can make a difference. Outreach promises help you to take action, trusting in God’s ability to use you to reach people for Christ.”
PASSING STRANGERS by Angela Hunt found at 813.54 Hun. They were strangers to each other all running away from something. For instance: a young woman wanting to completely separate herself from her former public life, a recently widowed lawyer trying to juggle an impossible workload and care for children aged 4 and 6, and a 50 year old married woman breaking under an increasingly hostile and threatening situation at home. What will happen when a coincidence throws them all together? And is it really a coincidence??? Reviewed by Alice Hill
Prayer – the Ultimate Conversation at 243.32 Sta. “No matter what confounding questions, perplexing circumstances, or seemingly insurmountable dilemmas you are facing today, the solution to them is absolutely obvious to God – and He longs to share His answers with you. Draw closer to the Father. Get to know God by engaging with Him in Prayer, The Ultimate Conversation.”
PROMISES TO KEEP also found at 813.54 Tat If you liked the first book! This one is a trip back in time to a place of innocence and war, love and the delusion of love, childhood friendships and pinky-promises.
RHINESTONE JESUS by Kristen Welch found at 248.8 Wel. What held my interest was the easy, informative writing style that Kristen displayed. Two people meeting at Bible college preparing for full time ministry, one as pastor and the other as youth director; yet God has a different road for them in a series of circumstances that take a 180 from their plans. It involves a trip to Kenya, Africa. Read it to be inspired...and have tissues handy. Reviewed by Darlene Baltus
Rich in Love – When God rescues messy people at 248.84 Gar. “Over the past forty-five years the Garcias have birthed, fostered, or adopted thirty-two children. Their story holds difficult endings as well as promising new beginnings. Above all, it reminds us what can happen when ordinary people submit to God’s call. This is a book about a family cemented in hope. About a need to love the orphan. And about a God who never, ever gives up.”
RIVEN by Jerry Jenkins found at 813.54 Jen. If you will pardon a pun, RIVEN will keep you “riven to your seat”. This book tells the story of two people who are very different – a young man who continually is on a downward spiral, and a pastor, who feels defeated in his ministry. As their lives intersect through a prison ministry, you will find yourself finding it difficult to put this book down. Chuck Colson has quoted about this book that it was “a deeply personal reminder of why God called me to prison ministry so many years ago.” Dwight, you were
ROLLING IN THE CHURCH AISLES found at 248.8 Chr. When there’s something funny going on in church, it’s a good thing! Laughter and joy can be found anywhere you worship: in church bulletins, sermons, Sunday school lessons, even in the parking lot or the Fellowship Hall after services. A spiritual smile spreads happy faith far beyond the doors of the church. So laugh you way through the day with some holy humor. One of the jokes: “The blessing of the pets will be followed by a hot dog lunch.”
Secrets of the South Mysteries Series: MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI, WHAT HAPPENED ON BEALE STREET, MAGNOLIA MOONLIGHT, and SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH are 4 in the series called Secrets of the South Mysteries. All the books are dealing with stories of private investigators helping the police catch the criminal. The author is Mary Ellis and the books are found at 813.6. It has been fun seeing the same characters pop up in each book like old friends. I had hesitations about reading beyond the first book but I was glad I did; each one became a page turner in suspense. Reviewed by Darlene Baltus
SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART by Beth Wiseman found at 813.54 Alice Hill says this is an excellent book. Check it out!
SING A NEW SONGby Sunnie Jeffers found at 813.6. This is one of a series of tales from Grace Chapel Inn for those who like series books. The sisters, Louise, Alice and Jane who run a B& B each have unique talents and activities. Louise takes in a music camp with her daughter, Cynthia. Alice reaches out to youth with church activities develops a unique scrapbook at a special weekend. Jane serves guests with her food and quiet support. You’ll like learning about the sisters and their dependence on the Lord for their faith and rewarding lives. Look for all of the Grace Chapel Inn books together on the shelf.
Sugar Creek Gang books 1 – 6 by Paul Hutchens. The author’s memories of childhood adventures around the fishing hole, the swimming hole, the island, and woods that surround Indiana’s Sugar Creek inspired these beloved tales.
THAT CERTAIN SUMMER 813.54 Han. “Two very different sisters…an unexpected homecoming…one unforgettable summer.” With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.
THE BELOVED HOPE CHEST by Amy Clipston found at 813.6 Cli. This information came from the back of the book: Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past. But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to open old wounds. This book has a glossary for Amish terms and discussion questions at the end.
THE DANCE813.6 Wal, book 1 of the Restoration Series by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley. “Love’s recovery starts with a single step. This powerful and emotional story of healing and restoration is sure to grip your heart from the very first chapter. You won’t be able to put it down.”
THE HEAVENLY MAN found at 92 Yun was reviewed years ago by Jeanene Christianson. She said upon reading the back cover, I was hooked. This is an appealing read! You feel like you are reading a twenty-first century rendition of the book of Acts. I smiled often but I wept too. Christianity is a rare gift that we don’t treasure as much as we should. Christian Brother Yun was remarkably chosen by God to be His present day apostle at the age of 16! Though he was hunted by China’s Public Security Bureau at every turn for the crime of preaching Jesus Christ, his gift of faith was the driving force to give his all to Jesus Christ, his Savior. After reading this book, I will revere my relationship with Jesus even more.
THE OFFERINGby Angela Hunt found at 813.54 Hunt. This novel is an eye-opener and a tearjerker. Readers will find themselves feeling the pain of the characters and getting caught up in their lives. Amanda Lisandra is the wife of a soldier. She and her family are struggling to make ends meet, so she decides to become a gestational surrogate for a family in need. The battles will test her faith in God, her femininity, ethnicity, and citizenship. Hunt gives her readers a glimpse inside the life of a Cuban-American family dealing with financial struggles and grief, while facing decisions about how to survive while also being faithful to God. Reviewed by Darlene Baltus
THE SCARLET CORD by Lindsay Hardin Freeman located at 220.9 Fre. You may find this in the new book section since it just came into the library. The book tells the story of biblical women in a new way, drawing the reader further down her spiritual path and closer to Christ. For too long, women in the Bible have been demonized, sanctified or simply misunderstood. Here, through storytelling and artwork, twelve compelling women of the Bible invite readers to step further into the sacred circle of God’s people. By taking this step, the reader will discover that challenges experienced by biblical women are not so different from her own. This summary comes from the book itself.
The Winner’s Game at 813.6 Mil. This book is not about sports, but about a dysfunctional family. The hostile parents are near divorce and the three children ages 17, 13, and 8 are becoming increasingly hateful toward each other. They had heard of The Winner’s Game that saved their great-grandparents marriage. When tragedy strikes the family, all involved learn that sometimes a loser is really the winner. “This is an excellent book.” Reviewed by Alice Hill
THINGS LEFT UNSPOKEN by Eva Marie Everson found at 813.6 is described in the National
Church Library Association Newsletter as follows: “Jo-Lynn is going through a mid-life crisis. Her marriage is faltering and she’s lost her identity as a woman of value. When her uncle dies, great-aunt Stella asks her to come back to restore the old family homestead in Georgia. As she peels back the old layers of the home, Jo-Lynn discovers family secrets hidden for decades. When she starts asking questions, she is threatened. Along the way, she rediscovers the value of family and belonging to a community. The author clearly has a personal understanding of the culture and history of the south and has developed a story with an interesting plot, captivating mystery and the discovery of God’s purpose for the main character.”
THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AND INSIDE THE BOOK by Paul Dorocher found at 248.8 Dur. In the author’s forward he says: “The intent of this book is meant to be a popular and practical hands-on-book which demonstrates biblical principles in real life situations.” Topics covered are Priorities, Happiness, Marriage, Children, Education, Money, and Rest – all contained in 175 pages!
THROUGH WATERS DEEP 813.6 Sun, book 1. “Fascinating history, interesting location, touching romance – Sarah Sundin packs it all in this page-turning story. Readers are sure to enjoy living this stirring WWII-era adventure.”
What They Need to Hear – Sharing Christ with Family and Friends at 269.2 Pre. “Maybe above all else, we want our family members and friends to rejoice with us in God as our Savior. Yet, those closest to us often present us with the greatest challenges for our witness.”
WITH THIS PLEDGE 813.6 Ale, book 1. From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin in Tennessee, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlike romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
FENCED OFF– Loving your neighbor can be complicated. Found at Adult DVD Fen. A young white couple has just moved into their first house in a black neighborhood in Cincinnati. Their new neighbor has just retired and is ready for life to slow down and shows little interest in giving the young man a warm welcome. This film shows how easy it is for relationships between races to get messed up by misunderstandings and confrontation. Doug and I watched it one evening during the turmoil of the week of May 25 and it brought home how fears and preconceived ideas about others who are different from us can lead to problems. Reviewed by Janie Carlson.
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME – found at Adult DVD Sam. Successful art dealer (played by Greg Kinnear) and his wife (played by Renee Zellweger) seemingly have the perfect life. But when their faith and family are tested, an unlikely bond with a homeless drifter leads them on a remarkable journey that forges an everlasting friendship. It shows how a simple act of kindness can change everything. It’s based on an inspirational true story. Reviewed by Janie Carlson.
Check out a library book bag and then check out some books to place in it to take home to read this fall and winter. Remember to sign both the book bag and books out.
Here’s how: a date, your name and your phone number. Leave the cards in the cup and enjoy! Return the bag and books to the book return when you are ready to check another group out. Such a deal!
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