We now have a small section of SMALL BOOKS for those who like a quick read.  You will find them in the section of the DVDs, Jan Karon books and recent book shelf.  Watch for the next book give-away of weeded out books! 

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?  

Book Reviews



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. 

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. 

THE DANCE 813.6 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.” 

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. 

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. 

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.” 

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.” 

Explore the new books and DVDs we’ve received in February. They can be found on top of the card catalog ready for check out. 

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




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. 

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.

Explore the new books we received in January! They can be found on top of the card catalog ready for check out. The previous new books have been shifted over to the east book case. In 2018 we received 332 donated books and DVDs. Please check out our wonderful library!!!


Volunteers: Janie Carlson, Shela Cline, Darlene Baltus

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 


SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART  by Beth Wiseman found at 813.54 Alice Hill says this is an excellent book. Check it out!

Here is a three for one book review. 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.

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

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

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.

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

THE WRITING DESK by Rachel Hauck is found at 813.6 Hau among the new books on top of the card catalog. 

Tenley and Birdie are bound together by the understanding that creativity is a guiding force and that their stories must be told. The storyline alternates between past and present. A tale both bittersweet and redemptive. I stayed up until midnight to finish this wonderful book!

Submitted by Janie Carlson


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.

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

We have another book by Ann Tatlock; 

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.


Children's Corner



 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!