Recommended Reading For Adults
Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle (801.0 LEn)
Newberry Award winning author, Madeleine L'Engle, shares glimpses into her life as an artist and a Christian as she explores the relationship between faith and art. In this collection of meditations, L'Engle calls her readers to what she believes is the task of the artist: "to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation by creating."
The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom
by Christine Valters Painter (248.3 Pai)
Painter draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity. Each of the book's 12 chapters focuses on a different aspect of monastic spirituality and is designed to be explored over the course of a week. Painter shows us how contemplative practices can support our creative work through the practice of lectio divina, journaling, meditations, and art explorations such as poetry, movement, visual art, and music. This workbook is for anyone who uses any type of creative expression for as Painter says, "we are all called to be artists of everyday life."
I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible
by Elizabeth Caldwell (248.845 Cal)
I Wonder is an important book for those who hope to nurture children in the Christian faith and who care about providing children with “a way to engage the Bible that will grow with them.” Caldwell writes persuasively about how to use “the natural curiosity of children to help them read the Bible” and makes helpful and practical suggestions. She also recommends a number of Bibles and Bible story books.
Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life
by Traci Smith (248.8 Smi)
This book, written by a Presbyterian pastor, offers practical ways for families to live their faith together through a variety of ceremonies, traditions and spiritual practices. Beginning with Bedtime Blessings and the Gratitude Café in the morning, the book includes special ideas and traditions for Holy Days, Holidays and Ordinary Days. For busy families, Seamless Faith is full of helpful ideas to support the faith growth of children.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (B Kalani)
“What makes a life worth living? This profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir was written by a young neurosurgeon who finds he has stage IV lung cancer. It is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and the relationship between doctor and patient.”
Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer (F May)
This inspirational story tells of three high school students from rural Kansas who, as part of a school history project, discover the heroic efforts of Irena Sendler, a Catholic, Polish social worker in Warsaw during WWII. Sendler is credited with saving the lives of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Suppressed by post war communist Poland, her story is brought to light through the efforts of these young women, each carrying her own painful burden.
A Mile In My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Howard (241.4 Hud)
“Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.” With this imperative, Jesus made compassion for others central to modern life. Being personally and deeply aware of the suffering of our neighbors (both near and abroad) requires deep listening and action. In the days of apartheid in South Africa, Trevor Howard developed an experimental program to enable young South Africans to reflect on the meaning of their faith and discipleship within the harsh realities of their nation. Learn about the three essential ingredients of pilgrimage (encounter, reflection and transformation) and how these might guide you to consider becoming a pilgrim in daily life.
What We Need Is Here by Roger L. Owens (248.4 Owe)
Owens describes his struggle to find a deeper spiritual relationship with God. With humor he shares a point in his life when he stops reading “about God” and opens himself to an ever deepening relationship “with God.” His discovery of God’s Spirit within himself leads him to seven “givens” of Christian Spirituality. Practicing these gives him an understanding of the power within that God provides. The Pittsburgh Seminary professor shares what he learned about his journey. He writes, “Return to the heart of Christian spirituality. It is simple, yet astonishingly complex. Jesus is enough. He offers all you need to flourish in your life with God.”
The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience
by Mike Slaughter with Karen Perry Smith (241.68 Sla)
This book will get your attention! Every Christian knows we are called “to love God with all our mind, soul and strength-but what about our wallets?” What does it really mean to be a good steward? The author discusses how we are to use our money and asks difficult questions about money and morality while acknowledging there are no easy answers. Perhaps we can begin by answering the following questions: “Why am I spending? Whose money is it that I am spending? What are God’s priorities in my spending?” It is the author’s prayer that “we might make hard choices to transform our lifestyles and experience the true transformation in the process.”
Tweens and their Parents Created By God: Tweens, Faith, and Human Sexuality by James Ritchie, Jr. (241.554 Rit)
This paperback book for Tweens lets them know that God makes a difference as they grow up and experience changes in their bodies, minds, spirits, emotions, responsibilities and relationships. Change is normal, and normal change is specific to each person. Ritchie answers questions of importance to adolescents. The book offers specific details, but always from a faith-based perspective.
Other Recent Acquisitions
The Holy Spirit by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon (231.3 Hau)
The Soul of Discernment: A Spiritual Practice for Communities and Institutions
by Elizabeth Liebert (261 Lie)
Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr (248.8 Roh)
Journeys with Celtic Christians by Rodney Newman (274.103 New)
Life Together in Christ: Experiencing Transformation in Community
by Ruth Haley Barton (248.4 Bar)
Parents and Families
It’s Just a Phase So Don’t Miss It: Why Every Life Stage of a Kid Matters and At least 13 Things Your
Church Should Do About It by Reggie Joyner and Kristen Ivy (291.4 Joi)
The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving
by Lisa Miller (649.7 Mil)
Complete Acquisitions List - March through September 2016