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Church Library

Grace-filled Reads

As we continue to be blessed with Pastor Bob’s new sermon series “All Is Grace” here are some materials that may help you and your family: 

Main Library:

The hand of God : finding His care in all circumstances [231.5/Beg] by Alistair Begg. God's providential care for us means that His grace and kindness, wisdom and power flow freely from His hand into our lives. In the good times and in the bad. 

The gift for all people : thoughts on God's great grace [234/Luc] by Max Lucado. The author states that God, who designed the universe, is the God who placed you on this planet and wants you to be with Him in heaven.

One way love : inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world [234/Tch] by Tullian Tchividjian. The world doesn't offer us rest, but God does! Transforming the perception of Christianity as a vehicle for good behavior, and the judgmental feelings that result from it, into a way for those who have failed to discover the love of Christ, Tchividjian calls for believers to abandon our play-it-safe religion and embrace the power of God's unflinching grace.

Captured by grace :  no one is beyond the reach of a loving God [234.1/Jer] by David Jeremiah. The author discusses the transforming mercy that captured song writer John Newton and the apostle Paul that will awaken a fresh experience of God who loves you fearlessly and pursues you with abandon.

Grace based parenting : set your family free [248.845/Kim] by Tim Kimmel. The author offers this book as a new map for learning to see ourselves and our children through God's limitless tenderness, to raise our kids the way God raises us.

Children’s Library:

The Jesus storybook Bible : every story whispers his name [C220.9505/Llo] by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Includes stories from the Old and New Testaments that teach children that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation.

The Jesus storybook Bible : every story whispers his name [DVD/C220.9505/Llo/Jes/1,2,3,4] by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, now comes to life as short animated videos. Narrated by British actor David Suchet, this 4-volume DVD set  covers stories from both the Old and New Testaments.

God's grace [DVD/C248.82/Joe/The/2] by Mike Joens. Theo teaches children God's word about God's love through these three episodes: Armor of God, Redemption, and New Birth. 

Teen Library:

Wild grace : what happens when grace happens [T248.83/Luc] by Max Lucado. Inviting teens on an exciting adventure of self-discovery, Lucado shows them that even though their lives may be messed up or off track, God can transform them from the inside out and inspire them to share his  amazing love with others.

Come on in and check it out.


Good Mission Reads

As we continue our annual summer promotional, “Ice Cream for Books!” I would like you to be aware of Elisabeth Elliot and her testimony. 

Born Elisabeth Howard in Belgium to missionary parents on Dec. 21, 1926, she came to the United States with her siblings and parents the following year. After spending the majority of her childhood in Germantown, Pennsylvania and Moorestown, New Jersey, she attended Wheaton College she majored in Greek to facilitate her desire to use linguistics on the mission field and serve as a Bible translator. She graduated in 1948. Elisabeth Elliot, a woman whose life story transfixed and inspired women through six decades and at least three generations, has died. Author, speaker, and missionary pioneer Elisabeth Elliot Gren died this morning, June 15, at the age of 88 following a lengthy battle with dementia.

She wrote “It is my prayer that the Spirit of God will direct you as you read…” in the foreword of Lies women believe [248.843/DeM] by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. That is also my prayer as you use our Church Library. Here is a list of some of the materials by or about Elisabeth  Elliot in our Church Library:

Main Library:

Loneliness : it can be a wilderness, it can be a pathway to God [248.86/Ell] by Elisabeth Elliot.  Elliot gives hope to the lonely through tender reflections on God's love for us and his plans to bless us. Here you will find honesty and compassion, not platitudes. She tackles this difficult topic with grace and faith, showing you how to make peace with loneliness, however it has come about, and how to grow through it.

End of the spear : a true story [986.6/Sai] by Steve Saint.  This is the true story of how Steve Saint is asked by the Woadani to return to the jungle with his family to live among them and teach them to interact with the encroaching outside world.

Path through suffering : God's mercy in your pain [AC/248.86/Ell] by Elisabeth Elliot. When dealing with tragedies like death, divorce or illness, discover God's hope and peace in your life.

End of the spear : from a true story [DVD/986.6/Gav] by Bart Gavigan. When five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956, a series of      miraculous events unfolds that changes the lives of the slain men's families and the Ecuadorian tribe they were attempting to befriend. Based on a true story of love and forgiveness.

Children’s Library:

Jim Elliot : a light for God [CB/Ell] by Renee Taft Meloche. Jim bravely faced both the wonders and the dangers of the South American  jungle to share God's love with the feared and isolated Auca people. His death ignited a flame for missions that spread to Christians everywhere.

Jim Elliot : one great purpose [JB/Ell] by Janet Benge. Tells how Jim Elliot and his coworkers             surrendered their lives in Ecuador's jungle, challenging countless Christians to live with a great purpose of bringing the Gospel to those who have never heard.

Jim Elliot : missionary to Ecuador [JB/Ell] by Susan Martins Miller. This story of Jim Elliot's brief adult life is an account of how he heard and responded to God's voice.

Teen Library:

Dayuma : life under Waorani spears [TB/Day] by Ethel Emily Wallis. Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully chose to lay down their lives on a sandy beach in Ecuador. Their lives and sacrifice come full circle in the breathtaking true story of Dayuma. Hers is the unforgettable story of one girl's odyssey into the unknown. Her eventual encounter with Christ ultimately changed her life and forever altered the destiny of her people. Dayuma is a vivid, lasting testimony to the power of the love of God and the cross to reach beyond any barrier.

Come on in and check it out.


Good Summer Reads

As we kick off our annual summer promotional, “Ice Cream for Books!”, I want you to be aware of materials newly placed into our Church Library. Here is a list of some of the newest items:

Main Library:

Beyond championships : a playbook for winning at life [170.44/Joy] by Dru Joyce, II. As Dru outlines the nine principles that he promotes to his players and tries to live in his own life as well, you’ll discover that the solid foundation on which he built so many successful basketball programs can be applied to almost any situation. As you assess your chosen path in life and look for ways to embark on a more inspiring and rewarding journey, Coach Dru offers an accessible and relatable road-map.

Devotions from the garden : finding peace and rest from your hurried life [242.5/Dre] by Miriam Drennan. These ninety devotions connect the parallels of life with the wondrous, sometimes inexplicable realms of the garden to usher you into His presence, to soothe your soul, and to rest in knowing He is with you throughout each day.

Storm : hearing Jesus for the times we live in [243/Cym] by Jim    Cymbala. God has given us the  gospel of Christ and the Holy Spirit's resources so that we can bring his light to the world. We are called to join Jesus, the one who calmed the winds and invited Peter to walk with him on the water, to let his light shine strong in the blackest night.

Reflections on the Lusitania [940.4/Pro] by John Protosio [attends church here]. This book traces the last voyage of the liner as her captain ignores radio warnings of a submarine, the lowering of the lifeboats, the horror people aboard faced during the eighteen minutes of the sinking, and the diplomatic repercussions. 

Children’s Library:

Princess parables collection : 5 books in 1 [ER/C226.8/You] by Jeanna Young. Join the charming princess sisters as they learn how to be daughters of the king. This Beginning Readers book is excellent for children who are just starting to read with simple sentences, familiar words, and short sentences that are sure to encourage eager young readers.

God, I need to talk to You about... [ J248.82/Lei] by Susan K. Leigh. These stories deal with concerns youngsters encounter in their daily lives. Each book points out the Good News of God's love and forgiveness, while the supporting Scripture verse emphasizes the point of each story.

Teen Library:

Beyond championships : a playbook for winning at life : teen edition [T170.44/Joy] by Dru Joyce, II. As Dru outlines the nine principles that he promotes to his players and tries to live in his own life as well, you'll discover that the solid foundation on which he built so many successful basketball programs can be applied to almost any situation. As you assess your chosen path in life and look for ways to embark on a more inspiring and rewarding journey, Coach Dru offers an accessible and relatable roadmap.

You have a brain: a teen's guide to think big [T248.83/Car] by Ben Carson. Growing up, renowned  neurosurgeon Ben Carson faced many challenges: abandonment by his father, trouble at school, the turbulence of inner-city Detroit, and violent temper. But instead of    letting his circumstances control him, Dr. Carson discovered eight principles that turned his future upside down. In You Have a Brain, Dr. Carson gives students an inspirational look at the transformative philosophy that helped him meet life's obstacles and leap over them, motivating teens to think big, dream big, and break free of any fear that holds them back.

Come on in and check it out.


Using the Library


Our expanded church library is open when the church is open and anyone can check out materials. Here's how: 

Select materials you wish to borrow. Remove the circulation card and write in your name (and phone number if not a church member).Then place card in the check out box.

Books may be checked out up to 3 weeks; all other materials 1 week. When returning materials, place them in the top drawer of the lateral file cabinet marked "Returned materials."


Ice Cream for Books!

Our summer reading promotional is back again with a new twist! 

The past summer’s reading promotional “Ice Cream for Books!” has been brought back by popular demand. Our goal is for everyone to grow in Christ through the written word by reading books from our Church Library. The promotional runs through the entire summer months of June, July, and August.

More information available in the library!



Tips for Selecting Children's Books


Parents, here are some tips for helping your child select books appropriate to his/her reading level:

Have your child read the first page or two of the book. Ask  them to hold up 1 finger for every word they don't know. If they hold up 5 fingers while reading, consider this a "read it to me" book, rather than a book to read on their own. If they hold up only 2-3 fingers, you've found a "just right" book.

Meet Joyce Kight


Joyce Kight, our director of Christian resources, manages one of the largest Christian lending libraries in the area. She has spent over 30 years in library ministry (nearly 20 of them with us!), sharing her love of God and books and supporting congregational libraries. Read Joyce's story.

Book Club Selections



By Randy Alcorn

 Tues., August 25, @10:00 a.m.


Jesus told a story about a hidden treasure that, once discovered, brought life-changing joy. In The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn unearths a simple yet profound principle that will radically change your concept of stewardship. Short on guilt, Alcorn illuminates the liberating joy of giving and its impact, not only for today but for eternity as well.

The book discussion groups are open to all adult readers. Copies of the books are available in the church library.

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