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In The Parish Library: Spring 2016

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You might enjoy reading about Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. Ms. Higgs says she studied Biblical women role models [Esther, Mary, Sarah, others] and learned she had “zip” in common with them. Then she happened upon Jezebel, and something “clicked.” This is a funny novel in which we meet Bad Girls from the past in contemporary settings all too familiar. Higgs says, “This is the place, sisters, grab a veil and dive in!”

Everything you ever wanted to know about Judaism you’ll find answered in The Jewish Book of Why by Alfred J. Kolatch. From “Why do women light candles on Friday night?” to “Why is a glass broken at the end of a wedding ceremony?” to “Why is hunting not permissible according to Jewish law?” The answers are all here! Time Magazine called it “Absorbing . . . a lode of learning.”

Karen Armstrong’s A History of God covers the 4,000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in a witty, informative, and contemplative way. Armstrong is one of Great Britain’s foremost commentators on things religious. Here she traces how people have perceived and experienced God from the time of Abraham to the present. And it’s a fairly easy read!

If religious art is your forte, you will enjoy The Square Halo and Other Mysteries of Western Art by Sally Fisher [1955]. You can check out art’s answers to such puzzling subjects as the Apocalypse, the Apocrypha, relics, demons, monsters, wild persons, codpieces and two foot long shoes, holy and unholy dying, the temptation of saints, desert hermits, and the garden of love.

Those wonderful Mitford series books by Jan Karon are all here. These moving stories of Father Tim, his wife Cynthia, and the little Episcopal congregation in the mountain village of Mitford are devotional, fun, a little historical, emotional, and enduring. There is no place like Mitford. . .or perhaps there is!