Here is a look at some of the heavier and challenging selections in our library. Be not afraid to delve in a bit!
A Theology of the New Testament by George Eldon Ladd
This title is actually a textbook for seminary students, but for anyone who is interested in a fairly easy read about the teachings and concepts in the New Testament, this book is excellent. Just as an example, in the section on the doctrine of sanctification in the chapter on the Christian life, Ladd points out that Paul does not teach that sanctification is a synonym for moral growth; for Christians, holiness is a truth, and the believers in Jesus are thus included among those God claims as God's own people. As believers, since we are sanctified, set apart to be God's people, we are able to live as God's people and not be defiled by the world in which we live. Use this book to pick a concept and delve into it in depth from the scripture's teachings.
The Protestant Reformation by Hans J. Hillerbrand
This is an easy to read look at the German reformation, the works of Huldrych Zwingli, the Anabaptists, the works of John Calvin, and a brief history of the English reformation. It portrays the religious reformation of the 16th century as the last period in the history of Western civilization when people were preoccupied with religion, argued it, fought, and even died for it, and its consequences are still with us.
Thomas Aquinas, Selected Writings
This collection of Aquinas' reflections on Christianity reveals the development and scope of his ideas. It contains sermons, commentaries, responses to criticism, and extracts from his principal works. Living 1225 to 1274, St. Thomas Aquinas forged a unique synthesis of ancient philosophy and medieval theology. Herein are highly influential statements of fundamental Christian doctrine, as well as observations on diverse topics: political science, anti-Semitism, and heresy.
And on the lighter side...
I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
This is number seven in a series of eight mystery novels involving Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson. A farmhand stumbles over a body, Clare is reluctantly drawn into the investigation through her involvement with the migrant community, and the discovery of two more bodies could mean a serial killer is on the loose. There are escalating tensions, emotions are fueled, and Russ and Clare find themselves seeking each other out, even as they intend to keep their relationship distant.
Evensong by Gail Godwin
This novel is one of those that keeps you engaged because you simply want to find out who does what next to whom! Margaret is a woman pastor whose daily rituals are fascinating and explore how a woman can live a life that on one plane seems normal and familiar while on another plane she travels a path of growing spiritual responsibility involving many lives and challenges.
The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas
The Big Fisherman is a novelized account of Simon called Peter and his call by Jesus to be a disciple. Peter's own conversion to discipleship is intertwined with the love story of Fara, a daughter of King Herod Antipas, whose mother was discarded by Herod, and an Arab prince who wishes to marry her, and the call to discipleship that she experiences as well. The teachings of Jesus are artfully revealed within the story.
There is a lot of photographic history to be found in our library. St. Anne's Guild has compiled multiple albums of pictures from the early years of St. Theodore's Church, which you will find in the lower left shelves.
The library committee is meeting January 3 to formulate plans for some new developments in your parish library. Keep alert for news!
Bill Myers, Parish Librarian