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Parish Library Update: Summer 2017

Posted by Bill Myers on

New on our shelves

March - by Geraldine Brooks

March is a beautifully written story about how war dashes ideals, unhinges moral certainties, and drives a wedge of bitter experience between husband and wife. From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, Mr. March, who has gone off to the Civil War, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times.  March adds adult resonance to Alcott’s optimistic children’s novel.

Walking the Bible - by Bruce Feiler

Now on our shelves in DVD format as well as in book form. This is one man’s epic journey by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel through the greatest stories ever told, the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Torah. These biblical books come alive as Feiler searches across three continents to walk in the paths of the heroes shared by Jews and Christians. The DVD program was produced for public television.

The Meaning of Matthew - by Judy Shepard

This heartbreaking book follows the tragic story of a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, which garnered response across this country and around the world. Judy’s son Matthew Shepard was murdered by gay-bashers. The Meaning of Matthew reveals how Judy and her husband struggled to navigate the legal system, helping prosecutors to convict Matthew’s murderers. This eloquent and devoted mother demonstrates the difference that each individual can make in achieving a better and more just society.

Surrounded By a Cloud of Witnesses - edited by Joanna Seibert

A collection of meditations on the weekly scripture readings we hear in church, written by 66 Arkansas women from several denominations, although it was a project of the Episcopal Church Women of Arkansas, Year C, 1994-1995. Seibert says, “I realized I had been given sacred material, women’s inner communication with God . . . I was awed by each new writing.” You’ll find it in the Devotions section of the library.

The Freedom of Self-forgetfulness - by Timothy Keller

New York Times bestselling author, this tiny 45-page book is both punchy and helpful. It has been described as a truly liberating book for anyone who’s ever worried about what others think of them or been caught up in conflict.

The Divine Comedy - by Dante Alighieri

This classic poem is over six hundred years old, yet continues to have universal importance and appeal. This translation is quite readable for any of us. The pace is swift and the grandiose subject matter intriguing. The Divine Comedy has often been misunderstood as Biblical, which it isn’t; rather it is a Medieval vision of the life of the souls in the three realms of the hereafter -- hell, purgatory, and paradise. The treatment of the subject matter is colorful and thought-provoking, and has been called “an architectonic construction of utmost artistry.” (That phrase alone should spark your interest enough to make you come and be the first to check it out!)  

Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis - by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai

An analysis of 61 stories of cosmic forces, deities, angels and demons, giants and heroes from the book of Genesis and other ancient Hebrew and Aramaic sources in light of modern anthropology and mythology. The research is scholarly, but the book is very readable. The authors are a distinguished mythologist and an eminent Jewish anthropologist.

The Inquisition of the Middle Ages - by Henry Charles Lea

A fantastic new and challenging book in our library that covers what was happening in the Christian Church from the twelfth to the middle of the sixteenth centuries. Lea’s sole purpose was to elicit facts from every source possible. The reader cannot fail to find lessons applicable to our own time as we watch the methods used by the medieval Church and State to compel uniformity of belief and to suppress independent thought and action: withholding of evidence, the crime of suspicion, guilt by association, condemnation for refusal to name associates. It is, indeed, challenging reading, but mind-boggling and mind-opening.

Ye Are the Body - by Bonnell Spencer

A general history of the Christian Church, with special attention to the development of the Anglican Communion. This book has a very readable style and covers church history from pre-Christian times through the times of the apostles, the Jewish-Christian era, and the great persecutions, followed by the ages of the great Councils, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, growth in the British Isles, and the Reformation to current times. Author Spencer is a member of the Episcopal Order of the Holy Cross.

So, Stick A Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy - by Barbara Johnson

The perfect prescription for anyone who needs a fresh breath of joy in life. Johnson is a survivor of four devastating family experiences, but despite her difficulties has learned that though pain is inevitable to us all, we can choose to pick the flowers instead of the weeds and claim God’s promise to “fill your mouths with laughter and your lip with shouts of joy.”  [Job 8:21]

Mysteries of the Bible - published by Reader’s Digest

Features commentaries by distinguished thinkers from across Christendom. This collection is designed for general perusal, impulsive searches for thoughts on important themes, and potential answers to curious Biblical questions. Included are maps of the ancient world, a timeline of the complex historical period from 1000 to 500 BCE, two genealogies tracing Hebrew descent from Abraham, a key to Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, a chart of the parables and where in the Gospels they are found. Mysteries considered include the Flood, the Exodus, miracles from Elijah’s Chariot of Fire to Jesus’ raising of Lazarus, the Garden of Eden, strange religious vows, Old Testament laws of sacrifice, strange gods who were so threatening to the Hebrews, and much, much more. You’ll find it in the Biblical Resource section, top shelves.

Come and enjoy a perusal through our parish library. You are sure to find something that will lift, entertain, and enrich you. Have fun!

 

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