2018 Quarter 2 New Additions

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Your Magnificent Chooser, John Ortberg

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Allison’s Journey, Wanda Brustetter

Allison Troyer is of marriageable age and needs to learn how to manage an Amish household. Can a girl who feels as faceless, purposeless, and neglected as her tattered Amish doll, find her way among strangers? James Esh likes what he sees when Allison Troyer walks into the barn. Will anything keep this brash young Amish man from stealing her affections? Aaron Zook has vowed never to lose his heart to another. Yet when James makes advances on Allison, Aaron can’t help but intercede. Can threads of faith and love unite tattered hearts? Now available in mass makert size, Allison’s Journey is book 4 in the The Brides of Webster County series. Other books in the series include Going Home: Book 1, On Her Own: Book 2, Dear to Me: Book 3.

Dear to Me, Wanda Brunstetter

Melinda Andrews loves two things deeply—her Amish friend Gabe Swartz and the wild animals she helps to heal. When an Englishman tells Melinda she has a special gift with “critters,” she dreams of becoming a vet. Could this be God’s plan for her life? Gabe loves Melinda and wants to make her his wife. When he finds out about her wild dream, he realizes he must either sacrifice his faith or lose Melinda forever. Will Melinda stay with Gabe and become an Amish fraa or pursue her dream only to be shunned by family and friends forever? Now available in mass market size, Dear to Me is book 3 in The Brides of Webster County series. Other books in the series include Going Home: Book 1, On Her Own: Book 2, and Allison’s Journey: Book 4.

Treasured Grace, Tracie Peterson

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

Horses and Ponies, Anna Milbourne

Tadpoles and Frogs, Anna Milbourne

Traces the growth of a tadpole into a full-grown frog, describes the many different types of frogs, and tells how they eat and live.

Animally, Lynn Parrish Sutton

While Animally, by Lynn Parrish Sutton, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell is an especially lovely trip through the animal world, from koalas to moths, seagulls to giraffes and through the world of adverbs, from colorfully to slowly, fiercely to freely, it’s also a love letter to … love. To family. Cardstock pages and bright illustrations with lots of white space make it ideal for toddlers who will love the silliness, the message and the time spent reading it together. (It’s also a great resource for the classroom, where students are learning about language and parts of speech.) Whether you love them “hugely like a whale,” or “shyly like a quail,” Animally truly is the perfect laptime book for sharing with all the birdily, bugily, animally loved people in your family. And it’s especially nice as a baby shower, new baby or toddler gift.

Usborne Lift-the-Flap Colors, Felicity Brooks

With over 60 flaps to lift, this delightful book helps children learn about colors in a fun way. There are naming, matching and counting activities, and there’s plenty fo pre-readers to talk about too.

See Inside How Things Work, Conrad Mason

This is an amazing flap book packed with inventions, machines, gadgets and devices, and facts and information about how they work. Over 90 flaps reveal the insides of car engines, toilets, escalators, submarines and microwaves and many, many other machines. It includes internet links to websites with animations, games and experiments.

The Usborne Big Book of Big Trucks, Megan Cullis

A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit: 5 Habits From the Book of Ruth, Nicki Koziarz

Every woman will eventually face it: the temptation to give in and give up. But something transformative happens when a woman decides to persevere in the face of difficulty and pain. A woman who refuses to quit influences her world in ways she could never have imagined. Unfolding over 6 sessions, Nicki Koziarz walks women through the Book of Ruth, focusing on the Moabite woman’s 5 practical habits that kept her eyes on God: Ruth accepted the assignment of refinement, followed through on her commitments despite her feelings, remained open to the movement of God, gave others what she needed, and moved forward in faith.

The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness

In a culture obsessed with happiness, this wise, stirring book points the way toward a richer, more satisfying life.

Too many of us believe that the search for meaning is an esoteric pursuit—that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to discover life’s secrets. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us—right here, right now.

1000 Things to Eat, Nikki Dyson

This is a colorful and tasty look-and-talk book to improve children’s vocabulary by introducing them to a wide range of food-related words. Adorned with 1000 pictures to spot, identify and talk about, from raw ingredients such as fruit and vegetables to delicious dishes from around the world. The wide variety of foods featured are divided into sections such as the store cupboard, the fishmonger, a Chinese restaurant and more.This is a great book to share and talk about with a small child, and help them build their vocabulary. This book features cardboard pages that are easy for young fingers to grasp and turn.

Usborne Lift-the-Flap Picture Book

Explore the maps and lift the flaps in this lively picture atlas that takes children around the world to learn about fabulous sights to see, beautiful buildings, exotic animals and much more.

We’re All Wonders, R.J. Palcio

The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, now a major motion picture, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

Over 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.

Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul, John MacArthur

Stress has become part of our daily lives. We worry about our jobs, our relationships, and our families. And while there’s no lack of remedies for anxiety, no solution seems to offer true peace of mind.

John MacArthur, Jr. believes that peace is not only possible, it’s a divine mandate. Drawing from a rich legacy of teaching and ministry, MacArthur puts aside cultural cures to uncover the source of our anxiety and stress. Based on solid Biblical insights, Anxious for Nothing shares how we can overcome uncertainty, defeat doubt, and be truly worry-free.

Praying Through the Names of God, Tony Evans

When Life Gets Too Hard to Stand, Kneel

You are called to be a prayer warrior. But which name should you call upon?

God has more than one name—each represents a different aspect of His character. When you know which name to call, you will pray more effectively, and more specifically to your need.

In this book, Dr. Tony Evans provides tools to transform your prayer life as you get to know God in new ways. You will…

  • experience God as Jehovah Jireh, “the Lord will provide.”
  • allow God to be El Simchatch Gili, “God my exceeding joy.”
  • make God Your Jehovah Ori, “the Lord my light.”
  • know peace through Jehovah Shalon, “the Lord our peace.”
  • take God as your power source as Jehovah Uzzi, “the Lord my strength.”
  • make wiser decisions by sitting at the feet of Peleh Yo’etz, “Wonderful Counselor.”

Revitalize your prayer life by connecting your needs with the characteristics of God’s names!

Holding Heaven: A Novella, Jerry B. Jenkins

A poignant novella from one of the best-selling fiction authors of all time!

Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums and How She Outgrew Them, Martha Heineman Pieper

When Jilly, a happy little kangaroo, has a series of Terrible Temper Tantrums, her parents lovingly help her through them. Children will be very familiar with the frustrations that trigger Jilly’s upset feelings, and will applaud her dawning understanding that seeking help and a hug is far superior to the misery of a temper tantrum. Winner of a Gold Mom’s Choice Award,First Place in Purple Dragonfly Awards for Picture Books and Growing Pains, Silver Nautilus Award for Best Children’s Picture Book, National Parent Product Award Winner, Book Excellence Award Winner.

B is for Bedtime, Margaret Hamilton

Give Thank You a Try, James Patterson

James Patterson, author of the #1 bestselling Give Please a Chance, continues his celebration of simple civility in this follow-up picture book about the power of expressing thanks.

In Give Please a Chance, bestselling author James Patterson showed little ones the magic of the word “please.” In his second picture book, he takes young readers on a delightful search for kindness and appreciation in everyday life. Sweetly illustrated scenes from a variety of artists show children saying “thank you” for simple gifts like tickles, ice cream, and Mommy and Daddy’s love, reminding us of all we have to be grateful for.

Hurry Up, Alfie!, Anna Walker

It’s time to get dressed and go the park, but Alfie is still in his pajamas. Putting on clothes seems like the least appealing thing to do for this energetic and curious little alligator, especially when there are so many amusing distractions. And Alfie, like all preschoolers, is both easily sidetracked and easily entertained. Sparely written and whimsically illustrated in watercolor and collage, this is a delightful observation of the life of a small child, perfect for early-morning sharing.

The First Days of School : How to be an Effective Teacher, Harry Wong

This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success. It s an education staple for preparing effective teachers at all grade levels, pre-K through college, in all content areas. With the release of the 5th edition, it s now bigger, better, and bolder. The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year.

Now in a portrait format, the 5th edition includes a new, 54-minute DVD, You Have Changed My Life, with

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2018 Quarter 1 Additions

Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy

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Come with your brokenness, your celebration, and your worries, but most of all come and eat.

In today’s busy and often superficial world, we all crave something deeper and truer. Maybe it’s relationships that go beyond the surface or gatherings that allow for joy and pain. Bri McKoy tells us this is within reach! All we need is a table, open hearts, and a simple invitation: come and eat.

McKoy invites us to discover how a common dining-room table can be transformed into a place where brokenness falls away to reveal peace and fellowship. Whether the table is laid with bounty or with meager offerings, whether it is surrounded by the Body of Christ or homeless, broken souls, she shows us that healing begins when we say, “Come in. I may not know you, but I know your maker. And so I offer you my heart.”

My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly

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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was the first to spend an entire year in space! Discover his awe-inspiring journey in this fascinating picture book memoir (the perfect companion to his adult book Endurance) that takes readers from Scott’s childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars.

In This Moment: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.

Hamilton High Principal Wendell Quinn is tired of the violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and low expectations at his Indianapolis school. A single father of four, Quinn is a Christian and a family man. He wants to see change in his community, so he starts a voluntary after-school Bible Study and prayer program. He knows he is risking his job by leading the program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him.

A year later, violence and gang activity are down, test scores are up, and drug use and teen pregnancy have plummeted. The program is clearly working—until one parent calls the press. Now Quinn faces a lawsuit that could ruin everything.

With a storm of national attention and criticism, Quinn is at a crossroads—he must choose whether to cave in and shut down the program or stand up for himself and his students. The battle comes with a high cost, and Quinn wants just one attorney on his side for this fight: Luke Baxter. In This Moment is an inspiring, relevant story about the nuances of religious freedom and how a group of determined people just might restore the meaning of faith in today’s culture.

Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

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A charming and engrossing novel for fans of Southern fiction and the recent hit memoir Hillbilly Elegy about a lush and storied coal-mining town―and the good people who live there―in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit. Will the truth about the town’s past be its final undoing or its saving grace?

1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts. Despite the polarizing forces of their fathers―one a mine owner, one a disgruntled miner ―Ruby and Bean thrive under the tender care of Bean’s mama, blissfully unaware of the rising conflict in town and the coming tragedy that will tear them apart forever.

2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain. Standing in his way is Buddy Coleman, an upstart mining executive who hopes to revitalize the dying town by increasing coal production and opening the Company Store Museum. He’ll pay homage to the past―even the massacre of 1933―while positioning the company for growth at all costs.

What surprises them all is how their stories will intersect with a feisty octogenarian living hundreds of miles away. When Ruby Handley Freeman’s grown children threaten her independence, she takes a stand of her own and disappears, propelling her on a journey to face a decades-old secret that will change everything for her and those she meets.

What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up by Elizabeth Heiskell

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Become one of the most sought-after guests in your circle and be asked back time-after-time with a little bit of help from Elizabeth Heiskell.

It is usually the first question you ask after receiving an invitation to a gathering or event: “What can I bring?” Now you’ll have the answer! Based on the popular monthly feature “What Can I Bring?” in Southern Livingmagazine, no matter what the occasion, you’ll have the perfect dish. From housewarming party to garden party, a new baby, a wake, a wedding, christening or anything in between, Elizabeth delivers over 100 delicious recipes, including appetizers, mains, sandwiches, desserts and more, that are sure to please a crowd, no matter how big or small. Additionally, these are all dishes that can be prepared in advance and travel well.

But let’s not forget the most imortant question: What can I bring to my own table? Whether you’re looking for some new ideas for dinners to please a fractious family or want to make Sunday brunch a more special event, What Can I Bring? has you covered.

Audacious by Beth Moore

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Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us. And it’s the path to the life you were born to live.

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley

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Clear the Clutter Once and for All

Do you long to simplify the demands on your time, energy, and resources? Have complicated responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed?

Busy wife, mom, entrepreneur, and bestselling author Emily Ley knows how you feel. With a growing family, increased work demands, and more, she understands the struggle it is to keep the plates spinning.

In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and moreEmily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools.

A Moment in Time (Lone Star Brides) (Volume 2) by Tracie Peterson

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Alice Chesterfield is a woman pursued. Having survived an attack that left her scarred and her father dead, she is never free from the fear and memories of the man who is responsible.

Texas seems to be an answer to Alice’s prayers, and when she has the opportunity to relocate to a ranch near Dallas, Robert Barnett captures her attention. Unlike any man Alice has ever known, Robert doesn’t worry about the obstacles that stand in their way–and he hardly seems to notice the scar she bears.

But there are storm clouds gathering; devastating information about her family comes to light, threatening Alice’s peaceful sanctuary. Disillusioned, Alice must learn to place her trust in God as she seeks a measure of peace for her future…and for her heart.

Earth by Patricia Daniels

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Examines the composition and surface characteristics of the Earth, describing such features as rivers, mountains and other land formations, and various vegetation regions.

Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star) (Volume 1) by Tracie Peterson

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Tracie Peterson Embarks on a New Texas Series When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family’s ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he’s surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

If I Run (If I Run Series) by Terri Blackstock

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Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truthThat’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

If I’m Found (If I Run Series) by Terri Blackstock

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Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail cell.

If I Live (If I Run Series) by Terri Blackstock

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Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.

Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

With If I Live, Terri Blackstock takes us on one more heart-stopping chase in the sensational conclusion to the If I Run series.

“Crisp dialogue and unexpected twists make this compulsive reading. . .” —Publishers Weekly review of If I Run

The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments

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Whether next door or in the next time zone, our friends provide some of our most important relationships. We cherish time spent with them, endure time spent apart, and look forward to the next time we can have coffee or rush to greet them as they walk toward our door. And nothing warms our hearts like reading stories of true friendship.

Collecting over fifty true stories from some of today’s best writers, Dawn Camp offers readers a chance to sit back and experience the gift of friendship. With its beautiful photographs and poignant prose, this collection is a great gift for a dear friend and the perfect pick-me-up any time you need a boost. Contributors include Crystal Paine, Liz Curtis Higgs, Tsh Oxenreider, Myquillyn Smith, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Lisa-Jo Baker, Jessica Turner, Lysa TerKeurst, Bonnie Gray, Holley Gerth, Renee Swope, and many more.

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

Jonah’s Trash…God’s Treasure (Mr. Grungy’s Junkyard Bible Stories) by Joel Anderson

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The most creative telling of the story of Jonah that you’ve ever seen. This new picture book by award winning designer Joel Anderson and Illustrator Abe Goolsby features a creative art style using “Jonah’s Trash” to illustrate the story focusing on “God’s Treasure”. Provides hours of fun, riddle solving and seek-and-find. Full color through-out.

Touching the Sky (Land of the Lone Star) (Volume 2) by Tracie Peterson

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Caught in the dangerous undertows of the Civil War, will Laura have to choose between protecting her Confederate sister and the Union officer she loves?

Everything Is Possible: Finding the Faith and Courage to Follow Your Dreams by Jen Bricker

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Jen Bricker was born without legs. Shocked and uncertain they could care for her, her biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: “Never say ‘can’t.'” And pretty soon, there was nothing this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn’t conquer: roller-skating, volleyball, power tumbling, and spinning from silk ribbons thirty feet in the air.

Everything Is Possible is her incredible story–a story of God working out his plan for her life from before day one. Readers follow Jen from the challenges of growing up different to holding captive audiences numbering in the tens of thousands. Everything Is Possible shows readers what they can accomplish when they remove the words coincidence and limitation from their vocabulary. Filled with heart and spirit, as well as Jen’s wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred honesty, this inspiring true story points the way to purpose and joy. Foreword by Nick Vujicic.

Usborne Big Book of Animals

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From the mighty elephant to the amazing colossal squid, open the huge fold-out pages to reveal some of the tallest, longest and heaviest animals in the world-and discover the biggest animal that’s ever lived.

2017 Quarter 4 Additions

Christmas at Carnton by Tamara Alexander

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Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. With the bank threatening to evict, she discovers an advertisement for the Women’s Relief Society auction and applies for a position – only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity – and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?

Who was Franklin Roosevelt? By Margaret Frith 51L3kAVsWNL__AC_US218_ - Copy

Although polio left him wheelchair bound, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression and served as president during World War II. Elected four times, he spent thirteen years in the White House. How he led the country through tremendously difficult problems, much like the ones facing America today, makes for a timely and engrossing biography.

 

Who was Jesse Owens? By James Buckley, Jr.

51SvwGpQmiL__AC_US218_ - CopyAt the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, track and field star Jesse Owens ran himself straight into international glory by winning four gold medals. But the life of Jesse Owens is much more than a sports story. Born in rural Alabama under the oppressive Jim Crow laws, Owens’s family suffered many hardships. As a boy he worked several jobs like delivering groceries and working in a shoe repair shop to make ends meet. But Owens defied the odds to become a sensational student athlete, eventually running track for Ohio State. He was chosen to compete in the Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany where Adolf Hitler was promoting the idea of “Aryan superiority.”  Owens’s winning streak at the games humiliated Hitler and crushed the myth of racial supremacy once and for all.

Who was Anne Frank? By Ann Abraham

51vX0q8czmL__AC_US218_ - CopyIn her amazing diary, Anne Frank revealed the challenges and dreams common for any young girl. But Hitler brought her childhood to an end and forced her and her family into hiding. Who Was Anne Frank? looks closely at Anne’s life before the secret annex, what life was like in hiding, and the legacy of her diary. Black-and-white illustrations including maps and diagrams provide historical and visual reference in an easy-to-read biography written in a way that is appropriate and accessible for younger readers.

Who was Helen Keller? By Gare Thompson

51FliIZQgcL__AC_US218_ - CopyAt age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things. This inspiring illustrated biography is perfect for young middle-grade readers. Black-and-white line drawings throughout, sidebars on related topics such as Louis Braille, a timeline, and a bibliography enhance readers’ understanding of the subject.

Who was Andrew Jackson? By Douglas Yacka

51x14XqPo0L__AC_US218_ - CopySeventh President Andrew Jackson was a man of contradictions: quick tempered and brash, he often seemed to look for fights, but he was so devoted to his wife, he quit Congress twice to be by her side. He was a celebrated war hero who nevertheless most enjoyed his serene life in Tennessee.  Although he saw himself as a champion of the poor, he grew to be a rich plantation owner owning many slaves. He adopted a young Native American as his son despite ordering the expulsion of tribes —hundreds of thousands of people—from their homeland in the Southeast. Douglas Yacka captures the many sides of Andrew Jackson, whose life began just before the Revolution and ended not long before the Civil War.

Who was Woodrow Wilson? By Margaret Frith

51kmxZkl9cL__AC_US218_ - CopyFirst he was known as Tommy, then Woodrow, and eventually, Mr. President. Born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was a born leader. He was the president of Princeton University, served as governor of New Jersey after that, and was then elected president of the United States. But not everything was so easy for Wilson. He was ahead of his time in wanting a League of Nations after World War I to help prevent another war like it, but his hopes were dashed when the United States refused to join. Margaret Frith offers a fascinating look at how this magnificent and tragic figure handled debilitating illness, heartbreak, and “the war to end all wars.”

Who was Frederick Douglass? By April Jones Prince

61moOjysJwL__AC_US218_ - CopyBorn into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom–and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.

Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer

51Tkkga0GLL__AC_US218_ - CopyLula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But then a shocking phone call from her sister, Jewel, changes everything.

 

 

 

Losing Susan : Brain disease, the priest’s wife, and the God who gives and takes away by Victor Lee Austin

41glf-7oIhL__AC_US218_ - CopyThis is the story of Susan–a wife, mother, Christian believer, lover of children, writer of stories, and woman of extraordinary intellect. Susan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in her late thirties. Although it was successfully treated, the process led to her slow, unending decline. In this personal story of love and loss, Victor Lee Austin shares how caring for his wife during her painful struggle with brain cancer and its aftereffects brought him face-to-face with his God and with his faith in unsettling ways. God gave Victor what his heart most desired–marriage to Susan–then God took away what he had given. Yet God never withdrew his presence. Weaving together autobiographical details and profound theological insights, this powerful narrative shows that we are called to turn to God in the face of suffering.

David and the Trash-talkin’ Giant by Joel Anderson

61GGNV5RQ4L__AC_US218_ - CopyThe sequel to Jonah’s Trash…God’s Treasure features unique artwork that uses trash to illustrate stories of faith and is drawn from the classic biblical tale of David and Goliath.

 

 

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

51xbZJrt62L__AC_US218_ - CopyNewbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry’s dog, Ribsy, the center stage in this dog’s-eye view of the adventure of a lifetime.

Good ol’ Ribsy’s ever-curious mind has always gotten him into scrapes, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had along the way—and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun!

Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler

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Taste of home most-requested cookie

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Where the world meets to pray : people and stories of the Upper Room by Mary Lou Redding

51IXxNO5ujL__AC_US218_ - CopyConscious of the need for a closer walk with God, of a deeper spiritual need … I convenant with God to seek an enrichment of my own spiritual life by observing a period of devotions each day… – The Upper Room Covenant (1935) This is the story of a little magazine and how it grew. From its first issue in spring 1935 to now, The Upper Room daily devotional guide is prayer raised to a lifestyle. The vision has always been to reestablish the practice of daily prayer and Bible reading. But the magazine is also about people: its founders, its staff &, most of all, the readers who are also its writers. Where the World Meets to Pray introduces and honors the people who’ve been a part of what God is doing through the international magazine and the worldwide ministries it’s spawned. From the memories of staff and longtime editorial director, Mary Lou Redding, read about: * how the daily devotional magazine was born out of the prayers of a women’s Sunday school class in Texas * the stories of colorful characters in our history * how a magazine began with a circulation of 100,000 to become an international publication printed in 40 languages and 77 editions * how The Upper Room continues to develop life-changing ministries today

The Lord’s prayer : Jesus teaches us how to pray by Mary Lou Redding

41yqOKGmFhL__AC_US218_ - CopyMany of us feel intimidated about our prayer life we look at other Christians, and prayer seems to come naturally to them. But somehow we feel that we just don’t get it.

 

 

 

Anxious for nothing : finding calm in a chaotic world by Max Lucado

51ewAgLWzrL__AC_US218_ - CopyWhen it comes to anxiety, depression, and stress-related illnesses, America is the frontrunner. Thankfully, there’s a practical prescription for dealing with these issues. Anxious for Nothing, the most recent book from New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety.

 

2017 Quarter 3 Additions

Paper angels : a novel by Jimmy Wayne

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From Billboard Top Ten charted country music artist Jimmy Wayne comes an inspirational holiday story about a child in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program who encounters the disillusioned businessman who picked his name—soon to be a made-for-TV movie starring Josie Bissett!

A love like ours by Becky Wade

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Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Coldwater revival by  Nancy Jo Jenkins

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One of Emma Grace Falin’s six-year-old twin brothers died while in her care, sending her on a journey that will take her through the dark valley of guilt, sorrow, depression, and anger.

Although she rejects Him, God continues to offer restoration and healing into her troubled life

Christmas at Holly Hill by Martha Rogers

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It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust.

Tiffany girl : a novel by Deeanne Gist

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From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and the love that threatens it all.

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

Prisoner of Versailles  by Golden Keyes Parsons

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King Louis XIV’s burgeoning palace is the place to be–and be seen. And the last place on earth Madeleine wants to be.

She’s trapped there as a pampered prisoner. If she stays in France, she’ll be forced to deny her faith. By escaping the King’s long arm, she may find freedom–but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Beloved hope  by Tracie Peterson

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Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace’s new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope’s mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Do rivers ever end?

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First thousand words : a picture word book by Heather Amery

This is a revised edition of this vocabulary for young children and reluctant readers, and is designed to develop first reading and spelling skills. It contains a full alphabetic index and is highly illustrated throughout the text. Words and phrases are brought up-to-date – roller blades, computers and duvets make an appearance – and new concepts are introduced.

The best yes : making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands by Lysa TerKeurst

Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?

Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:

  • Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process.
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.

A life surrendered by Raouf W. Ghattas

Raouf Ghattas said that learning about God’s will was not a long-range plan but a daily surrender. Living a surrendered life is exactly what he did. In this book, I share stories of what God can do through one life that is completely given to Jesus. Immigrating to the United States after feeling rejection from his native Egypt, Raouf would eventually return to the region of his birth in obedience to the call of God. Follow Raouf’s life and ministry of over thirty-five years among Arabs and Muslims and see, not the man, but the God he served. Raouf’s story is an inspiration to anyone who questions what they have to give to God. All it takes is the first step of faith in Christ. God will do the rest.

To wager her heart by Tamera Alexander

Impeccable historical research woven with heart-gripping fiction from USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander . . .

Set against the real history of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a powerful love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.

The more of less : finding the life you want under everything you own by Joshua Becker

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing.

While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.

It happened at the fair : a novel by Deeanne Gist

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

A grace disguised : how the soul grows through loss by Gerald Lawson Sittser

A Gracer Disguised plumbs the depth of our sorrows, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important, says the author; what we do with those circumstances is.

The promise of dawn by Lauraine Snelling

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

All your own teeth by Adrienne Geoghegan

Stewart wants to be an artist, but he’s bored with the things he paints at home. So off to the jungle he goes, in search of a wild animal to paint. Several animals offer to pose, but stuck-up Stewart finds something wrong with all of them. Soon Stewart has insulted every animal in the jungle-except one. When a crocodile with a great big toothy smile comes along, Stewart finds his perfect model, but the crocodile seems to have other things in mind. . . . Readers and jungle animals alike will cheer when Stewart the prickly painter finally meets his match in this cleverly told and strikingly illustrated cautionary tale.

The day Eddie met the author by Louise Borden

A real author’s visiting Eddie’s school, and Eddie can hardly wait! After reading lots of the author’s books, he has an important question. It turns out he’s not the only one with a big question on the day of the assembly, though. It seems like everyone wants to ask something! So he waits. And waits. And when he finally gets his chance, Eddie gets an even better answer than he’d hoped for….

 

The Care Effect by David Crosby

Amazing things happen when individuals and a church, corporately, begin to minster to their neighbor with intentionality, consistency, and passion. The Care Effect beautifully demonstrates how love of neighbor, the Great Commandment, is essential to gospel proclamation, not incidental to it. Walk the streets of New Orleans with a body of believers as they show love to neighbor. Be inspired to find a way to let your deeds of love be united with words of truth so you too manifest the gospel to your neighbor.

The secret keeper by Beverly Lewis

Jennifer Burns has always had an “old soul,” but joining the Amish world will challenge her spirit–and her heart–in ways she never expected.

The River by Beverly Lewis

When two sisters return home for a visit after leaving the Amish world, both are troubled by the secrets, and the people, they left behind.

A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers

In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

Give please a chance by Bill O’Reilly

In this inspired collaboration, bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson remind us all that a single word–“Please?”–is useful in a thousand different ways. From finding a lovable stray dog to needing a partner on a seesaw, from reading a bedtime story to really, really needing a cookie, Give Please a Chance depicts scenes and situations in which one small word can move mountains.

To be where you are by Jan Karon

After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn’t need a steady job to prove himself. Then he’s given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

2017 Quarter 2 Additions

Thanks for stopping by – We have added over 30 books to our collection this quarter! Check them out below. If you have any questions, or requests for books, please let us know!

The Best Kind of Gift by Kathi Appelt51fyIAocoVL__SX370_BO1,204,203,200_

A new parson has come to the Dogwood All-Faiths Tabernacle, and the congregation is so pleased that they decide to have a “pounding”-“-everyone takes a pound o’ this and a pound o’ that to help make Brother Harper feel at home.” Jory Timmons wants to bring a present, but he’s too little to make a pie, milk a cow, gather eggs, or contribute any of the gifts others are bringing. Like Cynthia Rylant’s When I Was Young in the Mountains (Dutton, 1982) and Libba Moore Gray’s My Mama Had a Dancing Heart (Orchard, 1996), this title captures the warmth of an Appalachian community, and Johnson’s convivial paintings make both the setting and the characters shine. What could have been an often-told story of the search for the perfect present is instead a welcome slice of life.

 

Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White81+4dr7PWCL

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

 

 

 

CookWise: The Hows & Whys of Successful Cooking, The Secrets of Cooking Revealed by Shirley Corriher61Oo3HhBiPL

Offering “the hows and whys of successful cooking,” Cookwise, by well-known food writer and culinary sleuth Shirley O. Corriher, tells you how and why things happen in the course of food preparation. The more than 230 outstanding recipes featured not only please the palate, but demonstrate the various roles of ingredients and techniques—making Cookwise an invaluable reference for anyone who has ever wanted to improve on a recipe, make a cake moister, or a roast chicken juicier.

 

The Dreamer by Bobbie Solley61khT6lrdsL__SY385_BO1,204,203,200_

Have you ever had a dream? Maybe you dream of what you want to be when you grow up. Maybe you dream of the places you will go someday. Maybe you don’t have a dream yet, but are open to finding it. Clarrisa had a dream, a dream of one day becoming a teacher. Come walk Clarissa’s walk, learning to dream your own dreams

 

Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang91xt9rgyXIL

On November 19, 1916, at 8:25 a.m., Ruth Law took off on a flight that aviation experts thought was doomed. She set off to fly nonstop from Chicago to New York City. Sitting at the controls of her small bi-plane, exposed to the elements, Law battled fierce winds and numbing cold. When her engine ran out of fuel, she glided for two miles and landed at Hornell, New York. Even though she fell short of her goal, she had broken the existing cross-country distance record. And with her plane refueled, she got back in the air and headed for New York City where crowds waited to greet her. In this well-researched, action-packed picture book, Heather Lang and Raúl Colón recreate a thrilling moment in aviation history. Includes an afterword with archival photographs.

 

The Flying Hand of Marco B. by Richard Leiter51+XxSZ1GDL

A routine ride in the backseat of his parents’ car takes a fantastical turn when a young boy opens the car door window. With the click of the seat belt and door locks, Marco B. is securely tucked into the backseat of his parents’ car, heading out on a family errand. With the car window opened to the fresh air, this could be the start of any routine trip. But not if you’re Marco B. and most certainly not if you’re Marco B.’s hand! As the car travels along and the scenery rushes by, Marco B. puts his hand out the window and fantasizes about flying. And once his hand has felt the wind rushing around it, it has no intention of staying in the car. Marco B. soon finds himself on a wild ride up in the sky. Told in rhyming text.

 

Go to Work and Take your Faith too! By Ross West21Y50P42CXL

Ross West contends against the compartmentalization of life in which the world of work and the world of faith never meet. His message is that one’s faith must be brought into the marketplace and must be integrated with the business of “making a living”. Faith in the workplace goes beyond evangelism. It has a powerful role in transforming the marketplace itself.

 

 

Gray Areas: Finding Truth When Life isn’t Black and White by Mike Glenn417EgcNgUTL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

We live in a world of infinite possibilities, even when we’re addressing important moral and ethical issues. For some questions, there just don’t seem to be right or wrong answers. Worse, in other situations, there seem to be several right answers. Not only do good people disagree, REALLY good people REALLY disagree. A lot of the issues we face don’t have a direct Scriptural response and Gray Areas seeks to address some of these issues and give us guidance on how to address more of these issues throughout life.

 

 

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews51w289vPMyL

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.

 

I Love it When You Smile by Sam McBratney91vJ0ropbSL

When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. His mother tries everything to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference. So how will a deep, wide, and muddy-at-the-bottom hole make Little Roo smile?

 

 

 

Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship by Kelly Light51q4xUk3siL

In this stunning companion to the acclaimed Louise Loves Art, Louise has a new neighbor, the creative and offbeat Andie—but can they overcome their differences and be friends?

Louise loves art more than anything. Imagine her delight when a new neighbor, Andie, moves in . . . and she loves art too! It’s the best day ever.

But liking the same thing doesn’t always mean you agree on it. Can they overcome their creative differences?

 

 

Love Story: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury51GvS-oN54L

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters, which tells the story of how John and Elizabeth first fell in love.

 

 

 

 

One Little Two Little Three Little Children by Kelly DiPucchio51JyOZV8iYL

One Little Two Little Three Little Children—an exuberant reinvention of the classic children’s rhymeis pure read-aloud, sing-along joy and an irresistible celebration of all kinds of children and families.

 

 

 

 

The Potluck Club: a Novel by Linda Shepherd51fV4H88V+L

In the small Colorado town of Summit View, a surprising multi-generational mix of women from Grace Church meet once a week to pass a hot dish and to pray. But the Potluck Club, as they call themselves, is a recipe for disaster when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church. And the funny thing: the more they pray, the more troubles seem to come their way. It isn’t until they invite God to the table that they discover friendship is the spice of life, and a little dash of grace, just like salt, goes a long way.

 

The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller51WdrsH2iBL

When Rose McKay convinces her brother, Ewan, to invest in a pottery business, she’s determined to assist him in making the venture a success. Having just graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, she believes she can design pieces that will sell well. In her efforts to help the pottery flourish, Rose reconnects with Joshua Harkness, who oversees his own family’s pottery works in a nearby town.

 

 

Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems51LnLOyjuFL

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent71zc4A5JobL

Simply Wait is a resource that individuals and small groups can use to help them focus, rest, and renew spiritually. For the four weeks of Advent, participants focus on a graceful, grace-filled single word and simple prayer. Readings for each week offer creative reflections rooted in scripture and engaging questions that stimulate anticipation of a meaningful Christmas season.

 

 

 

 

Sunday Dinner in the South: Recipes to Keep Them Coming Back for More by Tammy Algood612-lHIQfVL

Food personality Tammy Algood shares more than 180 recipes for Southern comfort food, combined with forty funny and heartwarming stories from preachers about Sunday dinners in the home of church members.

 

 

 

Prevention’s The Sugar Solution51FS+XqVYLL

Featuring the Glycemic Index for Optimal Blood Sugar Control

 

 

 

 

The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry419PBLhYbxL

The summer of 1972 was the most pivotal of Matt Plumley’s childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt’s family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight.

 

Remember by Karen Kingsbury51noFsveGyL

A fresh new look for the best-selling series from America’s number-one inspirational novelist, Karen Kingsbury. Fans will enjoy a personal note from Karen and Gary Smalley as well as discussion questions for book group use. Revisit the Baxter family in all their life-changing events, or share the series with someone who hasn’t discovered it yet.

 

 

Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) by Henry Robert417ahhR6moL__SX335_BO1,204,203,200_

Robert’s Rules of Order is the book on parliamentary procedure for parliamentarians and anyone involved in an organization, association, club, or group and the authoritative guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings and assemblies. This newly revised edition is the only book on parliamentary procedure to have been updated since 1876 under the continuing program of review established by General Henry M. Robert himself, in cooperation with the official publisher of Robert’s Rules.

 

She said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall51bhdQrefcL

The Christian inspirational national bestseller that Publishers Weekly called “intense and fascinating” about the life of Cassie Bernall, a seventeen-year-old teenager who professed her belief in God before being fatally shot during the Columbine school shooting tragedy—written by her mother.

 

 

 

The Potluck Club Takes the Cake by Linda Evans51zQyvhpVYL

When the six members of the Potluck Club meet once again, things are about to heat up. Wedding plans and romantic desires abound as Summit View buzzes with rumors and revelations about the past.

 

 

 

Tangerines and Tea, My Grandparents and Me: An Alphabet Book by Ona Gritz51YR2TWJXDL__SX491_BO1,204,203,200_

With heartwarming illustrations and fun rhymes, this alphabet book is perfect for grandchildren and grandparents alike!

 

 

 

 

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems510OAYSL4aL

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

 

 

 

The Train of States by Sis Peter61KHtYOEXOL

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He also studied at the Royal College of Art in London. His picture books for children include Play, Mozart, Play!; the Caldecott Honor Books Tibet: Through the Red Box and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei; the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Tree of Life: Charles Darwin; and several popular books inspired by his own children, such as Madlenka and Fire Truck.

 

Watch out! By Jan Fearnly51BEJN5FT2L__SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

Wilf is a little mouse who is bursting with energy and full of fun. He loves to run and skip and climb and jump around. He’s so busy, in fact, that he just doesn’t have time to listen to his mother’s pleas to “Watch out, Wilf!” until it’s too late and — crash bang wallop! Uh-oh. What has Wilf done now? With affection and humor, Jan Fearnley paints an endearing portrait of an effusive, disaster-prone child and an ever-patient mom.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman51qkbRJ3cdL

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these “guests,” and human names for the animals, it’s no wonder that the zoo’s code name became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award. 8 pages of illustrations

When I was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of her Youth by Jaime Lee Curtis91+j-vTbyDL

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell perfectly capture a little girl’s simple, childlike celebration of herself, as she looks back on her childhood from the lofty height of four and a half years. This spirited view of growing up is perfect for the youngest readers

 

 

 

The Yellow House: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin Side by Side by Susan Goldman Rubin512TKMKPG3L

Beginning with their ambition to found an artists’ colony and ending with each artist going his own way, this is the story of how, during autumn 1888, Van Gogh and Gauguin came to live together for two months, in Arles, in the south of France. It is not only the story of their friendship, it is also about how artists generate and share ideas and how they work. While they lived together, these artists had very different beliefs about art, which can be demonstrated through the subjects they painted, side by side. Reproductions of ten paintings by the men are included, so that their styles are approaches are evident. The contrast between the men (in appearance, manner and artistic approach) will provide ample material for discussion with children

Weather: Rain or Shine by Jim Pipe51Ousi4WEGL

Introducing early readers to non-fiction. Each book is designed to increase reading fluency and combines a narrative text, accessible language and an easy-to-follow format with an exciting story at the end.

2017 Quarter 1 Additions

We have been busy this first quarter of 2017 – below are books we added to our collection.

My Parent My Turn by Harris McIlwain & Debra Bruce – This book is a treasury of advice for those caring for elderly parents, along with tending children, marriage, and career. Included is information on medical care, financial planning, resource groups, and the “caregiver Bill of Rights.My parent

Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Way Home – Amber Haines is a woman haunted by God. Like Eve in the Garden, she craved the fruit that she thought would lead her to freedom. But the whispers of temptation led her instead down a devastating path toward isolation, dissatisfaction, and life-altering choices. In her most broken moment, Amber met God waiting for her in the fallout, freely offering her grace and life.

This is a story of the God who makes himself known in broken places. In prose that is at once lyrical and utterly honest, a brave new voice takes readers on a windswept journey down the path of brokenness to healing, satisfaction, and true intimacy with God. Amber calls readers to dispense with the pretty bows we use to dress up our stories and instead trust God to take our untidy, unfinished lives and make them free, authentic, and whole. Anyone who struggles with doubt or holds secrets, anyone who feels marginalized or like she is missing something, will find in Amber a sister and an inviting voice back home, into the heart of God.

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What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management? by Leslie Josel – Time management is a challenge for everyone, but it is a particularly daunting challenge for middle and high school students. There is an expectation that at their age they should be independent and know how to get things done on their own. But teens are busier than ever. Between homework, school, afterschool activities, family, friends, jobs, and more, teens often find that their time is truly NOT their own. Add in the fact that they often lack the tools to manage their time; maybe it’s a little unrealistic for parents to expect their teenagers to instinctively know how to manage time. “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management” takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching their teens the time management skills they need to succeed—at school, at work and in life! This is a user-friendly guide full of best practice solutions for helping teens stay on top of their homework, avoid procrastination traps, get out the door in the morning with minimal conflict and manage the use of their electronics. In a readable, breezy and witty fashion, Josel opens the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it’s important and why your teen probably doesn’t “get it.”teens

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander – From the beloved USA Today bestselling author of A Lasting Impression and To Whisper Her Name comes the final and much anticipated novel in the sweeping Southern Belmont Mansion series…

  

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.note

 

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin – Happily-ever-after librarian Alice Ripley unexpectedly finds herself in a real-life adventure filled with mystery and romance in the 1930’s as she serves rural communities.

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The Jewel of His Heart by Maggie Brendan – Romance readers have taken to Maggie Brendan’s softer romantic style that perfectly captures life on the American frontier, introducing them to rugged, independent souls and their inner spiritual struggles, and the quest for love that makes for a satisfying read every time. Set in 1890s Montana, The Jewel of His Heart finds Juliana drawn to a handsome, gentle sheepherder but sparks fly when he considers mining, the occupation that lured her father away from his family. Both Josh and Juliana must make a choice the world’s riches and promises, or the eternal value of love.jewel

Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus by Cliff Graham – Caleb and Joshua Roar to Life in this High-Impact Old Testament Saga. Two men were brave enough to tell the truth about what awaited the Hebrews in Canaan. This is their story. From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God’s chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of growing older.

For the sake of his new God and his loyalty to his friend Joshua, Caleb will not spend his twilight years resting, but taking the battle to the enemies of God’s people until his dying breath. From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events that made Graham’s Lion of War series a hit. Shadow of the Mountain is sure to ignite a love for the Old Testament in popular culture.shadow

The Disturbances: The Untold Story of How Missionaries Saved Lives in a Time of Tribal Genocide by Robert Parham – Christian missionaries and Nigerian pastors intervened in Nigeria amid tribal genocide in 1966, saving the lives of thousands of Nigerians.

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The Names of God by Lester Sumrall – God’s Incredible Promises to You God’s names reveal His favor and immeasurable love for us. He is our Healer, Provider, Peacemaker, Conqueror, and much more. By knowing how God expresses His love for us through His names, you can: ‘ Deepen your fellowship with Him ‘ Discover your purpose in life ‘ Find security and peace in His presence ‘ Receive healing for your body ‘ Defeat Satan’s influence in your life By understanding the nature of God, you will reap the blessings of His many promises, live out the great plan He has for your life, and have your deepest needs met. Here’s the key to unlocking the treasure’the thousands of promises made by God to each one of us. Claim them today!

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Restoring Broken Relationships: the Path to Peace & Forgiveness by Neil T. Anderson – Conflict is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean we need to accept bitterness and broken relationships. But before we can properly heal our relationships with others, we must let God heal our relationship with himself. In this book, Neil Anderson invites you to see how Jesus brings about the miracle of reconciliation.restoring

The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson – Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother’s friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she’ll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves.the one

Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story by Steven Curtis Chapman – For decades, Steven Curtis Chapman’s music and message have brought hope and inspiration to millions around the world. Now, for the first time, Steven openly shares the experiences that have shaped him, his faith, and his music in a life that has included incredible highs and faith-shaking lows.

Readers will be captivated by this exclusive look into Steven’s childhood and challenging family dynamic growing up, how that led to music and early days on the road, his wild ride to the top of the charts, his relationship with wife Mary Beth, and the growth of their family through births and adoptions. In addition to inside stories from his days of youth to his notable career, including the background to some of his best-loved songs, readers will walk with Steven down the devastating road of loss after the tragic death of five-year-old daughter Maria. And they’ll experience his return to the stage after doubting he could ever sing again.

Poignant, gut-wrenchingly honest, yet always hopeful, Steven offers no sugary solutions to life’s toughest questions. Yet out of the brokenness, he continues to trust God to one day fix what is unfixable in this life. This backstage look at the down-to-earth superstar they’ve come to love will touch fans’ lives and fill their hearts with hope. Includes black-and-white photos throughout.between

 

Reflections of God’s Holy Land: A Personal Journey Through Israel by Eva Marie Everson – This unique armchair tour of Israel includes four-color photographs, related scriptures, historical and archaeological information about each area, and a description of what it looks and feels like to be there today. Providing more than a coffee table book of slick photographs, authors Everson and Feinberg-Vamosh (one Christian, one Jewish) enlighten readers with a deeper understanding of the land of Israel-the land that holds not only God’s story but the story of His people.

Features include:

  • Beautiful photographs with cross-referenced scriptures of 40 significant biblical locations
  • Historical and archaeological comment and present-day perspective

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Strong Women Stay Young by Miriam Nelson – Based on results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this scientifically proven strength-training program:

* Replaces fat with muscle
* Reverses bone loss
* Improves energy and balance

What are the years doing to your body?

* Have you lost strength?
* Does a busy day leave you worn out?
* Must you eat less to maintain your weight?
* Are your favorite sports less fun than they used to be?
* Do you notice fat where there used to be muscle?

These changes are not inevitable.  They can be prevented—and reversed!

From the famed research labs of Tufts University, here’s a scientifically proven strength-training program that turns back the clock for women aged 35 and up—replacing fat with muscle, reversing bone loss, increasing strength and energy, improving balance and flexibility—all in just two at-home sessions per week.strong

 

Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton – Dolly Parton lends the lyrics of her classic song “Coat of Many Colors” to this heartfelt picture book for young readers.

Country music legend Dolly Parton’s rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.” Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton’s poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers.

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We look forward to seeing you in the library and helping you find your next favorite book!

New Additions in the Library

We have added many new items in the Library the last several months. Over the next few weeks, we’ll post them here – and as always, if you have any suggestions, let us know!

ImageChoosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have

In his latest book, Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have, renowned author James A. Autry reminds us that gratitude is a choice, a spiritual—not social—process. Made evident as behavior, gratitude is not the behavior itself. We may automatically respond, “Thank you” or “Appreciate it” in the daily course of our lives. These are polite, conditioned responses, but they are not gratitude. Instead, gratitude is a way of life, a belief system, that means cultivating a spirit of thankfulness even through the negatives of life. It is remembering there will always be more reasons for gratitude than for despair.

ImageThe 5 Love Languages of Teenagers New Edition: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively

Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures  and stresses each day. Despite these peer pressures; it is still parents who can  influence teens the most. Get equipped to be a better parent as The Five Love Languages of Teenagers explores the world in which teenagers  live, explains the developmental changes, and give tools to help you identify and  appropriately communicate in your teen’s love language.

ImageSunday School That Really Works: A Strategy for Connecting Congregations and Communities

For those who declare that Sunday school doesn’t work anymore, here is a book that can revitalize this often neglected ministry. Steve Parr encourages churches to reenergize traditional Sunday school by making it intentionally evangelistic, using proven methods and strategies already implemented in hundreds of growing churches. He guides churches through the process of analyzing their present programs and moving in a new direction to fulfill the Great Commission.

Still Growing: An Autobiography

Kirk Cameron is best known for his role as loveable teenage troublemaker Mike Seaver on the award-winning TV series Growing Pains, but his rise to fame and fortune is only part of his incredible story. In this intimate autobiography, Kirk opens up about his early years, his rocket to stardom, his life-changing encounter with Jesus and the hard choices he’s made along the way to live in the Way of the Master.

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.

Junior’s Colors

Do you have a favourite colour? Junior Asparagus has several! He’s sharing each one with you in this exciting Technicolor adventure, Junior’s Colors. From the WHITE of a snowball fight to the YELLOW of jiggly Jell-O and reg;, his VeggieTales world is overflowing with bright colours… not to mention a few surprise appearances by Bob the Tomato.

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter (Mercy Falls Series #1)

With the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love . . . and discovers her true Father.

Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother’s bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather “Julia Eaton”—the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eatons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery.

These Tangled Threads (Bells of Lowell Series #3)

Book 3 of Bells of Lowell. Timid yet alluring Daughtie Winfield finds herself in a precarious position when the new doctor casts his favor upon her. Though flattered by his attention, she is drawn to Liam Donohue, a local Irish artisan. As Daughtie and Liam work together to help runaway slaves, their friendship blossoms. But her work in the mills is threatened when a downturn in profits causes the Associates to decrease wages–resulting in plans for a strike. With the fate of the textile industry in an upheaval, will her hopes for love be thwarted as dissention infiltrates life in Lowell?

Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust

What is dust? More than you think.

What can it do? You will be surprised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halfway Herbert

From best-selling author Francis Chan (Crazy Love and Forgotten God) comes a picture book for children 4 to 8.  Halfway Herbert never completes anything.  Homework remains half done, his room stays only partly clean, and dinner is never finished.  Halfway Herbert somehow gets by. But when he tells a half-truth, he learns the importance of honesty and of following God with all his heart.

30 Days to Change Your Life – September

Can you believe it’s almost September already? As a friend said last week, we just celebrated the new year! Yet here we are, most all of the kids back in school, young adults moved to college, and I must confess I bought a Christmas ornament today at the craft store – there year has flown by!

So how many of your New Year’s Resolutions have you stuck to? All of mine are still floating around in my head – but the only one that I’m actively working on is reading through the Bible, and I’m behind on that!

Alas, in the Media Library we have been focusing on a new area to work on each month, and for September we are looking at learning a new hobby. Have you always wanted to throw pottery on a wheel? Take up woodworking? Or pull all of those pictures you have stuck in the closet out of the boxes and get them into a scrapbook album? We have come up with a collection of materials to get you started. Starting in September, we will also have examples of handiwork from some of our members, so be sure and stop by the window as you come in to get a book!

30 Days to Change Your LIfe

This year in the Library we are looking at New Year’s Resolutions a bit differently.  Instead of trying to change several things at the beginning of the year, we are going to keep the motivation going all year, and help you focus on one thing each month.  Based on Luke 2:52, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” we are going to look at subjects related to learning (wisdom), physical (stature), spiritual (in favor with God), and relationships (and man). There will be a selection of books related to each topic in the library during the month that it’s featured.  I’ve read if you do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit.  So, if you focus on that thing for a month, you should be all set.

We are starting with “Making Your Home Comfortable and Inviting: organizing, decluttering, cleaning, and simplifying”.  What a great time of year to clean out and start fresh in your home!

One idea for staying on top of organizing all those little spaces in your home that get out of hand is taking 30 minutes every other day or so to clean out and organize one space (closet, cabinet, drawer).  You don’t have to spend all day working to be effective – just do what you can, when you can.  Also, keep a system going where you have baskets or boxes near your front door (in the coat closet, maybe) labeled for things like “Donate”, “Deliver”, “Gifts”, “Library”, etc.  You could even take an empty diaper box (or any other box you have) and line it with fabric – it’s always more motivating to use something if it’s functional and cute.

The library has several books on topics like this – with tons of great tips to get you on the organized path this month.  Stop by and let us help you get started!