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.


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.



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.


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!


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



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.


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!

Library Training Conference

On September 18, Crievewood hosted the Tennessee Baptist Convention Church Library Training for Middle Tennessee. There were church librarians from all over the area at our church learning the latest and greatest things related to Church Libraries. The conferences have a new face this year, Doug Eaton, who will also be conducting classes at other Library Training events. In his morning session we learned what dinosaurs in the AV closet might need to be thrown out, and what just may get used down the road. Thanks to his insights, we are cleaning out those shelves in the work room!

Doug also taught a session on how to make your library display go digital, as you may have noticed the current one in the Library window did a few weeks ago! We have a list of ideas to use these practices in the future, too … so be on the lookout!

There were about 70 Church Library workers at Crievewood that day, and we heard nothing but good things about the conference! A huge thank you to Anita and her staff who kept us fed for the day (and very well!) and to Sam for being the AV man on sight, and to Wes and the custodial staff for getting us all set up – the Library staff appreciates you all!

What’s going on in the Library?

With the end of summer comes the end of the “Books Can Take You Anywhere!” Summer Reading Program.  It was a huge success!!  We had a total of 12 readers who earned a total of 320 miles on their trip!  Way to go!!

The top readers in the preschool and children’s division were Cade Myatt and Hannah Hitchcock, respectively.  New books were placed in the library in their honor!

In September Crievewood will be hosting the TBC Church Librarians Convention, so we are gearing up for that.  One focus of the Convention will be using technology in the Church Library (a conference led by our own Doug Eaton).  As part of this focus we have just added a little technology to our display window – you will have to stop by and check it out!

Summer Reading Club

for Preschoolers and Children!

Books Can Take You Anywhere!

 Join us in the church library this summer for a reading road trip.  All children birth through sixth grade are invited to participate.

 Dates:  June 13-July 25

 Stop by the church library on June 13 to sign up, choose a car (which will be yours to keep), and begin a fun journey.

 You will earn “reading miles” for every book you read. Preschoolers may earn miles for books read to them.

Don’t miss this fun trip!

What’s Next?

Thank you for participating in the church library’s 15-minute challenge. We trust that reading from Christian literature for 15 minutes a day made your preparation for Easter more meaningful. Now that the official challenge is over, please don’t stop reading. There are other wonderful titles in the church library just waiting for you or your children. If you are a teacher, there are Bible study helps. If you are a parent, there are parenting books. There are titles for making your marriage stronger or helping you manage your time and money. And there are titles just for fun reading!

A Beautiful New Book!

Church Flowers by Judith Blacklock

This book is not just for florists!  Judith Blacklock is the author of 9 bestselling books and has taught and arranged flowers worldwide. This full color book is filled with many flower arranging tips and ideas and magnificent pictures.  Many of the arrangements are accompanied by a list of flowers used and descriptions of the mechanics. Come by and take a look!