Our Library provides a variety of genres of books for readers interested in spiritual growth, Bible study, and Christian fiction.  We believe a habit of steady reading greatly grows our faith and creates opportunities for God to shape and develop us.  Below is a selection of some of what we have available.

New Non-Fiction:

Optimism for Autism, by Susan Jane King (2014)

How does a boy the doctors say is “mentally retarded” graduate high school with honors and earn academic scholarships to attend college? How does a boy who doctors say may never speak become a powerful vocalist and gifted public speaker who brings audiences to tears? How does a boy who cannot tie his shoes until he is 13 years old emerge as a swimming champion who receives an athletic scholarship to swim in college? Only by the grace and power of God.  Learn from this inspirational story how you, too, can not just survive but actually thrive in the midst of life’s ongoing challenges,  and break the cycle of discouragement and depression and learn how to find peace and strength in your struggles. Stop agonizing over what could have been and embrace God’s plan for you and those you love.

Autism & Alleluias, by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc (2010)

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures, 1 in 150 American children have autism, and the numbers are growing daily (an increase of 13% over the past ten years). Difficult behaviors, a myriad of specialists, problems with schools, special diets this developmental disability turns a family’s world upside-down. What is the role that faith plays in helping families cope? Is it possible to sing alleluia in the midst of a very real adversity? In this series of slice-of-life vignettes, God’s grace glimmers through the shadows as Joel, an intellectually challenged teen with autism, teaches those who love him that walking the labyrinth of life requires childlike faith, humility, trust, compassion, forgiveness, and an attitude of openness to all of God s gifts.

A Hunger for Healing, by J. Keith Miller (1999)

This is the definitive Christian book on the Twelve Steps. Miller compromises neither the Twelve Step program and its unique dynamic nor the Biblical principles of the body of Christ in this insightful and honest work. Anyone struggling with problems of whatever nature can find guidance and encouragement in these pages. The questions at the end of each chapter are an excellent way to “work the steps” – again and again.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazzero (2006)
As a pastor of a church, Scazzero was trying to lead through pure effort with no attention to his emotional life. Only when his relational life began to fray at the edges did he begin to take a closer look at emotion. At the outset of the book, he identified 10 symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality that serve as a useful diagnostic tool.

Once we understand our emotional feebleness, Scazzero spends the later half of the book talking about what to do about. He encourages a deeper look inside, acknowledging the reality of emotions as a normal part of the Christian life.  Near the end of the book, he encourages the practice of two specific disciplines–the daily office and the Sabbath–to grow in our understanding of God and understanding of self. Attention to God and delighting in his creation are essential practices that we too often hurry past.

Once an Arafat Man, by Tass Saada, with Dean Merrill (2010)
At age 17, Palestinian Tass Saada ran away to become a PLO sniper, onetime chauffeur for Yasser Arafat, and a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity. As a man he moved to America, started a family, and eventually became a Christian. Then he risked retribution as he returned home to share his faith with his family and former boss. Once an Arafat Man is a story of the ultimate triumph of love over hatred, of reconciliation over divisions. It’s a story that can inspire us all to overcome the conflicts in our own lives.

The Truth About Mormonism, by Dennis & Rauni Higley (2012)
Dennis and Rauni Higley’s concise but revealing investigation of their former faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Dennis was a sixth-generation Mormon who became an Elder’s Quorum president while still in his early twenties. About a decade later, he was ordained a High Priest and called to serve on the Stake High Council. Rauni worked as a translator and language coordinator for the LDS Church for more than fourteen years and held teaching positions in both Sunday school and the Relief Society. Her privileged position allowed her to study Mormon history from many books not generally available to LDS membership, which eventually led her to share with her husband her growing concerns about discrepancies hidden by the Church. Together they launched an intensive private study of the “facts” of Mormonism with guidance from God and His Word. This ultimately led Dennis and Rauni out of the darkness and into the light. 

It’s Good to Be Queen:  Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba, by Liz Curtis Higgs (2015)
When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king.  Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all.  Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings.

The Skeletons in God’s Closet, by Joshua Ryan Butler (2014)
There are some questions no Christian wants to be asked.  Many today believe hell, judgment and holy war are “skeletons in God’s closet”, tough topics that, if looked at closely, would reveal a cruel, vindictive tyrant rather than a good and loving God.  And we aren’t comfortable with the answers we’ve been given.  In this book, we’ll pull these bones out into the open to exchange popular caricatures for the beauty and power of the real thing.  We’ll discover these topics were never really skeletons at all…but proclamations of a God who is good “in His very bones,” not just in what He does, but in who He is.  We’ll fling wide the closet door and sing loudly, boldly, and clearly.  God is good and coming to redeem His world.

A Wind in the House of Islam:  How God is Drawing Muslims from Around the World to Faith in Jesus Christ, by David Garrison (2014)
There are nine geo–cultural “rooms” in the “House of Islam,” and the Wind of God’s Spirit is blowing through every one of them. David Garrison spent three years travelling a quarter–million miles through every corner of the Muslim world to investigate reports far and wide of Muslims turning to faith in Jesus Christ. In this amazing odyssey, Garrison gathered the stories of more than a thousand Muslim–background believers, asking them the question: “What did God use to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ? Tell me your story.”
The result is a historic and unprecedented insight into the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history. Hear the stories of men and women who have sacrificed everything – home, family, even their lives – for the sake of following Jesus.

In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Cloud takes the reader step-by-step through the four basic tasks of becoming mature image bearers of God: Bonding to others – Separating from others – Sorting out good and bad in ourselves and others – Becoming an adult — Dr. Cloud not only explains and describes each task, he also identifies the problems that result when we fail to accomplish that task, and he shows us what changes to make in our lives in order to bring about healing.

Jesus in the Feasts of God, by Paulette Chartrand and Pastor Mark Nobel (2015)
God’s calendar revolves around His Feasts, and these Feasts are “Appointments with God”.    These Appointments are not Jewish and are never called Jewish in the Bible.  They are God’s Appointments (or Feasts).   God lovingly gave them to all who believe in Him as their Salvation.  His “Plan of Salvation” is deeply rooted in His Tabernacle and His Feasts, and therefore every single Feast of God points to Jesus!

Jesus in the Seven Feasts of Israel, by Douglas Carmel (2013)
Jesus Himself declared that Moses wrote of Him.  But how did Moses write of Jesus?  Jesus in the Seven Feasts of Israel is a quick overview of the seven annual feasts that God appointed for Israel as outlined in Leviticus chapter 23.  First, they are described in their natural state; then, they are shown to be fulfilled in Israel’s Messiah, Jesus.  From the first feast of Passover to the last feast of Tabernacles – the reader will see how the Jewish Jesus really is the center of everything Moses wrote about in all the feasts.

The Feasts of Israel, by Jason R. Henderson (2012)
The seven feasts were an enormous part of old covenant Judaism.  The yearly experience of these feasts, together with their corresponding harvests, were fundamental aspects of every Jew’s personal, social, and spiritual identity.  The purpose of these annual assemblies was not primarily eating and celebrating.  Rather, they were given by God to paint a picture of His work and purpose in Jesus Christ, and our inclusion in Christ for His glory.  Through the feasts of Israel, God has shown us the journey of Christ from a single dying seed to a multi-membered, resurrected harvest.

The Feasts of the Lord – God’s Prophetic Calendar from Calvary to the Kingdom, by Kevin Howard & Marvin Rosenthal (1997)
Israel’s feasts are infinitely more important than just a series of cultural observances.  These feasts are appointed by the Lord, ad they are owned by the Lord.  He calls them “MY feasts.”  Together they form God’s prophetic calendar, outlining the work of history’s most important person – Jesus, the Messiah.  As such, few themes are more timely or rewarding for God’s people today.The words of the Savior, His messianic claims, and Bible prophecy will all take on a rich, new relevance for you against the exciting backdrop of The Feasts of the Lord.

 

New Fiction:

A Sweetness to the Soul, by Jane Kirkpatrick (Dreamcatcher Series #1), (2008)
In A Sweetness to the Soul, Kirkpatrick offers a testimony to God’s ability to fulfill our dreams, in spite of our human propensity to question the why and how of situations. Through the eyes of Jane Sherar, readers come to recognize that blessings are hidden in the midst of everyday life and often only understood within the context of the passing of time.

Love To Water My Soul, by Jane Kirkpatrick  (Dreamcatcher Series #2), (2008)
Based on historical characters and events, Love to Water My Soul recounts the dramatic story of an abandoned white child rescued by Indians. Among Oregon’s Paiute people, Shell Flower seeks love and a place of belonging…only to be cast away from her home.  A remarkable story of God’s constancy and provision for all lovers of history, romance and faith.

Return to Me, by Lynn Austin (2013)
#1 in the series “The Restoration Chronicles”.  After decades of exile, the prophecies are coming true – King Cyrus has declared the Jews may return to Jerusalem.  Iddo, a priest, is sure this is a sign of God’s renewed favor.  For too long they’ve remained in Babylon, and many, including Iddo’s sons, are losing the faith that set them apart.  And so only a few choose to leave everything to return – return to their home and to their God.

Keepers of the Covenant, by Lynn Austin (2014)
#2 in the series “The Restoration Chronicles”.  In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king’s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than a year.

On This Foundation, by Lynn Austin (2015)
#3 in the series “The Restoration Chronicles”.  When news reaches him that Jerusalem’s wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God’s guidance in fasting and prayer.  Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall – never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

A.D. 33, by Ted Dekker (2015)
They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.   Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus’s stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way. 

Risen, by Angela Hunt (2015)
Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization of the major motion picture offers a unique perspective on the story of the Resurrection.  Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to prevent the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution.  When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.  His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike.  But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth–and finds answers that will not only shake his own life but echo throughout all of history.

Taming the Wind, by Tracie Peterson (2012)
Though grateful for the blessing of her daughter, Carissa Lowe has accepted that widowhood is her lot in life.  Bound by fear and mistrust, she feels incapable of opening her heart again.  Tyler Atherton has never forgotten Carissa.  When he discovers she’s living with her sister on a nearby ranch, his life becomes intertwined with the lovely widow’s.  And Carissa’s daughter, Gloria, seems determined to wrap herself around his little finger.  But while Tyler longs to provide a home and future for Carissa, he is haunted by an obligation he feels unable to fulfill.  Challenged by mounting hardships, can Carissa and Tyler preserve their fledgling love in a land as unforgiving and vibrant as the people who call it home?

Song of Redemption, by Lynn Austin (2005)
As King Hezekiah embraces God’s Law, he leads his country into renewed prosperity.  But following the will of Yahweh is a perplexing process, requiring unpopular choices – for both his personal life and political career.  Now his archenemy’s demands for tribute are forcing Hezekiah into a precarious situation.  Jerusha, a young Jewish woman far from home, has seen firsthand what the dreaded invaders are capable of doing.  As the powerful Assyrian army sweeps through the northern provinces, leaving little but devastation in its wake, Jerusha longs to escape.  Her desperate will to live could become a link to Jerusalem’s survival.  With Assyria on the march, moving closer to the heart of Judah.  Hezekiah’s decision to follow the everlasting One is about to face the ultimate test.

The Strength of His Hand, by Lynn Austin (2005)
The legacy Hezekiah has established as one of Judah’s great leaders is threatened:  his beloved wife, Hephzibah, remains barren.  Desperate to provide a successor to her husband’s throne, Hephzibah makes a forbidden pact with the fertility goddess Ashera.  Feeling repulsed and betrayed by her act of idolatry, Hezekiah destroys the pagan shrine.  But in his rage, he himself is critically injured.  As Hezekiah struggles to redeem his wife and save his nation, the aged prophet Isaiah arrives with divine instructions for the king to put his house in order and choose a successor.  With his life – and the future of his kingdom – hanging in the balance, Hezekiah once more cries out to the Lord…

Gods & Kings, by Lynn Austin (2005)
Though born the second son of King Ahaz, Hezekiah is not protected from his father’s perverted attempts to gain the favor of the idol Molech.  Terrified and powerless at the foot of Molech’s altar, Hezekiah encounters for the first time the one true God of his royal ancestry, Yahweh.  But his journey to the Holy One is riddled by influence from an assortment of men:  Zechariah, a grandfather of noble standing who has fallen into drunkenness; Uriah, the High Priest whose lust for power forces him to gamble the faith he proclaims; and Shebna, the Egyptian intellectual who guides Hezekiah’s instruction.  For the two women who love Hezekiah, the meaning of love – and its sacrificial essence – will direct the course of their lives and help shape the young prince’s future.

Among the Gods, by Lynn Austin (2006)
Fleeing King Manasseh’s tyranny, Joshua leads the faithful remnant to their new home in Egypt.  But as years pass, Joshua’s desire for vengeance becomes an obsession.  Blinded by hatred, he makes rash decisions, placing his loved ones in jeopardy.  Amid Joshua’s turmoil comes an unexpected awakening of love – a love that burns so intensely it draws him from the dark inner seclusion where he often retreats.  But what will it take for him to grasp the great love his heavenly Father has for him…and for the chosen people of Judah?

Faith of My Fathers, by Lynn Austin (2006)
Constant companions in their youth, Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, and Joshua, son of the palace administrator, have been primed for leadership of Judah.  But anger toward God begins to smolder in Manasseh’s heart upon his father’s unexpected death.  As Manasseh comes to power, his insecurity leads him down the path of sorcery.  Fearing a conspiracy, he lashes out at the leaders of his father’s regime.  As the mayhem of Manasseh’s reign begins to unfold, Joshua and his family suffer devastating loss.  The battle lines are drawn as Joshua seeks revenge against his boyhood friend.  And with the future of God’s faithful remnant at state, Joshua struggles with whether to run from Yaheh…or to Him.

Come Rain or Come Shine, by Jan Karon (2015)
Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.  Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.  Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited—because you’re family.

Alone Yet Not Alone, by Tracy L. Craven (2015)
Located in Youth section of library
A miraculous survival; an extraordinary faith.  Autumn 1755. Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. Until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French-Indian War, and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.  The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

 

New DVD’s:

Series:  “A Christian Perspective on Islam”  by Dr. J.L. Williams
(8-DVD Set Published by New Directions International), available for checkout by individual title:
#1:  “An Overview of Islam”, Part 1 & Part 2
#2:  “Mohammed and His Beliefs”, Part 1 & Part 2
#3:  “Seven Areas of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam”, Part 1 & Part 2
#4:  “Seven Areas of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam”, Part 3 & Part 4
#5:  “Allah vs Jehovah”, Part 1 & Part 2
#6:  “The Bible and the Koran”, Part 1 & Part 2
#7:  “Jesus and Jihad:  Spiritual Warfare vs Jihadist Warfare”, Part 1 & Part 2
#8:  “A Comparison Between Christianity and Islam”, Part 1 & Part 2
Series:  “Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis”

(12-DVD Set Published by Institute for Creation Research), available for checkout by individual title:
#1:  “Chaos or Cosmos?”
#2:  “What is Life?”
#3:  “What is Man?”
#4:  “Buried Clues”
#5:  “Flood or Fiction?”
#6:  “How Old is Earth?”
#7:  “Dinosaurs!”
#8:  “The Ice Age”
#9:  “Rise of Civilization”
#10:  “Origin of the Universe”
#11:  “Uniqueness of Earth”
#12:  “Science and Scripture

“Where Jesus Walked” and “Israel My Home”
(2-DVD Set)
“Where Jesus Walked”:  Jesus never traveled more than 100 miles from His birthplace during His three-year ministry, yet His life changed the world. Beautifully filmed and reenacted, this video leads you through the modern-day sites in the Holy Land and actual places where Jesus ministered over 2,000 years ago.  Bonus – “Israel My Home”:   The story of the growth of Israel as a nation. It’s rapid growth as a country may be the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham.

“Miracles from Heaven”
“Miracles From Heaven” is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.  When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored, and their community inspired.

“Do You Believe?”
From the creators of God’s Not Dead
A dozen different souls – all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ…even if they don’t yet believe it.

“Faith of Our Fathers”
From the studio that brought you God’s Not Dead
A story of fatherhood; a journey of brotherhood…John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is…their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons…whom they’ve never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers’ names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories – 25 years apart – the fathers and sons are bound together forever.

“Louie Giglio:  The Essential Collection”, 4-DVD Set available for checkout by individual title:
4 Full-Length Talks:
1.  Indescribable
2.  How Great Is Our God
3.  Symphony (I Lift My Hands)
4.  Moved By Mercy

“The Call:  The Life and Message of The Apostle Paul”, by Adam Hamilton
Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey. Travel to the early church sites and explore Paul’s conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians. In this six-week study, you are invited to experience faith through Christ’s greatest teacher and missionary.

“Your Legacy:  8 DVD Collection Set”, by Dr. James Dobson (available for checkout by individual title)
We live in a culture that seeks to destroy the embryonic faith of our children and usher them into politically correct ideology, godless systems of belief, and gross immorality that would have shocked previous generations. But the good news is there is a way you can be victorious in this battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of your precious children. Whatever stage you are in as a parent or grandparent, you can leave a spiritual legacy that will equip your children and grandchildren with an unshakable heritage of faith.

“Faith Lessons”, by Ray Vander Laan (“That the World May Know”, Set of 7 DVDs, available for individual checkout by title
Ray Vander Laan has created an instant sensation in his Faith Lessons DVD’s in which he explores different Biblical topics from on-site locations in Israel.   His immense background in teaching, as well as his numerous trips to Israel, makes him the perfect guide for the Faith Lessons Series. VOLUME 1: Faith Lessons of the Promised Land; VOLUME 2: Faith Lessons of the Prophets & Kings; VOLUME 3: Faith Lessons on the Life & Ministry of the Messiah; VOLUME 4: Faith Lessons of the Death & Resurrection of the Messiah; VOLUME 5: Faith Lessons on the Early Church; VOLUME 6: Faith Lessons in the Dust of the Rabbi; VOLUME 7: Faith Lessons Walk as Jesus Walked