While reading ideas are included here and displays featured in most library locations, what you read is entirely your choice. To participate in the program, you must read one book each from five different categories. See the main page for complete details and all ten categories.
||Shadow in Serenity |
By Blackstock, Terri
2011-09 - Zondervan
9780310332312 Check Our Catalog
Carny Sullivan, suspicious about suave, handsome Logan Brisco and his charming ways, is drawn to him, despite her best intentions and her determination to expose his plans for her quiet Texas town.
||Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears |
By Chodron, Pema
Editor Boucher, Sandy
2010-12 - Shambhala Publications
9781590308431 Check Our Catalog
In this inspiring book, Chodron presents the Buddhist concept of "shenpa"--which can be translated as "getting stuck" or "getting hooked"--and shows readers how they can liberate themselves from it.
||All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age |
By Dreyfus, Hubert
Author Kelly, Sean Dorrance
2011-08 - Free Press
141659616X Check Our Catalog
A wide-ranging look at the loss of meaning in the West, and a gripping guide for how to retrieve it.
||The Heart of the Story: God's Masterful Design to Restore His People |
By Frazee, Randy
Foreword by Lucado, Max
2011-08 - Zondervan
0310332729 Check Our Catalog
Whether you read it as part of The Story Bible church campaign or on your own, The Heart of the Story will help you understand God's Word as never before. Randy Frazee shows how all the stories of the Bible fit together in one great, overarching epic---God's Upper Story. Discover its heart, and how your own story aligns with God's.
||A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith |
By Jasser, M. Zuhdi
2012-06 - Threshold Editions
1451657943 Check Our Catalog
Thought-provoking and highly informative, this is a must-read for the millions of people who want to understand how Muslims can defeat radical Islam written by a conservative American Muslim and former U.S. Navy lieutenant.
||A Different Kind of Cell: The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk |
By Jones, W. Paul
Foreword by Prejean, Helen
2011-09 - William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
9780802866516 Check Our Catalog
Clayton Fountain was thought by most to be beyond all hope of redemption. Serving several life sentences for five violent murders (four of them committed while behind bars), he was condemned to live out his days in solitary confinement, entombed in a cell of concrete and steel built specifically for him at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. Yet even this ruthless murderer was not beyond the limits of divine mercy. Although he never again emerged from his cell, Fountain undertook a profound spiritual journey that led to a genuine religious conversion and his decision to become a hermit and a brother in the Trappist Order. Father W. Paul Jones, who served as Fountain's spiritual advisor for six years until Fountain's sudden death in 2004, tells this amazing story with candor and compassion.
||The Pope and I: How the Lifelong Friendship Between a Polish Jew and Pope John Paul II Advanced the Cause of Jewish-Christian Relation |
By Kluger, Jerzy
2012-05 - Orbis Books
1570759707 Check Our Catalog
This book describes the surprising, lifelong relationship between Pope John Paul II and his Jewish friend, Kluger. Their relationship unfolds against extraordinary advances in Jewish-Christian relations in a fascinating tale, highlighting the confluences of history, politics, and religion.
||The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person |
By Kushner, Harold S.
2012-10 - Schocken Books Inc
0805242929 Check Our Catalog
From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers, a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, the book of Job, and what it can teach about living in a troubled world. It's Kushner's most important book since "When Bad Things Happen To Good People."
||Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine |
By Lucado, Max
2012-09 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
0849920701 Check Our Catalog
Lucado asks questions about grace to probe the depth of God's love. The bestselling author says that God's grace has a wildness about it and invites readers to learn more.
||Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World |
By McLaren, Brian D.
2012-09 - Jericho Books
9781455513963 Check Our Catalog
McLaren, one of the established leaders of the emerging church movement, invites interfaith dialogue, suggesting tolerance and respect between religions.
||The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh's French Monastery Guided Me Home |
By Paterson, Mary
2012-09 - Hampton Roads Publishing Company
9781571746856 Check Our Catalog
"Death can be a destabilizing force. And when it touches you closely, you must somehow discover a way to find and rebuild your secure home," popular yoga instructor Mary Paterson writes. With the death of her father, she felt as if she had no place to stand. She had lost her home. Paterson's response to this life crisis, was to embark on a pilgrimage to Plum Village, the retreat of Nobel Prize-nominated Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This wonderfully frank and funny chronicle of her 40-day sojourn offers readers the 40 Buddhist precepts that she learned. The primary theme is the necessity of discovering how to "take refuge" or find a permanent home within ourselves--without taking oneself too seriously.
||A Home in Drayton Valley |
By Sawyer, Kim Vogel
2012-10 - Bethany House Publishers
0764210548 Check Our Catalog
Hoping to escape the poor conditions of 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines and her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two children set off for Kansas aboard an unusual wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into a partnership with Joss that leaves them both questioning God and their plans for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will they give up and go their separate ways? Or will God use their time in Drayton Valley in a way they never expected?
||Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen |
By Sharratt, Mary
2012-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
0547567847 Check Our Catalog
From critically acclaimed historical fiction author Mary Sharratt, a novel based on the true story of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), who was offered by her parents as a tithe to the Church as a young child and who triumphed to become a powerful abbess, composer, prophet and polymath.
||Travelers Rest |
By Tatlock, Ann
2012-05 - Bethany House Publishers
0764208101 Check Our Catalog
A story about faith and prayer centers around a young woman determined to honor her commitment, an injured soldier who is contemplating suicide, and a retired doctor who is certain that it is too late to be forgiven.
||Beyond the Farthest Star |
By Thoene, Bodie
Author Thoene, Brock
2012-02 - Zondervan
0310336104 Check Our Catalog
"Beyond the Farthest Star" tells the tale of a father desperate to reconnect with his daughter and regain the love of his wife. In it he discovers that reconciliation and trust begin, not with words, but with the revelation of the heart.
||Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships |
By Townsend, John Sims
Foreword by Cloud, Henry
2011-09 - Zondervan
9780310330493 Check Our Catalog
How do you know you're ready to trust again? In "Beyond Boundaries," bestselling author Dr. John Townsend helps you discover when and how to trust again after you've set appropriate boundaries, how to connect deeply without being hurt, and how to safely grow your most intimate relationships.
||Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis |
By Winner, Lauren F.
2012-01 - HarperOne
9780061768118 Check Our Catalog
The author of "Girl Meets God," a regular contributor to the New York Times and Washington Post, and one of the most exciting literary voices writing today, Winner joins the ranks of Anne Lamott and Barbara Brown Taylor at the crossroads of culture and spirituality.
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