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Then Jesus said ... “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:31-32

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Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?  (E Mar)

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? (E Mar)

On the first day of school, Kitty Cat discovers that there are lots of things to enjoy. She plays, she enjoys a snack, she paints, she sings, she listens to a story, and she shares something special during Show-and-Tell. The day ends with a big hug from her mom. Children will love Laura J. Bryant’s appealing illustrations that bring Kitty Cat to life, along with the other adorable kittens at the school.

 

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (220.6 Bor)

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (220.6 Bor)

Many Christians mistakenly believe that their only choice is either to reconcile themselves to a fundamentalist reading of scripture (a "literal-factual" approach) or to simply reject the Bible as something that could bring meaning and value into their lives. In Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg shows how instead we can freshly appreciate all the essential elements of the Old and New Testaments--from Genesis to Revelation--in a way that can open up a new world of intelligent faith.

In Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile a scientific and critical way of thinking with our deepest spiritual needs, leading to an insightful experience of ancient text. This unique book invites every reader--whatever his or her religious background--to engage the Bible, to wrestle with its meaning, to explore its mysteries, and to understand its relevance. Reading the Bible Again for the First Time shows us how to encounter the Bible in a fresh, new way that rejects the limits of simple literalism and opens up the rich possibility of living a life of authentic faith.

 

Surrendering to God (248.3 Bea)

Surrendering to God (248.3 Bea)

Do you ever feel that prayer has become rote repetition, or that the simple prayers of childhood have lost their meaning?

In this life-changing little book, Rev. Keith Beasley-Topliffe shares his experience of praying the Covenant Prayer - a classic prayer that calls us to surrender completely to God. Line by line, Rev. Beasley-Topliffe uses the wisdom of the prayer of surrender as a guide for those who want to learn to trust God more. With honesty and gentle humor, Rev. Beasley-Topliffe shows us how simple prayers not only express our heart's desires to God, but also open the doorway to deeper prayer and transformation.

 

Will I Have a Friend?  (E Coh)

Will I Have a Friend? (E Coh)

Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year
When Pa was taking Jim to school for the first time, Jim said, "Will I have a friend at school?" "I think you will," said Pa.
But even his father's gentle reassurance doesn't make Jim feel any better. The other children in kindergarten are scary strangers to him. He's sure that he'll never find a friend. By the time school is over, though, Jim does have a friend.  Bright color pictures complement Mariam Cohen’s book about a universal experience in growing up.

 

At the Water's Edge (E Rey)

At the Water's Edge (E Rey)

Come walk on the beach in the footprints of a boy and his mom as they encounter God's love and the beauty of His creation. This true story, written by Katie W. Reynolds and beautifully illustrated by Shannon Kincaid, weaves hope, faith, and obedience and inspires us to believe in a God who cares and answers prayers. Parents may use the intentional teaching points at the back of the book to teach their own children about the kindness of God. Enjoy the wonder of the story as it unfolds At the Water's Edge.

 

Don't Know Much about the Bible (220.6 Dav)

Don't Know Much about the Bible (220.6 Dav)

With wit, wisdom, and an extraordinary talent for turning dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts, author Kenneth C. Davis brings the world of the Old and New Testaments to life as no one else can in the bestseller Don't Know Much About® The Bible. Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says. Jericho's walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line. There was a Jesus, but he wasn't born on Christmas and he probably wasn't an only child.

Davis brings readers up-to-date on findings gleaned from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels that prompt serious scholars to ask such serious questions as: Who wrote the Bible? Did Jesus say everything we were taught he did? Did he say more? By examining the Bible historically, Davis entertains and amazes, provides a much better understanding of the subject, and offers much more fun learning about it.