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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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Angela and the Baby Jesus (J813.6 McC)

Angela and the Baby Jesus (J813.6 McC)

This beautifully illustrated Christmas story is from one of the world's most loved writers. In Angela and the Baby Jesus, Frank McCourt revisits his mother's childhood. Set in Limerick at the turn of the century, Angela and the Baby Jesus is the story of the Christmas when Angela was six and concerned about the baby Jesus on the altar of St. Joseph's Church near School House Lane where her family lived. The story is illustrated by Raul Colon. This story is for readers of all ages.

 

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday (Cur 248.4 Sta Chr)

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday (Cur 248.4 Sta Chr)

Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season—Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration.

This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. In five short, engaging chapters, Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.  Questions for reflection are included at the end of each of the five chapters.

 

Christmas Journeys: Finding Joy Along the Way (394 Tul)

Christmas Journeys: Finding Joy Along the Way (394 Tul)

Have you ever wondered how you could make it through Christmas?  Writer Justin Tull invites you into two worlds: the biblical world of the nativity, rich with its diverse supporting cast and the modern world packed with busy pilgrims in search of Christmas joy.  Come and meet a peasant girl, named Mary, a common carpenter named Joseph, some scruffy shepherds and the so-called wise men.  Then join the journeys of an unlikely trio: Linda, who had every reason to be happy but felt a nagging emptiness; Stuart, a Vietnam vet, who wrestled mightily with poverty and guilt; and Vivian, whose battle with grief had left her weary and alone.  Can these three find new joy in the warm embrace of friendship and in the rebirth of faith and hope?  Their journeys tell the story.

 

Twas the Night--The Nativity Story (J232.92 Car)

Twas the Night--The Nativity Story (J232.92 Car)

This book is a wonderful retelling of the nativity story to the rhythmic cadence of that other fireside classic, The Night Before Christmas. -- "Twas the night before Christmas when all through the stable / Not a creature was stirring, though plenty were able. / The ox and the cow and the goat and the sheep / All comfy and cozy, had drifted to sleep." -- A delightful story to read to your young child on Christmas Eve. Includes adorable full-color illustrations.

 

Molly's Pilgrim (JFic Coh)

Molly's Pilgrim (JFic Coh)

Sparkling new illustrations refresh this Thanksgiving classic based on the true experience of a member of Barbara Cohen's family. The touching story tells how recent immigrant Molly leads her third-grade class to discover that it takes all kinds of pilgrims to make a Thanksgiving. Originally published in 1983, Molly's Pilgrim inspired the 1986 Academy Award winning live-action short film.

 

Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned But I Have Several Excellent Excuses

Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned But I Have Several Excellent Excuses

Why do we try to justify anything and everything we want to do? We use words, scapegoats, blaming other people, circumstances, past events, even evil spirits (“the devil made me do it!”) to attempt to excuse bad choices we make with our own free will.

James W. Moore challenges readers to recognize such situations and to grow beyond them. He addresses such “sin” as half-heartedness, spiritual arrogance, deception, overreaction, hostility, presumptuousness, losing spiritual balance, and more.  In his warm, embracing style, Moore encourages us to seek forgiveness. After all, we are justified by the grace of a loving, caring, forgiving, God and not our eloquent excuses.

Perfect as a 12-session small group study using the Leader Guide in back.