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Not a Silent Night (Cur 232 Ham)

Not a Silent Night (Cur 232 Ham)

This year, experience Advent and Christmas with the one who knew Jesus more intimately than anyone else—his mother, Mary. Imagine the pain she felt at the crucifixion, her pride as Jesus’ ministry grew, and her unrestrained joy when she looked into his tiny face that fateful night in the stable. Adam Hamilton helps you witness the life of Jesus from Mary’s unique perspective, starting at the very end and traveling back in time to the very beginning—the night of Christ’s birth.

This DVD, meant for group use along with Adam Hamilton’s book and leader guide, Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem, brings Hamilton and his dynamic teaching style into the group. The DVD presents five video sessions of about 10 minutes each, one for each book chapter. The videos are based on the book chapter topics:

1. Beginning with the End
2. The Piercing of Mary’s Soul
3. Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
4. Mary, Full of Grace
5. It Was Not a Silent Night


That Blessed Christmas Night (J232.02 Cha)

That Blessed Christmas Night (J232.02 Cha)

That Blessed Christmas Night is the story of the first Christmas night told in poetry form. Written by Dori Chaconas and beautifully illustrated by Deborah Perez-Stable, the wonder of the first Christmas is seen through the eyes of children reenacting the story. The simple things of earth--the clear, starry sky; a humble stable filled with animals; shepherds caring for their sheep - suddenly become bolder, clearer, and richer as the children don costumes and sing their praises to the Child.


Bethlehem's Busy--What's Going On?  (E Bet)

Bethlehem's Busy--What's Going On? (E Bet)

The streets are bustling, there are travelers and merchants and families and farmers. Why are there so many people in town? And who is that young couple with the donkey? As you turn each page, search the pictures, lift the flaps and follow the young couple through the busy town of Bethlehem.

Mary and Joseph visit Bethlehem, in a rhyming text accompanied by lift-the-flap illustrations, by Lynn Adams, that provide information about life in Biblical times.


Travel the Highways of Advent (Cur 242.33 Pur)

Travel the Highways of Advent (Cur 242.33 Pur)

This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals and small groups during the Advent season. The book, written by Stan Purdum, is based on the particular pathways to Jesus during Advent. In addition to the main content, each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week.

The focus emerges from the chapter content and encourages the readers to engage in spiritual practice or do something specific that will help them grow in faith. On the whole, this thematic seasonal Bible study series is designed for transformation and for applying the study of the Bible to everyday, practical life experience. It is intended to nurture and encourage faith development and spiritual growth.


Johnny Appleseed  (J634.11 Kel)

Johnny Appleseed (J634.11 Kel)

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was a historical figure whose wilderness adventures became larger-than-life legends.  Born in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War, John headed west as soon as he was able.  Along the way, he cleared land and planted orchards so he could supply apples to the settlers he knew would follow.  When the settlers did arrive, John befriended them, often giving away his trees.  Soon he became known as Johnny Appleseed.  In vivid prose and magnificent pictures that spring off the pages, Steven Kellogg tells the lively story of a true American hero.


The Transforming Power of Grace  (234 Ode)

The Transforming Power of Grace (234 Ode)

How does an infinite God relate to finite human beings?  How does the death of Jesus Christ bring about human salvation?  How are Christians able to actively address the world's ills while maintaining their citizenship in the kingdom of God?

These are questions the church grapples with today, as it always has.  Yet, according to Thomas C. Oden, contemporary theology has neglected the church's traditional answer to these questions: the doctrine of grace.  All too often modern theologians either ignore the doctrine of grace or relate it to the achievement of a particular political agenda.  Oden asserts that only by reclaiming the centrality of grace--defined as God's self-giving through Jesus Christ in personal encounter with the individual human will--can Christian theology be true to the gospel.  Oden challenges modern assumptions concerning the sources and methods of the theological enterprise and calls contemporary Christians to discern what their forebears in the faith knew to be essential to the gospel:  that to be a Christian is to be formed, nurtured, and upheld solely by divine grace.