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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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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.

 

Praying and Teaching the Psalms (268.41 Gri)

Praying and Teaching the Psalms (268.41 Gri)

Explore one of the most provocative books of the Bible and unravel some of its mysteries with this informative resource written by Donald L. Griggs.   Each of the ten praying and teaching activities has been extensively tested and proven ideal for: personal meditation and reflection, in church adult educational courses, weekend retreats or conferences, devotionals, seminary and college classes, and individual or congregational worship.   Every chapter is carefully outlined and provides lively discussions, historical data, and necessary worksheets for all the experiential activities.  The teacher is then free to act as guide or monitor.  Donald Griggs is dean of extended ministry and associate professor of Christian education at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.

 

 

Spray  (E Bla)

Spray (E Bla)

Hating his new home on Martha's Vineyard, Justin believes that his only friends are the wind and the sea and dreams of sailing away forever in his little dinghy, until a storm brings him face-to-face with his hero, Captain Slocum.  Children of all ages will enjoy this exciting and beautifully illustrated book, written by Robert J. Blake.