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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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Peanut Butter and Cupcake (E Bor)

Peanut Butter and Cupcake (E Bor)

What’s a little piece of bread to do when he’s feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course!

And that’s exactly what Peanut Butter tries to do. But sometimes friends are hard to come by, especially when Hamburger has to walk his (hot) dogs, Cupcake is too busy building castles in her sprinkle box, and Egg laughs so hard he starts to crack up! Does Peanut Butter have a soulmate? Young readers will know the answer long before Peanut Butter does and laugh along with each mismatched pairing.

In a story that pairs silliness with poignancy, and friendship with anthropomorphic food, Terry Border, the photography mastermind behind the Bent Objects project, makes a triumphant entrance into the children's book world. Complete with a rhyming refrain, this is sure to be a favorite family read-aloud--and laugh-aloud.

 

The Road Back to You  (248.4 Cro)

The Road Back to You (248.4 Cro)

Ignorance is bliss except in self-awareness. What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships, and maybe even how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you're stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively.

In The Road Back to You and this companion study guide, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves. Witty and filled with stories, this companion study guide used together with the book allows you to get inside the heads of people who represent each of the Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you read the chapter on your own number. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help you get on the road that will take you further along into who you really are leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become."

Note: Suzanne Stabile is the wife of Rev. Joe Stabile who was formerly the Singles Minister at FUMCR.

 

Pip Camps Out (E Bro)

Pip Camps Out (E Bro)

Author Myra Berry Brown tells about Pips’ adventure under the stars. Pip waved good-by to his sister and the other children going off to camp.  He watched the big camp bus disappear down the road.  Pip was too young to be a camper but it seemed to him that he was the only child in the neighborhood to be left behind.  That was why, early that evening, Pip gathered up his daddy’s old sleeping bag, a flashlight and a compass and his dog Wrangler, and announced to his parents that he was going to sleep in the orchard.  How Pip discovered that his nocturnal adventure was not only a lonely one but also a little frightening, and how Daddy eventually saved the night for him, make a charming story filled with understanding and gentle humor.

 

Thirty Years that Changed the World  (226.6 Gre)

Thirty Years that Changed the World (226.6 Gre)

While there are many studies and commentaries on the book of Acts, few focus on the amazing achievement of the people found within its narrative. The first Christians chronicled in Acts turned the world upside down in the space of a generation. In this book, Michael Green opens up the gripping story of Acts, highlighting the volcanic eruption of faith described there and comparing it to the often halfhearted Christianity of the modern Western world.

Combining trusted scholarship with a popular, enjoyable writing style, Thirty Years That Changed the World is an ideal book for church, group, or personal study. Green explores the life and faith of the Christians of Acts, answering such questions as What kind of people were they? How did they live? and How did they organize and practice as members of the new church? Besides unveiling the nature of life in the early church, Green discusses how we today can apply the first Christians' dynamic efforts at church planning, pastoral care, social concern, gospel proclamation, and prayer.

 

Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? (E Coy)

Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? (E Coy)

 Follow along as two ragtag, everyday super heroes don capes to play in the mud, save their stuffed animals from certain peril, conquer the vegetables at dinner, and overcome darkness at night.
Are super heroes always brave and daring?
We’re brave and bold and kind and caring.
After five successful books in the “Princesses” series, Carmela L. Coyle now turns her attention to an all new childhood fantasy in this wonderful new story about imagination and play. Every little boy and girl has a super hero somewhere inside just waiting to come out. Tie on your cape (blankies recommended) and join the adventure.
P.S. Do super heroes have teddy bears? Why, yes, they do!

 

The Contemporary Twelve (252 Und)

The Contemporary Twelve (252 Und)

Twelve men shook the world two thousand years ago.  Who were they?  Do their lives still speak to Christians struggling toward maturity?  Respected pastor Walter L. Underwood not only provides information which brings these fascinating personalities to life, but also offers an intriguing, contemporary view of Jesus’ first followers which goes a step farther.  By imaging the disciples in terms of today’s society, the author shows how their lives are particularly relevant for character and faith development for Christians in this century.

 

 

Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate (179.9 Hen)

Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate (179.9 Hen)

While many books on the market encourage readers to learn to forgive their enemies, Michael Henderson’s book, Forgiveness, is the first that focuses on the forgiveness movement in which the leaders of countries or other organizations ask forgiveness from those their countries have injured. Stories include the development of National Sorry Day in Australia regarding abuse of the Aboriginal people, the efforts of Nelson Mandela and others in South Africa to forgive the horrors of the past and focus on building a new country, and the apologies given by the United States to the Japanese interred in camps during World War II, one of whom states here that the apology was much more important than the reparations. It is especially instructive to see how people can move past their anger and how forgiveness often serves as the catalyst for major change.

 

Joseph the Dreamer (J222 Fra)

Joseph the Dreamer (J222 Fra)

Penny Frank’s book, Joseph the Dreamer, retells the Old Testament story of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers and, because of his ability to interpret dreams, made a place for himself in the land of Egypt.