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What’s on the Bookshelf Oct 2016

Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews by Paula Fredriksen (04 D Fre) tackles the fundamental question about Jesus: Why did he die? Jesus died in the manner that Rome used for insurrection but none of his immediate followers was harmed or even arrested. Why? Fredriksen has studied the four gospels and Q (the theoretical pre-Gospel source), the Dead Sea Scrolls, the letters of Paul, and Josephus’ histories. Her book contributes to our understanding of the social and religious contexts within which Jesus of Nazareth lived and to our appreciation of the mission and message that ended in the proclamation of Jesus as Messiah.
Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of Soaring Eagle (09 C Whi) has lived in rural Nebraska and her characters are inspired by the lives of pioneers buried in an abandoned cemetery adjacent to the Whitson property. After losing her husband in the battle of Little Big Horn, LisBeth King returns to Lincoln, Nebraska. When she arrives, she finds that her mother is also gone. How can she go on? What will happen to this young woman of mixed parentage? Being half Lakota and half white causes LisBeth to question where she fits in the world. What if she comes face-to-face with her half-brother, the Sioux warrior, Soaring Eagle?

What’s on the Bookshelf Sept 2016

Have you ever had an encounter with an angel? Have you known someone who has? What do Angels look like? Whom do they choose to visit! Why do they appear more often to children than to adults? Angel visitations have been reported throughout history and in different cultures. A Book of Angels by Sophy Burnham (09 E Bur) delights us with reflections on Angels past and present and how they touch our lives. A quote included in the book reads “It is said, and it is true, that just before we are born a cavern angel puts his finger to our lips and says, ‘Hush, don’t tell what you know.’ This is why we are born with a cleft on our upper lips and remembering nothing of where we came from”. -Roderick MacLeish Prince Ombra.
Many of you have heard of Albert Schweitzer but what do you know about him? In Albert Schweitzer’s Gift of Friendship by Erica Anderson (09 E And), the author shows the man behind the legend and reveals his many-faceted personality. Ms. Anderson visited Lambarene to make the film about Schweitzer’s life and work that was seven years in production. The film won an Academy Award for best documentary. She visited the Schweitzer hospital eighteen times and had many conversations with the doctor.

What’s on the Bookshelf July 2016

“My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.” These are the opening sentences in Traveling Mercies (09 E Lam) by Anne Lamott. What an eloquent way to describe her journey in faith!
Walking on Water (09 E L’En) by Madeleine L’Engle is included in The Wheaton Literary Series. In this book, L’Engle lets us into her life and shares, with honesty, humility, and humor, her reflections on art and faith. As she describes her life as a Christian and an artist, we may realize that we too are called, through grace, to be co-creators with God.