St. Mark has a church library that is filled with all types of books. Each month, our church librarian features several titles in the Library Corner column for The Messenger (our church newsletter).
Book titles for the current month will be found on the book cart outside of the Adult Library or on in the Narthex.
All members are invited to COME IN AND CHECK US OUT!
Suggested books for Advent and Christmas include:
The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for children and adults to prepare for the coming of the CHRIST CHILD at CHRISTMAS is by Dean Meador Lambert.
Because of Bethlehem love is born, hope is here by Max Lucado reminds us that Christ went through all the normal stages of human development. In the midst of your hectic Christmas season, he urges you to rekindle your connection to the Christ of Christmas, lay down your endless Christmas to-do list and receive what Jesus has already done, and heal you heartache by embracing the God who is always near you.
Behind the scenes Christmas by Su Box – find out why Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas in this book which takes a look behind the scenes at Christmas.
Room for a little one: a Christmas tale by Martin Waddell shows children there is always room for a little one at the stable.
Library books for Thanksgiving include:
Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America edited by Brian D. Jaffe includes happy, sad, funny stories about the Thanksgiving holiday.
Lessons from the Holidays by Dr. James Scott, Jr. brief essays about Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.
For children, we have:
Thanksgiving at Our House by P.K. Hallinan tells all the activities that a family could do on Thanksgiving Day.
Thank you for Thanksgiving by Dandi Daley Mackall. The boy in the story is the last of his family for say what they are thankful for. He finally decides to “talk to God and say what’s true. Lord, can I give thanks for YOU? and thank YOU for Thanksgiving!”
About the St. Mark Presbyterian Church Library:
The St. Mark Library was started as an Eagle Project by Ron Fischer in 1970. It was first a small bookshelf located along the wall outside the present Adult Library. As it grew, more space was required and the library was moved into what is now the Pastor’s Conference Room. After a number of years, more space was needed and when the present office was finished, the library was separated. The adult section was moved to its present location in the “Library/Bride’s Room, and the Children’s Library went downstairs to the children’s room.
The Libraries contain over 1,000 books each, and although most of the collection deals with religious books, including Bibles, concordances, studies on individual books of the Bible, devotions, other religions, and hymnbooks, there are biographies, fiction, books on family life, and DVDs on various subjects including Bible studies.
For assistance in finding a particular book or subject, please use the card catalog or call Diana Johanning.
New additions to the Adult Library include:
Half Truths: God helps those who help themselves and other things the Bible doesn’t say by Adam Hamilton examines some half truths people often believe that sometimes when repeated can hurt people. These half truths can lead people to conclusions about God that are not only untrue, but may push some people away from God.
What am I supposed to do with my life? Asking the right questions by Douglas J. Brouwer offers a personal, spiritual response to the vocational questions people often ask. This book will encourage many to reflect on their lives and vocations.
Angry people…and what we can learn from them by Warren W. Wiersbe uncovers some surprising insights about anger and points out biblical principles that will help you control and display anger in a way that protects, builds up and brings glory to God. The anger of Moses, David, Elisha, Jesus, and Jonah are discussed.
These books can be found on the cart in the Narthex.
The library has books on other subjects than just religious topics.
For lighter summer exploring:
Recipe books from early church recipes, such as Musical Feast – 1981, can be found in the 641 section.
The Treasury of Religious Verse, compiled by Donald Kauffman, and other books on poetry are in the 800’s.
Dr. Seuss’s You’re Only Old Once! – a book for obsolete children. If laughter is the best medicine, this is a book against aging. Dr. Seuss lightens the aches and pains of growing old with his inimitable wit and wisdom.
A new book in the Children’s Library is:
The Mess Detectives: The Slobfather by Doug Peterson is a story about how lies can pile up and cause a bigger mess than “coming clean” at the beginning.
These books are available on the book cart in the Narthex, and, of course, many more in both the Adult and Children’s Libraries.
New additions to the library include:
Sleeping with Bread, Holding What Gives You Life by Dennis Linn asks two questions: 1) For what am I most grateful? 2) For what am I least grateful? It describes situations of life in which these two questions are asked and gives clues to the results.
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton describes 13 American women who changed the world.
Since June 17 is Father’s Day, we have The Heart of a Father: How Dads Can Shape the Destiny of America by Ken Canfield.
Since we celebrated humor in worship in April, you might be interested in Elton Trueblood’s The Humor of Christ. Trueblood claims that “much of the relevant evidence (of Christ’s humor) is so deeply hidden by accepted presuppositions that it will not be recognized apart from some analysis.”
New additions to the library:
John Newton is a DVD about the ruthless slave trader who becomes a messenger of amazing grace.
Half Truths by Adam Hamilton tells us about “God helps those who help themselves”, and other things the Bible doesn’t say.
For the children:
Please, Nana, who is God? By Margaret Wieland meets the tough questions children ask head on, conveying Biblical truths in a captivating style.
These books, and books on Mother’s Day and Earth Day can be found on the carts and in the Adult or Children’s Libraries.
A few of the books by famous authors in the library follow:
Listening to Your Life by Frederick Buechner contains daily meditations for an entire year meant to possess and liberate the heart.
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer an inspiring account of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Mazi years in Germany. It gives practical advise on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups.
Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God by Tony Campolo confronts us with some of our everyday words and actions that are out of step with the footsteps of Jesus with insightful advice on how to get back in step.
These books are on display on the library cart. Seek it out.
Philosopher is a magazine published as a Christmas greeting. It is interesting because this one is a brief account of the Bible and the means by which it was handed down through the generations.
Recent additions to the library include:
The Christians as the Romans saw Them by Robert Louis Wilken offers an engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the perspective of the Romans.
What every Christian needs to know about Passover: what it means and why it matters by Rabbi Evan Moffic brings the history of the biblical Exodus alive and invites Christians of all denominations to explore the Jewish roots of our faith and experience an authentic Passover Seder.
With Advent here, and Christmas approaching, the libraries have books for the season on display both on the carts outside the Adult Library and in both libraries. The following are suggestions for both adults and children.
In Awe and Wonder by Ronda Nobles Nunez examines some of the details of the lives of those chosen by God to touch the life of the young Messiah.
Lessons from the Holidays, a collection of writings on Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year by James Scott, Jr. Wrapped in the biblical story of Christmas are profound lessons that inspire, challenge, teach and bless us.
Because of Bethlehem, love is born, and hope is here by Max Lucado – “Because of Bethlehem we have a friend in heaven.”
The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel serves as a fun and handy guide describing the significance behind your favorite traditions, suggests activities to do with your children and teachable moments for each tradition.
Nighty Night, Baby Jesus by Molly Schaar Idle for small children, it talks about the animals in the stable around Jesus.
The Small One by Alex Walsh tells about a boy who must sell his favorite donkey and who he finds to buy it.
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco is a story about a tapestry used in a church for Christmas and the Jewish couple reunited through it. This book is for intermediate youngsters.