Looking for good reading or viewing? Our library has a current and robust collection of Christian fiction and non-fiction books, CDs and DVDs. We encourage our church family to check them out—literally! The self-check-out system is explained and contained on the library computer. The library is located behind the sanctuary stage. The entrance is next to the piano. The following seven reviews are a sample of what you'll find in our library. Enjoy!
"The Mystery of the Shemitah” by Jonathan Cahn
This book is by the author of “The Harbinger.” He stunned millions across America and around the world with the mysteries revealed in that best seller. Now he has uncovered and revealed a new realm of astonishing mysteries so big they lie behind everything from world wars, the rise and fall of nations, economic recession and financial collapse, and your future. It may just change your life!
Cahn writes of a 3,000-year-old mystery that foretells current events, determined the timing of 9/11, lies behind world wars and the collapse of nations, world powers and empires. And, it could also hold the key for what lies ahead for the world and for your life.
These observations or studies are backed up by Biblical verses that point the way of the future and events happening, or having happened, now. Most people have never heard of the word shemitah, much less the mystery that surrounds it. Yet, lives are critically impacted, altered or determined by its manifestation. A deep, informative read, you will be embarking on an expedition to find the pieces of an ancient mystery.
“Saving Amelie” by Cathy Gohlke
In the summer of 1939, during the beginning of the reign of Hitler, Rachel Kramer travels with her adoptive father to Germany. While there, she receives a plea for help from her friend, Kristine, who is married to an SS officer. Kristine’s daughter, Amelie, is deaf and Kristine’s fear is that the little girl is unacceptable in the “new” Germany. Bloodlines are extremely important to her husband and her fear is that Amelie is a blight on his Aryan bloodline.
Once courted by Gerhardt Schlick, Rachel knows first-hand how dangerous he is; how far he would go to remove anyone who would tarnish the image of a perfect Germany. Rachel’s father, an eminent eugenics scientist, may already know about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, who are deemed by the regime as unworthy of life. At a great risk, Rachel searches his classified documents and uncovers shocking secrets about her own life and the family she has never known.
With no one to help, Rachel turns to American journalist, Jason Young, as an ally. His connections to the resistance help Rachel and Amelie escape the city. They are able to seek refuge in Oberammergan, the small Bavarian village of the Passion Play. Rachel, Jason, and Amelie face dangers at every step of the way but learn to lean on Jesus to keep them safe, leading them to the ones whom they can trust to hide them.
“Angels Walking” by Karen Kingsbury
As we pray for miracles, God allows certain circumstances to develop. He may send His angels to intervene and set a person on the right path in his or her life.
Tyler Ames has lived his entire life on a quest to make it to the big league. Baseball is in all his thoughts and dreams. Pitching now for a great team, he feels as if his life is finally turning around. But, at a major game in Pensacola, Fl., Tyler’s life hits rock bottom.
Across the country, in California, his first love, Sami Dawson, has now moved on, seemingly content with her job at an advertising firm and a lawyer boyfriend.
In scenes only God could pull together, Tyler finds himself severely injured and homeless. Turning to a local church, he is told of a job opening in a retirement/nursing home. Even with his injured shoulder, he manages to get a job as a maintenance worker. There he develops a special friendship with Virginia Hutchinson, an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. Feeling that Tyler is her much loved son, Ben, the two become close. She teaches Tyler that God is always there for him and all about forgiveness. Tyler is seeking.........could Virginia have the answers? Lives intertwine as Tyler walks his new path in life.
The Angels Walking team takes on the mission to see hope restored in connected lives...........Tyler, Sami, Virginia, and many others. Every step leads toward a journey of healing and redemption.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers thereby some have entertained angels unaware.”
Mystery and Suspense:
“Dark Justice” by Brandilyn Collins
Returning to their home in San Carlos from a weekend at the Ritz Carlton on the ocean, Hannah Shire and her aging mother were driving the scenic route through the country. Hoping to help her mother with her increasing dementia, Hannah thought the quiet views would also quiet her mother’s mind. That decision would change their lives. A wrecked car and a man lying on the ground at the side of the road caught her mother’s attention. Hannah stopped to see if she could help. She quickly dialed 911.
The man was very weak and desperate to tell her something. He whispered words to her, telling her to “be careful” and “tell no one.” Soon the ambulance came and took the man away. The police are asking questions, wondering if he said anything to her about how the accident happened. Hannah and her mother stated they knew nothing. They had only stopped to help.
When home, Hannah discovers a flash drive in her coat pocket. Realizing the man must have dropped it in her pocket when he clutched at her, she decides to look at it. Soon, she and her mother are fleeing for their lives. Where can they go for help? Not to her daughter because that would put her in jeopardy, too. Who is so desperate to retrieve this drive? Hannah just wants to keep her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to them, but to the entire country.
While this story is fictional, it is based on the terrifying reality that terrorists could target America’s electrical grid. Even back in 2010, a sophisticated computer worm spread through Iran, India, and Indonesia. Named Stuxnet, the worm looked for very specific settings, then injected its own code into that system. That particular threat is no longer viable but malware is a problem. Get ready for a really suspenseful story.
“Butterfly Palace” by Colleen Coble
Shattered by the unexpected death of her father, then shortly afterward, her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and moved to Austin, Texas to try and heal. Finding a position working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid seems perfect for her. She just wants to forget the pain of the loss she suffered, as well as the lost love who abandoned her.
One night serving at a dinner party at the mansion, Lily recognizes the man who left her! There he was........Andy, the blacksmith’s son, sitting as a guest at this prestigious dinner. He acts as if he doesn’t know her, and she is left reeling and irate.
But before she can talk to Andy and get an explanation, the terror of the Servant Girl Killer hits very close to the Butterfly Palace. All the maids are terrified. How can Lily know who to trust in this web of deceit? Someone is lurking in the shadows waiting for his or her next victim. Lily had felt safe in this huge house but now...who can she believe and who is safe???
“Nowhere to Turn” by Lynette Eason
This is the first novel in the Hidden Identity series, and suspenseful from first page to the last.
Danielle Harding knows she must take her 11-year-old son and leave her abusive husband, Kurt.
Frightened almost beyond belief, she makes the preparations to flee as he leaves for a 2-day business trip, knowing that if she is caught, he will kill them. On that fateful day, Kurt Harding dies and Danielle believes she and her son are finally safe. In reality, things will get much worse. Kurt took something important from an unsavory individual and he believes Dani knows where that item is hidden. With herself and her son’s safety at stake, Dani hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Moving from place to place, the tension mounts as the body count escalates. You will not want to put this book down.
“With Autumn’s Return” by Amanda Cabot
Women doctors were few and far between in the 1800s, ridiculed by their associates and told to take their role in life as wives and mothers. That didn’t stop Elizabeth Harding as she moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming after graduating second in her class from medical college. She proudly hung her placard advertising , “The doctor is in.” Elizabeth Harding, M. D. What a glorious ring to that!!! She knew that starting a new practice was going to be difficult but she was confident in her abilities. What she hadn’t counted on was that the town might not welcome a new physician, especially a woman. Even the handsome attorney next door to her office is disapproving.
When deceit, slander, and murder threaten her very existence, she and attorney Jason Nordling have to work together to save one of Elizabeth’s patients, even if it means falling in love.
This novel is a moving story from the very beginning, with enough mystery and adventure to keep you turning pages to the very end. Cabot creates a story that tugs at your heartstrings with touching spiritual lessons.