I had the pleasure this morning of joining Mr. J. Williams class for their morning devotions. Take a peek at the humorous and poignant film that was part of our time together.
For many grads, the reality of “How To Stay Christian In College” is a question they might already be asking. Or perhaps you have a friend in College or University that is questioning their beliefs? Come check out this new book by J. Budziszewski.
Summary: A guide for Christians in college that provides encouragement for newcomers dealing with such issues as homesickness; describes myths related to love and sex, politics, and the search for knowledge; and explains how to cope with campus social life, religious life, and the classroom.
90 minutes in heaven : a true story of death & life by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey.
Summary — The author, a pastor, describes his near-death experience after a car accident in 1989, explaining that he went to Heaven and was brought back to Earth by a miracle, and discusses the impact of the event on his life.
Dancing with Max : a mother and son who broke free by Emily Colson ; prologue & epilogue by Charles W. Colson.
Summary — Emily Colson shares the story of her experiences as the single mother of a child diagnosed with autism, and tells how she developed her own visual communication system for working with Max.
The devil in pew number seven by Rebecca N. Alonzo with Bob DeMoss.
Summary — Rebecca Nichols Alonzo recounts the events surrounding her father’s murder, describing how a church member who refused to give up control when Robert Nichols took over as pastor tormented and threatened her family, until the night that Rebecca’s life was shattered forever.
Life, in spite of me : extraordinary hope after a fatal choice by Kristen Jane Anderson with Tricia Goyer.
Summary — The author shares the story of how she survived a suicide attempt and found hope and peace in her life.
Life without limits : inspiration for a ridiculously good life by Nick Vujicic.
Summary — The author, a man who was born without arms or legs, describes how he overcame his disabilities to live an independent, fulfilling life and provides advice to the reader on ways to discover their purpose in life.
The red scorpion : the true story of a ruthless Russian mob boss’s dramatic redemption by Rami Kivisalo and Marko Joensuu.
Summary — Rami Kivisalo, the son of Finnish missionaries in Tanzania, provides an account of how he came to be part of the Russian mafia’s inner circle in charge of illegal drug and arms trades, and discusses events that led to his religious conversion.
Shattered : struck down, but not destroyed by Frank Pastore with Ellen Vaughn.
Summary — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Frank Pastore stepped onto the mound in Dodger Stadium to throw another fastball — something he’d done thousands of times since childhood. But this time was different. The batter connected and the ball came rocketing back to the mound, shattering not only Frank’s pitching elbow — but also his dream of getting rich and famous through Major League Baseball. This is a story of how the fragments of broken dreams can be reassembled into even bigger and better things. This is a story that shows how all of us can come to know we’re in God’s good hands. Even when we’re shattered.
Two wars by Nate Self.
Summary — The author, a former Ranger captain, tells his story and the story of those in his unit, as they fought their way through hostile territory in Afghanistan, describing his personal struggles, professional duty to his country and his men, and the long-term effects of the war on terror.
Unshaken : rising from the ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana by Dan Woolley with Jennifer Schuchmann.
Summary — Dan Woolley, an interactive strategies director for Compassion International, recounts the nearly three days he spent trapped beneath the rubble of Haiti’s collapsed Hotel Montana. He details his survival methods — including using an iPhone app to treat his life-threatening injuries, conversations with strangers buried nearby, letters to his family, and the small and large decisions he made that affected his chances of surviving the 7.0 Haiti earthquake that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Author WENDY ALEC is writing a new epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Brothers. We are excited to introduce the first 3 books in this new series; come check them out! The story traces the journey of Archangel brothers Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer as they move from the inception of time and place in Heaven and through Lucifer’s fall and banishment. The consequences on the brothers impacts three worlds; heaven, hell and earth. You can anticipate many twists and turns as a war unfolds for the race of men. “The tale is chilling . . . the consequences inconceivable” (ChroniclesProject).
“Can their epic search for true love survive a father’s fury? The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy in the prison that is King Saul’s palace. Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever? Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David.” [back cover]
Click HERE to read the first chapter.
“What price must she pay for true love? Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal’s foolish pride angers David and his men, she boldly steps forward to save her family—and David, the would-be king, takes notice. Circumstances offer Abigail a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, and she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. But her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?” [back cover]
Click HERE to read the first chapter.
AFSHIN JAVID was recently a guest speaker to Bible 12 students, and shared his passion for God and amazing life story. Javid’s autobiography, “As Easy As Drinking Water : A Musilim Forgiven”, is now available; come check it out at the library.
“Afshin, an extremely devout Muslim boy, had sought to please God in every way by following the words of the Koran. Having committed himself to live and die for Islam, at the age of twelve he joined Basij (Hezbollah), an Iranian Islamic paramilitary organization. Later, in obedience to his grandfather’s commission to preach Islam to North Americans, Afshin attempted illegal immigration to the West. Plans went awry when he was arrested and imprisoned in Malaysia’s infamous Pudu Jail. This is the life story of Afshin Javid, who, in an hour of darkness, had an encounter with Jesus Christ that would change his life forever. From that point on, he was commissioned to tell the world of God’s marvellous love and His desire to forgive.” [back cover]
Our own Mrs. D. Thiessen is a published author!
Come check out her book: “Relax, You’re Going to Have a Baby!”
Summary: The journey to parenthood may be rockier than you anticipated. Getting pregnant may not be as easy as you were warned it would be as a teenager. Or you may already be pregnant and are flooded with feelings of fear about the process, your changing body and your aptitude as a mother. In the face of all this stress you need to relax and remember that God is there. He is faithful — follow his lead!
From the Back Cover:
“Discover the unheard story of Christmas and why it matters.
Christmas is a time for peace on earth, a time for favorite carols, family dinners, and familiar traditions. It’s about a beautiful story of a lovely babe in the manger. Or is it?
A Not-So-Silent Night uncovers the dark side of Christmas, a side that exposes pain, humiliation, fear, and danger. Though we usually choose to ignore them, these elements–in their cultural and historical context–reveal the true meaning of Christmas where the shadow of the cross is inseparable from the manger. Author Verlyn D. Verbrugge maintains that until we see the dark side of Christmas, until we shed tears with Mary and Joseph, until we experience the fear that war is on the horizon, we will never truly understand the awesomeness of what happened in that little town of Bethlehem.
Timely and provocative, A Not-So-Silent Night steers us past holiday commercialization and drives us to the real reason for the season.”