Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass by Dana Walrath. For those living with someone who has dementia, this book is a lovely and healing experience. Alice’s daughter, Dana Walrath, is an anthropoligist, artist and writer who believes in the power of graphics to help heal those who struggle. She cared for her mother and found hope and humor when she used the classic Alice in Wonderland to illustrate the journey of transformation they took together. Her illustrations capture the love and affection felt while making a stronger connection with a loved one.
The Road to Character by David Brooks, a New York Times columnist and best-selling author, challenges us, and himself, to balance “resume virtues” such as wealth, accomplishments, status, with “eulogy virtues” like honesty, compassion, faithfulness. He explores how some of the world’s best thinkers built their inner character through self-examination and inner struggle. Brooks rejects the culture of the “Big Me” and focuses on the kind of relationships we form based on humility and moral depth.
Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo by Stephanie Storey. This art history thriller is a story of the rivalry between two Renaissance masters, living in Florence from 1501-1505. Leonardo, a successful artist, comes into a difficult period in his life, while at the same time, Michelangelo, a young temperamental artist, wins the commission for the sculpture “David”. The story gives insight into the minds and souls of two masters who struggle with self-doubt and physical exertion, while exploring the creative process.
Grand Days: ideas for sharing faith moments between grandparent and grandkids by Joy E Lawrence and Kelli B.Trujillo. Do you wish you could share your Christian faith with your grandchildren, but don’t know how? Read Grand Days and learn how to build great relationships while having fun and growing closer. The book is full of activities to enjoy together – cooking, outings, eating, projects, games, storytelling, bridging the double generation gap while sharing your Christian faith!
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The author and the illustrator Jago have put together a “gorgeous and innovative collection of 101 simple-yet-profound thoughts on faith”. It’s perfect for adults, children, and families. Each entry is Biblically based and beautifully illustrated. God’s love for us shines through every word and is truly meant to make your heart sing.
The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. In this National Book Award winner, the author tells the best-selling story of Cora, a slave, and her harrowing journey to find freedom, state by state. But more than a tale of pre-Civil War days, The Underground Railroad traces our history from the importation of slaves by ship, to our present-day dilemma trying to fulfill the promises of freedom for all Americans.
God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergen. Lisa Tawn Bergren is a popular author who has written many “God Gave Us…” books for children, each one warm and encouraging. This Easter book explains to our littlest readers that God loves us, and how Easter came about. The polar bear Papa uses elements of nature to explain the resurrection to his young cub. Children will enjoy the soft watercolor/colored pencil illustrations.
The Time of Easter by Suzanne Richterkessing gives children a grasp of the whole Easter season, from Lent through Holy Week and including Easter and Ascension. Children learn through the adventures of two church mice, Smidge and Smudge, who experience Easter day by day. Included is a laminated and reusable activity book for extra fun.
40 Days 40 Prayers 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life by Bruce Reyes-Chow. In our newest Lenten resource, the author uses a lively style that encourages you to pause during your busy daily routine, and use scripture, prayer and reflection in a brief devotion. Author Reyes-Chow includes interactive QR codes that link to more “reflections, graphics and prayers” one can use during Lent or anytime.
What Do You Stand For? For Kids: A Guide to Building Character by Barbara A Lewis. What do You Stand For? For Kids contains true stories and thought-provoking scenarios that help build character traits like honesty, fairness, responsibility, respect and courage. The activities help kids grow into caring, strong adults.