To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community
By Lisa Graham McMinn With the growing popularity of the farm-to-table movement, farmers markets, and an awareness of where and how our food is produced, readers are encouraged to garden, cook and eat with intention and gratitude. The importance of bonding over a meal, and of practicing thankfulness, alone and within community, are stressed. The author provides cooking tips, recipes and anecdotes that will inspire you to thoughtfully consider personal food choices.
Papa Do You Love Me? By Barbara M.Joosse. This story of the universal love between father and child is set in Africa within the Massai culture. The child asks “Do you love me?” How much?” “How long?” Father responds “…more than the bush baby loves the moon”, reassuring his child his love is unconditional and endless. The references to the Massai culture are supplemented by a wonderful glossary of Massai vocabulary. This is a sweet story, with beautiful illustrations and global awareness for our youngsters.
The story of St. Francis of Assisi in 28 scenes by Timothy Verdon. The life of St. Francis of Assisi is told in story and art through 28 of the full-color thirteenth-century frescos by Giotto found in the St. Francis Basilica in Assisi. Verdon, an art historian, also includes a schematic drawing of the basilica showing the placement of the frescos in the church. There is illuminating commentary on each of the artworks detailing the life of Francis’ amazing life.
How to keep a spiritual journal : a guide to journal keeping for inner growth and personal discovery by Ronald Klug This is a very practical and helpful guide to keeping a spiritual journal as a personal way to listen, experience and express oneself on paper. The author describes several methods of journaling, tailored to each individual. Spiritual journaling is a journey focusing on our relationship with God, and helping us to see God working in our lives.
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.