Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen. Kara is an eleven-year old Chinese orphan girl taken in by an American woman in China. Although Kara has a comfortable life, she feels “different” and wonders about her origins, and also about “daddy” living in the USA. This emotional young adult novel about love and family is told in lyrical verse, with beautiful illustrations interspersed as an added bonus. It’s a good read for young and old readers alike.
Four Scraps of Bread, by Magda Hollander-Lafon, who was sent from Hungary to Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp, at the age of 16 in the spring of 1944, and somehow survived until the Americans liberated the prisoners at the end of World War ll. Her memoir, rather than a chronological account of her imprisonment, is a collection of observations, memories, and her visions of survival in the form of both prose and poetry. The author, one of the few remaining witnesses to the horror of the camps, recently received knighthood in the Legion of Honor in France, named as an “artisan of peace” by the French government.
Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-weary Christian, by Rachel G. Hackenberg. This is a light, airy, gorgeous book full of words, meanings, iconic language and coded language that we encounter in our faith journey. If you love words, you’ll love this book that examines how we use language to discover and understand God’s Holy Word. The way we see, hear and feel words while perusing the lighthearted chapters helps to not only attempt to describe our faith, but to fully express it. You will reconnect with the beauty of words.
Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging by Mindy Greenstern, Ph.D., and Jimmie Holland, M.D. This book is all about getting older without get old. The authors represent two different generations and so give a refreshing perspective to the experience of aging. Both however, have learned that spirit and mind can triumph over physical limitations and give the reader unsurpassed wisdom and humor. “Enlightening,” a “great read for young and old alike” – “truly uplifting and fun.”
The Christian Century magazine, edited by Peter W. Marty, features articles and essays by noteworthy theologians and religion writers, and news items from around the world that reflect religious events of significance. It is considered the ”flagship magazine of U.S. mainline Protestantism”, committed to “thinking critically and living faithfully”, discovering what it means to live a Christian life in today’s world. Pick it up in the library and peruse the refreshing and timely articles.
Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves. Rick Steves writes that travel is more than finding the best hotels and doing as much as possible in one’s vacation. Travel changes people and helps us grow spiritually, when we make connections with people in other lands and find out how we fit into a bigger global picture. The author tells us how to broaden our perspective by traveling thoughtfully and with intent to better understand our shrinking world, people to people.
Stay: Lessons My Dog Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace by Dave Burchett. Sometimes we learn deep truths from our pets, and Burchett journaled those very things when his beloved dog Hannah was diagnosed with cancer. Her remaining days were captured on page with humor and insight as dog and master went on long walks, cherishing time together. Through Hannah, Burchett learned many lessons, including the value of being present, and living with grace and forgiveness. Each lesson is paired with biblical references, making this book a source of joy, comfort and inspiration.
New in our Library America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. Best-selling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis, talks about the deep roots of racism he experienced first hand as a young white participant in the civil rights movement fifty years ago. Although progress has been made, we continue to suffer the ravages of that ingrained racism today. His book is a call to action, aimed particularly at people of faith who have been slow to respond, but could lead the way to grassroots change toward racial justice and healing.
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.