Then Jesus said ... “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:31-32
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God's Paintbrush (J211 Sas)
Children speak about God in ways that are different from adults. They ask many questions about God, questions that can be startlingly direct. Oftentimes adults―parents, grandparents and teachers―feel uncomfortable answering them.
Through fantasy, involvement and imagination, Sandy Sasso and Annette Compton invite children of all faiths and backgrounds to encounter God openly through moments in their own lives―and help the adults who love them to be a part of that encounter. This book provides a gift of images that nurtures and encourages children in making meaning of their world.
With over 100,000 copies in print, God's Paintbrush remains one of the most popular spiritual books for children of all faiths, all backgrounds. This special anniversary edition includes new ideas for interaction between adults and children, and an important new message from the author.
The Will of God (231 Wea)
During the tumultuous era of World War II, the city of London shattered under unrelenting bombs dropped by Nazi Germany. Millions of buildings were destroyed or damaged, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, and survivors were left to ask: How can this destruction be part of God’s plan? What is God’s will in all of this?
After City Temple in London was reduced to rubble, Rev. Leslie Weatherhead crafted five sermons on understanding the will of God to help his congregation endure religious doubt as their city—and church—crumbled around them. Weatherhead’s sermons were eventually published as The Will of God, a resource that has sold more than a million copies and has been a lifeline for grieving persons seeking to understand God’s purpose for their pain. This large-print edition brings a timeless message—both for new readers and returning fans.
God Is Always with Me (J231 Cas)
Why do things have to change? Ice cream melts, best friends move away, and even people get old and die. But caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies, and God has more in store for us than we can ever imagine. Helen Caswell’s softly colored picture book, God Is Always with Me, shows young children that even though things change and people die, God remains with us through it all. Only one thing doesn’t change, and that is God’s love for us.
How to Know God (291.4 Cho)
The celebrated author Deepak Chopra has written his most ambitious and important work yet, a runaway international bestseller that has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to rethink their concept of God. According to Chopra, the brain is hardwired to know God. The human nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to seven levels of divine experience. These are shaped not by any one religion (they are shared by all faiths). How to Know God describes the quest each of us is on, whether we realize it or not.
The Blessings of Brokenness (248.8 Sta)
No matter how great your faith in God, pain and grief are a part of life. Considering just how shattering life’s blows can be, can we honestly believe God will bring good out of our most heartbreaking crises? “It’s difficult to discern the blessing in the midst of brokenness,” says Dr. Charles Stanley in his book, The Blessings of Brokenness. “Certain circumstances in life hurt, at times so intensely that we think we will never heal.” The death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a lingering illness . . . the catalysts for brokenness all possess a wrenching pain and the power to forever alter our lives. But they also possess one thing more: the potential for discovering a richness in living we otherwise would never know.
“After brokenness, we can experience God’s greatest blessings,” says Dr. Stanley. “The dawn after a very dark and storm-wrecked night is glorious. Joy after a period of intense mourning can be ecstatic.” Read Dr. Stanley’s book to learn about his insights in how we must fully experience our brokenness and confront why God allows it.
The Tree that Survived the Winter (242 Fah)
Although we often think of fables as intended for the enlightenment and entertainment of children, here is one that adults will want to read. Mary Fahy has written a tale aimed at persons who find themselves in a period of transition, or who are experiencing loss or new birth in their lives.
Fahy tells the story of a tree that awakens one spring morning to discover that she has survived the winter, but with many changes in her being and appearance. Overcoming feelings of anger, fear and abandonment, the tree comes to appreciate the abundance she has been given and finds ways to share this mystery with others. Finally, the tree understands the mystery of love and fidelity.
This beautifully illustrated, sensitively written book has become a classic in its own right. Readers will recognize their own story in it--a story of affirmation, indomitable spirit and love.