Our Library provides a variety of genres of books for readers interested in spiritual growth, Bible study, and Christian fiction. We believe a habit of steady reading greatly grows our faith and creates opportunities for God to shape and develop us. Below is a selection of some of what we have available.
The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ,
autobiography by Andrew Klavan (2016)
The Great Good Thing is the dramatic, soul-searching story of a man born into an age of disbelief who had to abandon everything he thought he knew in order to find his way to the truth. No one was more surprised than Andrew Klavan when, at the age of fifty, he found himself about to be baptized. Best known for his hard-boiled, white-knuckle thrillers and for the movies made from them—among them True Crime (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Don’t Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas)—Klavan was born in a suburban Jewish enclave outside New York City. He left the faith of his childhood behind to live most of his life as an agnostic in the secular, sophisticated atmosphere of New York, London, and Los Angeles. But his lifelong quest for truth—in his life and in his work—was leading him to a place he never expected.
Rose Guide to the Temple, by Dr. Randall Price (2012)
Rose Guide to the Temple provides an excellent blend of literary sources, archeological evidence, and architectural calculations of the Temple structures. It is based on painstaking research into all the technical details provided by Scripture sources, as well as ancient literary descriptions. Its precision and visual clarity make this Guide an indispensable source for our knowledge about the ancient Temples.
Rose Publishing: Then and Now Bible Map Atlas with Biblical Backgrounds and Culture,
by Paul H. Wright (2013)
Organized from old testament to new testament, telling the biblical stories that took place, and showing the land by colorful maps with overlays as to how the land was divided then, and how the land is divided currently. Tells the stories from OT to NT of the people who walked those lands. This book is full of colorful photos, maps, and pictures of archaeological artifacts and places.
And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman, by Lyle W. Dorsett (2009)
Tells the complete life story of the American poet, radical communist, and atheist--until her conversion to Christianity in the late 1940s--who was briefly married to British author C.S. Lewis.
Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games, by Lopez Lomong (2016)
This true story of a Sudanese child refugee who became an Olympic star is powerful proof that God gives hope to the hopeless and shines a light in the darkest places. Don't be surprised if after reading this incredible tale, you find yourself mysteriously drawn to run alongside him."
Trapped in Hitler’s Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah’s Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust, by Anita Dittman (2014)
Anita Dittman was just a little girl when the winds of Nazism and Hitler's coming Holocaust began to blow through Germany. Raised by her Jewish mother, she came to believe that Jesus was her Messiah at eight years old. By the time she was ten, the war had begun. Trapped in Hitler's Hell is the true account of Holocaust horror but also of God's miraculous mercy on a young girl who spent her teenage years desperately fighting for survival yet learning to trust in the One she had come to love.
Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, Wife of Charles H. Spurgeon
by Ray Rhodes, Jr. (2018)
While many Christians recognize the name of Charles H. Spurgeon, the beloved preacher and writer, few are familiar with the life and legacy of his wife, Susie. Yet Susannah Spurgeon was an accomplished and devout woman of God who had a tremendous ministry in her own right, as well as in support of her husband. Even while dealing with serious health issues, she administered a book fund for poor pastors, edited and published her husband’s sermons and other writings, led a pastor’s aid ministry, wrote five books, made her home a hub of hospitality, and was instrumental in planting a church. And as her own writing attests, she was also a warm, charming, and fascinating woman.
They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men and Women Who Changed the World,
by Cristobal Krusen
What do Abraham Lincoln, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Louis Pasteur, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, and John D. Rockefeller Sr. all have in common? They all changed the world--and they were all Christians. Now the little-known stories of faith behind twelve influential people of history are available in one inspiring volume.
Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken & the Beautiful,
by Katie Davis Majors (2017)
Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mom to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda and the author of the New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie.
Tracks of a Fellow Struggler: Living and Growing Through Grief, by John R. Claypool ( 2004)
John Claypool had been a pastor for almost two decades, ministering to others who suffered through the loss of loved ones, when the loss came home with the death of his eight-year-old daughter.
This book is the story of Claypool's own journey through the darkness, written through four sermons. The first was delivered just eleven days after his daughter's diagnosis of leukemia, the second after her first major relapse nine months later, and the third weeks after her death. The final sermon--a reflection on the process of grieving--was preached three years later.
With more than a million copies sold, Tracks of a Fellow Struggler is once again available in a hardcover edition, perfect for gift-giving, or for anyone seeking God's comfort in difficult times to read and cherish.
You Are Not Alone: Rediscovering Faith in God After Infant Loss, by Dr. Nikki Watkins (2017)
Dr. Nikki Watkins was sure she was done having children. She and her husband, Greg, were in their forties and had three daughters. But Nikki felt God’s encouragement to have another child, and when her six-year-old suggested that God might want the couple to have a baby, Nikki knew it was a sign. Greg prayed about the matter and agreed that God wanted them to have another baby, and Nikki’s pregnancy commenced.Greg and Nikki learned that their unborn daughter, Riley Elizabeth, had a heart defect, but late in the pregnancy, the parents visited a pediatric cardiologist who told them she wouldn’t need surgery. But the very next day, they received the worst news of their lives: Riley’s heart had stopped beating.
In the days and months ahead, Nikki plunged into grief—and worse. She experienced severe depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, and substance abuse. She couldn’t trust God anymore, not after what he had let her go through.
But she loved Greg, and she didn’t want to lose him. As alone as she felt, she reached out to others and didn’t let go of her loved ones. Their support provided an environment for her healing—and her return to God.
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus - An Advent Devotional, by Asheritah Ciuciu (2017)
What if you could spend this Christmas season delighting in your Savior instead of trying to create a picture-perfect holiday? Asheritah Ciuciu invites you to prepare your heart so you can worship Jesus as never before. Each daily reflection will lead you to meditate on a different name of Jesus from Scripture.
Jesus Calling for Christmas, by Sarah Young (2018)
50 seasonal devotion selections along with Scripture, quotes, and festive and breathtaking imagery. From the beginning of Advent to Christmas Day and beyond, enjoy the presence of the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly.
Because of Bethlehem, by Max Lucado (2016)
Max Lucado loves Christmas. Let the sleigh bells ring. Let the carolers sing. The more Santas the merrier. The more trees the better. He loves it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions: What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? And the answers he’s found give us all hope. God knows what it’s like to be a human. When we talk to him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, he understands. He’s been there. He’s been here. Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven.
The Women of Christmas, by Liz Curtis Higgs (2013)
A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts. Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas.
Through My Father’s Eyes, by Franklin Graham (2018)
“Billy Graham was focused–riveted to a call from God. He set his hands to a heavenly task and firmly placed both feet on the narrow road, following the steps of the Lord wherever they led. He was a man who realized his inability and grasped God’s authority. He was convicted by the message God put in his heart and comprehended its power. My father understood his calling and God’s leading. He lived life guided by his Father in heaven. These are the lessons he taught me. I am privileged to tell this story – through my father’s eyes.” —Franklin Graham
The Christian Atheist, by Craig Groeschel (2010)
Former self-proclaimed Christian Atheist Craig Groeschel knows his subject and his audience all too well. After several years of successful ministry, he had to make a painful self-admission: although he believed in God, he was leading his church as if God didn’t exist. To thousands of Christians and non-Christians across every town in the United States, the journey leading up to Groeschel’s admission and the journey that follows – from his family and his upbringing, to the lackluster and even diametrically opposed expressions of faith he encountered – will look and sound like the story of their own lives. Now the founding and senior pastor of the multicampus, pace-setting LiveChurch.tv, Groeschel’s personal walk toward an authentic God-honoring life is more relevant than ever. Christians and Christian Atheists everywhere will be nodding their heads as they are challenged to take their own honest assessment and ask the question, “Am I putting my whole faith in God but still living as if everything were up to me?” Groeschel’s frank and raw conversation about our Christian Atheist tendencies and habits is a convicting and life-changing read. This book is a classic in the making.
In the Field of Grace, by Tessa Afshar (2014)
Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left - a strong back and a willing heart - to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest. Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.
Thief of Corinth, by Tessa Afshar (2018)
First century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption - the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure. After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains. Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future - and very lives - hanging in the balance.
When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.
The Wedding Dress, by Rachel Hauck (2012)
Four brides. One Dress. The story of four lovable women, miraculously bound by one gown, whose lives span a century . . . will take your breath away. Rachel Hauck weaves an intricately beautiful story centering around a wedding dress passed down through the years. Taken at face value, the tale is superlative, but considering the spiritual message both on the surface and between the lines, this novel is incredible. Readers will laugh, cry and treasure this book. This is Book 1 of 3 in Hauck’s “Wedding Collection” series.
The Wedding Chapel, by Rachel Hauck (2015)
A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation. This is Book 2 of 3 in Hauck’s “Wedding Collection” series.
The Wedding Shop, by Rachel Hauck (2016)
Rachel Hauck has created a tender, nostalgic story, weaving together two pairs of star-crossed lovers from the present and the past with the magical space that connects them. So full of heart and heartache and redemption, this book is one you’ll read long into the night, until the characters become your friends, and Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, your second hometown. This is Book 3 of 3 in Hauck’s “Wedding Collection” series.
Light to My Path (Refiner’s Fire Series, Book 3), by Lynn Austin (2014)
As a slave, Kitty has followed orders all her life. Now that she's free to choose, how will she know the right path? Beautifully repackaged!
The Writing Desk, by Rachel Hauck (2017)
Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?
With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.
A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.
Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.
Sunrise (Sunrise Series-Baxter 3 Book 1), by Karen Kingsbury (2007)
In preparation for their long-awaited wedding day, Dayne and Katy are determined to keep the ceremony a secret from the paparazzi. Their relationship grows closer and stronger as they plan together, but in the end it takes the help of the Baxter family and many of the CKT kids so that they'll even have a chance at a private wedding. John Baxter is thrilled that his oldest son will be settling down a few miles away, but he isn't sure how any of his kids will handle a situation he can no longer run from―the feelings he is having for his friend Elaine. In the meantime, the Flanigan family is struggling with their young boarder, Cody Coleman, Jim Flanigan's star receiver. After an alcohol overdose, Cody fights for his life. Only God's grace and a miracle can bring him back from the brink of death―physically and spiritually.
Someday (Sunrise Series-Baxter 3, Book 3), by Karen Kingsbury (2007)
Pressures of the celebrity lifestyle weigh heavily on Dayne and Katy Matthews as they take on separate movie projects. Tabloid rumors talk of trouble and unfaithfulness between the two, but finally something drastic catches Dayne's attention and makes him realize the destruction they're playing with. But will it be too late? The Flanigan family recognizes the deep loss of the Christian Kids Theater program, and they lead a final effort to keep the theater from being torn down. Meanwhile, John Baxter takes the next step in his growing relationship with Elaine, giving him a season to contemplate selling the Baxter house and, along with it, losing a lifetime of memories made there. As the rest of the family considers the future and what may lie ahead, they must pull together like never before. Only their undying love for each other can help the Baxters get past the trials of today for a life they know is possible . . . someday.
Sunset (Sunrise Series-Baxter 3, Book 4), by Karen Kingsbury (2008)
As John Baxter makes plans to marry Elaine, one of the Baxters enters into the most trying season of all. During a time of renewed love and hope for the future, the Baxters try to come together to establish the sacred ground of marriage and to chart a course for the future. Memories of times gone by meet with the changes of today in a story that proves only the support of faith and family can take a person into the
Embrace the Dawn, by Kathleen Morgan (2002)
The first book in the Scottish Highland series - Scottish Highlands 1691. Rumored to have murdered his wife, Ruarc MacDonald has a reputation as a dangerous man. Now his faith and honor are about to be put to the test. After escaping a violent marriage, Killian Campbell swears no man will hurt or control her again. As she fights for her own life and her son's, Killian is forced to seek safety in the arms of the one man who could destroy her future. Only as Ruarc and Killian join together can they each make peace with the past and the feuding clansmen who threaten to divide them forever.
Consuming Fire, by Kathleen Morgan (2003)
The sequel to Embrace the Dawn, in the Scottish Highland series - Scottish Highlands 1694. With one brief meeting, a stranger destroys Maggie Robertson's hopes for her future and she finds herself enmeshed once again in her father's self-serving schemes. Adam Campbell sees a web of deceit, dishonor and berayal spin out before him. Yet, by whatever means necessary, he must bring Maggie Robertson home to fulfill her father's plans. Even if he must place his own integrity on the line. Their lives are bound together by circumstances beyond their control. Their hearts are knit together by love. But only God can save them from the forces threatening to pull them apart.
To the Moon and Back, by Karen Kingsbury (2018)
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new love story in the Baxter Family collection about two people who lost their parents in the same national tragedy—two people desperate to find each other and the connection they shared for a single day…a day that changed everything.
A Baxter Family Christmas, by Karen Kingsbury (2016)
Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, along with her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart. Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, and “will satisfy Kingsbury fans old and new” (Publishers Weekly).
When We Were Young, by Karen Kingsbury (2018)
A classic story about second chances, featuring the beloved Baxter family and a young father who finds his whole world turned upside down on the eve of his divorce.
“Woodlawn”, starring Jon Voight and Sean Astin (2016)
In 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player on the Woodlawn High School football team. Their dedication to love and unity, in a newly desegregated school filled with racism and hate, leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of superstar, Tony Nathan.
“I Can Only Imagine”, starring Madeline Carroll and Dennis Quaid (2018)
Inspiring, true story behind MercyMe’s beloved hit song. Running from a troubled home life and a broken relationship, Bart Millard found escape in music. Hitting the road in a decrepit tour bus, Bart and his band MercyMe set out on an amazing journey none of them could ever have imagined, in this uplifting, musi-filled movie that beautifully illustrates the power of forgiveness and God’s love.
“The Case for Christ”, starring Mike Vogel (2017)
Based on the true story of Lee Strobel, an award-winning investigative journalist -- and avowed atheist -- who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife... with unexpected, life-altering results.
“Unbroken: Path to Redemption”, starring Samuel Hunt (2018)
Beginning where the hit movie “Unbroken” concludes, the next chapter brings the rest of Louis Zamperini's inspirational true story to life. After surviving years of torture as a prisoner of war, Louis (Samuel Hunt) returns home from World War II, where he meets and marries Cynthia (Merritt Patterson). Haunted by his past, he is driven deep into despair. But when Cynthia turns to God at the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade, her most fervent prayer for Louis is to find peace and forgiveness.
“Charting Christmas”: Discovering the origins of Christmas Traditions (2013)
Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? How did Saint Nicholas become Santa Claus? Why do we have Christmas trees? Charting Christmas provides answers to these questions and many more as it explores the history of Christmas. Filmed on location in the Holy Land and the United Kingdom, this documentary traces the origins of Christmas traditions beginning with the biblical prophecies concerning the Messiah and the New Testament accounts of His birth. See how Christmas celebrations evolved through the ages and were influenced by notable figures and entities including Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Boniface, Charles Dickens, and even the Coca-Cola Corporation. Included are interviews with biblical scholars and historians, such as author and Bible teacher Lance Lambert and Canon Jim Rosenthal, Founder of the St. Nicholas Society. Their commentaries illuminate the origins of Christmas and tell us why we celebrate Christmas as we do today.
“The Case for Christmas / The Case for Easter”, by Lee Strobel (2018)
Lee Strobel investigates the story of Jesus' birth and reveals how we can know it is true. He examines the Bible's claim that Jesus was born of a virgin, some of the "puzzles" we find in the Gospel that don’t seem to match up with the historical record, and the great mystery of the incarnation—how Jesus could be both fully God and fully human. Lee shows how the evidence points to the inescapable conclusion that Jesus was who he said he was: the divine Son of God.
In The Case for Easter, Lee Strobel looks at the story of Jesus' resurrection and reveals how we can know that it actually took place. He explores the "discrepancies" critics have pointed to in the Gospel accounts, looks at the evidence that Jesus' tomb was truly empty, and shows how the eyewitness accounts of those who saw Jesus alive after the crucifixion are credible. Lee reveals how all the facts point to the conclusion that led him from atheism to Christianity: Jesus was the Son of God who conquered the grave.
“Saving Christmas”, by Kirk Cameron (2015)
This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true reason for the season. SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for our time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. So take in all the splendor; take in all the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in and let’s put Christmas back in Christmas!
Gaithers: “Homecoming Christmas” (DVD Format 2006)
In this unique Christmas celebration, filmed in the heart of South Africa, Bill and Gloria and their Homecoming Friends take you on a journey that celebrates the spirit of giving and honors the greatest Gift ever given. Through joyous songs and a life-changing adventure with Franklin Graham and Operation Christmas Child, the joy of the season has never been more contagious than through this unforgettable Homecoming experience!
“End Times Eyewitness” by Joel Richardson (2014)
Is the return of Jesus closer than you think? What are the most powerful prophetic signs being fulfilled in the earth today? How is the new Middle East after the Arab Spring aligning with the testimony of the biblical prophets? What are the little known prophetic signs that few are paying attention to? End Times Eyewitness takes you on a firsthand journey into the heart of the biblical world, to the front lines of the ongoing Middle Eastern revolutions, to discover the shocking answer to all of these questions. Filmed in several nations and featuring the testimonies of global Christian leaders, pastors, theologians, and missionaries, End Times Eyewitness reveals which biblical prophecies of the last days are being fulfilled in the earth today and what is coming next?