Saturday, January 30, 2010

Books Seized This Week

Here are the books that came into my house this week:

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

How I "seized the book" - local library

This is the second book in the Valentine series. I read the first one (Very Valentine). Since I didn't like it too much, you may wonder why I would grab this one to read. Well, I like Trigiani's Big Stone Gap series, so I thought I'd give her another try. Besides, I'm a librarian who gets first pick at the new titles, so how could I resist picking it up and being one of the first to read it?

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

How I "seized the book" - my friend bought it online for me

I have asked a friend at church to be my spiritual mentor, and when we were talking about what to do in our times together, we decided to study a book. This is the one we chose. Elyse is one of my favorite Christian authors. I have already read the introduction and first chapter, so I know it's going to be good.

The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall

How I "seized the book" - bought it at church

Amazon Product Description:

"The Christian in Complete Armour provides daily readings packed with tools for spiritual triumph. Written in the seventeenth century by Pastor William Gurnall and compiled into 365 readings by editor James S. Bell, Jr., this collection supplies Christians with a soul-searching and inspiring supplement to the Bible.'The best thought breeder in our library.' -Charles Spurgeon"

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

How I "seized the book" - another library pick

I have heard a lot about Francis Chan, this book, and his new one, Forgotten God. A lot of people seem to really like it. I know this may sound strange, but when a book is as popular as this, I tend to think I won't like it. I often don't enjoy books that get a lot of attention. But, who knows, maybe this one will surprise me.

Nothing But the Truth by Brian Edwards

How I "seized the book" - bought it at church

My husband's Bible study group is reading this one. I may give it a try as well. The subtitle of the book is: The Inspiration, Authority and History of the Bible Explained. Sounds good to me.

A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent

How I "seized the book" - also bought at church

This book was recommended to all of us at church to read. The subtitle is : Learning to See the Glories of God's Love. It is a book that helps us to "preach the gospel to ourselves" every day.

From an Amazon review: "A Gospel Primer has one basic purpose: help Christians to clearly, confidently and consistently "rehearse" the Gospel to themselves. What does it mean to "rehearse", well, in short, it means to stir yourself up, by way of reminder. Remind yourself of the Gospel. The whole Gospel. And just as is characteristic of the Gospel, allow the truth of that Gospel to change us as we dwell and meditate on it."

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