Elizabeth Blackwell, a spunky and very determined young lady who pursued her desire to become a physician to conclusion. Elizabeth was very impudent as a child and was raised very strictly by her Aunt Bar. Her father felt education of his daughters was extremely important, even though frowned upon for the times. John Wesley, the Methodist, had inspired her father that "one man shouldn't own another" which seemed to agitate the owner of a sugar refinery (a business that used colony slaves).
The boy preacher of the Fens, Charles Spurgeon, had matured both physically and spiritually from a family of noted preachers and continued to leave a legacy of holiness and righteousness into the generations. His inspiring insights into scripture and his deep love for Christ propelled him and his clear voice into a very large congregation. He is remembered with both love and respect, even by those who had differences of opinions. Charles was born in Kelvedon, Essex, June 19th, 1834.
Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Syd Hoff, Shel Silverstein, Richard Scarry, Laura Ingalls Wilder, William Steig, Golden Books, Stan and Jan Berenstain, Disney, Sesame Street, Mo Willams…the list of authors and books goes on and on. In our south campus library you can find a wide variety of books suitable for preschoolers through fifth grade ranging from simple picture books to novels. Topics include animals, science and math, Bible stories, religion, holidays, ABC books, music and crafts, vehicles, dinosaurs, friendships, character, history, adventure, family, mystery and many more.
Mysterious visions appear to be more curse than blessing when they land Sam Miller in jail for crimes he did not commit. Soon, Mike Andrews, a lawyer-turned-minister, represents Miller and must uncover the truth about the visions’ origin and meaning. A compelling Southern legal thriller!
This book is a biography of Amy Carmichael, a young woman from Northern Ireland who spent her life as a missionary in Japan and India. She defied the barriers of India’s caste system by teaching and caring for rejected women and children. This book is not only the story of Amy, but also of the people that she reached for Christ and how they worked together to make a difference in India. This biography is part of the “Christian Heroes: Then and Now” series and is clear and easy to read.
This book is an award-winning biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and author during the years of Hitler’s rise to power and World War II. Besides giving great insight into Bonhoeffer’s life and thoughts from several primary sources, this book also helps the reader understand what it was like to be German during the years of the Third Reich. It also tells the courage of a few dissidents, including Bonhoeffer, who fought against Hitler and the Nazis from within Germany.
(About the author: She became deeply interest in the “Plain People” when she
married her Mennonite husband.
While perhaps not the most famous of Austen’s works, Mansfield park does not disappoint readers with its carefully crafted characters and Austen’s classic wit. Mansfield Park could perhaps be called the greatest of Austen’s novels. Fanny, a young girl in strained financial circumstances, comes to live with her wealthier relatives. Embedded in the hurtful and sometimes chivalrous characters in Fanny’s life, Austen comments on the superficial social world of the day, along with the heavier underlying theme of slavery.
One reason that so many movie directors have tackled the timeless treasure of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, is that Austen invites us into an enchanting 18th century British setting of love, family, and wit. With intriguing character development, Austen explored the highs and lows of family dynamics with tongue-in-cheek humor, and a perchance for exposing the ups and downs of love.
Looking for a good read this summer? The Center library has many complete series to expand your horizons. Two of my favorites are the Zion Covenant and the Zion Chronicles by Bodie (and Brock) Thoene (pronounced Tay-nee). The Zion Covenant follows the pre World War II struggles of a Jewish musician and each book title in the series has a musical name. Even though these books were written after the first series, I suggest you start with it since the time frame is first. The Zion Chronicles tells the story of the founding of the modern nation of Israel after World War II.