Book Reviews

Reviews of books we have in our library. Our library is open to the public and each of these books can be found and checked out online, just visit our library website for all of the details!

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • Posted on: 31 August 2018
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The Boxcar Children is the first book in a series of an engaging, classic mystery/adventure series. Originally published in 1924, this book and later the series that followed has touched generations of children and continues to be a compelling read today.

Four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden get permission to stay at a bakery but run away after hearing the baker’s wife say she will keep the oldest three children but send the youngest, Benny, to an orphanage. They create a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. Their goal is to stay together, but run into difficulties in the process of trying to make a life for themselves. To find out more about the fate of the orphans and their adventures, check this book and series out from our CCS South Campus library today!

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

  • Posted on: 31 August 2018
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Pick out a great book at the Center's library and enjoy!
One I recommend is entitled Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano. Set in England in the 1860's this Christian historical fiction mystery is engaging. There are plot twists, interesting characters and a love story. The heroine of the book has just lost her father, who has died in debtor's prison. She moves to a well- to-do relative's house and must finish the book he had been writing. While she is there she tries to solve the mystery of her missing mother. Our heroine has a strong faith in God to see her through her struggles and the author does a great job allowing the reader to experience this along with the character. This book was just written last year and I look forward to more from the author. It will be available to be borrowed in the next few weeks!

The New Answers by Ken Ham as General Editor

  • Posted on: 31 August 2018
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It is hard to keep up with all of the issues and question we are confronted with these days. This series has a focus on questions raised by science and is built around just the kinds of questions parents might get asked by curious children. Trying to balance science and faith can be daunting for many and this series will help with answering many of the questions. Common questions like, “How did dinosaurs fit into the Ark? and “Where does the ice age fit? or “What is radioisotope dating?” are dealt with by contributing scientists. I would say that this series is written clearly and understandably for most everyone. Yet it deals with some issues that we as believers need to face and have a grasp of if we are to live out our faith in this culture. Or even if our children are just fascinated by dinosaurs.

Underneath the science behind all of these questions is the foundation of the authority and truthfulness of Scripture. All of the questions help us see how the responses reveal the accuracy and power of God’s Word. Take time to read through this series. You will find it worthwhile!

Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul

  • Posted on: 31 August 2018
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Even though I have always served in Methodist churches I have found that there is always an interest in the doctrine of predestination and free will. Sproul brings his reformed view to the question and in his usual clear and interesting style looks at the relationship of God’s sovereignty and our free will. How are the two related?
Drawing on classical reformed thought, and people like Jonathan Edwards who have dealt with this issue in the past, R.C. helps us work through the questions surrounding this issue and shows that our freedom does not remove God’s sovereignty and in fact depends upon it. Wherever you may stand on this issue this book is helpful to clarify the issues and help us look at what Scripture actually says to help us find our way. The classic portions of Scripture that bring us to this debate are looked at in this book and a few passage that you might not have thought about. You may think this question is all just abstract theology. But if we do not know how God saves people how will we do evangelism? Borrow this book and grow in your faith.

The New Answers Grand Canyon

  • Posted on: 27 August 2018
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Did you know that Champion has an extensive collection for the study of your faith? In the nonfiction 220’s bibles, bible commentaries, and study guides. In the 230’s are many books of theology. In the 240’s is a big collection of books related to Christian living including devotionals and inspirational books.
Recommended: an Answers in Genesis series on creation vs. evolution called The New Answers
Grand Canyon, a beautiful picture book with scientific explanations of the structures
found there.

The Children of Hurin, by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Posted on: 27 August 2018
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It is good to find in the champion Library Tolkien’s work, The Children of Hurin. If you like Tolkien’s world then this is an important part of the history of Middle Earth. Be aware that you will not find familiar characters since this story takes place a long time before The Lord of the Rings. But you will find, a dragon, orcs, elves, and humans ready to do battle with Morgoth, the original source of evil in the world.
The story takes place in the land of Beleriand: a place that was located along the coast north of what we think of as middle earth. It lies beyond even the Grey Havens. It was a region that was swept under the sea during the great upheaval at the end of the First Age of the World.
We first hear of Hurin in The Silmarillion. He does battle with, and is captured by, Morgoth. This story is the tale of his children Turin and Nienor as they stand against the evil attempting to rule Middle earth and as they live through their own flaws.
If you are a Tolkien fan you will find this book fascinating. If you are not already a fan this is a good story in which to lose yourself, though you may have a bit of a hard time dealing with all the new names of people and places.

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

  • Posted on: 15 August 2018
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By Colleen Coble. The first book in the Mercy Falls Series.

Addie Sullivan has never felt loved by her mother, even after her father's death. Her only true companion is her beloved dog, Gideon. One stormy night, a stranger sheds light on the reason. He claims that she is Julia Eaton and not a Sullivan at all. Under the guise of a new governess, Addie and Gideon go from lighthouse to mansion in a quest to find the truth about her past.

Addie must rely heavily on her faith in God as dark secrets, shocking revelations, and murder follow her to her new home. As her romance with the father of the boy she cares for blossoms, she must choose between their love and her newfound father's wishes.

This is a fast paced read with lots of action that makes it a real page turner! This novel is suitable for adults and older teens. It can be found, as well as the rest of the Mercy Falls series, at our North campus location or checked out online to be picked up at either campus.