Booknotes – May 2019

Christianity shapes history

Histories and biographies related to WWII and Hitler are among the new acquisitions this month.

book cover of Unimaginable by Jeremiah Johnson

Review – Unimaginable by Jeremiah Johnson
Reviewed by Darka Kooeinga

I heard of this book via “Listening In” (World Radio), a half-hour interview show hosted by Warren Smith, where Jeremiah Johnson was a guest.  The premise of this book is what our world would be like without Christianity.  UNIMAGINABLE! The author takes you through cultural history and shows you what the world was like before Christianity, without Christianity and finally, with Christianity.

I found the middle section of the book explaining different idelologies very accessible and easy to read. This would be a great book for new believers and for those wanting to learn about Christianity’s impact on history and today’s cultural context.

New additions and books of note this month:

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix – a graphic novel in the Youth Biography section tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

God & Churchill by Jonathan Sandys (Churchill’s grandson) – includes chapters contrasting Hitler’s view for Germany vs. Churchill’s worldview.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok – classic novel telling the story of the conflict faced by a Hasidic Jewish boy’s struggle between his immense gift as an artist and the strictures of his faith.

A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible by Tim Challies

Human Nature from Calvin to Edwards by Paul Helm

 

 

Booknotes – February 2019

Spurgeon in the Spotlight

This month’s Booknotes features works related to Charles Spurgeon.

Review – Susie – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon
Reviewed by Suzanne Hall

I had recently heard of “Susie – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon” by Ray Rhodes, Jr. on the podcast, “Mortification of Spin,” when I discovered it was already in our church library. I knew very little about Charles Spurgeon and even less about his wife.  Susie endured a great deal of “seasons” throughout her life – adventurous traveler and hiker, happy wife, mother of twins, victim of ill health for much of her life, author, widow, supporter of poor pastors and their families, grandmother, and even church planter. In all her varied circumstance, she always found reason to praise and trust God. Therefore, I think her life can inspire people in many different stages of life. This biography is interesting and well written, including quotes and excerpts form letters. This book is worthwhile and an enjoyable read. It has piqued my interest to learn more about the Spurgeons and other heroes of the faith.

Note from the library: We have a large collection of Charles Spurgeon material on the Spurgeon shelf in the History, several books about him in Biography, and his commentary on Psalms in the Old Testament section in the Annex.

New additions and books of note this month:

Steal Away Home by Matt Carter. This historical fiction highlights stories of Spurgeon and the American slave Thomas Johnson.

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcy, recently reviewed in New Horizons by OPC Pastor Charles B. Williams.

Them: Why We Hate Each Other  – and How to Heal by Senator Ben Sasse.

The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Tehology of the Dwelling Place of God by G.K. Beale (part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series.)

The Virgin Birth of Christ by J. Gresham Machen

Reformation Celebrations in October

We will be celebrating the 501st anniversary of the Reformation with two of our favorite annual events:

Reformation Party
Friday, October 26, 7:00 PM
Bring a snack to share and a game to play and join in an evening of fellowship and learning. John Elliot will present a lesson on the Reformation, and will bring out the “Pin the 95 These on the Church Door.”

Joint Reformation Worship Service
Sunday, October 28, 5:00 PM
This year Mission is the host congregation, and we will be joined by Immanuel OPC (Andover, MN), Covenant OPC (Hammond, WI), and Redeemer RCUS (Golden Valley, MN). Rev. Shane Lems of Hammond will preach.