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Reading is a great way to enjoy any weather — cold, hot, or ideal.  Every other Sunday, we will bring two book carts over to the sanctuary for your convenience.   You can check out the books for a period of three weeks—longer if you let us know.  If there is a particular book or author that you like, we will try to have it on the cart.  You can, of course, come to the library where the selection will be much greater.  The library is located in Room 222 in the Education Building.

On Sunday mornings the library is open after the first service until Sunday School begins and a between Sunday School and the second service.   If anyone is willing to volunteer to work in the library on Sunday mornings we will be happy to have it open anytime we have someone to work.  During the week the library is usually open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00. To be sure someone is in or to find out if we have the book you are looking for, call the library directly at 870-336-0654.  Follow us on Twitter  CUMCLibrary@CUMChLibrary.   Check out CUMC Library on  Pinterest.Susan Shelton

Recommendations:

Nonfiction: The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent
As a religious historian and a leading expert in his field, Michael Baigent takes us back to sites that over the last twenty years he has meticulously explored, studied, and in some instances excavated for the first time.  Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries, including many never-before-seen-photos.  Ultimately, his investigation raises the hope that we may gain a new understanding of Jesus.

Christian Fiction: The Story We Find Ourselves In by Brian D. McLaren
McLaren captures a new spirit of a relevant Christianity, where traditional divisions and doctrinal differences give way to a focus on God and the Story of God’s love for this world. If you are searching for a deeper life with God—one that moves beyond the rhetoric of denominational and theological categories—this delightful and inspiring fictional tale will provide a picture of what it could mean to recapture a joyful spiritual life.

Fiction: The Dog Who Spoke with Gods by Diane Jessup
When Elizabeth, a young pre-med student, happens upon Damien, a dog being used in laboratory research on her campus,  she has no way of knowing how drastically her life—and her beliefs—will be changed. Without meaning to, she slowly becomes drawn into the dog’s fate and is soon torn between the love and respect she has come to feel for Damien and the sense of loyalty and obligation she feels for the medical profession as well as her father and grandfather, both cardiac surgeons.