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Book of the Month 2009
by The Library Team
October 2009

Julius Caesar, the brilliant Roman general, accidentally destroyed the most valuable treasure of the world in 47 BC. He was afraid that the Roman fleet, based in Alexandria Harbour in Egypt, would fall into enemy hands. His solution to this problem was to set fire to the ships. Unfortunately the fire blazed out of control and destroyed the Library of Alexandria. Thousands of manuscripts, hand-written on papyrus scrolls, and collected from all over the known world went up in smoke. Today we still wonder at the loss of so much ancient knowledge.

Fortunately today we have other methods of storing and duplicating documents, so the store of human knowledge is not likely to be lost ever again. But in spite of the prevalence of computers, there is still a place in our lives for books. They are easy to carry around, do not require batteries or power outlets, and are very “user-friendly.”
Here are some of the latest additions to the SASSPC Library:
For adults:
 Amazing grace: William Wilberforce and the campaign to end slavery, by Eric Metaxas. This is an engrossing account of Wilberforce’s long fight to put an end to slavery within the British Empire.
A Holy Meal, by Gordon T. Smith. The author explains the deep significance of this ritual and its importance to Christians.
The last Christian generation, by Josh McDowell. In this book McDowell details some recent findings from surveys of the beliefs of young Christians. Many are not really sure of what they believe in, and so do not know how to tell others about the Christian faith.
Edges of His ways, by Amy Carmichael. An edited collection of the writings of Amy Carmichael, the well-known missionary to Donhavour in India, is now in the form of daily readings.
A new kind of normal, by Carol Kent. This book is a follow- up to Kent’s story of how her son came to be convicted of the murder of his wife’s ex-husband.
The Sunrise Series, by prolific author Karen Kingsbury. We now have the three titles in this series.
They are Sunrise, Summer, and Someday.
Dominion,by Randy Alcorn. A newspaper columnist in Chicago struggles with the senseless shooting deaths of his sister and his young niece. Although this is fiction, it is a compelling story that has great relevance to us in view of the recent spate of gang and drug-related killings here in B.C.
For Children and Young People:
Be kind, be friendly, be thankful, by Phil Callaway. This is the first in a series about Brisky Bear and Trooper Dog. It includes a CD of the text and the songs sung by the characters in the story.
Hero Tales: vols. 1 & 2, by Dave & Neta Jackson. Tales of real-life Christian heroes.
Dragon Fire, by Donita K. Paul. We now have five titles in this exciting series of the battles of good and evil.
The Kingdom series, by Chuck Black. This series include; Kingdom’s dawn; Kingdom’s hope; Kingdom’s edge; Kingdom’s call. There’s plenty of action here!
Sold out: Chloe #2, by Melody Carlson. Chloe and Co. find out at first hand about the world of pop bands and recording contracts.
The Library Team


June  - September 2009           
It’s BAG O’ BOOKS time!

Each year in June you have the opportunity to take home a bag of books from the Library for your summer reading. We’ll be happy to choose books for you or you can come in and pick your own. You can have up to ten items in your bag. This offer is open to all SASSPC members and adherents, and their children. Please use the sign-up sheet in the Library or the one on the stage in the Hall. Add the age(s) of your child(ren) so we can make appropriate choices.

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the special promotions we have had since last year. There are several  books related to the Cambodia Missions we have heard about, which are still on
display in the Library. We have a great variety of non-fiction titles by Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, Mark Buchanan, Tony Campolo, Charles Swindoll, C. S. Lewis, Joyce Meyer, Elisabeth Elliot, Karen Armstrong, Patsy Clairmont, Catherine Marshall, Barbara Johnson and Anne Graham Lotz, to name but a few.

Our fiction section is overflowing with good Christian fiction. Some popular authors in this category are, Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, Janette Oke, Bodie Thoene, James Coggins, T. Davis Bunn, Gilbert Morris and Michael Phillips.

The bags will be ready for pick-up at the end of June.
Due to summer holidays the Library will be closed from July 5 to August 23.

May 2009
The current sermon series by Pastor Martin is on the topic of prayer. There is no doubt that prayer and the act of praying are of great importance to all of us. Each day we feel the need to pray, to make that vital connection to God. Yet we often struggle with questions about prayer.  “Is God listening when I pray?” "Why does  God allow bad things to happen?” One author who tackles this topic in his own unique way is Bill Hybels, pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church, a mega-church in Chicago.  In his book, Too busy NOT to pray, he explains why daily personal prayer time is essential to him. The sub-title of the book is, Slowing down to be with God. Chapter by chapter he gives practical advice on how to pray and also how to spend time listening to what God has to say.

Author Philip Yancey in his book, Prayer: does it make any difference? explores possible answers to many of the questions that Christians wonder about. This is a very well-researched book, filled with thoughtful insights into the effects of prayer. Yancey uses many real-life accounts of how prayer brought about huge changes in situations that seemed hopeless.

Other titles you may find of interest on the topic of prayer are:
Adventures in prayer by Catherine Marshall – a short tour through eight different types of prayer.
Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets – solid biblical teaching about the many facets of prayer
The power of prayer in a believer’s life, by Charles Spurgeon – twelve sermons by the renowned English preacher.

More titles are available at the  Library.

May 2009
Focus for this month of May is, The Reformation, with particular attention to the writings of John Calvin. Calvin was born in Noyon, in France on
July 10, 1509, so this is his 500th anniversary year.

He was 8 years old when Martin Luther hammered his “95 Theses” protesting the sale of indulgences, to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, thus initiating the Reformation.

John grew up in turbulent times but his family were staunch Catholics and John’s father had destined him for the priesthood. However, a quarrel between his father and the church authorities led to John being transferred from Paris to Orleans where he began to study law. The various influences on his early years came from teachers and reformers who had caught the spirit of Luther’s ideas on the saving grace of God, and the priesthood of all believers.

It is interesting to note that neither Luther nor Calvin wanted to break away from the established church at first. They just wanted to reform it and cleanse it of the unbiblical dogmas and practices that had been added for dubious reasons over the years. They abhorred the sale of indulgences which had been authorized by various popes as a means of raising money.

John Calvin formulated his theology over a period of years and published it in his landmark work, The Institutes of the Christian Religion. We are fortunate to have this, published in two volumes, in our Library.

We also have the book, Calvin for Armchair Theologians, by Christopher Elwood. This is a very well- researched and highly readable account of John Calvin’s life and theology. In addition to the book we have an audio version on a set of four CDs.

See also, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, by Christopher Ellwood. Ellwood’s books are enlivened by cartoon-like drawings by Ron Hill, which really highlight the author’s main points.

There are so many facets to the Reformation and we are fortunate to have several other relevant books now on display in the Library.

April 2009
Today, April 5, 2009 is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most momentous week in the New Testament. Many artists over the years have depicted Jesus impaled on a cross at Golgotha, high above our heads.  In the Library we have a picture of Jesus on a cross which gives quite a different perspective on the crucifixion.  The original was painted by Salvador Dali and it caused quite a stir when it was first made public. We invite you to come and see it for yourself.

Feature of the Month for April
The death and resurrection of Jesus is the heart of our faith. It has inspired countless Christians through the ages to give their all for Him and accomplish the seemingly impossible. On Saturday March 7, many of us attended the “Light to the Darkness” event here in the church hall. We heard the amazing story of Canadian Brian McConaghy who went to Cambodia as a tourist and because of what he saw and experienced there, has devoted his life to improving the lot of some of the poorest people on earth.

The story of The Ratanak Foundation, which Brian established, is told on a DVD which we now have in the Library. We also heard from a group of people, Pastor Martin included, who went to Cambodia last May to transform a former child brothel into a school for poor children. It was certainly an evening to remember.

Cambodia’s culture was all but destroyed during the reign of the Khmer Rouge regime. About one third of the population of 10 million people were killed during that time. One survivor of “the killing fields” of Cambodia, Sokreaska Himm, has written a book about his experiences. It is called, “The Tears of my Soul”, and it is grim but compelling reading.  Sokreaska became a Christian and shares with the reader his struggle with following God’s command to “forgive those who sin against us”.

Cambodia is also featured in the book, “Journey to Joy”, by Marie Ens. Marie was one of the speakers this year at Missions Fest. She and her husband Norman spent many years as missionaries in Cambodia and learned to love and respect the people there. After Norman’s death, Marie returned to Cambodia and now runs an orphanage for children who are infected with HIV.

The Library Team

February 2009
The annual Mission Fest event takes place at Vancouver Conference Centre, at Canada Place from Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1, this year. It offers an excellent opportunity for all of us to see the displays of the Christian missions that are working all over the globe.

Among this year’s speakers at Missions Fest were authors Tony Campolo and Mark Buchanan. Both are excellent writers though they have different styles and write on different topics. So this month instead of a “Book of the Month”, we are featuring these two as, “Authors of the Month.” You will find a list of the titles we have by both writers posted in the Library.

Birthday to celebrate: We will celebrate the 44th birthday of the SASSPC library on Sunday, February 8, 2009. Please join us for some cake with your coffee between services next Sunday.

January  2009
New Year - new resolutions - new ideas! January 2009 is Audio-Visual Month.

This month, instead of a book of the month, the members of the Library Team are featuring DVDs, CDs, and Videos. Yes, we know that videos are slightly out-dated now but we have a number of them that are still worth viewing. We are gradually replacing the "Veggie Tales" series and others with DVDs, however, the videos are still available.

We'd also like to draw your attention to the Radio Theatre CDs in our collection. These are dramatized versions of popular books which are very well produced. You can sit back, close your eyes and be transported to a distant land when you switch on the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. These seven books is a series in a set.

For children, we have a number of CDs in the exciting Odyssey series. These are lively, interesting stories of young people in the town of Odyssey coming to grips with the ups and downs of life.

During the holidays, I (Winnie) listened to the timeless classic, Anne of Green Gables. It was a sheer delight to hear the story of the feisty red-head come alive as I actually did some ironing!

Another popular choice is, At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon. This is the first of the stories about Father Tim and his life as a pastor among the colourful characters of the little town of Mitford.

On a more serious note, you can try, The Cost of Freedom, a dramatized account of the life of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who lived and died in Germany during the Second World War. This is an inspring story of courage and devotion.

Baxter Kruger, who many of you will remember as a visiting preacher here at SASSPC, had recorded his book, Dancing with God, on a set of six CDs.

A recent aquisition is the three-disc set of, The Mediation of Christ, recorded live by Professor Thomas Torrance of the University of Edinburgh. Regent College, here in Vancouver, as produced a number of recordings by well-known theologians. We hope to add more of these to our collection soon.

We invite you all to visit the Library sometime during the month and check out some of our A/V material. You'll be glad you did!

Happy New Year
The Library Team.