Visit the Library of Valpo FUMCLibrary of Valpo FUMC

     If you haven't visited our Library, take the elevator up to the second floor and check it out. The Library is loved across the hall from the church balcony.

     You will find a wide variety of books and videos that deal with both religious and secular subjects.

     Want to check out a book or two? Our Library is on the honor system. There is nothing to sign and no return date. All we ask is that you bring your books back for others to enjoy.

 

Library Notes

     The Inclusiveness committee has approved our book report on various books just added to the church library relating to the theme of inclusiveness. The following materials are all available in the church library in a new section labeled, "Incluseiveness."

The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart by Peter Gomes

Time Magazine called Peter Gomes, the preacher to Harvard University, one of the seven best preachers in America. He wrote this book to answer three basic questions about the Bible: What is it? How is it used? What does it say to me? He discussed the biblical texts on race, women, homosexuality, and the New Testament passages used to try to justify anti-Semitism. He showed how the Bible is inclusive and not exclusive - if you follow the biblical commandment to read it with mind and heart.

 

Defrocked: How a Father's Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church by Franklyn Shaefer

The pastor of a United methodist congregation in a small Pennsylvania town, Franklyn Shaefer never expected to be the center of a theological and societal debate. But after officiating at his son's marriage to another man, a church court demanded he vow to never again preside over a same-sex wedding--or he would be forced to give up his credentials as a pastor. Defrocked tells the story, in Shaefer's own words, of the events that led to the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination stripping him of his ordination. (This decision has since been reversed.)

 

Cleaning Closets: A Mother's Story by Beverly Cole

In this moving, personal story Cole describes her spiritual pilgrimage from dismay to denial to understanding to acceptance of her gay son. Sharing the fruits of much research--and even more prayer--she offers sociological and scriptural bases for rejecting hate and accepting homosexuals as worthy humans whom God loves.

 

For the Bible Tells Me So a film by Daniel Karslake

Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American families--including those of former House Majority Leader, Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson, we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.

 

Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

The stated purpose of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, pastored by Adam Hamilton, is "to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians." In this book, Rev. Hamilton explains to his target audience what the Bible is, what the Bible is not, who wrote the Bible and why, and how the canon come to be what it is today.

The first section of the book handles these questions and the most common big questions about the Bible: Is the Bible inspired, is it literally the Word of God, how does God speak to and through us, and is the Bible inerrant?

Using answers to these questions as a basis, the second section deals in detail with the most common specific concerns of those seeking to hear God's voice in Scripture. Some of the topics covered include the relationship of the Bible to science, why is God so violent in the Old Testament, why does a loving God permit suffering, is Jesus the only way to the Father, how are women regarded in the Bible, what does the Bible really say about homosexuality, and is scripture a reliable guide to future events?

Tempting as it is to skip right to the second section, the material in the lengthy first section is essential to understanding Rev. Hamilton's approach to Scripture. If you would like to understand these issues more comprehensively and be able to explain to others what the Bible has to say to us today, the book is truly important to read.