United Methodist Women Reading LibraryUMW Reading Library - 2015 Book Additions


New Books added in 2015

     These are a few of the books that are recommended by the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. Three copies of each book has been added to the UMW Reading Library located in the church Parlor. Feel free to check out any of these titles, or any of the other books on the shelves in the Parlor.


Category: Education for Mission

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg - In Afghanistan, where the birth of a son is celebrated and the arrival of a daughter is mourned, a bacha posh ("dressed up like a boy" in Dari) is a third kind of child - a girl raised as a boy with all the opportunities and freedoms boys enjoy. Written by the reporter who covered the phenomenon for the New York Times, this is the story of Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice for her fourth daughter.

Good God, Lousy World & Me - The improbable journey of a human rights activist from unbelief to faith, by Holly Burkhalter. For years Holly was a broken hearted idealist working on the front lines of change around the world. A witness to brutality and injustice, she found herself often angrily, sometimes hilariously, at odds with God who seemed distant at best and tyrannical at worst. Her riveting faith memoir will spur you to explore your own questions about God's presence, and seeming absence, in our broken world.


Category: Leadership Development

The Weight of Mercy by Deb Richardson-Moore - Deb Richardson-Moore spent 27 years as a journalist in the deep south. She then retrained as a Baptist pastor and accepted a post at a run down, inner-city church, where the homeless gathered. Initially shocked, she gradually learned whom she could trust and whom she couldn't. She found that sometimes the best person to handle a situation was a drug addict, and that sometimes Jesus has the face of a prostitute. All were fiercely welcomed into this bewildering church family.

Fulfilled - Living and leading with unusual wisdom, peace and joy, by Kirk Byron Jones. Leadership can be mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausting. The author examines stillness, awareness and playfulness, three inner capabilities that every leader can access but most simply ignore and disregard. He shows you how to draw on each of them in daily life and how the fulfilled leader lives in wisdom, peace and joy, successful in all the most important ways.


Category: Nurturing for Community

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell - A heartwarming true story of Grace, God and Gumption . Brenda Spahn was a businesswoman who wouldn't take no for an answer when she discovered that God wouldn't either. When she invited seven hardened parolees into her home, she expected to house them, not love them. But her reluctant decision to serve female prisoners developed into a career, a calling card and a ministry that has helped thousands of women leave prison behind for good.

January First - A child's descent into madness and her father's struggle to save her, by Michael Schofield. At age six, January Schofield was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of child-onset schizophrenia on record. Michael takes us on his journey with his daughter as they face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and daily challenges with her care and his unwavering commitment to save her from the edge of insanity while doing everything he can to keep his family together.


Category: Social Action

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and a call to fix our broken system of justice, from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need; the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.

A New Dawn in Beloved Community - Stories with the power to transform us, by Linda Lee. These are stories of people, in their own words. Their goal is to provide a tool that will help the church build beloved communities in ways that can transform the world. They speak their truths and experiences, provide suggestions for action and offer visions of hope. They will awaken stories in you that will transform both heart and soul.


Category: Spiritual Growth

Key United Methodist Beliefs by William J. Abraham and David F. Watson - Deepen your faith and enrich your life through this introductory examination of core Methodist beliefs. Written by popular seminary teachers, this book will connect you to the life and ministry of John Wesley, demonstrating relevance for the lives of Christians today.

Praying to Change Your Life - A guide to productive prayer, by Suzette T. Caldwell. This book is an action-oriented, results-driven how-to guide for believers that glorifies God, transforms lives and increases the power of your prayers. Through instruction, prayer exercises, personal stories and testimonies, you will learn what prayer is, why you should pray and how to pray using six categories of the Lord's Prayer.