United Methodist Women Reading LibraryUMW Reading Library - 2017 Book Additions


New Books Added in 2017

     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

Liberating Black Church History by Juan M. Floyd-Thomas. This book bears witness to the transformation of black faith and culture from enslavement and emancipation, through segregation, civil rights, Black Power, and the age of Barack Obama. Liberating Black Church History is an indispensable tool for understanding the African American religious experience in a historical and cultural context. 

Category: Social Action

America and Its Guns by James E. Atwood. The Rev. Atwood, an avid hunter, contends that one cannot understand the 30,000 American gun deaths per year apart from our national myth and he cautions that an absolute trust in guns and violence morphs easily into idolatry. Having spent 36 years fighting against easy access to firearms, he uses his experience and theological understanding to document how Americans have been deceived into believing that the tools of violence, whether in war or in the bedside stand, will provide security. (This is listed as a bonus book).

Category: Nurturing for Community

Slowing Time by Barbara Mahany. Seeing the sacred outside your kitchen door. Beginning in winter and tracing seasons through the year, Mahany celebrates sacredness that is gathered through the art of paying attention, savoring moments and cultivating stillness. By making room for God and finding Godly specks in the mundane, she pinpoints divinity in the nooks and crannies of our everyday world.

Category: Leadership Development

Called to the Fire by Chet Bush. A witness for God in Mississippi; the story of Dr. Charles Johnson as the key witness to take the stand in the trial famously dubbed the "Mississippi Burning" case, Dr. Johnson, a young preacher fresh out of Bible college, became a voice for justice and equality in the segregated South. Overcoming fear and adversity and offering clarity to the event that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Johnson's story of love, conviction, adversity and redemption is a riveting account of a life pursuing the call of God and the fight for justice and equality.

Category: Spiritual Growth

Extraordinary Grace by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry. The authors search the scriptures for examples of God's grace in the lives of those named in Jesus' lineage, but what they find are people with faults just like the rest of us. In Extraordinary grace, you will hear the call of grace, laugh and be overtaken by grace, and know the extraordinary grace that comes from loving Jesus.

Soul Repair by Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini. Recovering from mortal injury after war. Research by Veterans Administration health professionals suggests that mortal injury, an ancient but unaddressed wound of war, may be a factor in the alarming rate of suicide among veterans. Soul Repair tells the stories of four veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan who reveal their experiences of mortal injury and how they learned to live with it. This book will help veterans and their families, communities and clergy understand the impact of war on the consciences of healthy people, support the recovery of moral conscience in society, and restore veterans to civilian life.