Book Focus: The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

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Great quote:   "The Lord wants us to belong to a Church that knows how to open her arms and welcome everyone, that is not a house for the few, but a house for everyone, where all can be renewed, transformed, sanctified by his love - the strongest and the weakest, sinners, the indifferent, those who feel discouraged and lost." (Page 31)

Book summary:   This accessible book gives Catholics and non-Catholics the opportunity to read, study and meditate on the leadership and teachings of this very modern pope. It is a collection of Pope Francis' speeches, homilies and other general addresses that he has given over the years. 

Book Review: When We Were On Fire by Addie Zierman

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Great quote:  "...if you had allowed yourself to be hurt the usual ways that teenaged boys hurt teenage girls instead of falling so nobly on the sword of the Spirit, a constant sacrifice, dying again and again to your own desires, then maybe it would not have gone like this." (Page 76)

Book summary:  "When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church." (Convergent Press)

My thoughts:   As a teen, Zierman was a "sold-out" Christian, as it is commonly called. She lived within the confines of a christian-esque culture. In her teenage heart, she believed she was living the life God had planned for her. As she matured and entered into her 20s, she realized the BIG wide world had a LOT to offer. For Zierman, this led to a time spent in a vicious downward spiral of drinking and general self-destructive habits. It is only after hitting the proverbial rock=bottom that Zierman's life begins to come together in a positive way and she decides to return to the church on her own terms. 

Book Review: Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg

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Great quote:  "The Kampong Glam Palace was surrounded by trees, and army of friends: mahogany trees, acacia trees, a yellow flame tree, kapoks, and, right outside my own window, a red-leaved pulai tree. The sound I associated most with home was the sound of rain splattering through leaves.
Nei-Nei Down had raised me to believe it was not good to love anything too much."  (Page 42)

Book summary:  A coming-of-age story set against the turbulent backdrop of 1920s Singapore.

My thoughts:  Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg is a wonderful story that transports the readers to a beautifully exotic locale in a time that has long passed away. At the heart of the book is Kampong Glam Palace, Agnes Hussein's very own Moonlight Palace. Kampong Glam Palace is a relic of a bygone age, filled with lavish furnishings that are showing serious signs of wear. Agnes' family is cash-poor, forced to take in boarders of various nationalities and beliefs in order to make ends meet. 

Book Review: The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski

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Book summary:  "One searcher's honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices." (LitFuse)

My thoughts:  Haven't we all just wanted to take some time to slow down, to stop and smell the roses? Michael Yankoski did that for one entire year. The book The Sacred Year is his narrative of his year of living intentionally.

Book Info: Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley

Part of the Magnificent Tales series, Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times will delight children ages 4–8 with rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations.

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9/15 – 10/12.



Treasury of Bible Stories Kelly Pulley