Friday, November 30, 2012


Through our Federal Depository Library Program, we have received a couple of bird lists for wildlife refuges.

Title: Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge: Bird List
SUDOC no.: I 49.44/2 AR 6/9

Title: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge: Birds
SUDOC no.: I 49.44/2:IR 6/3/2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Somalia Country Profile

Agency: Central Intelligence Agency
Title: Somalia Country Profile
Material type: Map
SUDOC no.: PREX 3.10/4:SO 5/12|zPREX 3.10/4:505/12

This is a large map of the country with relief shading.It also gives some interesting facts about the country.

Twentieth-Century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics

McSwain, Larry L., ed. Twentieth-Century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2008.

Call No.: 241.046 T918 and BAPT 241.046 T918

Publisher's Description: Twentieth-Century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics provides an overview of the major historical framework within which Baptists emerged with significant contributions to Christian social thought and action in the twentieth century. Baptists have few original towering theologians in the tradition of Augustine, Acquinas, Luther, Calvin, Kierkegaard, Edwards, Brunner, Barth, Kung, Pannenberg or a host of non-Baptist contemporary thinkers. As an activist people, Baptists can lay claim to an impressive array of teachers, writers, and activists who have shaped a century of thought and action within both the Church and the larger social arena, including two recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. This book provides a summary of the life, principal ideas, writings, and most significant contributions of nineteen Baptists since 1900. They interpret the connections between the various persons, institutions, and streams of thought that flow through the narratives of a biographical ethic. Many contemporary students and church lay leaders are unaware of the meaningful contributions of the persons described in these descriptions. A concluding essay identifies key issues and potential trends for Baptists as the post-modern era of the twenty-first century develops.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sleep No More

Johnasen, Iris. Sleep No More. New York: St. Martin's, 2012.

Call No.: F JOH

Publisher's Description:  Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past.  For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure.  But now as she's striving to begin anew, she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen—or maybe already has.  When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she's hiding something.  It’s odd that Sandra would get involved at all, and the fact that she adamantly refuses to go to the police for help reinforces Eve’s suspicions that something is very wrong.

Eve learns that Beth has been locked away in a mental hospital for years, which makes it even harder to understand how she could have disappeared. As Sandra reluctantly reveals small pieces of the truth about Beth's identity, Eve is shocked to discover that their lives are strangely entwined, and Beth's disappearance now puts them all in grave danger.

 Desperate, Eve enlists a secret weapon to pick up Beth's trail:  rogue profiler, Kendra Michaels. With an uncanny ability to detect clues and solve puzzles, Kendra begins to uncover the bizarre circumstances of Beth's escape from what should have been the safety of her hospital room. Beth is on the run, and as her mind clears--detoxing from the drugs that have held her prisoner--she begins to see the threads of a twisted plot within the powerful Avery family, threatening to destroy Beth and anyone else who might jeopardize the high-stakes game that is already in play.  Sleep No More is Iris Johansen at her absolute best.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

State of Colorado Surface Management Responsibility

Map: State of Colorado Surface Management Responsibility
SUDOC no.:  I 53.11:C 71/10

This is a huge map of the state of Colorado. The scale is 1:500,000 which means that one inch is approximately 8 miles. It has relief shading.

Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Meilaender, Gilbert and Werpehowski, William, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Call No.: 241 Ox2m

Publisher's Description: The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics offers the most authoritative and compelling guide to the discipline. Thirty of the world's most distinguished specialists provide new essays in order to offer a survey of and analysis of the subject. Ethics is first placed firmly within the Christian theological tradition, from which thought and action can never be neatly separated. Four sections then explore the sources of Christian moral knowledge (scripture, divine commands, church tradition, reason and natural law, experience); the structure of the Christian life (vocation, virtue, rules, responsibility, death); the spirit of the Christian life (faith, hope, love); and the spheres of the Christian life (government, family, economy, culture, church). The final section of the Handbook contains essays discussing and evaluating certain scholarly works that have in the past influentially offered (different) visions of how best to structure the field of theological ethics. Unlike any other book now available, the Handbook's unrivalled breadth and depth make it the definitive reference work for all students and academics who want to explore more fully essential topics in Christian ethics.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Secret Keeper

Morton, Kate. The Secret Keeper: A Novel. New York: Atria Books, 2012.

Call No.: F MOR

Publisher's Description: During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

First Baptist Church (Nashville, Tenn.)

First Baptist Church (Nashville, Tenn.) Church records. Microfilm. Nashville: Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention.

Call No.: BAPT MICROFILM 286.176855 F519c

Reel 1. Covenant and signatures -- Names of members, October 1830-January 1895 -- Record of members received, 1833-1910 -- Memorial record, Sept. 7, 1892-Jan. 3, 1897 -- Deacons' minutes, Jan. 4, 1904-Dec. 4, 1916 -- WMU records, Feb. 24, 1869-Feb. 28, 1877 -- Record of pastor's aid society, Jan. 1893-Oct. 4, 1904.

Reel 2-a. 1820-1895. Constitution, 1820 -- Minutes, Nov. 1830-1873 -- Trial of Rev. J. R. Graves before the First Baptist Church of Nashville -- "Act of incorporation."

Reel 3. 1888-1895.

Reel 4. Minutes, 1895-Nov. 1939 -- Watkins Grove Mission, 1873-1874 (became Immanuel Baptist Church), minutes, membership list.

Reel 6-a. Howell, R. B. C. A memorial of the First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee, 1820-1863.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Faith Seeking Understanding

Migliore, Daniel M. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1991.

Call No.: 230 M588f

Publisher's Description: Daniel Migliore's Faith Seeking Understanding has been a standard introduction to Christian theology for more than a decade. The book's presentation of traditional doctrine in freshly contemporary ways, its concern to hear and critically engage new voices in theology, and its creative and accessible style have kept it one of the most stimulating, balanced, and readable guides to theology available.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Peaches for Father Francis

Harris, Joanne. Peaches for Father Francis. New York: Viking, 2012.

Call No.: F HAR

Publisher's Description: The bestselling author of Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow returns to Lansquenet in this enchanting new novel, Peaches for Father Francis (in the UK called Peaches for Monsieur le Curé).

When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the beautiful French village in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate shop and first learned the meaning of home.

But returning to one’s past can be a dangerous pursuit. Vianne, with her daughters, Anouk and Rosette, finds Lansquenet changed in unexpected ways: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea—and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church, a minaret. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help.

Can Vianne work her magic once again?

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Introducing Theologies of Religion

Knitter, Paul F. Introducing Theologies of Religion. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2005.

Call No.: 261.2 K749i

Publisher's Description: An up-to-date, accessible, and comprehensive study of every major position taken by Christian churches and theologians on world religions and religious pluralism.

This volume shares insights into the positions of writers concerned with understanding Christianity among the world’s great religious traditions. Avoiding tired labels of past debates (Exclusivism, Pluralism, and Inclusivism), Knitter suggest four different models (Replacement, Fulfillment, Mutuality, and Acceptance) that more adequately link together thirteen ways of approaching and understanding the variety of the world’s religious expressions.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tiger's Claw

Brown, Dale. Tiger's Claw. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012.

Call No.: F BRO

Publisher's Description: The fight for the Pacific begins

When China increases its naval presence in the Pacific and develops advanced weapon technology that targets American ships with lethal accuracy, it imperils American military superiority. Can the United States, in the wake of an economic recession and decreased military spending, compete with its cash-rich Chinese enemy? This question can be answered only when U.S.-China tensions blow up in an epic battle for supreme dominion of the Pacific.

When China launches the first successful test of its Dong Feng-21D antiship ballistic missile, the future looks bleak for America. Fearing the U.S. will lose its naval supremacy in the Pacific if it does not counter this Chinese threat, President Kenneth Phoenix finds himself in a compromised position. New technology requires money, but the country is recovering from a massive recession, and the president has slashed the military budget to reduce the national debt. Without the funds to compete with China's advancing technology, are the country's days of naval preeminence in the Pacific running out?

Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Patrick McLanahan refuses to accept this fate. The government may lack money, but McLanahan reasons that the United States can afford to refurbish old but potent long-range B-1B Lancer bombers to promote the AirSea Battle strategy that will push back against Chinese aggression. President Phoenix commissions McLanahan to lead this effort, and soon America stands ready to deploy an AirSea Battle task force in the South China Sea.

The People's Liberation Army recognizes that this growing air threat will jeopardize its air and naval superiority in the South China Sea. They aggressively deploy advanced fighters, land-based antimissiles, three aircraft carriers, and exotic, top secret directed energy weapons against their neighbors, hoping to convince the U.S. Navy to stay away. But Patrick McLanahan is finally given the green light to lead his force westward to challenge the Chinese threat head-on.

New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown is at the top of his game with Tiger's Claw. Once again he brings to life a thrilling and dramatic story that is right out of what could be the headlines of the not-so-distant future.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously

McGraw, Barbara A. and Formicola, Jo Renee, eds. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2005.

Call No.: 201.50973 T139m

Publisher's Description: The clash between the religious right and the secular left undermines any serious debate about the role of religion in American public life. Such strident cultural rhetoric often ignores the positive contributions of America’s many religions. By contrast, this volume celebrates America’s religious diversity, demonstrating that religious pluralism is actually one of democracy’s basic building blocks. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously expands on Barbara A. McGraw’s framework for understanding religious participation in public life—a two-tiered public forum, consisting of the civic public forum and the conscientious public forum. The chapters explore how diverse religious communities and traditions, including “newer” and marginalized religions, can make a meaningful contribution to American society and politics.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours (Updated!)

Tues., Nov. 20th 7:45am-6:00pm
Wed., Nov. 21st 8:00am-Noon
Thurs.-Sat. Closed
Sun., Nov. 25th 6:00pm-Midnight

The Forgetting Tree

Soli, Tatjana. The Forgetting Tree. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012.

Call No.: F SOL

Publisher's Description: From Tatjana Soli, The New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters, comes a breathtaking novel of a California ranching family, its complicated matriarch, and the enigmatic caretaker who may destroy them

When Claire Nagy marries Forster Baumsarg, the only son of prominent California citrus ranchers, she knows she’s consenting to a life of hard work, long days, and worry-fraught nights. But her love for Forster is so strong, she turns away from her literary education and embraces the life of the ranch, succumbing to its intoxicating rhythms and bounty until her love of the land becomes a part of her. Not even the tragic, senseless death of her son Joshua at kidnappers’ hands, her alienation from her two daughters, or the dissolution of her once-devoted marriage can pull her from the ranch she’s devoted her life to preserving.

But despite having survived the most terrible of tragedies, Claire is about to face her greatest struggle: an illness that threatens not only to rip her from her land but take her very life. And she's chosen a caregiver, the inscrutable, Caribbean-born Minna, who may just be the darkest force of all.

Haunting, tough, triumphant, and profound, The Forgetting Tree explores the intimate ties we have to one another, the deepest fears we keep to ourselves, and the calling of the land that ties every one of us together.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Central Baptist Church (Nashville, Tenn.)

Central Baptist Church (Nashville, Tenn.) Records. [1858-1917] Microfilm. Nashville, Tenn.: Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, 1973.

Call No.: BAPT MICROFILM 286.176855 C321r

Reel 1 = 1858-1899
Reel 2 = 1900-1917

Description: Church records for the Central Baptist Church in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Map of the Sky

Palma, Felix J. The Map of the Sky. New York: Atria, 2012.

Call No.: F PAL

Publisher's Description: The New York Times bestselling author of The Map of Time returns with a mesmerizing novel casting H.G. Wells in a leading role, as the extraterrestrial invasion featured in The War of the Worlds is turned into a bizarre reality.

A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells’s War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.

Praised for “lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail,” (Library Journal, starred review), Palma again achieves the high standard set by The Map of Time.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours (updated!)

Tues., Nov. 20th 7:45am-6:00pm
Wed., Nov. 21st 8:00am-Noon
Thurs.-Sat. Closed
Sun., Nov. 25th 6:00pm-Midnight

Introduction to the Psalms

deClaissé-Walford, Nancy L. Introduction to the Psalms: A Song from Ancient Israel. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004.

Call No.: 223.2061 D357i

Publisher's Description: Introduction to the Psalms: A Song from Ancient Israel seeks to provide the reader with a solid introduction to the Hebrew Psalter, one that is informed by an interest in its shape and shaping. The author, Nancy deClaissé-Walford, provides an up-to-date study on the poetic style of the psalms in the Psalter, their Gattüngen or genres, the broad shape of the book, and the history of its shaping. She introduces each of the five books of the Psalter, providing a detailed examination of those individual psalms that are either key to the shaping of the Psalter or interesting studies in poetic style. In the final chapter, deClaissé-Walford draws conclusions about the shape of the Psalter and about its story and message. She proposes a way to read the Psalms as a unified whole and in relationship to one another rather than as individual pieces, giving an inclusive, all-encompassing shape to the Psalter.

Included are two appendices that provide a listing of the superscriptions and Gattüngen of the psalms in the Hebrew Psalter and an explanation of many of the technical terms found in their superscriptions.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Something Red

Nicholas, Douglas. Something Red. New York: Atria, 2012.

Call No.: F NIC

Publisher's Description: From debut author Douglas Nicholas comes a haunting story of love, murder, and sorcery.

During the thirteenth century in northwest England, in one of the coldest winters in living memory, a formidable yet charming Irish healer, Molly, and the troupe she leads are driving their three wagons, hoping to cross the Pennine Mountains before the heavy snows set in. Molly, her lover Jack, granddaughter Nemain, and young apprentice Hob become aware that they are being stalked by something terrible. The refuge they seek in a monastery, then an inn, and finally a Norman castle proves to be an illusion. As danger continues to rise, it becomes clear that the creature must be faced and defeated—or else they will all surely die. It is then that Hob discovers how much more there is to his adopted family than he had realized.

An intoxicating blend of fantasy and mythology, Something Red presents an enchanting world full of mysterious and fascinating characters— shapeshifters, sorceresses, warrior monks, and knights—where no one is safe from the terrible being that lurks in the darkness. In this extraordinary, fantastical world, nothing is as it seems, and the journey for survival is as magical as it is perilous.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Clifford, Richard J. Psalms 1-72. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002.

Call No.: 223.207 C612p v.1

Clifford, Richard J. Psalms 73-150. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Call No.: 223.207 C612p v.2

Publisher's Description: Clifford differs from other commentators on the Psalms chiefly in his concern with the inner dramatic logic of the Psalms - how they organize the experience and desires of the "pray-er" and bring them to a proper conclusion. His primary concern is to help readers see the pattern and progression within the Psalms, while at the same time attending to the richness of their words and the texture of their imagery.

The second volume completes Richard Clifford's Commentary on the Psalms. The rich imagery of the Psalms has guided and molded pray-ers since ancient times. As we seek to understand the threads and colors of the Psalms, Clifford helps us see their inner dramatic logic, how they organize the experience and desires of the pray-er, and how they seek to move us. His primary concern is to help readers see the pattern and progression within the Psalms, while attending to their complex, evocative nature.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Casual Vacancy

Rowling, J. K. The Casual Vacancy. Boston: Little, Brown, 2012.
Call No.: F ROW

Publisher's Description: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Garrison Fork Baptist Church

Garrison Fork Baptist Church (Beech Grove, Tenn.) Garrison Fork Baptist Church, Beech Grove, Tenn., 1809-1933. Microfilm. Nashville, Tenn.: Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, 1969.

Call No.: BAPT MICROFILM 286.176864 G193g

Description: Church records of the Garrison Fork Baptist Church in Beech Grove, Coffee County, Tennessee.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Shape and Shaping of the Psalter

McCann, J. Clinton, Jr., ed. Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. Sheffield, Eng.: JSOT Press, 1993.

Call No.: 223.206 Sh22m

Publisher's Description: The nine essays in this volume originated in the discussions of the Psalms programme unit of the Society of Biblical Literature and a number were first presented as papers at the SBL meetings in 1989 and 1990. The volume documents the growing interest among scholars in understanding the book of Psalms not only as a collection of liturgical materials from ancient Israel and Judah but also as a coherent literary whole. Part I considers the nature and significance of this new approach; it contains essays by J.L. Mays, Roland E. Murphy, Walter Brueggemann, Gerald H. Wilson and David M. Howard, Jr. Part II illustrates the application of this approach and offers preliminary conclusions concerning the shape of the Psalter and its component books; it contains essays by Gerald H. Wilson, Patrick D. Miller, Jr, J. Clinton McCann, Jr. and David M. Howard, Jr.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Low Pressure

Brown, Sandra. Low Pressure. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2012.

Call No.: F BRO

Publisher's Description: Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments.

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But when an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact, Bellamy's identity is exposed along with the family scandal.

Moreover, Bellamy becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.

In order to identify her stalker, Bellamy must confront the ghosts of her past, including Dent Carter, Susan's wayward and reckless boyfriend -- and an original suspect in the murder case. Dent, with this and other stains on his past, is intent on clearing his name, and he needs Bellamy's sealed memory to do it. But her safeguarded recollections -once unlocked-pose dangers that neither could foresee and puts both their lives in peril.

As Bellamy delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Susan's slaying, she discovers disturbing elements of the crime which call into question the people she holds most dear. Haunted by partial memories, conflicted over her feelings for Dent, but determined to learn the truth, she won't stop until she reveals Susan's killer.

That is, unless Susan's killer strikes her first...

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

NIV Application Commentary: Psalms, vol. 1

Wilson, Gerald H. The NIV Application Commentary: Psalms. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.

Call No.: 223.20767 W693r v.1

Publisher's Description: Perhaps more clearly than any other part of the biblical canon, the Psalms are human words directed to God. Yet, through the Holy Spirit, these honest, sometimes brutal words return to us as the Word of God. Their agonies and exaltations reflect more than the human condition in which they were created. Within the context of the canonical Psalter, they become the source of divine guidance, challenge, confrontation, and comfort. However, it is possible to misapply them. How can we use the Psalms in a way that faithfully connects God’s meaning in them and his intentions for them with our circumstances today?

Drawing on over twenty years of study in the book of Psalms, Dr. Gerald H. Wilson reveals the links between the Bible and our present times. While he considers each psalm in itself, Wilson goes much further, examining whole groups of psalms and, ultimately, the entire Psalter, its purpose, and its use from the days of Hebrew temple worship onward through church history. In so doing, Wilson opens our eyes to ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives.

Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable---but the job is only half done!

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Albom, Mitch. The Time Keeper. New York: Hyperion Books, 2012.

Call No.: F ALB

Publisher's Book Description: From the author who’s inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper—a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world—now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began—and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom’s signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Introduction to the Pentateuch

Whybray, R. N. Introduction to the Pentateuch. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1995.

Call No.: 222.1061 W622i

Publisher's Description: Whybray provides a straightforward introduction to the contents and themes of the first five books of the Bible. Designed as an entry-level textbook for colleges and seminaries, this volume makes sense of the current muddle in Pentateuchal studies and introduces students to the contributions of earlier scholars in the field. Whybray stresses the meaning of the Pentateuch in its canonical form while remaining sensitive to its literary merit, theological import, and compelling power.

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Hostage by Elie Wiesel

Wiesel, Elie. Hostage: A Novel. Translated by Catherine Temerson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

Call No.: F WIE

Publisher's Description: From Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and author of Night, a charged, deeply moving novel about the legacy of the Holocaust in today’s troubled world and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It’s 1975, and Shaltiel Feigenberg—professional storyteller, writer and beloved husband—has been taken hostage: abducted from his home in Brooklyn, blindfolded and tied to a chair in a dark basement. His captors, an Arab and an Italian, don’t explain why the innocent Shaltiel has been chosen, just that his life will be bartered for the freedom of three Palestinian prisoners. As his days of waiting commence, Shaltiel resorts to what he does best, telling stories—to himself and to the men who hold his fate in their hands.

With beauty and sensitivity, Wiesel builds the world of Shaltiel’s memories, haunted by the Holocaust and a Europe in the midst of radical change. A Communist brother, a childhood spent hiding from the Nazis in a cellar, the kindness of liberating Russian soldiers, the unrest of the 1960s—these are the stories that unfold in Shaltiel’s captivity, as the outside world breathlessly follows his disappearance and the police move toward a final confrontation with his captors.

Impassioned, provocative and insistently humane, Hostage is both a masterly thriller and a profoundly wise meditation on the power of memory to connect us to the past and our shared need for resolution.   Publisher's Book Page:    

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Grassy Cove Baptist Church

Grassy Cove Baptist Church (Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.) Church Records of the Grassy Cove Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. Microfilm. Nashville: Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, 196-.

Call No.: BAPT MICROFILM 286.176875 G769c

Description: Records of the Grassy Cove Baptist Church and its forerunner, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Cumberland County, Tennessee.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Happy Warrior

Shivadas, H. V. Happy Warrior: The Legend of Happy Lee. Baltimore: Publish America, 2005.

Call No.: 286.1092 L512s

Book Description: Heslip "Happy" Lee was born and raised in rural Georgia to a family of sharecroppers. His early life was steeped in a Christian fundamentalist world view, and he went on to become a Southern Baptist minister after graduating from a liberal Northern seminary. His education and training led him to question his narrow upbringing, and soon he found himself one of the leaders of the civil rights and race relations movements of the 1960s. During his distinguished career in civil rights, Happy was instrumental in desegregating schools, hotels, restaurants, theaters, ball parks and other places of public accommodation. His affable character and quick wit made him a natural conciliator because of his uncanny ability to make anyone feel at ease. His story is inspiring as well as entertaining as it weaves through history and Happy's work with President John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, President Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in implementing the policies of the Civil Rights Act, the war on poverty and the integration of Medicare services; it also crowns the achievement of Happy's career, and the opening of Prince Edward County Schools, which had been closed for five years, rather than desegregate as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Friday, November 02, 2012

A Wanted Man by Lee Child

Child, Lee. A Wanted Man. New York: Delacorte Press, 2012.

Call No.: F CHI

Publisher's Book Description: Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.

All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat—to both sides at once.

In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

Menkart, Deborah; Murray, Alana D.; and View, Jenice L., eds. Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. Washington, D.C.: Teaching for Change and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, 2004.

Call No.: 323.0973 P987m

Publisher's Description: A teaching resource book that emphasizes the power of people through a diversity of stories, perspectives, essays, photographs, graphics, interviews, and interactive and interdisciplinary lessons. The book includes sections on education, labor, citizenship, culture, and reflections on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement.

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