Novelist Italo Calvino proposes that "a classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers." They are books that can be read in any era and still have meaning. They can be read at different ages in a reader's life and continue to grow. A classic book may feel familiar on the very first reading, and yet it changes us. Classics "imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable" and yet "each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery”. This month we offer a selection of Christian Classics, books of heft and substance, even though none of them are terribly long. Their covers may be drab and worn, but within are the words that have inspired, consoled, and deepened the faith of thousands, perhaps millions of Christians around the world.
Mary Massey & Bobbie May
Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming".
Cowley, Patrick. Advent : its liturgical significance. 260 C83f
What is the true meaning of the Church's season of Advent? Few people take this season as seriously as, for instance, Lent is taken, and there is considerable confusion as to what is the purpose of Advent, which is generally assumed to be a preparation for the feast of the Nativity. In this short and readable but scholarly book Prebendary Cowley shows that so far from this being the case, the real meaning of Advent is concerned with the end of the Church's year, and indeed with the end of all time. “This essay,' he writes, 'seeks to make plain the essential liturgical meaning of the Advent season so that its good message of hope and joy may once again possess Church people in all its fullness.”
More titles freshly added to our collection. Some by authors very well known, and others who are probably new to you. As the colder months approach, the idea of hunkering down with a good book seems very comfortable!
Lucado, Max. When Christ comes : the beginning of the very best. 236.9 L962w
Would you like to discuss the end of time? And feel better because of it? Life with no end? Space with no bounds? And what about Armageddon, The Lake of Fire, The Mark of the Beast? Am I supposed to feel good about all this? If these words could be yours, you aren't alone. There is much about the end of history we don't understand. But while thoughts on the final day will stir our questions, they needn't stir our fears. Regarding that day, Jesus urged, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me" (John 14:1). Max Lucado believes the day Christ comes will be the "beginning of the very best." Our primary task is to be prepared and peaceful while we wait. If you have some questions about the end of time, if you have concerns about what will happen to you, if you like to look to the end of times as a source of comfort and not chaos ...you are holding the right book.
This month our Booklist consists of newly catalogued titles!
Raver, Miki. Listen to her voice : women of the Hebrew Bible. 922 R197L
Eve, Sarah, Rachel, Delilah, Ruth. Their names live on, but their ancient stories have been obscured. This is a sumptuously illustrated retelling of the lives of 18 women in the Old Testament. Author Miki Raver pairs each vibrant and daring tale with an eloquent meditation on their meaning for modern women. Beautiful reproductions of classic Biblical art from such masters as Rubens, Brueghel, Raphael, and Chagall illustrate these dramatic stories. This rich marriage of art, literature, and spirituality offers substantive and entertaining reading, as well as a fresh entry into traditional faith.