FUMC Pearland Library | Inspirational Books & Videos

The FUMC Pearland library is located in Bethel Room 109.

Its operating hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Church members may check out a key from the church office to use the library at other times.

Your church library contains over 7,280 volumes of reference and inspirational books, tapes, videos, DVDs, and CDs. Primary concentration of materials in the library is on the 200 or religious section of the Dewey Decimal Library Classification System. We also have fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Special sections have been designated for Methodist-related materials, John Wesley and the other Wesleys, Bibles, and Jim Fleming.

The library is run completely by volunteers.

THIS MONTH'S BOOK REVIEWS

By Carol Bryce

Although it may seem as if we just celebrated Jesus’ birth and welcomed a new year, the calendar tells us that Easter will be here soon. As we travel through the 40 days of Lent, it’s time to prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus’ suffering and resurrection. If you’re looking for some help for your own journey, why not look at the many resources in the Pearland FUMC Library? Here are highlights of three of our library’s Lent and Easter devotional books.

Lent, Easter: Scriptures for the Church Seasons: A Son Is Given by James A. Harnish

This 40-day journey of faith begins on Ash Wednesday and reaches its climax on Easter. It includes Scripture lessons that feature figures such as Noah, John the Baptist, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Isaiah, Nicodemus, and Mary Magdalene. Each lesson begins with a personal reflection from the author, who was senior pastor of Hyde Park UMC in Tampa, Florida. Every essay is followed by three related Scripture readings, explanations of each reading, and questions for group discussion or individual reflection. Themes include God’s everlasting goodness and faithfulness, and salvation in times of suffering and pain. Harnish also includes quotes from Albert Schweitzer, C.S. Lewis, Tennessee Williams, and others. This book is published by Cokesbury, The United Methodist Publishing House.

book 1The Common People Heard Him Gladly by James W. Moore

This book is a seven-session study meant to be used on the Sundays in Lent and during Holy Week/Easter. The first chapter cites Bible verses and parables to answer the question, “What was it about Jesus that touched people so deeply and dramatically?” The “common people” in the book’s title refers to Mark 12:37. But to Jesus, no one was “common,” Moore says. Each person was special and unique. In later chapters, he tells the stories of Biblical figures such as Andrew, Zacchaeus, and Mary Magdalene who heard Jesus gladly and remained faithful to Him. Moore talks about what we can learn from each of them, and he also shares stories featuring familiar notables such as Dr. Seuss and Arnold Palmer. Easter, Moore concludes, turns sorrow into joy, despair into hope, and defeats into victories.

book 2Treasury of Easter Celebrations: An Exploration of Easter Celebrations Around the World

This book offers a change of pace from more traditional Lenten and Easter devotional books. It begins with several Bible verses and beautiful photos and artwork related to the Last Supper, the Trial of Jesus, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. It continues with descriptions and explanations of feasts and festivities around the world, such as New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and the French “Carnival.” There are even recipes for related foods such as “Ash Wednesday Pretzels” and “Hot Cross Buns.”  If you’d like to learn more about the many traditions and symbols of this season, I recommend this lovely book. It’s published by Ideals Publications, a division of Guideposts.

 

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