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Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.

In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King’s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis. After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.
Author McGrath, Alister
Year Published 2013
Category: Church
In this era of "faith-based initiatives," congregations increasingly find themselves in the business of establishing and supporting community ministries-daycare for infants and toddlers, respite care for elders, and programs for housing rehab and home repair, tutoring, and social justice advocacy.
Author Dudley, Carl S.
Year Published 2002
Category: Fiction
When her little brother died in her care, Emma Grace stopped praying, believing, reading the Bible and attending church. She thinks God failed her. Can He convince her otherwise? One of Emma Grace Falin's six-year-old twin brothers falls into a well and dies while in her care. Emma Grace begins a journey that takes her through the dark valley of guilt, sorrow, depression and anger at God. But through her ordeal, readers see the hand of God at work. Although she rejects Him, God brings restoration and healing into her troubled life. Readers will better understand God's mercy, as He compassionately guides the lives of Emma Grace and her family during their desperate period of grief and despair. Prayerfully, this book will encourage readers to claim God's faithfulness and love as their own - especially in times of brokenness.
Author Jenkins, Nancy Jo
Year Published 2006
Author Smedes, Lewis B.
Year Published 1988
Category: Biography
Cruel Paradise deftly weaves together the firsthand stories of men and women who emigrated from the Netherlands throughout the twentieth century. A skilled stylist with an unassuming presence, Hylke Speerstra brings readers along as he circles the globe interviewing transplanted Netherlanders in the United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. Combining elements of memoir and travelogue, his narrative speaks to universal human experience as it vividly recounts the trials and successes of these emigrants. Common themes of personal identity and family, uprootedness and loss, nostalgia and bittersweet joy run throughout the book. Yet these emigrants have had very diverse life experiences. Some have become affluent beyond imagining, brushing elbows with Rockefellers, Kennedys, and movie producers; others have spent the better part of a lifetime eking out their living as farmers. Often poignant, sometimes amusing, always memorable, these stories provide a moving tribute to those who left their homeland behind with little more than uncertain hopes for their children.
Author Speerstra, Hylke
Year Published 2005
Category: Youth Fiction
Author Johnson, Lissa Halls
Year Published 2003
Series Name Brio Girls
Category: Bible Study
Author Miller, Kathy Collard
Series Name Daughters of the King
Category: Bible Study
The answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of dos and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. God calls each of us to a passionate love relationship with Himself. 
The Crazy Love DVD is a companion to the best-selling Crazy Love book by pastor Francis Chan. Each short video segment corresponds to the ten chapters of the book and includes questions to initiate group discussion, interactions, and practical application. Read the book during the week, then watch the video and discuss the topic at the group meeting. For church, small group, youth group, or individual study.
Approximate Running Time: 85 minutes
Special Features: Outtake footage, Trailer, Behind the Scene footage.Sessions:
  • Chapter 1: Stop Praying (9:14)
  • Chapter 2: You Might Not Finish This Chapter (8:22)
  • Chapter 3: Crazy Love (6:16)
  • Chapter 4: Profile of the Lukewarm (8:30)
  • Chapter 5: Serving Leftovers to a Holy God (8:07)
  • Chapter 6: When You're In Love (6:45)
  • Chapter 7: Your Best Life.Later (7:39)
  • Chapter 8: Profile of the Obsessed (6:29)
  • Chapter 9: Who Really Lives That Way (7:16)
  • Chapter 10: The Crux of the Matter (4:56)
Author Chan, Francis
Year Published 2009
Category: Bible Study

Do contemporary believers live the radically committed life Jesus calls his followers to live? In this revised and updated edition of his best-selling wake-up call, Chan challenges church members to take responsibility for their apathy, engage in honest self-examination, and totally surrender to God's purpose.

The God of the universe is crazy about you! His love is the most powerful thing in the world and He wants to give it to you, so you can live for Him. If you have made a commitment to follow Christ, then read Crazy Love to be reminded and challenged in your walk. Sharing from his own life struggles and sacrifices, author Francis Chan issues a call for selfless, Christ-like living. Let the love you have received from God impact your life like never before.

Author Chan, Francis
Year Published 2008
Category: Bible Study
Author Women of Faith