Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Books of faith

We have some new additions to the Religion section of the library, dealing with a variety of subtopics.
The Parent Adventure: preparing your children for a lifetime with God is by Rodney and Selma Wilson. The Wilsons suggest that people who would like to improve their parenting skills use the teachings of the Bible as their guide. Each chapter includes activities for the reader and discussion questions that are designed to reinforce the points that have just been covered, as well as prayers and relevant Bible verses.
Ultimate Journey: death and dying in the world's major religions is a collection of essays that look at the way death is viewed by Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Edited by Steven J. Rosen, this book is an interesting way to learn about other perspectives and to better understand the similarities - and differences - in how people of other faiths deal with the loss of loved ones and their own eventual mortality.
Jesus Wept: when faith & depression meet is by Barbara C. Crafton. An Episcopal priest, the Rev. Crafton examines the ways in which faith can help those who are suffering from depression. She also looks at circumstances in which faith and religion can actually impede a person's recovery from depression, and how to avoid seeing your sufferings as divine punishment. This is very helpful reading for anyone dealing with depression in their lives or the lives of loved ones.
A People's History of Christianity: the other side of the story is by Diana Butler Bass. She takes a broad look at Christianity and the way that it has changed over the centuries, responding to forces both inside and outside the church. Each section in this chronological view has chapters devoted to both Devotion - one's individual relationship with God - and to Ethics - how religion influences your relationship with society and other cultures. Accessible and enlightening, this book would interest readers of all denominations.

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