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Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootIf you have ever been on a mission trip and come home feeling uncomfortable about the whole experience, you might soon after have found yourself reading When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Cor

Tolkien

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerFew writers are as fabled and revered as J.R.R. Tolkien, which means this portrait of the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can hardly live up to the legend. Fanatics of the books and the Peter Jackson movies may well find this biopic lacking, but for

Grand Tour

Department: Author: Robert J. KeeleyAfter a decade of writing and singing songs inspired by the English countryside, Big Big Train has set its sights on the rest of the world. Named after the trips around Europe that young men and women of means used to take after finishing their education, Grand T

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootBarbara Brown Taylor writes about her deepening appreciation for unique faith expressions through this memoir-like journey of 20 years of teaching world religions in a Theology 101 course, of participating in worship practices with her students and engaging their r

Going Down Home with Daddy

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema When Lil Alan and his family leave the city on reunion morning, the boy is excited about travelling to his great-grandma’s farm for a yearly gathering with his father’s extended family. But Lil Alan is also sad and worried because he knows that for the

Aladdin

Department: Author: Emily Joy StrobleThe limitations of genies are “phenomenal cosmic powers; itty, bitty living space.” The limitations of Disney’s latest live-action remake are “rich visuals; patchy character development.”However, Will Smith, filling Robin William’s shoes as the Genie, (surprisin

Iron Lung

Department: Author: Paul DelgerThe United Kingdom’s Martin Smith possesses the ability to offer a solid message and powerful instrumentation in his music; “Iron Lung” provides a prime example. Smith’s childhood battle with a severe case of bronchial pneumonia and the sudden death of his mother-in-l

My Heart

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootMy Heart is a simple picture book with great depth. From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a lovely picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.“My heart is a window; my heart is a slide. My heart can be close

Homecoming

Department: Author: Micah Van Dijk“As a black woman, I used to feel like the world wanted me to stay in my little boxAnd black women often feel underestimated. I wanted us to feel proud…” - “Party” (Outro)Beyoncé recently released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, a Netflix documentary and live albu

The Road Not Taken

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootPenned in 1915, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is one of the most quoted and memorized poems in the English language. Over 100 years later, the poem appears for the first time as a picture book; Vivian Mineker’s illustrated interpretation has made it worth the

Canada Reads 2019

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootEvery March for the past 16 years, Canadians are invited to enjoy a week of lively literary debate called Canada Reads. Sponsored by the CBC, Canada’s national broadcasting corporation, the process begins with the announcement of a theme and an invitation to nominat

Les Misérables

Department: Author: Lorilee CrakerIntense. That’s an apt word to describe all six hours of the new Les Misérables miniseries from BBC and PBS. But intense isn’t a bad thing, not when it translates to potent storytelling that grabs you by the heart and will not let you go. Sumptuous is another descr

Father of the Bride

Department: Author: Micah Van Dijk“Judeo-Christianity, I’d never heard the words “Enemies for centuries, until there was a third” —“Sympathy” Veteran American rock band Vampire Weekend released its fourth full-length studio album, Father of the Bride (FOTB), to much anticipation by fans and music c

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In 1963, when Fred Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he was charged with serving children and families through mass media. Beginning in 1968, his television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, became a daily staple for many children.As the

We Are the Gardeners

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootWe Are the Gardeners is a story about gardening possibilities. The “we” of the title are author Joanna Gaines and her family. They share their experience of gardening, beginning with a potted fern given as a gift and a hopeful dream. From their dining room table to

Warrior

Department: Author: Paul DelgerNatasha Owens offers plenty of hope in an upbeat style with her third full-length record, Warrior. The music is high-energy pop with a 1980s instrumental vibe. A message of overcoming is central, resulting in large part from Owens’ near-death experience last year when

Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple

Department: Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema In this informative, insightful book—by parts a devotional, a sermon, and a scholarly work—author Adam Hamilton’s goals are to share the details of Peter’s life and to invite readers “to understand how Peter’s story speaks to us today, how these storie

Avengers: Endgame

Department: Author: Emily Joy StrobleTo quote Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), “part of the journey is the end.” Ironman has several pithy quotes, but this one sums up the film, which has more “ending scenes” than Return of the King.Avengers: Endgame is the end, not only to Thanos’ storyline begun i