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A Grief Observed

 By: C. S. Lewis
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Written after his beloved wife's (Joy) tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss.  This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.  It is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.
 

If Jesus Has Come: Thoughts on the Incarnation for Skeptics, Christians and Skeptical Christians, by a Former Skeptic
 By: Steve Brown
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We all struggle with those questions:  What am I doing here?  Does my life make any difference?  Where am I going?  And the most important question of all:  Is there a God and, if there is, what difference does it make?  Here are some thoughts on the Incarnation for skeptics, Christians and skeptical Christians by a former skeptic.  If Jesus has come, you have heard from God and in Him you have forgiveness, love, victory and meaning.  Steve writes, "There is just something about Jesus that gets under your skin."

Making All Things New: An invitation to the Spiritual Life
 By: Henri Nouwen
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A book about how to begin finding the peace of mind to hear the voice of God.  The book's epigraph, from Mark, is anchored in Jesus' words:  "Do not worry."  Nouwen acknowledges that worry is so ingrained in many people's daily lives that it seems to be an integral part of positive achievement and self-protection.  Yet he explains, with devastating directness, the destructive effects of busy-ness and its attendant habit of worrying, then shows how Jesus responds to these worries, and finally describes some disciplines that, "can cause our worries slowly to lose their grip on us, and which can thus allow the Spirit of God to do his recreating work."

Mere Christianity
 By: C. S. Lewis
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In 1941 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity.  The lectures were later published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity.  C. S. Lewis proves that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice," rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations.  This twentieth century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.



Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who
 By: Frederick Buechner
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Peculiar Treasures is the second book of Frederick Buechner's lexical trilogy.  He profiles more than 125 of the Bible's most holy and profane people-and one whale.  In his lively and witty prose, Buechner brings to life such moments from scripture as:  Adam's pangs of regret for a remembered Eden, Delilah's last glimpse of Samson as they dragged him away, and Lazarus's first impressions upon rising from the dead.  To read Peculiar Treasures is to realize that many of these legendary figures are not who we thought they were.  But they are-in their human dreams, ambitions, and imperfections-very much like us.

The Final Week of Jesus
 By: Max Lucado
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When a man knows the end is near, only the important surfaces. S o, if you would know the heart of Jesus, consider His final days.

Wishful Thinking: A theological ABC
 By: Frederick Buechner
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In Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner puts the language of God, the universe and the human spirit under his wry linguistic microsope.  In his open ironic reflections on such terms as envy, love and sin, he invites us to look at these words in new and enlightening ways.