OBUC Little Library

Christian Moral & Devotional Theology

Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels (242 DEV)

deVega, Magrey, R.

Each Gospel, in its own way, leads us on the Advent journey of preparation for Christ's coming. This book takes a tour through the four Gospel narratives that announce Christ's birth or make way for his ministry. Readers will discover what parts of the Christmas story come from which Gospel, recognizing an invitation from each Gospel writer to prepare for a fresh experience of Christ in the past and the future. 

The Special Days & Seasons of the Christian Year: How They Came About and How They Are Observed by Christians Today (242 FLO)

Floyd, Pat, Ed.

This booklet provides a concise survey of the special days and seasons of the Christian Year for persons who may not be familiar with them: how they came about, when and how they are observed, and their meaning for Christians today. Includes a brief explanation of the lectionary, how it is shaped to the Christian year, and how it varies among denominations. Includes key symbols, customs, and scriptures most associated with each season. 

Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World (248 ZOE)

Zoet Bankson, Marjory

"Creative aging is a choice…. If we remember that transition always begins with endings, moves on to a wilderness period of testing and trying, and only then do we reach the beginning of something new, then we can embrace this encore period of life with hope and curiosity, remembering always that it is our true nature to be creative, to be always birthing new ways of sharing our planet together." ― from the Epilogue In a practical and useful way, Marjory Zoet Bankson explores the spiritual dimensions of retirement and aging. She offers creative ways for you to share your gifts and experience, particularly when retirement leaves you questioning who you are when you are no longer defined by your career.

@stickyJesus: How to Live Out Your Faith On-line (248 BIR)

Birdsong, Toni & Tami Helm

@stickyJesus is a fusion of discipleship, faith sharing, marketing, and a Get Started 101 on Twitter, Facebook and blogging. @stickyJesus lays out the current day reality—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and challenges Christ followers to regain our God-given dominion on earth, which includes the Internet. With knowledge, skills, and Holy Spirit guidance, we encourage believers to dig in and learn how to navigate this online world together—and give Christ a voice in the online world. 

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem (248 DEY)

DeYoung, Kevin

Constant busyness is dangerous for our souls. In this short, honest, and often humorous book, DeYoung rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset, helping us to make time for the things that really matter. 

 

Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend (248 FRE)

Fredrickson, Kim

Many people are used to showing compassion to others. What many of us have trouble with is showing that same compassion to ourselves. Too often we say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend. All this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives. Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants readers to stop beating themselves up. Grounding her advice in the Bible, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with ourselves. Through inspiring stories of transformation, she helps us learn to show ourselves the kind of grace and understanding we offer to others—and to change our relationships, our outlook on life, and our view of ourselves in the process. 

Discover Who You Are (248 KIS)

Kise, Jane A.G., David Stark and Sandra Krebs Hirsh

This updated comprehensive guide helps people discover how God has uniquely created them. Engaging stories, inventories, self-tests, and other easy-to-use exercises make Discover Who You Are a one-of-a-kind tool. It will help those longing to find or deepen meaning in life, considering volunteer opportunities, contemplating career changes, or desiring to become more useful to God. 

Dream Big, Think Small: Living an Extraordinary Life One day at a Time (248 MAN)

Manion, Jeff

How do you build a life of significance? As pastor and writer Jeff Manion shares in Dream Big, Think Small, truly great lives are built on the foundation of a holy redundancy—a persistence and determination to move faithfully in the right direction. Dream Big, Think Small will provide:

  • The plan for extraordinary living for ordinary life. Big dreams are achievable through steady progress over time.
  • The motivation you need to stick with it for the long haul.
  • The tools necessary for passionate longevity. You can faithfully lead, serve and love others over a lifetime without sacrificing your passion. 

What on Earth Do We Know About Heaven? 20 Questions and Answers about Life after Death (248 RAU)

Rauser, Randal

Bible professor winsomely addresses 20 questions about heaven, helping readers transform their daily lives by understanding what heaven is, what it isn't, and why it matters. 

 

Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (248 RUC)

Ruchti, Cynthia

Ragged Hope is an insightful and hope-giving guide to assure you that God is ever present and his love is unwavering. There is grace and a future in every situation – even (and especially) in those we did not cause but now live. Vetted by professional counsellors and caregivers, this is the one guide you need to thrive no matter what situation or fallout you face. 

Reflections (248 TOO)

Toole, Karen E.

This book titled “Reflections” is a collection of previously written columns (1994-2001) which first appeared on the faith page of the Winnipeg Free Press. It is selection of columns from those years. Many people have asked me to offer these writings in a more permanent form…Why not put them into a book?” What they were meant to be and what I still hope they are, can be perhaps captured in one word: they are invitations to look again, to pause, to dig deeper, and reflect on the small moments and memories, and big questions, the personal and public events that might be missed. This is an invitation to reflect and see in our lives the spirit of meanings and matterings. In what we name to be ordinary, there is the extraordinary, in the natural the miracle, and in the secular the sacred.