Welcome to the Columbia Presbyterian Church Library!
Books are arranged into five sections: adult non-fiction, adult fiction, Easy readers ( non-fiction, fiction), Juniors (nonfiction, fiction) and Young Adult (non-fiction, fiction). Labels have been added to the shelves to help locate each section.
In addition, the adult non-fiction section has subject labels to help in browsing the collection for specific areas of interest – Bible study aids, Christian Doctrine, Devotional Literature, Christian Life, Church Practice, Missions, Biography, and Church History. A display in the library gives a more complete breakdown by Dewey Decimal number.
Besides books, the Library also has a magazine section and audio-visual materials (CDs and DVDs).The collections have been cataloged and may be accessed through an online catalog, either through your own computer via the Internet, or from the computer in the library (instructions forthcoming).
Newly added to the CPC Library Collection:
Walking with God through pain and suffering, by Tim Keller
Keller takes on the issue of pain and suffering and shows that there is meaning and reason behind it, making a forceful and ground-breaking case that this essential part of the human experience can be overcome only by understanding our relationship with God. First, Keller examines human suffering through the ages and the ways that different cultures and religions have coped. Next, he discusses what the Bible says about suffering. Finally, he offers practical advice on how to live through it. He discusses the problem of evil, the reasons for suffering, the varieties of suffering, and the necessity of hope.
Grief undone: a journey with God and cancer, by Elizabeth Groves
"Grief Undone" is the breathtakingly honest, yet hopeful account of how Elizabeth and Al Groves walked with God through Al’s terminal cancer. Their true story saturated with in-the-moment Scriptural reflections, blogs, and fervent prayers paints a stunning picture of how faith transforms the human experience of suffering. , "Grief Undone" display’s the beauty of Christ’s sustaining love for his people through trials that seemed too hard to bear. Though grief threatens to undo us, we find that we are not destroyed, but sustained by God s presence.
Side by Side: walking with others in wisdom and love, by Edward Welch
Everyone needs help from time to time, especially in the midst of painful circumstances and difficult trials. Welch offers practical guidance for Christians who want to develop their “helping skills” when it comes to walking alongside hurting people. This book is written for those eager to see God use ordinary relationships and conversations between ordinary Christians to work extraordinary miracles in the lives of his people.
Onward : engaging the culture without losing the gospel, by Russell Moore
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What's needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it its power in the first place.
Answering your kids’ toughest questions: helping them understand loss, sin, tragedies and other hard topics, by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Table of Contents: 1. Parenting is more than room and board ;;2. What is Sin? – 3. Why do people die? – 4. Who is Satan? What is Hell? – 5. Why do people get divorced? – Why does the Bible say that? – 7. Why and how do some people sin sexually? – 8. Why does God let natural disasters happen? – 9. Why do people fight and kill? 10. The Good News that should always be shared.
The library is located downstairs in the main building, in Room 106. Coming down the stairs, it is at the end of the hall, on the left.
The library is available to CPC members and friends as a place for individual study. As such, no meetings are to be scheduled or take place in the room. Please contact the church office for use during weekdays, 9 AM – 5PM. In addition, it will be open every Sunday morning.
Item Borrowing and Return
The Library is “self-service” and operates on the honor system. Please complete the card located in the back of each item with the date and your name. Drop it off in the box on the shelf next to the computer.
Items may be returned to the library or the book “drop box” at the end of the hall, just outside the library door.
Loan periods are:
Learn more about the Library
Click here to see a presentation on how to use the library.
Contact Marti Stum at 410-992-7958 or email email@example.com.