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Apostles Library Book Reviews

Holy Ground: An Alphabet Prayer by Julie K. Aageson

Too often we turn prayer into well-intentioned patterns of our own making. Too often we assume prayer is primarily about words. Sometimes there’s an almost magical understanding that if we trust enough or believe enough, God will “answer”. But most of us know that God is not a divine magician or our own personal valet and that prayer is much more than our attempts to make God pay attention to what God already knows.
Using the alphabet of descriptive words and actions, Holy Ground: An Alphabet of Prayer invites reflection about prayer as paying Attention, looking for Beauty, showing Compassion, practicing Devotion, celebrating Enthusiasm – all the way to the end of the alphabet and discovering Wonder, X as mystery and Z as Zeal. These reflections help readers experience prayer as a place, an action, or an attitue, a stance for recignizing and acknowledging God’s presence in the midst of ordinary life – something like the sigh of the shoemaker, too busy to drop his worn shoes and kneel in disciplined prayer, but not too busy to sigh his prayer of gratitude. Prayer is so much more than words.
Look for this volume on 248 in the Apostles Library.

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation is a timely, touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration from a National Book Award finalist, Edwidge Danticat.

After Saya’s mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother’s warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them while she is in jail, Mama begins sending Saya bedtime stories inspired by Haitian folklore on cassette tape. Moved by her mother’s tales and her father’s attempts to reunite their family, Saya writes a story of her own­­­­—one that just might bring her mother home for good.

With stirring illustrations, this tender tale shows the human side of immigration and imprisonment—and shows how every child has the power to make a difference.

If you’re interested in reading this story, look for this book in the E section of the Apostles Library under the D’s.

New to the Library

The “Heritage Edition” of the St. John’s Bible on display in the Alleluia Chapel is composed of seven individual volumes – Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature, Psalms, Prophets, Gospels and Acts, and Letters and Revelation. Individual coffee table sized copies of these same seven volumes have been printed, duplicating each page we see on display in the Chapel.

Gratefully, the Apostles’ Library has been gifted with a copy of each of these seven coffee table sized volumes, along with supporting volumes explaining how the Bible was created – Illuminating the Word, Word and Image, and The Art of the Saint John’s Bible.

All of these volumes are available for you to check out, take home, appreciate, and study further.

Incarnation’s library provides a wide range of resources whether you are young or old. Most of the material is in print format but there are also audio and video discs available for checkout. The library is open for your use whenever the building is open, just turn the light on. A volunteer group maintains the library and welcomes new recruits; contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield if you are interested.