New Titles in Emmaus Library, Issue 3, July 2014

My soul thirsts for God : reflections on the Psalms from Our Daily Bread[242.5 MY] “It’s called “the songbook of Scripture” and “the most read book of the Bible”.
From the opening verse of Psalm 1, “Blessed is the man” to the closing exclamation of Psalm 150, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” readers throughout the ages have found comfort, encouragement, and hope for every circumstance of life in the pages of the Psalms.” This book contains a treasury of 92 daily meditations focused on the most beloved book of the Bible drawn from Our Daily Bread.

Wong, Esther. Praying through the Scriptures [248.32 WON] “God has given us infinite resources through prayer and the reading of the Scriptures. They are ours for the asking and the taking. The quiet time creates an island of quiet within us and that becomes the atmosphere of the day. Little of the Word with little prayer is death to the spiritual life. Much of the Word with little prayer gives a sickly life. Much prayer with little of the Word gives more life but without steadfastness. A full measure of the Word and prayer each day gives a healhty and powerful life. – Andrew Murray.”

Barber, Wayne A. Living grace : [letting Jesus be Jesus in you] [248.4 BAR] “Christians today seem to mentally grasp this powerful concept of faith over works, but a real deep-in-the-heart acceptance of God’s grace among believers is not always evident. Are we really at risk of coming up under the old law’s control anymore? “You’d better believe it,” says Wayne Barber. Wayne refreshes our sense of what it means to truly surrender to Jesus, and warns us about the ways we may be returning to “the letter of the law. Be encouraged by this loving call to experience true freedom and real life in Christ.”

Bridges, Jerry. The practice of Godliness [248.4 BRI] “Godliness is devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to Him Devotion is impotent without action, action is dry and sterile without devotion. We need an inward foundation of God-centredness in order to build an outward structure of Godlikeness. Bridges tell us how we can continue working on becoming more holy, He explains topics such as how our devotion to God springs from a balance of fear, love and desire; practical guidelines for training ourselves to be godly; how we can deepen our devotion to God; how we can take on God’s character by seeking the Holy Spirit ‘s work in developing His fruit in our lives. Here is a strong motivation to live out your devotion to God.”

Stowell, Joseph M. Perilous pursuits : our obsession with significance[248.4 STO] “…reveals the ugly drive for pleasure, pride, and passion in all of us, and gently calls us back to true significance in the person and work of Christ.”
Contents: The Pursuit — Pleasure, pride, and passion — Down in my heart — Random living — The Madness of more — Reunion : Significance secured — Redemptive restructuring — Refocus : The Pleasure pursuit — The Fall of pride — Pride revised — Passion in perspective — Response : Taking the initiative : surrender and sacrifice — Taking the initiative : servanthood and suffering.

Williams, Jeri. The perfect heart[248.8431 WIL] “God desires that we all fellowship with Him face-to-face; however, to do this we must have a perfect heart. In God’s eyes, a perfect heart is not based on our performance, but rather on a driving passion for a closeness to Him – to be “complete”, “upright” and “altogether given to God.” Written specifically for your daily needs as a Christian wife and mother, this is a practical guide to bringing the presence and power of God into every situation you face. Jeri combines Scriptures with practical examples from her own experiences to take you on a special journey to the very throne room of God. You will learn: how to have a “merciful” home; what the Bible has to say about children; ushering your children into the presence of God; switching hats from mother to wife; how to pray for yourself, your husband and your children.”

Ng, John. Dim sum for great marriages : tips for couples [248.8435 NG] “In this collection of wisdom and practical tips, John Ng discusses issues and challenges that confront marriage in our modern world. He addresses crucial factors that break up a successful marriage. He also offers constructive and sound principles for building a great marriage…loaded with incisive insight and foresight that will advance your marital relationship to a whole new level.”

Ng, John. Dim sum for great parenting : tips for parents[248.845 NG] “..packed with proven, practical insights intoo bringing up stable and emotionally healthy children…hones parents’ skills in the lost art of affirmation and apololgy. It also offers useful advice on disciplining your children. To top it off, John Ng provides enduring and timeless conflict management principles that will transform conflicts into opportunities. He also delves into the pitfalls of 12 conflict styles and suggests ways of overcoming them. Peppered with real-life anecdotes and tips based on personal experience, this easy-to-digest book will inspire you to be the great parent you were meant to be!”

Ng, John. Smiling tiger, hidden dragon : managing conflict @ work and home [248.88 NG] Gives a fresh approach to conflict management from an Asian perspective. Culturally sensitive with keen insights into the workplace and home, this incisive guide emphasizes interpersonal conflict management with tips that are easily applicable wherever we are. Dr Ng discusses how conflict can become opportunities to grow and learn. He examines ways to avoid destroying ourselves, others, and the relationships we have, and provides keys to effective and amicable conflict management with win-win outcomes. Discover how you can recover from conflict in an effective and healthy manner. Find out how to eliminate ‘toxins’ that pollute our lives and relationships, and worsen conflict. This enlightening book will coach you to relate better with your colleagues and family members in a manner you have never experienced before.”

Taylor, William D. Sorrow & blood : Christian mission in contexts of suffering, persecution, and martyrdom[266 TAY] “It is not only inside the Christian church but also in civil society and global foreign policy today that the question of religious freedom has made a comeback. What unites church and civil society is the challenge of how to enter a future where relations between religions will be even more tense. Followers of Jesus will now realise more and more that “with the message of the cross goes the cross of the message.” In this situation I thank God for this book. After reading many books on persecution that deal with parts of the challenge facing the future I find here the best book I have seen as it goes into all the dimensions of the challenge but also gives good practical advice. This is a must for everyone that wants to be relevant in missions work or in religious freedom work in the days ahead – Rev. Johan Candelin, Finland. Goodwill Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance.

Abanes, Richard. Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Lord of the rings [809.3 ABA] “What you need to know ahout fantasy books and movies. Fantasy can help children see with spiritual eyes, says Richard Abanes. It confirms the reality of good and evil. But is every fantasy story appropriate for everyone? In this evenhanded exploration of the books of J.K. Rowling, C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the films based on their writings, Abanes – a fantasy fan himself – answers key questions: “What is inspiring and healthy in these works? What is misleading and harmful? Do I need to be concerned about occult influences from fantasy? How do movies and merchandising impact kids’ minds? …helps you evaluate fantasay’s strengths and dangers from a balanced Christian perspective.”

Junior

Nirv Adventure Bible for early readers [220.5 NIR] “The Adventure Bible keeps getting better. Its exciting features make learning about faith and growing up spiritually a thrilling journey. Twenty full-colour pages offer inspiring activities set to a jungle safari theme. Life in Bible Times whisks you off to the ancient world to discover what life was like back then, with illustrations showing what people ate, where they slept, what kinds of work they did, and more”–Cover, p. 2.”

Little David & big Goliath [220.9505 HAR]

The rescue plan [222.11 MAC]

Daniel and the lions [224.5 DAN]

Jonah and the big fish [224.92 JON]

Little lamb’s big scare (and the shepherd’s great care) [226.8 LIT]

Barclift, Stephen. The beginner’s devotional [242.62 BAR] A collection of devotional readings, Bible verses, and related activities for the entire family.

Toast, Sarah. Prayers and poems for children [242.62 TOA]

DVDs

Tjin, Swee Chuan. Science & the Genesis creation account [231.765 YJI] 1 DVD
“Should we as believers who were taught the scientific evidences of the age of the universe and the earth, discount the creation account recorded for us in the book of Genesis? Which is more believable: Scientific account of the origin of the universe or the Biblical account of creation? In this seminar, we will go through the creation account given in Genesis chapters 1 & 2, identifying the perceived contradictions with current scientific thinking. We will also examine some of the key scientific theories, the assumptions made and their inconsistencies of these theories. In addition, we will also look at some “theories” developed within Christendom to help believers explain the creation account in the light of the scientific discoveries. These theories will be explained in simple layman’s language using diagrams and applets. Whether you are a science student or a non-science student, this workshop will help you look at the creation account from a new perspective.”

Watoto Children’s Choir. Watoto Children’s Choir live in Los Angeles [782.7 WAT] 1 DVD (80 mins)
“Experience the dynamic energy and joy of the Choir in this colourful concert recording filmed in Los Angeles, California. The behind the scenes documetnary of the choir’s life on the road and their concert performance will move you deeply as you witness the life-changing love of God experienced by the children of Watoto.”