Media Message Autumn 2022

Media Message Autumn 2022
“How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness”—                  Psalm 116: 12, NIV
Department stores, for the most part, seem to sidetrack the observance of Thanksgiving by unstocking Halloween items and replacing them with Christmas gifts and décor.  Some towns even have their Christmas parade before Thanksgiving Day!  Do school children still have the opportunity to hear the stories of those brave folks who settled this country while seeking religious freedom?  Those who were ever thankful for God’s faithfulness in all their needs.

A children’s book in our library tells the story of Squanto, the American Indian who befriended the people of Plymouth Colony.  God’s hand is all over that story.  Captured
as a youth by slave traders, his freedom in the forest was exchanged for a wretched existence in Europe.  Eventually, lost, sick, and needy.he was taken in by Catholic monks.  Not only was Squanto able to learn the English language while in captivity, but he was also introduced to Jesus Christ by the monks and became a believer and confessing Christian.  When he was finally able to return to his homeland, he found the Plymouth settlers living where his childhood village had once stood.  His people, however, whom he longed to see where gone forever.

Squanto held no animosity toward he Pilgrims, but practicing his Christian beliefs, became their friend and taught them how to survive in the wilderness. That education allowed them to prosper so that they were able to celebrate what is thought
to be the first thanksgiving feast in this country.

What can we learn from Squanto’s story?  Thanksgiving results in thanksliving.  He was thankful that people different from himself had brought new life to his old village. He lived out his thanks to God by helping others
Thanksgiving is not about department store displays or city parades.  Thanks- giving is about thanksliving…every day!

The Church Media Library Team wishes to thank Rev. David Barnes for donating a large number of great books, audio/visuals, and other ministry materials to our church library.  Thanks are also due Mike and Deborah Melancon for their donation of home repair books and guides to quilting.  Thank you for your generosity.

What a blessing to be able to read and enjoy a good book! Our church library has a large selection of novels that are ready to carry their readers to the far reaches of the imagination.  They introduce us to all kinds of characters, some far-fetched and others much like ourselves.  These stories can entertain, educate, and often inspire us as they are projected from their pages, through our mind’s eye, to the recesses of our thoughts and even into our hearts.

We, the Church Media  Library Team, are especially thankful for Christian novelists who use their God-given talents to share their faith and Christian values through the heroes and heroines of their stories.  Here are some reviews of fiction books we have enjoyed.  We encourage you to visit the library and check out a good read.

Young, William P.           The Shack  
              By Jeanie Holbrook
Thus far, this is my favorite fiction book in our church library.  It’s about a family that experiences a tragedy.  The father takes his children on a camping trip, and as he was trying to save his son from drowning (the small boat that he and his older sister were using tipped over, and the boy was pinned underneath), someone snatched the little sister from the picnic table where she was coloring in a book.  Grief and guilt cause the father to give up on God and life in general; until, several years later, in the dead of winter, something arrives in his mailbox.  A small note advises him to come to a certain address.  The note bears on his mind until he follows its directions.  His decision leads to the answers of all the questions that have haunted him since his little girl’s abduction.  I hope you will check it out of the library.  It’s a great read.

Kingsbury, Karen      Fifteen Minutes
                    By June Jenkins
Over the past several years, I have had the pleasure of reading several books of different genre from our church library.  One of my favorite novels is Karen Kingsbury’s  Fifteen Minutes, a dramatic story about fame, true love, and the cost of “having it all.”  As he leaves his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on a popular reality television show, “Fifteen Minutes,” Zach Dylan makes a promise to God, his family, and his college sweetheart:  IF HE MAKES IT, THE FAME WON’T CHANGE HIM.  However, when he becomes an overnight success as the nation’s most popular contestant, the young country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis is asked to compromise and quiet his Christian beliefs.  Caught up in fame, Zach’s choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.   Through his Christian upbringing, and a caring judge on the show, Zach renews his search for the Godly life, family, and girl he loved.

Tolkien, J.R.R.                   The Lord of the Rings
        By Deborah Melancon
This epic high-fantasy novel about the battle between good and evil is one of my favorites.  The setting is in middle-earth and is based on the One Ring filled with the power of the Dark Lord.  The Ring must be destroyed.  The reader will follow the journey taken on by hobbits, a wizard, a dwarf, an elf, and a man in their mission to destroy The Ring and prevent evil from ruling. Their journey takes them through many difficulties, temptations, and battles against evil.  This novel (as well as the movie) keeps the reader entertained and on the edge of his or her seat.  There is never a dull moment as Tolkien takes his reader from one adventure to another, pulling for good to conquer evil.

Sparks, Nicholas                  A Walk to Remember
                   By Rita Mangum
Read this unforgettable story with a box or tissues nearby.  The reader follows seventeen-year-old Landon Carter during his last year at Beaufort High School in 1958.  He falls for Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the local Baptist minister, who, through a twist of fate, becomes his partner for the homecoming dance.  She’s unlike all the other self-absorbed, teen-aged girls he knows.  Kind, considerate and faithful to her Christian beliefs, Jamie has never been asked out for a date.  Her walk of faith intrigues Landon as he sees unconditional love demonstrated which enables him to make a stunning decision that will change his life forever.  Please check out this special book!
God has bestowed special gifts on each of His children, but it is up to the individual Christian to refine these gifts, making them useful in ministry.  That’s the best way we can say “Thank You” to God for our spiritual giftedness.  If they go unused, God’s gifts are squandered.

“Do not neglect the gift that is in you.”
 I Timothy 4:14 Holman, CSB

“Not everyone possesses boundless energy or a conspicuous talent.  We are not equally blessed with great intellect or physical beauty or emotional strength.  But we have all been given the same ability to be faithful.” -Gigi Graham Tehividjian

Director:          Rita Mangum
Accessions:   Carolyn Coates
Circulation:  Jeanie Holbrook
Audio/Visuals:   June Jenkins
Classification:  Rita Mangum
Deborah Melancon Mary Ann Cleaton

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