Christian resources abound for those seeking books, films and more

Easter/Resurrection Sunday is an opportune time to remind you about our collection relating to the Christian faith.

Your library has the Bible in book form, as an eBook, an audio book and on CD. Commentaries, concordances, atlases and handbooks also are readily available to help deepen one’s understanding of the most widely read book in the world.

Dotting the shelves in our 200 nonfiction area you will find well-known Christian authors such as C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, Max Lucado, Lysa TerKeurst, Lee Strobel, Ken Ham and others.

Nonfiction best-sellers such as “Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God,” “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” and Oswald Chamber’s classic “My Utmost for His Highest” also can be found on the 200 shelves.

Books specifically for men include “He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle,” by T. D. Jakes; “Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood,” by Nate Pyle; and “Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness,” by Eric Metaxas.

Metaxas also wrote “Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness.” Other titles aimed at females include “Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer,” by Priscilla Evans Shirer; and “Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us From the Inside Out,” by Joanna Weaver.

And to round things off the library also carries Stormie Omartian’s “The Power of a Praying Husband” and “The Power of a Praying Wife.”

Christian fiction books are always in demand at the library with Amish fiction leading that genre. Popular authors in this category, sometimes referred to as “bonnet rippers” in the publishing business, include Beverly Lewis, Wanda Brunstetter, Cindy Woodsmall and Amy Cliptson.

Falling outside of the typical Amish genre books are The Amish Country Mystery Series by P.L. Gaus and Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series. Both are set in Holmes County, Ohio, and although both feature a mix of Amish and English problems and lots of mystery, readers of Amish romances might enjoy the Gaus books a bit more as for the most part they steer away from foul language and darkness.

While at the same time promoting values, recent Christian fiction has tackled subject matter such as divorce, adultery, abortion and departing from the Christian faith. In the end, though, all involved accept the authority of the Bible and all that encompasses.

Some of the more popular Christian fiction authors of today include Karen Kingsbury, Ted Dekker, Terri Blackstock, Tracie Peterson, Richard Mabry and Randy Alcorn.

Our DVD collection has grown over the years as has our selection of Christian-themed films. “War Room,” “The Grace Card,” “Monumental,” “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” “Courageous,” “Abel’s Field,” “90 Minutes in Heaven” and others can be checked out.

Enjoy your day today with family and friends and in the next week or so come visit your friends at the library.

We are here for you and might well have what you are looking for. And if we don’t, please let us know.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.