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News from the Art Circle Public Library for the week of April 15, 2014

It’s All About Books

In time for the Easter season, the following six new books have been purchased and offer guidance for living a more spiritual life. Some are inspirational and some inspirationally practical. All provide wisdom for those seeking a stronger connection with God and a more fulfilling life.

“Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined” by Jonathan Merritt.
The meaning of an abundant life in Christ is the central theme of Merritt’s deeply personal and highly evocative book. He calls for a personal encounter that’s not a list of do’s and don’ts or pros and cons, but rather an invitation to a lifelong, one-to-one intimacy with a God who knows and loves us, regardless of who, what, or where we are.

“Overwhelmed: Winning the War Against Worry” by Perry Noble.
With heart and humor, Noble shares details of his own personal battle with depression and stress, using the touchstone of Daniel and his compatriots, even his kings, to reveal that God has a path through the worry and the fear, and a promise of Christ’s presence amid it all.

“You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days”
by Holly Gerth.

Gerth brings her knowledge as a counselor and her own experiences with overwhelming worry to relieve the stressed-out and the harried. This book is filled with practical solutions, family stories and her trademark southern wit; as if you are having an intimate conversation with a friend who’s been there too.

“The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World” by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.
This is not a history of apartheid but rather an inspirational, practical and moving guide to finding and giving forgiveness. It is a path to peace, both internally and in community, offered with wisdom, honesty and beauty. Whether the pain you’ve received or given is great or small, “The Book of Forgiving” offers a roadmap to healing, from one who has followed it.

“The God of Yes: How Faith Makes All Things New” by Jud Wilhite.
Anything but a dry Bible study, Wilhite’s book combines levity with modern-day reality to present an Ecclesiastes that is very much relevant to today’s reader, and an enjoyable read. By comparing our everyday experiences and cultural quirks, this author gives insight into a God who offers the gifts we need for a fulfilling, meaningful life.

“The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art” by Erwin Raphael McManus.
Beautiful, rich, philosophical and inspiring, “The Artisan Soul” argues that we are all “little creators”
and that human creativity, imagination and love are what makes us “the image of God”. It’s not the activity that defines us, but our imaginations – and our canvas is life itself. God has given us the paintbrush and the paints, and like a gentle master guiding a pupil, He is there to help us see what art we make of it. Whether you’re an artist or an accountant, this work can inspire you to make your life the masterpiece God intends it to be.

Focus on a Bestselling Author

Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. Well, the future is now as her last work entitled “Chestnut Street” is released on April 22nd. Married to Gordon Snell, Maeve lived in Dalkey, Ireland, until her death in July 2012. In this novel, she gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future. One finds insightful observations about human nature—all with Binchy’s thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed. Her many fans are sure to line up to read this one. Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books, including her most recent novels, “A Week in Winter”, “Minding Frankie”, “Heart and Soul”, and “Whitethorn Woods”, as well as “Circle of Friends” and “Tara Road”, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection.

Information Tip of the Week

With temperatures starting to warm us up, we are lured outdoors and into the garden. So, if you are wondering what type of perennial to plant this spring, check out Gaillardia 'Fanfare.' Its glorious sunset-like colors and unique trumpet-shaped petals make this hardy perennial exceptional and quite unique. It thrives in most U.S. climates and blooms continuously from late spring into fall, or frost. To prune, they say to cut the stems all the way back to the foliage.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. Why can’t your nose be 12 inches long?
A. Because then it would be a foot!

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by e-mail at or The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cumberland County Archives & Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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