• A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

    I’m a big fan of decluttering shows on HGTV. I pick up decluttering hints and organizing tips. Churches have special clutter problems. It often begins when we are downsizing or moving. We look at a chipboard desk and think, “It still has some use; the congregation would be GLAD for it. I’ll just...

  • A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

    A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy By Sue Klebold On April 20, 1999, Sue Klebold had to face the worst fear of any parent, the death of her child, Dylan, by suicide. However, she also had to face the fact that before he took his own life, he...

  • Going to the Doctor

    A Book Review from the Epiphany Library Going to the Doctor by T. Berry Brazelton, MD. Epiphany library section 9 B: Juvenile (gr. K-5), Science. From my favorite pediatrician comes this warm, delightful book for parents and their kids age 4-8 about going to the doctor. Dr. Brazelton tells kids why...

  • C.S. Lewis and Narnia for Dummies

    C.S. Lewis and Narnia for Dummies by Richard Wagner Epiphany library section 12 E: Teen, Non-fiction This book for teens and adults is about C.S. Lewis and his writings. First comes Lewis’ biography with photographs – his birth in Ireland, youth and education, professorships at Oxford and Cambridge, conversion to...

  • It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff

    It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff by Peter Walsh Age: adult. Library section 8 G: Life Skills, Hobbies/D.I.Y. With the Epiphany rummage sale coming up, here is a book about clutter, how it destroys your peace, and how you can rid...

  • The Harmonica

    The Harmonica (A Full color storybook) by Tony Johnston Epiphany library section 9 A: Juvenile, (K-5), Religion and Values This true story told in the first person concerns a boy whose happy family life is destroyed when the family is forced to go to a concentration camp. His only link...

  • Did You Know: Toys Affect Child’s Language Development

    A new study shows that electronic toys that make noises mute the conversations between parents and babies that are so important for language development.  A speech pathologist at Northern Arizona University conducted a study of parents and children in which three types of toys were given to the parents and...

  • The Gifted Kids Survival Guide

    The Gifted Kids Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith Epiphany library section 10 D: Youth (Gr. 6-8), Character Building This book for gifted and talented (GT) kids aged 11-18 helps them understand what giftedness is, its advantages and disadvantages, how to deal with it, how to find curricula and school programs...

  • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

    Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks Epiphany library section 7C: The Church in the World, Society/Human Rights/Justice. This prize-winning journalist published this book in 1995 about the lives of Islamic women in Islamic-dominated middle eastern nations. While some regimes have become less repressive toward...

  • Reading Quiz: How Many Quotes Can You Identify?

    Read the quotation and then figure out what classic children’s book they come from. How many can you identify? Some are newer books, others quite old, but all are classics in the world of children’s literature. Reading these quotes, it seems to me that there are many profound statements in...