The Church Library, located in the Church House building, is a beautiful, quiet and reflective space which offers a wide variety of books, DVDs, CDs and other reading materials. The materials are organized using the Dewey Decimal system, and can be located easily in the card catalog by title, author, or subject. (A digital card-catalog is coming soon.) If you are interested in a particular search, contact the librarian.
The library is self-service and is open whenever the Church House is open (as long as the room is not being used for a meeting). The librarian is on site Monday mornings, and is available by email or phone (908-766-3419).
To check an item out, write your name and the date on the card in the back of the item, and leave the card in the box on top of the card catalog. To return an item, simply place it in the box under the card catalog.
|Absent Mind, An||Rill, Eric||Seventy-one and a man used to controlling those around him, Saul finds himself slipping into what he describes as his slow dance with death. From the beginning, Saul and his family know how it has to end, because no one has ever outsmarted Alzheimer’s. But as they navigate the wandering road that will eventually bring Saul's demise, they leave behind their once disconnected lives and come together to weather their difficult journey.|
|Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus||Slaughter, Mike||Despite the church's place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than love, more for potlucks than for problem solving. Slaughter presents seven choices pastors must make as they consider the future of their congregations. How they answer these and other questions will determine how their congregation will focus its time, energy and budget to work for real change in a hurting world.|
|Heart of Christianity, The: Rediscovering a Life of Faith||Borg, Marcus J.||In "The Heart of Christianity", world-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus Borg argues that the essential ingredients of a Christian life—faith, being born again, the kingdom of God, the gospel of love—are as vitally important today as they have always been, even during this time of conflict and change in the church. Borg wants to show us, as today's thinking Christians, how to discover a life of faith by reconceptualizing familiar beliefs. Being born again, for example, has nothing to do with fundamentalism, but is a call to radical personal transformation. Talking about the kingdom of God does not mean that you are fighting against secularism, but that you have committed your life to the divine values of justice and love. And living the true Christian way is essentially about opening one's heart—to God, and to others. Above all else, Borg believes with passion and conviction that living the Christian life still makes sense.|
|Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption||Steveson, Bryan||Bryan Stevenson was a gifted attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a case which drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinkmanship--and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.|
|Neuro Tribes: The Legacy of Autism and tye Future of Neruodiversity||Silberman, Steve||An untold history of autism: from persecution to parent blaming from Rain Man to vaccines; of doctors for whom professional ego trumped compassion; of forgotten heroes like Hans Asperger, unfairly tainted by Nazi links. It ends on an optimistic note, with autistics reclaiming the narrative and defining autism on their terms as an essential part of the human condition.|
|Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy||Dunn, Bill & Kathy Leonard||Devotions offer biblical comfort and practical teaching that will enable you to take steps forward each day toward healing during your first, often most difficult year of bereavement|
Donations of books to the BRPC Library should be left in the library with a note that identifies the donor so that the librarian can acknowledge the gift. While not all donations come to reside on our shelves, these treasures will find extended use through other sources. BRPC Library is also grateful for monetary donations which can be used to buy specific “wish for” titles or those requested by the donor. Please contact Janet Bentley for assistance with this type of donation. Donations can also be made in honor or in memory of a specific individual.