FUMC Pearland Library | Inspirational Books & Videos

The FUMC Pearland library is located in Bethel Room 109.

Its operating hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Church members may check out a key from the church office to use the library at other times.

Your church library contains over 7,280 volumes of reference and inspirational books, tapes, videos, DVDs, and CDs. Primary concentration of materials in the library is on the 200 or religious section of the Dewey Decimal Library Classification System. We also have fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Special sections have been designated for Methodist-related materials, John Wesley and the other Wesleys, Bibles, and Jim Fleming.

The library is run completely by volunteers.

THIS MONTH'S BOOK REVIEWS

By Carol Bryce

With Houston’s current sweltering heat, it’s a wonderful time to settle in at home or on the beach with a cool drink and a good book. The Christian fiction room at the Pearland FUMC Library, Room 107B, is a great place to find something new to read. The library is open on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Here are highlights of two library books that I’ve enjoyed reading this summer.

The Novelist by Angela Hunt

The world knows Jordan Casey as the popular author of 20 novels that feature international spy Rex Tower. But to her family, she’s Jordan Casey Kerrigan, the middle-aged wife of a seminary professor and mother of two daughters and a son. When Jordan decides to teach a fiction writing course at the local community college, she’s challenged by one of her students to write something that’s more personal than her usual spy blockbusters. Jordan decides to craft a story that she hopes will speak to her struggling, troubled young son, Zack—a modern retelling of the story of the temptation in the Garden of Eden, underscored with the themes of sin and redemption. Eventually, Jordan finds that the lines begin to blur between the story she’s writing and her real life. With its story-within-a-story format, this book offers a change of pace from typical Christian fiction books. At times gritty and realistic, it presents a thought-provoking view of how the struggles we face and the choices we make affect our lives, and about how God can use our mistakes for good.

Two from Galilee: The love story of Mary and Joseph by Marjorie Holmes

TV channels are featuring Christmas in July movies, and retail stores are promoting Christmas in July sales. So why not spend some time this month reading a Christmas story? This book offers a beautiful retelling of the greatest love story of all—the story of teenage Mary and young carpenter Joseph, the two people who were chosen by God to provide an earthly home for His Son. This classic volume’s message is just as timeless and relevant as it was when it was written nearly 50 years ago. In her Introduction, author Marjorie Holmes tells her readers that it took her three years to research and write this story, which, she explains, isn’t factual, but is her interpretation of the way the birth of Jesus could have happened. During that time, Mary, Joseph and their families and friends became as real to her as her own husband and children, she says. It took Holmes another six years to get her book published. People didn’t want to read Biblical novels, she was told. And publishers said she’d made the Holy Family too real — “as real as the people next door.” But Holmes finally found a publisher, and the book went on to become a best-seller. I really enjoyed this book, which paints a picture of Mary and Joseph as relatable and down-to-earth and brings to life the story of the first Christmas.

 

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