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Clearer Skin with God

Why isn't God Giving Cash Prizes?Why Isn’t God Giving Cash Prizes
Peterson
1982

Just in the nick of time! You can be in heaven with clearer skin and knowledge that all other religions are crap compared to Christianity. Between this book and the author’s other masterpiece of cool awesomeness, I am quite sure the streets will be filled with clear-skinned youth looking and feeling awesome.

To me, a cover does count, especially with youth-oriented materials. To be honest, I doubt this generated much coolness even in 1982. Wait! I think I hear the sound of a collective eye roll and groan from every teen that is browsing the religion section.

Mary

 

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How To Be A Good Church Lady

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Bockelman
1956

When I picked this up, I thought sure this was a career book about being a stewardess, like on an airplane. Nope, this is all about stewardship in church. This book is geared to the ladies that feel they have too much on their plate to be an adequate church volunteer/steward. Fair enough. How does one balance the needs of family vs. church duties?

This book is surprising in many ways. Unlike many of the Christian oriented materials we have featured here, this book is actually promoting choice in your activities and how you manage your home and children.

Bockelman felt that a woman that gives until she is resentful isn’t doing justice to her calling. She notes that there are many paths for women and not all are about marriage and children. She also admonishes the reader in judging others choices. I think the author is forward thinking and this rings more true than the “newer” books telling women to shut up and do what they are told.

Mary

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Our Jewish Neighbors

Getting Acquainted with Jewish Neighbors
Eakin
1944

I think we can include this in our geography material, even though Israel didn’t exist until 1948.  I am going to cut this book some slack given the time it was published.  The intent was to educate on Jewish culture and religion.  That said, how is this helpful for a contemporary collection?  My favorite of the contents:  “Why bother to get acquainted with Jews?”   This belongs in an archive, not in a public library.

Happy Hanukkah

Mary and Holly

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