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Poultry in the Pulpit

poultry in the pulpit cover imagePoultry in the Pulpit: Further Revelations of the Vet in the Vestry
Cameron
1988

Submitter: Not sure what to make of this from the cover.

Holly: This is the memoir of a veterinarian who became a minister. Here’s the Publishers Weekly review. It also got good reviews on GoodReads. The title is catchy and the cover is odd enough to get people to take a look. It seems like a pretty good choice for Christian-centric, rural communities. The Vet in the Vestry was Cameron’s first book, and this one continues his story with more on the ministerial part of his life. It may have appeal to James Herriot readers. I’m calling this one odd enough to be interesting, but old enough to be weed-able if it no longer circulates.

 

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Fix Your Nerves with Jesus

Freedom From Fear coverHow to have Freedom from Fear, Worry and Your Case of Nerves
Allen
1954

Isn’t this cover awesome in its awfulness? I think the best part is if you are free from worry, one half of your face will be smooth and young looking.

This little number came from a church library and is all about how scripture will heal all that mental illness. Anxiety, OCD, and “sexual perversions” are all fixable with a little bit of Bible talk. I particularly like the quiz on dealing with reality. In case you are interested, I didn’t do too well on the quiz (last picture). I guess I am headed to an institution soon. Oh wait, I am already there sitting at a reference desk with the other people not dealing with reality.

Institutionalized at the Library,

Mary

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Leave Room for the Holy Spirit

Love, Dating, and Marriage
Eager
1987

Submitter: While some of the info may still be useful, like the difference between true love and infatuation, many of its assertions are probably too old fashioned for Canadian teens today.  The book asserts that Satan loves to mess up the lives of young Christians by marrying them to the wrong people. He  makes Christians sexually attracted to non-Christians, causing them to go on dates, but of course a Christian can never be happily married to a non-Christian as it is against God’s will. The book is also very big on the “just say no” idea and how sex is only for marriage.  There are lots of passages about how if a girl loses her virginity before marriage, she will end up unhappy,  ashamed, and will ultimately marry the wrong person. As such, the book offers tips on how to keep oneself pure.  Aside from the obviously dated cover, I think this book is long past the point of usefulness, as society’s views on women, marriage, and sex have changed considerably.  I can’t see the teens in my community finding this book particularly relevant or useful for anything other than a good laugh. Looking through it, this book even seems dated for 1987…  On a side note, it was a bit of a surprise to find a book on love and marriage written in 1987 in our teen collection, especially since our teen collection was only established in 2007. I did not work here back then, but I can’t imagine how this book made it past several departments to be transferred from one collection to another.

Holly: There will always be an audience for books with this message in public libraries, but Christians want up-to-date books too! Even if the doctrine hasn’t changed, the books in your community library should reflect…well, your community. 1987 was a lovely year for Christianity, I’m sure, but 2016 is not bad either. This particular copy looks like it could use some Goo-Gone to the cover, too. It’s all sticky.

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