Marion The Librarian


Library News


Our library will be open most Sundays after the 9:00 service during the coffee time. Please feel free to come in and look at our library which was refurbished by Jeff Hengst.  Also feel free to check out a book.  You could then go out the side door and attend the Adult Bible Study in Founders Hall.


We have many new books that have been added to our church and school library. Many books are in our new section 19 (the section is titled “Strategic Authentic Diversity: Race, Religion and Working for Justice.”)  There is a handout with all those books listed.  That list is attached here but it will also be in the library.


We recently added five books by Henri Nouwen to other sections in the library.  These books were a very welcome addition to our other Nouwen books.  Here are the new books:


The Wounded Healer (can be found in section 7 of our library)   “In this hope-filled and profoundly simple book, Henri Nouwen offers a radically fresh interpretation of how we can best serve others. The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcome by anyone engaged in the service of others.”


Out of Solitude (can be found in section 5 of our library)  This is an excellent book containing Three Meditations on the Christian Life and how it can be found in seeking solitude.


Making All Things New (can be found in section 5 of our library)  In this book, Nouwen gives us an invitation to the Spiritual Life.  “He felt there was a place for a text which could be read within a few hours and could not only explain what the spiritual life is but also create a desire to live it.”


With Open Hands (can be found in section 5 of our library)  This book talks about prayer and how to pray.  “With gentle simplicity and challenging sight Henri Nouwen invites us to embark on a prayerful journey, to release our tightly clenched fists and open our hands to God.”


In The Name of Jesus (can be found in section 7 of our library)  This book offers reflections on Christian Leadership. “In the name of Jesus is Henri Nouwen’s bold, honest and heartwarming message about Christian Leadership.  Christians must give up their desire to be powerful and embrace authority based on prayer and forgiveness.”

Ascension Lutheran Church and School Library


New Section 19: Strategic Authentic Diversity: Race, Religion and Working for Justice


Children’s Books: (Good for adults as well)


  1. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  2. Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
  3. The Dress and the Girl by Camille Andros
  4. Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  5. Ida Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  6. Abuela’s Weave by Omar Castaneda
  7. New Kid by Jerry Craft
  8. The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  9. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt deLaPena
  10. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
  11. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  12. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Paintings Susan Jeffers, message Chief Seattle
  13. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  14. Snowy Day by Ezra Keats and Bryan Mealer
  15. Goin to Someplace Special by Patricia Mekissack and Jerry Pinkney
  16. La Frontera: My Journey With Papa by Deborah Mills and Alfredo Alva
  17. Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  18. In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
  19. Martin and Mahalia-His Words-Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
  20. Martin’s Big Words -Life of Martin Luther King by Doreen Rappaport
  21. Promises to Keep by Sharon Robinson
  22. The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Sauci and Jerry Pinkney
  23. This is the Dream by Diane J. Shaw and Jessica Alexander
  24. Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
  25. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carele Boston Weatherford
  26. Brothers in Hope -Story of Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams
  27. Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson
  28. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
  29. The African-American Struggle for Legal Equality in American History by Carole Boston Weatherford.
  30. Me and Mama by Cozbia Cabrera
  31. To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
  32. Our World Is A Family by Miry Whitehead and Jennifer Jackson


Adult Books


  1. Penguin Book of Migration Literature by editor: Dohra Ahmad
  2. Little Dreamers: Vision of Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison
  3. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  4. After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging by Willie James Jennings
  5. White Too Long by Robert P. Jones
  6. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  7. Luther’s Small Catechism with African Reflections
  8. Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison
  9. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  10. Nobody Cries When We Die (God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood) by Patrick B. Reyes
  11. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  12. Here is My Kingdom: Hispanic American Literature and Art for Young People editor Charles Sullivan
  13. The Warmth of Other Suns: Epic Story of America’s Greatest Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  14. Fences  (a Play) by August Wilson
  15. God and the Pandemic by N.T. Wright
  16. Born on the Water: the 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah Jones and Renee Watson
  17. Words of Change Anti-Racism by Kenrya Rankin
  18. Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
  19. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  20. Silence is Not the Answer by George S. Johnson
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  22. I Have Arrived Before My Words by Debra Pugh
  23. Transforming the Elite by Michelle Purdy
  24. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  25. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
  26. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  27. Sermon on the Parables by Howard Thurman
  28. The Inward Journey by Howard Thurman
  29. Finding Jesus at the Border by Julia Lambert Fogg