Thursday, May 29, 2008


"Opening Ceremonies" June 7 & 8 - Pick up your reading forms and bring a camera to photograph your contestant on the "Olympic podium".

Summer Reading Olympics
June 7-August 24

Three age groups – children through adult.

Three prize levels per age group. Prizes are awarded upon completion of each level. Prizes on display in the Library.

Participants completing all three levels for their age group will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for a Gift Basket filled with Smucker’s products.

Reading Olympic forms may also be download from Choose the Bookstore & Library tab and then choose the Library page tab.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Book Review: Home to Holly Springs

Home to Holly Springs
by Jan Karon
Penguin Group, 2007

submitted by Diane Busch

I recently finished listening to this book on my ipod while doing yard work. Well done. For anyone who has read the Mitford series by Jan Karon, you will enjoy this prequel about Father Tim Kavanagh's childhood and hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. Thirty-eight years has passed since he left his hometown, determined not to return. Now he is drawn back by an unsigned note that arrives in the mail. It says only, "Come home". He decides to make the journey to try and discover where the note originated and why.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gifts for Engaged Couples and Newlyweds

Wedding season is just around the corner. To help you prepare, we've marked all our wedding books and gifts 20% off May 17 - June 1. Stop in to see our selection of books, frames, music, and home decor for engaged couples and newlyweds. Here are a few of our favorites:

The FamilyLife Bible
Edited by Dennis & Barbara Rainey
Thomas Nelson, 2007

With articles and insights by Dennis and Barbara Rainey and using the NKJV, The FamilyLife Marriage Bible covers many of the issues facing husbands and wives: resolving conflict, communicating effectively, raising godly children, rekindling romance together, loving difficult family members well, and more. God does not intend for husbands and wives to navigate the great mystery of marriage without Him. The FamilyLife Bible will point them in the right direction.

The Joy of a Sacred Marriage
By Gary Thomas
Zondervan, 2007

Couples can change the path of their marriage through the lessons on the purpose of marriage from the popular book Sacred Marriage, now in a gift format. Includes devotions, excerpts from Sacred Marriage, and Scriptures from the New International Version. Makes a perfect wedding or shower gift!

To Knot or Not
By Donna Margaret Greene
New Hope Publishers, 2007

Marriage should be "for better or worse," and it should be for keeps. How important it is to follow the Lord's leading and to be guarded through principles set forth in Scripture! This book offers advice and insights from the author, experienced in mentoring girls through life decisions, and from the young women she has mentored.

Before You Plan Your Wedding...Plan Your Marriage
By Greg and Erin Smalley
Howard Publishing, 2008

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley open their hearts and share their lives so that you can know not only how to build a marriage that will last, but also how to have the kind of marriage where you and your spouse feel safe and honored and valued. Learn what's more important than finding your soul mate and the significance of happiness in your union. As wonderful as a wedding is, it lasts only for a brief time -- yet marriage is meant to last a lifetime. This important book will show you how to plan your marriage before you plan your wedding.

Gifts for Grads

College Devotional Bible
Zondervan, 2007

For a generation best engaged by story, this daily devotional Bible draws readers in through a relevant story for each day that is tied to a specific passage of Scripture. Written specifically for college students, there is a nine-month school devotional track plus a three-month summer devotional track.

Features include: • 222 school-year devotions highlight an interesting theme and encourage Scripture reading • 90 summer reading notes written by college students illustrate what they’ve learned about God, life as a Christian, or a specific Bible verse • Unique storytelling approach for devotions along with application statements, questions for reflection, and more • Includes the full text of Today’s New International Version—timeless truth in today’s language

Keeping Your Faith in College
By Abbie Smith
VMI, 2003

Written by students for students, Keeping Your Faith in College is a compilation of stories and experiences shared by students from over thirty-five colleges across America. Dealing with the tough issues of Transition, Peer Pressure, Dorm Life, Dating, Sports, Greek Life, Academics and more. This book is highly beneficial to any high school senior or college student in maintaining a strong Christian faith in college.

"365 Days of Faith" Perpetual Calendar

Start each day off right with this perpetual calendar filled with quotes from the Bible and famous Christ-followers, including: Elisabeth Elliot, Corrie Ten Boom, Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis, D.L. Moody, A.W. Tozer and many others.

“Memories” Handheld Photo Frame
Lighthouse Christian Gifts

This handheld photo album offers a beautiful and convenient way for grads to collect their photos and share them with family and friends. Made with a satin silver metal front and a velvet back, each album holds 60 4" x 6" photos. Frame Size: 5 3/8" x 6 7/8." Scripture on the front is Psalm 103:5: He fills my life with good things.

New Releases: May 14, 2008

Narnia Chronology from the Archives of the Last King: An Interactive Timeline Based on the Books by C.S. Lewis
HarperCollins, April 2008

With the release of Prince Caspian this weekend, Narnia Chronology is an impressive oversized overview of all seven books in the popular Chronicles of Narnia series. Each book is summarized over a multi-page spread with interactive pop-ups and foldouts, along with quotes and facts.

What God Does When Men Lead
by Bill Peel Tyndale, May 2008

Every man wants to be the kind of leader God designed--a strong, confident man who takes care of himself and the people he loves. But when you find yourself dealing with difficult coworkers on a daily basis, when your relationship with your wife seems damaged beyond repair, or when your children rebel, that destiny may seem unattainable. Best-selling author Bill Peel has good news for you if you feel you're missing out: God has created and equipped you with specific gifts that will help you to lead. Learn to embrace them, and you'll discover a richer family life, a more rewarding work environment, a transformed church--in short, a deeper and more satisfying life than you've ever imagined. Are you ready to answer God's call? Then learn to lead his way . . . and watch, amazed at what he will do.

Zora & Nicky: A Novel in Black and White
By Claudia Mair Burney
David C. Cook, April 2008

Zora Nella Hampton Johnson knows exactly where she comes from her daddy won't let her forget. Of course, for that privilege, he keeps her in Prada and Kate Spade. He chooses her boyfriend, her car, her address and ignores not only her mother, but her own love of painting, art and the old ways of her granddaddy's soulful AME church. Her daddy may be a preacher, but somewhere among the thousands of members, Zora has lost God. And she wants him back.

Nicky Parker, a recent graduate of Berkeley and reformed playboy, also suffers the trials of being a preacher's kid, and he can't remember the last time he saw eye-to-eye with his white, racist, Republican, Southern Baptist father. What he does remember and it will be forever burned in his brain despite myriad prayers to Jesus is the way Zora looked the first time he saw her.

When they meet at a Bible study far from their respective home churches, the first churlish, sarcastic sparks that fly sizzle with defensiveness. But God has a special way of feeding the flames, and though from different flocks, these two lost sheep will find Him and much, much more.

Lessons from the Sock Drawer
By VeggieTales
Big Idea, May 2008

Join all the VeggieTales friends for Lessons From the Sock Drawer: A Collection of Veggie Shorts and Briefs - a special collection of 18 of the most entertaining and zany lesson-based shorts from everyone's favorite Veggies! When Bob and Larry get a letter from a little boy who has lost his hamster, they must find a way to cheer him up! Thankfully, Larry keeps "The Veggie Vault" in his sock drawer, so there's always a funny story close at hand. Co-hosted by the vault keeper Lutfi the sock puppet (who first appeared in VeggieTales Sumo of the Opera), Lessons From the Sock Drawer is filled with hilarity, music and over 70 minutes of silliness and will surely tickle everyone's funny bone while teaching a few lessons along the way.

Love’s Unfolding Dream
Fox Faith, May 2008

The sixth installment of the films based on Janette Oke's acclaimed Love Comes Softly novels finds Belinda (Scout Taylor-Compton)--adopted daughter of Missie (Erin Cottrell)--determined to become a doctor. Despite her dedication and ability, Doc Jackson (Robert Pine) believes women should stay at home--and so does Belinda's suitor, Drew Simpson (Patrick Levis)! But with faith and hard work, Belinda begins winning the hearts and minds of everyone around her.

The Wager
Genius Entertainment, May 2008

Michael Steele (Randy Travis) is ten days from the biggest night of his life—he has been nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Achieving the height of career success, Michael is quickly cast in the role of a lifetime as the lead character in a classic struggle between good an evil when rumors about his morality and faith run rampant. Will he buckle with temptation or stay true to his beliefs? The Wager is a soulful story of conviction and redemption that reminds us that in the face of adversity, we must find the strength to do what is right.

Metanoia Films, April 2008

An international soccer star (Eduardo Verastegui) is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress (Tammy Blanchard), struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down...until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New Releases: May 7, 2008

The Mommy Diaries: Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure
edited by Tally Flint
Revell, April 2008

Mothering is an adventure to be sure--from baby's first kisses and cute messy faces to trips to the playground and pushing a grocery cart with a screaming toddler, a mom's life is full of adventures with her children. But it's not only about the kids. Mothering is also an adventure in personal growth for every woman who understands this important role.

The Mommy Diaries is a collection of encouraging, heartwarming, and funny true stories from moms just like you. These honest and open reflections on mothering will help you rediscover yourself amidst the demands of motherhood. The stories cover all the issues that are close to your heart as a mother.

The Mommy Diaries is your chance to catch a fresh glimpse of who you are and how you can grow in the midst of the mothering process. You may be too busy on the adventure to write in your own diary, but you'll see yourself in these stories and be encouraged on your own daily adventure!

Hopeful Parenting: Encouragement for Raising Kids Who Love God
by David Jeremiah
David C. Cook, April 2008

Parenting is far from easy. From first steps to first dates, parenthood is filled with unique challenges. Yet there is no greater joy than nurturing one of God's most precious gifts.

New York Times best-selling author David Jeremiah presents a heartwarming look at adventures in parenting. Drawing from his own rich journey through fatherhood, Pastor Jeremiah shares wit and wisdom on raising children in an unpredictable world. Each insightful chapter features timeless truths from God's Word, offering encouragement for the road ahead.

How Women Help Men Find God
by David Murrow
Thomas Nelson, April 2008

Nine out of ten U.S. men believe in God. Five out of six claim to be Christians. So why aren't they in church? Millions of married women worship alone every Sunday. Mothers grieve as their teenage sons abandon the faith. Single women search in vain for godly men.

What can one woman do about it? Plenty! In this dynamic follow-up to his best-selling Why Men Hate Going to Church, David Murrow speaks directly to women to help them understand the real reasons men resist Christianity. It's the first book of it's kind--written to help women reach all the men in their lives--not just husbands. With straight talk, personal stories, and a dose of good humor, David shows women how to draw men to Christ--without guilt, manipulation, or pushy evangelism.

11: Indispensable Relationships You Can't Be Without
by Leonard Sweet
David C. Cook, April 2008

We all need some friends for the journey of life, friends like Barnabas, Nathan, Rhoda, and Zacchaeus just to name a few. Eleven of them to be exact. Without these people in your life, you'll miss out on the person you could have been. And without you in their lives, they'll miss out as well. With characteristic style and wit, Leonard Sweet deftly mines Scripture and culture for the 11 relationships you must have for a life beyond the ordinary.

The larger question for us is not "Will you cross the finish line?" but "Whose hands will you be holding as you cross the line?"

Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices
by Brian McLaren
Thomas Nelson, April 2008

"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16)
Most of us suffer from spiritual disorientation. Our souls are untended. And in this fragmented world, a soul left untended quickly loses direction. It forgets itself and becomes an insubstantial thing, disoriented and unavailable to the truth. And neither scientific secularism nor religious fundamentalism nor vague spiritualities have been able to offer any real answers.

That's why a growing number of Christians are turning to early spiritual practices as a means of tending their souls. For centuries, believers have eagerly submitted to disciplines such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting, sacred meals, observing the Sabbath, or pilgrimage to create an everyday sacredness, a spiritual rhythm for living the well-worn grooves of workaday life.

In Finding Our Way Again
, Brian McLaren serves as guide to a wide variety of these disciplines, showing how they form character, awaken us to life, and help us experience God, and each other, in new and fresh ways.

Personal Faith, Public Policy
by Harry R. Jackson, Jr. & Tony Perkins
FrontLine, March 2008

This book addresses 7 urgent issues that we, as people of faith, must come together and solve.
Is there a set of public policies and personal choices we can make that will ensure another four hundred years of God's blessing on America? Today we stand at a crossroads. The authors take a fresh, balanced look at the core issues we are facing today, laying out a comprehensive strategy that can bring evangelicals together across racial and denominational lines.

The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists
by Ravi Zacharias
Zondervan, April 2008

Is God real or a creation of your imagination? When you pray, are you talking to a God who exists? Or is God nothing more than your "imaginary friend"?
When author Sam Harris attacked Christianity in Letter to a Christian Nation, reviewers called the book "marvelous" and a generation of readers--hundreds of thousands of them--were drawn to his message. Deeply troubled, Dr. Ravi Zacharias knew that he had to respond.
In The End of Reason, Zacharias underscores the dependability of the Bible along with his belief in the power and goodness that God is nothing more than a figment of one's imagination and that Christians regularly practice intolerance and hatred around the globe.
Dr. Zacharias exposes the utter bankruptcy of Harris' worldview. And if yoiu haven't read Harris' book, Ravi's response remains a powerful, passionate, irrefutably sound set of arguments for Christian thought. The clarity and hope in these pages reach out to readers who know and follow God as well as to those who reject God.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mother's Day is Coming!

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th. Are you ready?

Here are few gift ideas, all available at the RiverTree bookstore:

1001 Things It Means to Be a Mom: The Good, the Bad, and the Smelly
by Harry H. Harrison, Jr.
RiverTree price: $9.49
Ranging from new moms, working moms, single moms, moms of adult kids and more, 1001 Things it Means to be a Mom provides a big dose of praise and understanding that will leave moms from all walks of life feeling uplifted and highly valued.

Speaking Mom-ese: Moments of Peace & Inspiration in the Mother Tongue
by Lisa Whelchel
RiverTree Price: $12.34
Through fifty-two mini-devotions, Speaking Mom-ese provides encouragement and connects moms to each other and to God.

You're Going to Be My Mom!: A 40-Week Devotional Journey Through Your Pregnancy
by Astrid Rivera, M.D.
RiverTree Price: $10.44
For the mom-to-be... This beautiful 4-color devotional journey includes stunning prenatal photos, growth guide, prayers and devotional thoughts from the unborn baby.

New Life
Willow Tree by Susan Lordi
RiverTree Price: $24.70
This 5" wood carved sculpture is one of many figurines we carry from Susan Lordi's popular collection.
Ask us about other WillowTree items available by special order.

Mom Frame
RiverTree Price: $18.99
This wood and glass frame holds a 4"x4" photo. Around the edge of the wood reads, "...You have a special place in my heart. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement...Love is what binds us all together...Phl 1:7, Phm 1:7 & Col 3:14."

Don't forget the card! All cards are 25% off daily!