First Church Library

Our library selections are confined to non fiction, and focus on matters related to our Christian faith, our church, dealing with life’s challenges, and inspirational offerings. We have older books, but also plenty of current books, and we are continually reviewing and updating our collection.  There are books of many [more…]

Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan

A book review by Julie Pohlman (book 1 and book 2) What a wonderful reference pair these two books make!  Located inside each book are 150 of the worlds’ greatest hymns and their stories.  The hymn is on one side of the page and the story of it’s creation on [more…]

Zealot by Reza Aslan

A Book Review by Judy Ebeling We have a new book titled Zealot by the internationally acclaimed Muslim writer and scholar Reza Aslan.  It is a fascinating account of the times and life of Jesus. In it he challenges long held assumptions about James & Paul, Jesus and John the [more…]

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander MD

A Book Review by Judy Ebeling The number one best selling book Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, MD has been added to our church library. It is an unusual story about a neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife. Thousands of people have had near death experiences; scientists have argued that [more…]

Forgive for Good by Dr Fred Luskin

a book review by Julie Pohlman Forgiving can be very hard for many of us, even though we are taught all our religious life to forgive as Jesus did.  There are many references to forgiving in the New Testament—forgive 7 times 70, forgive them for they do not know what [more…]

The First Paul by Marcus Borg and John Crossan

a book review by Julie Pohlman “Paul is second to Jesus as the most important person in the origins of Christianity, yet he is not universally well regarded…..”.  So begins the book by Marcus Borg and John Crossan, two well respected, progressive religious scholars.  They begin by uncovering three different [more…]

The Hidden Jesus by Donald Spoto

a book review by Julie Pohlman Donald Spoto, author of The Hidden Jesus was born in 1941.  He is a noted biographer and theologian who was educated as a priest but left the priesthood after 20 years to be able to expand his writing sphere.  He has written 20 biographies [more…]

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

a book review by Carol Creelman Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn got its title from an old Chinese proverb that says “Women hold up half the sky”.  The authors lay out a case for why empowering women in the developing world is both morally right and [more…]