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St. Anne’s Library/Resource Centre

Library Hours:
The library is open on Sunday mornings from 9:30 -11:30 and Monday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 noon.
Borrowed items can be returned to the wooden library drop box outside the library. Your library has an extensive selection of Christian writers, themes and inspirational DVDs. New arrivals include:
Adult Fiction
The Boat People by Sharon Bala
This Canadian author takes us behind the headlines about refugees and asylum seekers straight into the hearts of a young father and six year old son. They have escaped Sri Lanka’s civil war and arrive on the shores of British Columbia in a rusty cargo ship. The Boat People has been shortlisted for the 2018 CBC Canada Reads.

Children’s Ficton
These Are My Words The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens (Dear Canada Series) by Ruby Slipperjack Violet’s diary entries begin on Friday September 9, 1966 in a residential school in northern Ontario. Everything that Violet brings with her from home including stones and the feathers that Grandma gave her are taken away. Violet is now #75. She tries to keep a diary of her school experiences and her struggles to navigate in a world far away from Grandma’s home in Flint Lake. Readers ages 9 years and older will find this Dear Canada Series compelling.

I Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland “We don’t use names here. All students are known by numbers”. Irene lives with her family on Nipissing First Nation until she and two of her brother are taken away to live in a residential school. Irene’s mother’s parting words to her young daughter are to “never forget who you are”. Author Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis teaches about Indigenous issues and with her interest in her own Ojibway/ Anishinaabe heritage writes about her grandmother Irene. This book has been nominated in the Silver Birch Express category.

Wonder 2017
rated PG Based on the novel by R.J. Palacio Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a boy with facial differences. “Auggie” enters fifth grade of an elementary school for the first time. This movie gives a warm, thoughtful argument for tolerance and also explores the current climate of bullying. Twelve year old Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay stars as “Auggie” Rated PG (2017).

Special Collection Audrey W has compiled and organized her photographs of St. Anne’s special people and special events. This album is now available to be signed out and taken home to enjoy at leisure. Thank you Audrey. What a timely photo treasure!

Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell
Written by Bishop Nigel
The author is a pastor from the evangelical tradition who burst into prominence around 2010. He has authored a number of books which have the overarching principle of articulating an evangelical theology that is separated from fundamentalism. In general, the books do not utilize technical theological vocabulary but in his analysis of scripture he will on occasion refer to the underlying Greek and Hebrew texts as an understanding of the complexity of the textual questions is essential to establishing the theory that he is proposing.
The writing style is very straightforward and at times somewhat poetic. Significant sections of the book read like a public lecture or perhaps a sermon. It is a relatively short book being a very slightly oversized paperback which is just under 200 pages in length.
The main themes of his work are identified in the sub title, “A book about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived. The motivation for the book is to offer an alternative theology and vision to the exclusionary fundamentalist theology that believes that only a select few will be saved (usually those who believe exactly what they believe). He begins by pointing out the absurdity of this position through logic and through a detailed exposition of scriptural passages that point to an inclusive and universalist understanding of salvation. He also spends time discussing various potential theologies of both heaven and hell with an emphasis on living the Christian life in the here and now rather than focusing on a salvation that is distant both in time and space. In conclusion he argues for the power of God’s love to achieve the future for humanity that God has always sought. He poses the question “Does God get what God wants?” and answers with a resounding yes.
The themes of this book are especially relevant in the season of Lent as we focus on the Love of God made known to us in the life and sacrificial death of Jesus. I highly recommend this book as it articulates a generous and compassionate evangelical theology
Thoughts and Prayers
It is a common refrain in the aftermath of a whole variety of tragedies, for different public figures to offer their ‘thoughts and prayers’. This has been criticized as having little value after a disaster, raising the questions: is prayer a form of action, is prayer enough or is this just an empty formality? The Anglican Journal took it upon themselves to respond to this question. In case you missed it, I have included it here. The author of the article is the Rev’d Laura Marie Piotrowicz, an excellent writer and one of Rev’d Val’s colleagues from the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Canada) Executive. Her response to these questions is insightful and thought provoking.
When we experience a disaster, our inclination is to pray. I think this is because it reminds us of our shared humanity, and of our common vulnerability. An earthquake or flood, for example, doesn't differentiate a population based on financial or social status. In situations where an entire community is impacted, we recognise that our community could be impacted. When a situation occurs where an individual or family is devastated, we recognise that we could be the individual or family in devastation. And, when we recognise that it could be us, we feel compelled to act, to reach out more, to build community more.
It's more than empathy; I think our souls naturally orient us toward God; and it is that foundational reality that emerges when we are faced with this vulnerability. I think for folks who aren't pray-ers, they find earthly excuses to cover up or deny that connection with the divine. But it's there- for all of us. It's there.
When I was a military chaplain, there was a known adage: 'there are no atheists in the trenches'. When we face moments that we can't pretend to control, we return at a very simple yet profound level to the core connection we have with God.
Prayer is our dance with the divine; whether we're out of practice or daily practitioners - the important thing is that we dance. We all get more
comfortable with prayer the more we do it; we get to know our dance partner better the longer we're dancing.
I believe that when we pray for someone, we have the privilege to hold that person in our heart; to be aware that this person is a beloved child of God. This person's circumstance is such that it has come to our attention, and we have been entrusted to carry their circumstance gently in our hearts. Praying is a privilege and a responsibility.
Is prayer enough - well, yes and no. Prayer is not just a simple list of wishes; nor is it some commodity that can be sent like flowers. We hear nowadays of "sending thoughts and prayers" in such a way that has become almost political currency. To wish someone well is obviously positive; but just saying the words in front of cameras or in a tweet may seem insufficient. I think of Matthew 6.5-6.
I believe that 'thoughts and prayers' are not a completed response - they are the start of a response. Thoughts and prayers indicate a commitment to carefully and purposefully discern how our lives might align with the will of God within that circumstance. Thoughts and prayers should then inspire us to action, as we would want others to act for our wellbeing if we were in those circumstances.
For example, we know that thoughts and prayers on their own will not stop bullets, or prevent floods, or provide safe drinking water, or [enter any injustice here]...
BUT - those thoughts and prayers can, through action, make a difference. They can begin to: inspire advocacy, or offer tangible support, or encourage additional education, or fund existing projects, or come up with new responses to whatever the circumstances are.
Thoughts and prayers can be an empty formality, or they can be the beginning of faith in action. It all depends on what the thinker/pray-er intends, and follows through on. And that is entirely between that individual and God.

Handmade Toques for Sale
Keep warm and cozy in a handmade toque this winter. Come to the library to see our selection on Sunday mornings. Toques will also be available with the ACW bake sale in the library during the annual Pancake Supper on Tuesday Feb. 13th

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