Our church library offers a cozy space with comfortable seating to pray or catch your breath or peruse a book. Pick out several to take home to read to or with your child. Or select from the many topics represented for yourself. There are some oldies-but-goodies that may surprise you with their relevance to our lives today. Remember to check the bookcases outside the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary for newer titles by current authors. One such author is Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He currently continues to lead the urban flock that has grown to more than 5,000 regular Sunday worshippers at several locations in the City.One of Keller’s titles, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, especially caught my interest for several reasons. For over thirty years I worked in the secular world of government and public libraries and didn’t truly serve as though God was my boss. During this period of time, I often visited a lifelong friend who worked as Executive Director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith and Work, leading thousands of people to live out their faith in the marketplace where they were employed. I benefitted from many of Dr. Keller’s sermons and highly recommend his books, as he is one of the rare people who writes as well as he speaks.
Throughout Every Good Endeavor, Keller utilizes Scripture to emphasize his points that God created us to work and because of our feelings of fruitlessness and pointlessness, we tend to make work our idol. The third section of his book presents a Gospel worldview that will help us gain perspective on how we understand and embrace the work God has given us to do.
Whether it be this excellent resource by Dr. Keller or another book by one of your favorite authors, the church library has the resources you need to explore a number of topics pertinent to your growth in faith.
Other titles available in our librrary by Timothy Keller are Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Counterfeit: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. Enjoy!
Beth Ziegler Roberts—Wife of Gary Roberts for 23 years, parent to Sarah & Noah, grandmother to Anna, Lisa & Jedd, retired librarian who enjoyed over 30 years of service to communities through work in public libraries in New Jersey, California & Minnesota.