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     May 9, 2012


A small number of resources available for check out from the Divisional Library Resource Center are highlighted below.  You can learn about others by visiting the Library's online catalog.  

  Half the Sky; Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  by  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
  Review contributed by Jill Penhale, Divisional Missions Project Coordinator
  "Reading the book Half the Sky is an experience. The passion with which the authors write is not something that one would usually encounter in a heavily research based book. Kristof and WuDunn have spent their lives traveling the world and seeing the face of oppression. I was blessed to have read the stories of women that they encountered from all walks of life. They literally give a voice to the voiceless. The book walks you through different societal issues facing women today, and each chapter includes a personal story of someone that they encountered. Their stories are often heart-breaking and unimaginable, which is why they will lead you to action.  While reading this book I went through a full spectrum of emotions; I laughed, I cried, I was horrified, and I was uplifted. Half the Sky is a wake up call to what is going on across the world, and it puts a name and a face to oppression. In my mind there is no way that you can read this story and not act, not tell others about the stories you have read. It is that powerful."

  Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society
  By Timothy Willard and Jason Locy
  "Our lives are full of scars, quirks, and insecurities we have learned to hide in favor of a more glamorous veneer we hope the world finds more acceptable.  This is the modern tragedy.  We have forgotten that, like the stress lines and fractures of antique wood, these imperfections in our lives make us beautiful.  Abundant living is more than a wall-post existence.  Rich relationships are more than trends, status updates, and . . . group invitations. But neither are possible until we allow ourselves to be fully known, imperfections and all. Only then will we come to experience the life we are meant to live. . . This life begins when we dare to strip away our veneer and enter a life of freedom, honesty, and rare beauty."(publisher)

  The Information Diet
  by Clay A. Johnson
  "The modern human animal spends upwards of 11 hours out of every 24 in a state of constant consumption. Not eating, but gorging on information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold dear. Just as we have grown morbidly obese on sugar, fat, and flour--so, too, have we become gluttons for texts, instant messages, emails, RSS feeds, downloads, videos, status updates, and tweets. We're all battling a storm of distractions, buffeted with notifications and tempted by tasty tidbits of information. And just as too much junk food can lead to obesity, too much junk information can lead to cluelessness.  The Information Diet shows you how to thrive in this information glut--what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective.  In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential for everyone who strives to be smart, productive, and sane." (publisher) 

  The Power of Habit; Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  by Charles Duhigg.
  "Award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.  With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. 
  Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight... Habits aren't destiny.  As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our business, our communities, and our lives.." (publisher)

  Brewing Justice; Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival
  by Daniel Jaffee
  "Fair trade is a fast-growing alternative market intended to bring better prices and greater social justice to small farmers around the world.  But is it working? This vivid study of indigenous coffee farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico, offers the first thorough investigation of the social, economic, and environmental benefits of fair trade.  Written in a clear and accessible style, the book carries readers into the lives of coffee-producer households and their communities, offering a nuanced analysis of the effects of fair trade on everyday life as well as the limits to its impact.  Brewing Justice also explores the changing politics of the international fair trade movement, illuminating the complex dynamics of this alternative market and its relationship to the global economy." (publisher) 

  The Hour the Matters Most; The Surprising Power of the Family Meal
  by Les & Leslie Parrott
  "Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott have discovered the surprising impact that something as simple as sharing a meal together can have on a family.  And they aren't alone.  Researchers across the board are finding that an hour around the dinner table can really tether a family together and help you raise up healthier, happier kids... An inspiring, practical book packed with everything you need to help you make the most of the dinner time hour." (publisher)

  Hurt and Hurt 2.0
  Inside the World of Today's Teenagers
  by Chap Clark
  "Hurt provided a vivid and insightful view into the world of today's teenagers. Now leading youth ministry expert Chap Clark substantially updates and revises his groundbreaking bestseller. Hurt 2.0 features a new chapter on youth at society's margins and new material on social networking and gaming. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with new research, statistics, quotations, and documentation." (publisher)

  The Faith of Leap; Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage
  by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch
  "So much of our lives is caught up in the development and maintenance of security and control.  But as Helen Keller observed, 'Security is mostly a superstition . . . Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.'  And when our only experience of Christianity is safe and controlled, we miss the simple fact that faith involves risk.
  In The Faith of Leap, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch challenge you to leave the idol of security behind and courageously live the adventure that is inherent in our God and in our calling. Their corrective to the dull, adventure-less, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity, explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership." (publisher)

   Walking the Bible; A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses
  by Bruce Feiler
  (Available in book and DVD formats)
  "Both a heart-racing adventure and an uplifting quest, Walking the Bible describes one man's epic odyssey--by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel--through the greatest stories ever told.  From crossing the Red Sea to climbing Mount Sinai to touching the burning bush, Bruce Feiler's inspiring journey will forever change your view of some of history's most storied events." (publisher)

Everyone in the division is welcome to become part of the Divisional Library community.  If you have not already signed up, a form is attached for you to fill out and return to me:

You can learn more about the library by visiting the website at and follow the links to the catalog.  Check out the library's  Facebook page: The Salvation Army Library Florida for daily updates on library resources and services.

You don't have to visit the library to take advantage of the collection.  If you are an employee, soldier or officer of the Florida Division, you can have materials sent directly to you.  Simply request the titles you are interested in by email ( or phone (813.383.5782)


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