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Books from the Banner Desk

Every so often we highlight some books that have come our way since we can’t review them all. Here are some recent titles:

Any Day Is Father’s Day
by Jonathan De Young
When he became a father, this writer took note of the new experiences fatherhood brings. He shares those experiences in this small collection of stories of everyday life. (Transcendence Press)

A Christ-Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big Day
by Catherine Strode Parks and Linda Strode
If you’ve paged through Brides magazine in the last decade, you know that weddings are getting bigger and more expensive every year. This practical book, intended to keep Christ at the center of the planning, offers advice on everything from choosing a location to premarital counseling. (B & H Books)

Desperate Hope
by Charlane Blomberg
In her story Blomberg describes the damage family dysfunction and sexual abuse did to her. She also tells how others in her life gave her hope and how letting go of her past has allowed her to fully embrace God’s love. (Crossbooks)

The Journey Home
by Willy Nywening
Nywening, a retired teacher in Ontario, offers a novel about a brother and sister, orphaned at a young age, who suffer greatly as they are placed into the care of family members and others. The children’s hope for the future lies in redemptive love. (iUniverse)

Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn
by Calvin R. Stapert
Part biography and part music history class, Stapert’s book takes a detailed look at the way Hadyn’s work was influenced by his Catholic faith. Music scholars and Haydn fans will find much to enjoy. (Eerdmans)

Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology
by Derek C. Schuurman
Schuurman explores how computers and technology impact our lives and our world; he suggests that our view of technology should be shaped by faith like any other aspect of our lives and encourages readers to become redemptive users of technology. (InterVarsity)

The Spiritual Practice of Remembering
by Margaret Bendroth
This slim volume sheds light on the fact that our church families and our faith do not spring from nowhere—we are part of a long and wide tradition of faith. Bendroth suggests ways to honor the past without being overburdened by the load. (Eerdmans)

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