Winter One Church One Read

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is the OSL Library committee’s selection for the Winter One Church One Read title.

“Two Children for Sale.” The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams. Any mother facing impossible choices could have written it.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication, but when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.

At the paper, Lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.

Copies of the book will be available for checkout on January 16; the discussion will be at 10:00 A.M. on March 24 in the Conference Room.

Second Saturday Movie
This month’s feature, on January 12, will be Beautifully Broken, the true story of three families from different countries, each struggling to find hope and safety amid the devastation of war. A refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret converge in this inspiring real life story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Make a day of it with the movie at 2:30 in the Holy Word Theatre, followed by worship at 5:00 in the Sanctuary, and dinner afterward in The Gathering Place!

Monthly Book Club for Adults
The Book Club for Adults meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the OSL Library to discuss that month’s novel. The January 24 selection will be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

This first of the Outlander novels introduces two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.

Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Claire is hurled into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Join this exciting community of readers! A list of 2019 selections is available in the OSL Library.

Warm up with a Good Book!

Be sure to visit the snow and winter book and movie displays in the OSL Library. To make your selection easy, a large number of items are on separate displays, one for children and youth and one for adults.

Library Hours
Sunday 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Monday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Friday Closed
2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.–noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.

New for Adults

And Then, We Laughed by Delaine Shay. As a child, some tragic deaths happened in the family of OSL member Delaine Shay, including her dad accidentally backing the car over her brother. As an adult, Delaine faced more losses and made some wrong choices trying to deal with them.

In her memoir, Delaine writes about the trials she faced and how, the harder she tried to find solutions, the more frustrating her life became. The day after she realized she was addicted to alcohol, Delaine awoke with a clear sensation of being cradled like a baby in the arms of her Heavenly Father. As she wrote her memoir, with God at her side, Delaine learned to “walk in peace and not in pieces.”

Delaine will speak and sign copies of And Then, We Laughed at OSL on January 13, in the Celebrate Center.

Additional New Titles for Adults
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

New for Middle- and High-School Youth

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp. Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire community of Lost Creek speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. They push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. Piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

Additional New Titles for Middle- and High-School
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
The Titan’s Curse: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

New Chapter, Early Reader, and Picture Books

Ivy + Bean: One Big Happy Family by Annie Barrows. Ivy’s worried. She’s read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don’t share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don’t get their way.

Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn’t have any brothers or sisters. That’s why she’s worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she’d probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys.

There’s really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

Additional New Chapter Books
Chicken Squad: Into the Wild by Doreen Cronin
Magic Tree House: Abe Lincoln at Last by Mary Pope Osborne

New Early Reader Books
Pete the Cat: Play Ball by James Dean
Don’t Throw It to Mo by David A. Adler

New Picture Books
I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep by Dev Petty
What Should Danny Do? by Adir Levy

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