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With summer giving way, reluctantly, to fall, it’s a good time for some rejuvenating reads. Good books can nourish the soul and help us to be sharp and focused and refreshing to be around! Christians, especially, need to fill our minds with worthwhile ideas. Books can help us do that.

Boundaries for Your Soul, was written by two Christian counselors, Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller, who attempt to show that our overwhelming feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger and fear actually can help us to open up to joy and fulfillment.

John Ortberg is a California pastor and a prolific writer. Many of his books are in our library and have been used for many of our Bible studies. His most recent book is I’d Like You More if You Were More Like Me. This is a thorough presentation on what it takes to get closer to others, and to God, in relationships. Anyone longing to establish deeper, more solid ties in marriage, family and friendships would benefit from this book.

If you have read Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which we have in the library and has captivated millions of readers with a fictional tale of the afterlife and how it answers all our earthly questions, you will be excited to know that after fifteen years he has finally written a sequel. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven continues the story of Eddie, a grizzled war veteran, who is killed while saving a young girl named Annie from a tragic accident. Although he felt that his life on earth was meaningless, Eddie learns from five people in heaven how much his – and every life – matters.