Our St. Philip's Church Library offers a variety of resources for your use. Please stop in to find something wonderful in fiction, biography, adventure, children’s, and inspirational! 

New Titles in the Library 

St. Philip’s Library has added many new titles, which will be inspiring reading for the whole summer. Stop in soon to check them out.


Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants(FIC/GRU) Algonquin Books, 2006. A best-selling novel and a motion picture telling the story of a Depression-era circus and the unlikely heroine, an elephant named Rosie.

Hanson, WarrenDear Me: Life Shared in Letters Between the Younger You and the Older You. (813.54/HAN) Tristan Publishing, 2011. Think of all you could share with your younger self. What would you say?

Husby, Jean VaatveitA Return to Willow Water. (FIC/HUS) Loonfeather Press, 2011. The author invites readers to lose themselves in stories of her fictional Minnesota town. This is nostalgia at its best.


Allen, Ronald J. A Faith of Your Own. (230/ALL) Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.This book is a helpful guide to defining and articulating one’s personal beliefs in a consistent way.

Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade. (305.8927/ARA) Wayne State University Press, 2011. This book contributes to Arab American studies and fills the gap of how Arab Americans react to the horror of 9/11.

Barth, KarlThe Call to Discipleship. (248.4/BAR) Fortress Press, 2003. The author articulates what it means to follow Jesus in faith.

Brueggemann, WalterThe Collected Sermons of Walter Brueggemann. (252.05834/BRU) Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. A collection of powerful sermons from a distinguished scholar and preacher.

Council of Churches, MinnesotaThis Much I Can Tell You: Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota. (305/COU) Beavers Pond Press, 2011. Here are stories of hope and courage from 18 new Minnesotans, refugees and asylees from nine different countries.

Dregni, EricVikings in the Attic. (973.04395/DRE) University of Minnesota Press, 2011.The author writes with humor and affection of the historical sites, folk tales and traditions of Scandinavians in the Midwest.

Kebede, ShegituVisible Strengths, Hidden Scars. (921/KEB) Hennepin House, 2011. The author was born in Ethiopia, orphaned at age 5. This is her story of her hardships and survival.

Lohse, BernhardMartin Luther’s Theology (230.41/LOH) Fortress Press, 2011. This is a scholarly study of the historical and systematic development of Luther’s theology.

Luther, MartinDay by Day We Magnify You: Daily Readings for the Entire Year. (242.3/LUT) Marshall D. Johnson, ed., rev. ed. Augsburg Books, 2008. This is a book of daily meditations based on the writings of Martin Luther.

Nouwen,  Henri J. MThe Only Necessary Thing. (248.32/NOU) Crossroads Publishing Co., 1999. This is a collection of the author’s writings on prayer and meditation.

Taylor, Barbara Brown. An Altar in the World. (283.092/TAY) HarperOne, 2009. The author continues her spiritual journey by revealing how she learned to encounter the sacred everywhere in the world.

25 Books Every Christian Should Read. (016.230/TWE) HarperOne, 2011. This is a guide to essential spiritual classics and includes selections from each book.

Vermes, GezaThe Real Jesus: Then and Now. (232/VER) Fortress Press, 2010. The author is best known as an editor and translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Askani, TanjaA Friend Like You. (E/ASK) Scholastic Press, 2009. Simple text and photos of unexpected animal pairs reveal different aspects of friendship.

Buscaglia, Leo FThe Fall of Freddie the Leaf. (E/BUS) SLACK Inc., 1982. This classic has been republished on its 20th anniversary. It is truly not just for children as the author tackles the difficult subjects of life and death.

Girard, Linda WalvoordAdoption Is for Always. (E/GIR) A. Whitman, 1986. Although Celia reacts to having been adopted with anger and insecurity, her parents help her accept her feelings and celebrate their love for her by making her adoption day a family holiday.

Lindbergh, ReeveHomer the Library Cat. (E/LIN) Candlewick Press, 2011. A cat’s quiet life is disrupted one day until he finds the perfect spot.


Absie, FathiaBroken Dreams. (DVD/ 973.049677/ABS) This video is a documentary about the exodus of Somali youth recruited from the United States for jihad.