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Joyce’s Pick: Heaven is for Real

Joyce staff picks photoDo you wonder if Heaven is for Real? Just ask Colton; he knows it is, because he’s been there! This four-year-old’s near-death experience astounded his family and may inspire you. Colton’s story, written by his father but told in Colton’s words, is an engaging read for believer or skeptic alike.

By MPPL on January 17, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: Downton Abbey

Joyce staff picks photoIf you enjoy British period series, try Downton Abbey! See life from both sides; that of the aristocratic Crawley family, who seek to preserve their way of life, their mansion and its land, and the lives of the household staff who serve them. It’s better than Upstairs, Downstairs! Check it out!

By MPPL on November 1, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Historical Fiction, Movies and Television, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: Before I Go To Sleep

Joyce staff picks photoChristine, left damaged following a brutal attack, loses all memory when asleep. She reconstructs her life daily, with the help of those closest to her and a secret journal. S. J. Watson’s debut, Before I Go To Sleep, puts a new spin on the amnesia tale. Try it!

 

By MPPL on August 9, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: Little Princes

Joyce staff picks photoWhen Conor Grennan volunteers at the Little Princes Children’s Home in Nepal, it changes his life forever. As he falls in love with the children he discovers the orphans might be trafficked. Can Conor possibly reunite the children with their families? Come along on Conor’s uplifting and dangerous adventure in Little Princes.

By MPPL on May 17, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: Hachi

Joyce staff picks photoLooking for a family-friendly, heartwarming film? Hachi is it! Hachi, a lost Akita pup, is found by a university professor and life is never the same. This American adaptation is based on a true, renowned story of love and loyalty from Japan.

By MPPL on March 15, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: The Red Thread


Joyce staff picks photoThe Red Thread
immerses you in the intimate lives of couples waiting to adopt from China. Believing that a red thread connects people’s lives, Maya works tirelessly to bring these families together and to assuage guilt from her own past. Heartbreak, tension, and redemption abound. Enjoy!

By MPPL on January 11, 2011 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Joyce

Green Like God

Green Like God book coverJoyce of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet by Jonathan Merritt:

If you ever hiked the John Muir trail, read Thoreau’s Walden or appreciated the photography of Ansel Adams, you have been exposed to some of the pioneers of the American environmental movement. Their experiences, writings, and photographs have moved generations to action.  Unfortunately, the Christian community is a late-comer to this cause. Jonathan Merritt’s challenge is this: if we say we love the Creator, then we should take care of His creation. He asks the question, if the earth declares the glory of God, then are our actions silencing his voice? If you are looking for an interesting perspective on the green movement, check out this thought-provoking book!

By MPPL on December 9, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: Scent of the Missing


Joyce staff picks photoScent of the Missing
is a humorous, heartwarming and compelling tale that follows a golden retriever puppy and its owner through the grueling process of growing up, growing together and becoming a crack search-and-rescue team. It’s part love story, part memoir and thoroughly engaging! Don’t miss it!

By MPPL on November 8, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: Saving CeeCee Honeycut

Joyce staff picks photoWhen her mentally ill mother is killed, CeeCee’s life is saved. Whisked away from her absentee father and an uncaring community, CeeCee finds new life in Savannah with Aunt Tootie and a wonderful mix of strong women and quirky neighbors in Hoffman’s debut Southern charmer, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.

By MPPL on August 30, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Joyce

Joyce’s Pick: The Space Between Us


Joyce staff picks photoUmrigar tells of two Bombay women whose lives are bound together by time and experience, yet they encounter The Space Between Us as class, economics and roles separate them. Looking for a story of love, loss, and betrayal with international flavor? This one’s for you!

By MPPL on June 21, 2010 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Joyce