The Resource Center provides materials to buy or borrow to help you deepen your relationship with God. We are located between the east and west entry foyers of the Worship Center. The Resource Center is open Sundays 8:15AM to 12:30PM and Wednesdays 4:30 until 9PM and is staffed by more than 25 dedicated volunteers. Our emphasis is Christian and family-oriented books and media, as well as resources for students and teachers of the Bible.
BOOKS: reference, non-fiction and fiction for adults and children
BIBLES: a wide variety of translations plus commentaries and study helps
MEDIA: • CDs, DVDs, VHS videos, audio cassettes • Sermons, fiction and non-fiction audio books • Children’s: young children, juniors, and teens • Family films • Instructional materials • Music
If you would like to host a Bible Study in your home, the Resource Center can help. We have many Bible Study kits in DVD or VHS format for loan. Also, we can help with acquiring the books for the study. The following is a list of our current kits.
Falling in Love with Jesus-VHS-Brestin and Troccoli
Heart Like His-VHS-Moore
He Speaks to Me-DVD-Shirer
Jesus the One and Only-VHS-Moore
Living Beyond Yourself-DVD-Moore
Lord, Change My Attitude-DVD-McDonald
One in a Million-DVD-Shirer
To Live Is Christ-DVD-Moore
Walking by Faith-DVD-Rothchild
When Godly People Do Ungodly Things-DVD-Moore
One of our patrons has read Governess of HighlandHalland has written a review recommending the book. We welcome patron recommendations.
This copy of The Governess of Highland Hall came as an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is a very interesting and engaging novel. The characters are three-dimensional and flawed, much as any person we might meet in real life. Interestingly enough, I didn’t like any of the characters to begin with; the heroine was the only exception. As the novel progressed several of them began to grow and change and I found as the book drew to a close that I liked the vast majority of them after all.
I appreciated Julia’s struggle with determining and following God’s will in a difficult and emotional situation. I also enjoyed that, while not sugar-coating the trials we face in daily life often inflicted by others, the heroine still asserted God’s sovereignty in all circumstances.
It is not only the main characters who are well-developed. Several of the secondary characters piqued my curiosity and I find myself wondering if the second book in the Edwardian Brides series will contain some of these same characters, perhaps in a starring role?
I absolutely loved the ending of this novel. Without giving anything away, it came to a satisfying and realistic conclusion.
Filled with historical detail and a cast of interesting characters, I would recommend The Governess of Highland Hall to any fan of inspirational historical fiction.
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One of our patrons has read and prepared a review of a new book in our library.
Riverside Resource Center received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In The Quilted Heart, a collection of three novellas by Mona Hodgson, we are introduced to a diverse group of women whose faith in God and enjoyment of quilting bind them together.The story begins in St. Charles, Missouri in 1865.I say story, despite there being three novellas included in this collection, because common themes and storylines inhabit each vignette, but each section gives us the continuing story from a different perspective.Each novella can be read separately, but the story makes more sense in order, giving us a fuller picture of life in St. Charles after the Civil War.
Each person in the quilting group has suffered loss in some way, most often due to the after-effects of the war.One of the things I really appreciate about this collection is that while the women are all experiencing difficult times, they support each other and get each other through it in community.At various points, one of the women may try to survive on her own, but they each discover that a load shared is a load lightened.
I also liked that Ms. Hodgson really seemed to know her characters and think through each of her dilemmas thoroughly and thoughtfully.She considered many angles that I did not foresee, yet it never felt forced or unrealistic in what each woman faced.
The collection dealt with many difficult issues as well, such as prejudice and spousal mistreatment. There were no easy answers provided but the problems were treated realistically.The main characters were not always immune to these failings themselves, which was refreshing in that it was sometimes her problem rather than someone else’s, but neither were they irredeemable or too stubborn to see the wrong in their own behavior, often with the help of good friends and God.
Tucked into the pages were also some very valuable lessons.One of my favorites was, “don’t chase your feelings.Make them follow you.”A sage bit of wisdom from a mother watching her son struggle against prejudice from the father of the woman he loved.I particularly appreciated that he was not told to follow his heart but to respect her father, even though it was the hardest thing he’d ever been asked to do.It was a beautiful example of Christian love, even to those who persecute you.While our society today exalts romantic love above all else, this couple did the right thing and was rewarded for it in the end—a satisfying conclusion to their love story despite the difficult journey involved in getting there.
In the final novella, there is a fair bit of mystery surrounding the hero.This mystery makes him intriguing but also provided my only source of frustration in the collection:there is no resolution to his and the heroine’s story.While I don’t like to reach the end of a story and find “to be continued,” I am comforted by the fact that their story,as well as the other one left unfinished, will be picked up on the trail in the author’s next novel, Prairie Song.
This novella collection was an enjoyable read, getting better with each story in the series, perhaps because we knew the characters better as the greater story arc progressed.I would recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction, especially the post-Civil War era and on into the push westward.
For those of you who do not have access to Duck Dynasty programs on your television, the Resource Center now has DVDs for Season 1 and Season 2, Volume 1. If you have already seen this popular show and would like to watch some of your favorite episodes, stop by and check out the DVDs!
Adventure. Humor. Drama. Now kids can discover God's great love story in an easy-to-read format! They will find out that God's story is not just a collection of random adventures---it's a complete story that tells about God's great love for his people. Using the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible, The Story for Kids has events, characters, and teachings that show God's unfolding story. Your kids will love reading the greatest story ever told!
The Riverside Resource Center was stop #14 for the Cubbies Treasure Hunt. The children were given a tour of the Resource Center and shown the Children's books and movies sections. They met the workers who are there to serve them and were invited to come back with their parents to check out books and movies to take home.