Faith Reads: A Selective Guide to Christian Nonfiction

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At last—a resource for librarians who wish to build or develop their nonfiction collection and use it to better serve the needs of adult Christian readers. Covering the three major branches of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox), the author organizes more than 600 titles into subject categories ranging from biography, the arts, and education, to theology, devotion, and spiritual warfare. Award-winning classics are noted. Introductory narrative frames the literature, and helps librarians better...

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Overview

At last—a resource for librarians who wish to build or develop their nonfiction collection and use it to better serve the needs of adult Christian readers. Covering the three major branches of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox), the author organizes more than 600 titles into subject categories ranging from biography, the arts, and education, to theology, devotion, and spiritual warfare. Award-winning classics are noted. Introductory narrative frames the literature, and helps librarians better understand Christian literature; and learn how to establish selection criteria for building a Christian nonfiction collection.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Librarians have resources to help them do collection development and readers' advisory in the area of Christian fiction, but Christian nonfiction can be unknown territory. In Faith Reads: A Selective Guide to Christian Nonfiction, author Rainey provides an annotated bibliography of 646 titles, arranged by subject. The book is divided into eight broad chapters, from 'Life Stories' to 'Bible and Theology,' and each chapter is subdivided into more discreet topics."

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Booklist

"Although some academic libraries that collect broadly in the areas of modern Christian culture may wish to add this work, it is most appropriate for public, church, and Protestant seminary libraries."

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ARBA

"David Rainey has compiled a useful and topical guide to Christian nonfiction. . . a relevant listing for any librarian building up a Christian non-fiction collection in a school/college setting and for public librarians keen to widen their coverage."

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Reference Reviews

"This comprehensive guide to Christian nonfiction is written for librarians who purchase or provide reader's advisory services, as well as for people who have a special interest in the genre. It encompasses the three major branches of Christianity: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox."

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VOYA

"Rainey's book will be of great value primarily for public libraries."

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Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586029
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID RAINEY is Senior Bibliographer at the State Library of Louisiana. Besides doing reference work, he is responsible for collection development in the Dewey 200s (Christianity). He is a reviewer for Christian Library Journal and also administers a small resource center that he started at his church. His background includes work at public, academic, and special libraries.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Life Stories 1

Story Types and Themes 2

Christians from All Walks of Life 10

Ch. 2 Prayer, Worship, and Spiritual Growth 47

Daily Devotionals and Prayer Books 48

Fasting 50

Prayer and Revival 52

Spiritual Warfare 64

Worship 71

Spiritual Growth Classics 74

Discipleship 78

Spiritual Gifts 81

Christian Living 86

Bibliographies 97

Ch. 3 Christian Self-Help 101

Health 102

House and Home 111

Men's, Women's, and Teens' Issues 113

Relationships 122

Counseling and Psychology 142

Grief and Death 150

Ch. 4 Evangelism 155

Apologetics 156

Evangelism 165

Missions 174

Ch. 5 Arts, Culture, and Education 181

The Arts 182

Culture 191

Education 215

Bibliographies 226

Ch. 6 Business and Leadership 233

Christians in the Marketplace 234

Personal Finance 239

Leadership 244

Bibliographies 249

Ch. 7 Science and Nature 251

Science and Faith 251

Nature 256

Creationism and Evolution 263

Ch. 8 Bible and Theology 275

Bible 276

Theology 286

Reference and Bibliographies 294

App. A Christian Nonfiction Book Awards 297

App. B Review Sources 299

App. C Christian Nonfiction Publishers 303

Author/Title Index 307

Subject Index 339

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