Religion and Spirituality
To check out information on Christmas customs, crafts, recipes, movies, music, stories, legends, (or more), check out these sources in our library to enhance your enjoyment of this beautiful season!
A "religious thriller" is a suspense novel whose plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions or questions. Here are 30 of my favorites I've enjoyed throughout the years:
Cross bones by Kathy Reichs
Salvation in death by J.D. Robb
Angels & demons by Dan Brown
- Michigan Youth Theater
- Holocaust Memorial Center
- The Art Experience
- Detroit Children's Museum
- Huron Lightship
- Carnegie Center, Port Huron Main Museum
- Thomas Edison Depot Museum
- US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble
- Monroe County Historical Museum
- Cranbrook House and Gardens
- Ford Rouge Factory Tour
- Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
- Paint Creek Center for the Arts
My name is Lauren Mitchell. I am a life-long Christian and current seminary student who has held many different positions in the church over the years. My father and grandfather were also Christian ministers. I have attended both Protestant and Catholic schools in my lifetime and have always attempted to live a faith-filled, Christian life.
Meet Lauren and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.
If you like Bible Fiction, try these books:
Faith of my fathers : a novel by Lynn Austin
Among the gods by Lynn Austin
Gods & Kings by Lynn Austin
Amazing love by Mae Nunn
Another homecoming by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn
The beloved land by Janette Oke & T. Davis Bunn
The affectionate adversary by Catherine Palmer
150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn
West with the night by Beryl Markham
Groundhog Day was first celebrated in the U.S. as a Pennsylvania German (so called Pennsylvania Dutch) custom around the 17th and 18th century. This tradition goes back even further in time when the ancient Romans conquered the Teutons or Germanic peoples in the north and brought this custom with them. If the groundhog came out of its den and cast a shadow, 6 more weeks of winter were imminent.
The ancient Celtic pagan festival of Imbolc, celebrated this same day, is traditionally a time of weather prediction, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to Groundhog Day. Fire and purification are important aspects of this festival. The lighting of candles and burning of bonfires in the snow represented the return of warmth and increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.
For more information on this holiday, see the book Groundhog Day in our collection. For more on Candlemas, see Celebrations of Light, also in our library collection.
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