Hi Everyone, 

Our library has been on a rocky road for a while. However, with our new pastor, things have certainly improved.

That being said, recently I was told that since library books don't save souls, and that's what church is really about, there is no need for inclusion in our budget. that our church's money needs to be spent on other programs.

Hmmm... I know that Lee Strobel's book CASE FOR CHRIST certainly makes a powerful statement about why an atheist became a Christian.

My question is, can anyone out there recommend other titles that can be used to bring a skeptic to salvation?

I'd like to have a list of titles before our next board meeting in two weeks.

Thanks so much,


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How encouraging, Wendy. This is why I love this site.

I've poured and poured over this site and gathered so much encouragement and wisdom. I still come back and re-read posts. I hope you post soon & start your own thread. I'd love to hear your story and how God worked through you and others. 

Just checking in . . . 

I'd love to hear an update as to the meeting results and also as to how you're doing, Linda. 

Sending a prayer for you as I post this. 

Wooohooo! Wow! 

I'm so thrilled for you and your church. Wonderful things are in store. 

Thanks for letting us share in your journey, Linda

This is surprising for a church member [I assume] of a group collective called "The People of the Book." If one follows such a statement to its logical conclusion we don't really need to read those 96 books collective know as the Bible.

Perhaps you could google something like " lists/testimonies of people's lives saved by reading/books."  I feel sure if this sentence doesn't you refine it until you get results.  There's a list out there!

Dottie Lewis


First Baptist Church of Martinsville VA  

In response to Dorothy's post-- 

I googled and found an interesting blog from 2016 by Sean McDowell titled "What are the Top Ten Books to give to a Non-Christian?"  To all reading this thread, please be encouraged.

The link is as follows: Top Ten Books to Give to a Non-Christian

Absolutely thrilled with all the comments about evangelism!! Of all the posts we have had on the CLN, none have had such a response as this one. How about that?

And I should have mentioned the following earlier. Perhaps one of you have already mentioned it. We all need to be sure to consider all of these books in light of our individual church collection policy. Every church today is unique. I'm sure all of you know that finding a recommended book or media always needs to be screened by our individual church collection policy. 

Would you all be interested in my starting a new conversation about developing a collection policy?

Yes, I would love to hear what others are doing in developing their collection!


I was just having that very conversation with a board member this evening.  We do not currently hae a collection policy per se as it is up the librarian of the time to decide what makes the collection and what does not.  Someone please help as it prevents a lot of hard feelings from well meaning donors and time and space saved.


Here is a sample of our Collection Policy


William --- I really like this policy -- really, really close to what I've been thinking of proposing for our library. 

Anyone else -- I'd comment more, but shall we start another thread about Collection Policy? 

Yes, a new conversation on collection policy would be great!



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