Resource Center Director: Renda Brinson
Located at Union Presbyterian Seminary
5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC in Room C203
RESOURCE CENTER UPDATED HOURS:
We are open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for students and members of the Presbytery to have access to our Resource Center and Library. We will also work with you to get the resources you may need. Here is how we can help:
•You can see resources at our website.
•We can photograph or scan the Table of Contents of Resources so you may see even more of the content and our books are linked to the Amazon website where you can gather further information.
•We can bring resources to your car or leave on our pick-up cart if you prefer no contact pick-up
•We may find additional ways to deliver resources if needed
If you have questions, please feel free to call Renda Brinson (704-458-0366) to help you decide how we may help you.
Contact Renda Brinson, Director of the Presbytery of Charlotte Resource Center at email@example.com if you wish to have items pulled for you to pick up.
Visit our website: www.librarything.com/catalog/CharlotteCRC
New materials will be pictured first, the most recent are in the order of recent purchases. If you ever have any issues with the website, please let me know and I will be glad to help you. We are still working to get electronic check-out – a large project but in our plans. We hope that you will be able in the future to know whether a book is checked out and reserve online.
PRESBYTERY READING GROUP
The Presbytery Reading Group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 am in the Charlotte Resource Center at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
We enjoy discussions that are fun, lively, and insightful and we would love for our group to expand to include you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Thursday, May 26th at 10:30 am:
THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO by Christy Lefteri
Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.
Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement.
Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.
FOR JUNE – IF YOU ASK ME by Betty White
It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.
Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty’s candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen (“I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out”) to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already. Featuring all-new material, with a focus on the past 15 years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point – just like Betty White.
**WE WILL NOT MEET JULY OR AUGUST**
FOR SEPTEMBER WE WILL DISCUSS: (gives you three months for a 500 page book)
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoin
Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.
Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.
Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.