UMW New Books Purchased

There are many good books in the 2015 list.  We purchased one book in each category.  Leadership has bought two books.

What’s So Blessed About Being Poor? Seeking the Gospel in the Slums of Kenya by L. Susan Slavin and Coralis Salvador (Education for Mission – a bonus book counts 1 for Education and 1 for Social Action) In this inspiring exploration of how happiness and holiness can ex-ist in the midst of poverty and illness, two women, one a Maryknoll lay missioner, the other a New York attorney who left her law practice to become a lay missioner, tell their stories of living among the poor in East Africa.

Sum It Up by Pat Summitt (Leadership Development) Pat Summitt, a country girl from Hen-rietta, Tennessee, grew up driving fast and playing hard, learning basketball playing with a homemade backboard against three brothers. She went on to win an Olympic medal and at 22 became head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. Her autobiography tells the whole story, full of humanity, wit and fierceness, by a giant among coaches who has transcended American sports.

Tough Cookies: Leadership Lessons From 100 Years of the Girl Scouts by Kathy Cloninger and John Wiley (Leadership Development) Full of inspired wisdom, this book describes Girl Scouts’ transformative journey to become an integrated, unified movement for girls. It cap-tures the essence of this iconic institution and the principle that have sustained its 100-year history of success. Millions of American businesswomen, thought leaders and politi-cians received their first lessons in salesmanship, money management, marketing, team-work and fulfillment from Girl Scouts – as will millions more to come.

January First: A Child’s Descent Into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her by Michael Schofield (Nurturing for Community) At age 6, January Schofield was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of child-onset schizophrenia on record. Much of this true book takes place before the diagnosis. Michael takes us on this journey with his daughter as they face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and daily challenges with her care and his unwav-ering commitment to save her from the edge of insanity while doing everything he can to keep his family together.

Return to Sender, A Novel by Julia Alvarez ( A Youth book in Social Action) Mari’s family needs work but must hide in fear of deportation to Mexico. Tyler’s family is struggling after an accident brings their farm to the brink of foreclosure. Their meeting is a stroke of luck for both families, but there are questions: Is Mari’s family undocumented? Did Tyler’s fam-ily break the law by hiring them? In a novel full of hope but not easy answers, Alvarez shows how friendship can reach across borders.

The Well Women: Crossing the Boundaries by Ladine Housholder (Spiritual Growth) Nine women are reunited on a tour to the West Bank city of Nablus, the historic site of Jacob’s Well. Beneath the stylish veneer of accomplishment and affluence, each woman has been deeply hurt and nearly broken by her life. But as they share their journey to recovery through the healing power of living water from Jesus Christ and the love and support of   the group, they truly meet one another for the first time.

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