New additions to the library that you might find interesting:
Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket
by Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson
Picking Up the Pieces tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a large-scale work of art conceived and created by Carey Newman, a Vancouver Island artist of English/Irish/Scottish heritage through his mother and Coast Salish from his father.
Carey takes the reader on a journey from the initial idea behind the Witness Blanket, to the challenges in execution and its completion. The story is told through the objects and the survivors who donated them to the project. It includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools, churches, government buildings etc. across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids. The book calls on readers of all ages to bear witness to the residential school experience, a tragic piece of Canada’s history.
Donated and reviewed by Maureen Applewhaite
A Year of grace: exploring the Christian seasons
by David Hoyle, 2019, 176p.
The author explores each season of the church’s year. He traces their central themes, their character and their resonance in our world today. At each year’s end, we find we have been taken on a journey into deeper meaning and greater life-giving truth.
The Lost art of scripture: rescuing the sacred texts
by Karen Armstrong. 2019, 604p.
In this well reviewed book Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world’s religions be able to curtail arrogance, intolerance and violence. And if scripture is used to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways, we will find it still has a great deal to teach us.