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MAY 2004

Logos Bookstore's Recommendations
By H. Harris Healy, III, President, Logos Bookstore
1575 York Avenue (Between 83rd and 84th Sts.), New York, NY 10028
(212) 517-7292, Fax (212) 517-7197

Book Reviewed:
It's Not About Me by Max Lucado, (Integrity Publishing), $18.99

It's not about me. This simple statement suggests it is about something or someone else. It is also the title of a new book, It's Not About Me by Max Lucado, which has on its cover an interesting subtitle: Rescue from the Life We thought Would Make Us Happy. Some startling ideas are put forth here especially for us New Yorkers, who are used to thinking everything is about us, and are always striving to be successful and happy. Lucado points out that since Copernicus discovered that the earth revolves around the sun, the earth is not the center of the universe and therefore people are not the center of the universe. As it is physically so is it spiritually and mentally; God's focus is on His purposes not on answering all our prayers the way we want them answered. The author presents Moses as someone who is faithful to God and by his faithfulness gets God to be patient with the Israelites and to let Moses be witness to His glory. Lucado believes that all of us need a good dose of God's glory. God is ever present amidst the change in the world:  Lucados lived for years in one house, but eventually moved out, Lance Armstrong is in top form for bicycling, but eventually he will give out, but God remains strong in His purposes.

Throughout the book, the author summarizes in light gray little boxes the key ideas present in each chapter.

This is most helpful in making clear to the reader the important concepts amidst the anecdotal narrative: There is an accompanying study guide arranged by chapters of the book with thoughtful questions that will make this book a natural for group study. Experiencing God's love and glory when following God is to Lucado more fulfilling and joyous than focusing on one's own self.

It's Not About Me is indeed a rescue from our self-centered lives and a ticket to more rewarding ones. Meanwhile, at Logos, it is that time of year of Graduation, First Communion, Confirmation and Mother's Day and there are greeting cards available for those occasions as well as greeting cards for all other occasions and fine music, gifts and bibles to purchase, besides books. Come on over.

Upcoming Events At Logos:

Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 7 P.M., The KYTV Reading Group will discuss A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee

Monday, May 10, 2004, at 7 P.M., The Sacred Texts Group led by Richard Curtis of the Curtis Literary Agency will discuss Genesis 37:50

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 7 P.M., Joy Carol, author of Towers Of Hope: Stories to Help Us Heal, will discuss her latest book, Journeys Of Courage: Remarkable Stories of the Healing Power of Community, and autograph copies of the book. Journeys Of Courage is about the caregiving communities that sprung up to deal with the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy in New York City, and the work of the caregiving communities in the Republic Of Ireland and Northern Ireland amidst the conflicts and troubles there the last thirty years plus. Joy Carol is a spiritual director, counselor and author. She heads retreats and workshops for medical schools, seminaries,retreat centers, churches and other groups on a wide range of topics, including spirituality, healing, prayer, caregiving and death and dying. She has worked for the Ford Foundation, Save The Children and Christian Children's Fund.

Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at 7 P.M., The KYTV Reading Group will discuss Life Of Pi by Yann Martell; Children's Story Time is every Monday at 3 P.M.#

Transit: #4, #5 or #6 Lexington Avenue Subway to 86th St., M86 Bus (86th St.), M79 Bus (79th St.), M31 Bus (York Ave.), M15 Bus (1st and 2nd Aves)

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