Library

Founded in 1977, the Library at Asbury First is located off the Welcoming Hall. The book collection ranges from general reference, life stages, religion and science, Bible, theology, and spirituality to fiction, church history, and Christian education, organized with the Dewey Decimal System. A posted chart provides numbers and categories of the books and there is a color-coded chart for the children's collection. Use of the library is free and it is open to church members when the church is open. The process for checking out and returning books is an easy, self-serve honor system.

Besides encouraging use by individual church members, the Library Committee provides programs for children's Sunday School groups and adult education classes. It works to strengthen the family and young adult collections and is creating a library collection database. The committee credits memorials, area book exchanges, and donations as sources for books and supplies. It is possible to leave memorials to help fund the library, and such gifts play a major role in providing for library needs.

For more information about the Library collection and mission, dowload the Library FAQs here.

Looking for a book?

The Asbury Library Committee is pleased to announce that you can now search our database online by searching title, author or subject by clicking here

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NEW ADDITIONS

  • Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler — This book traces the roots of the prosperity gospel from the touring mesmerists, metaphysical sages, Pentecostal healers, business oracles, and princely prophets of the early 20th century; through mid-century positive thinkers like Norman Vincent Peale and revivalists like Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin; to today’s hugely successful prosperity preachers like Joel Osteen and Joyce Myers.
  • Imagine Heaven Devotional: 100 Reflections to Bring Heaven to Your Life Today by John and Kathy Burke — The devotions include near-death stories from the bestselling book, Scripture, a prayer, as well as brand new stories and content that helps readers apply them to how they live life today.
  • Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality can change Everything we see, Hope for, and Believe by Richard Rohr — Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, the author explores what it means that Jesus was called “Christ,” and how this forgotten truth can restore hope and meaning to our lives.
  • In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Howard Cobb — This book is a longer conversation about loss by telling stories about encounters with grief.
  • The Queer Bible Commentary by Deryn Guest — The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality, and Biblical studies.
  • Not in God’s Name by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks —­ The author tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God.
  • To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks — One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.
  • The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference is Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s radical proposal for reconciling differences and become a force for peace.
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NEW IN CHILDRENS 

  • How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander and illustrator Melissa Sweet — A poetic and beautiful picture book journey about the experience of reading.
  • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland — A comforting picture book on emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests an approach to the feeling of sadness.
  • You are Home: An Ode to National Parks by Evan Turk— This gorgeous picture book showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks as it takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States.
  • Hold Hands by Sara Varon— A rhyming story for toddlers about friendship and connection.
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NEW IN YOUNG ADULT

  • Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi — A book for young adults about the role and influence of social media in our lives.
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay — A page-turning coming-of-age portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
  • An Invisible Thread: A Young Readers’ Edition by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski — The true story of a heartwarming journey of hope, kindness, adventure, and love—and the power 
of fate to help us find our way.
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