Libraries Rock!—Inspirational Rock

Libraries Rock!—Inspirational Rock

Music inspires in many ways, from patriotic to spiritual. Books can also help you aspire to greater things and achieve your goals.


The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard: the story of one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains

David Goodman
SF Goodman

This book tells the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: courts-martial, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise.


Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Sarah Price
Price

In this fresh and inspirational retelling of a beloved classic, a dutiful young Amish woman agrees to marry a notorious recluse for her family’s sake--but the consequences are more than either bargained for. Most townsfolk know Adam Herschberger as The Beast due to his scars and gruff, solitary ways.  Annabelle has little interest in gossip. But when a buggy accident wipes out the last of her dad’s money, forcing him to sell their farm, Adam buys it. Then he offers Belle a deal--marry him, and her family can keep their home. Everyone is shocked by Belle’s decision, but she’s determined to be a good friend and break through her new husband’s icy reserve. Belle’s courage and strength are abundant, but it will take true faith to guide Adam back to the heart of his Amish community--and to the loving marriage they both deserve.


The Choice: Embrace the Possible

Edith Eva Eger
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Internationally acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eger--one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors--tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives. At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger, a trained ballet dancer and gymnast, was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, the 'Angel of Death,' Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement--and her survival. He rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners--an act of generosity that would later save her life. Edie and her sister survived multiple death camps and the Death March. When the American troops liberated the camps in 1945 they found Edie barely alive in a pile of corpses. Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor's guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. Thirty-five years after the war ended Edie returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she'd been unable to forgive for years.


The Dog Who Was There

Ron Marasco
Marasco

No one expected Barley to have an encounter with Messiah. He  homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he a . But through Barley's eyes,  story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we've never experienced before. Barley's story begins in  home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife  find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. When life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries  lessons of forgiveness and love out of  woodcarver's home and through  dangerous roads of Roman occupied Judea. On  outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into  current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with truest master of all as he bears witness to  greatest story ever told.


Egypt’s Sister: a novel of Cleopatra

Angela Hunt
Hunt

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what--but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.


If We Make it Home: a novel of faith and survival in the Oregon wilderness

Christina Suzann Nelson
Nelson

When three college friends who haven't spoken in twenty-five years discover their friend, Hope, has died they decide to embark on a wilderness adventure to honor her memory--and for secret reasons of their own. Jenna wants to show her husband that she's more than a helpless, overweight, middle-aged empty nester. Ireland wants to get back to the nature she loves and hide from the charges being pressed against her. And Vicky wants to show she cares for something besides her ministry--and put off the disaster waiting at home for as long as possible. They never bargained for the dangers they face in an unforgiving wilderness. Now they'll have to work together if they hope to make it home alive. While the three women fight to survive the elements, their toughest battles may be with themselves.


An Invisible Thread: the true story of an 11-year old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny

Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski
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This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.


Liar’s Winter: an Appalachian Novel

Cindy Sproles
Sporles

Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark—and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it "the mark of the devil," and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen-year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise. Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there's anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals? Which will truly free her?


Life without Limits: inspiration for a ridiculously good life

Nick Vujicic
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Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs but overcame his disability to live not only independently, but to live a rich, fulfilling life that is a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, his key message is letting people know the importance of finding your life's purpose - even through pain. In his youth, Nick himself despaired about ever having a "normal" life, even to the point that he attempted suicide. But with wisdom uncharacteristic of one so young, he realized that he could affect how his life proceeded. Now 27 years old, he is an internationally successful motivational speaker, helping people find the strength to overcome their difficulties however large or small. Nick offers profound inspiration for getting back up every time you are knocked down.


Purgatory road

Samuel Parker
Parker

When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure he has the ability to get them home. But he has driven into something far beyond reason. Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness--and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings. At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another's rules may be the only way to survive. In a voice that is as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices you down a treacherous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat.