The Greg Russo Memorial Library

The Greg Russo Memorial Library

Our new library is the fruit of the generosity of the people of CTR (and other friends of Greg’s) who donated to honor the memory of the ministry of Greg Russo. Greg was one of our members; he had a sharp mind and a heart for the Lord and for clear thinking, and he spent many hours in CTR’s first few years reviewing many books that were donated to help build a library.

Greg also had a passion for ministry to the poor and to orphans. Last July he was a member of our mission team to Ninos con Valor (an orphanage in Bolivia that our Outreach ministries support), where he unexpectedly suffered sudden cardiac arrest, much to our collective grief and loss.

In the days following his death, Fr. Tim asked Susan Russo, his mother, if she felt that Greg would be honored by a library, and she heartily agreed. Many of you generously donated funds or books, and Kerry Crockett has taken the lead, with the help of Beth Pocock, to bring a strong collection of books together.

Fr. Tim wrote, “I cannot say how excited I am for this new ministry at CTR. Friends, peruse the offerings and read the books! (We have some more that will be added in the coming months, but we have enough now to make a good start.) I believe you will encouraged, strengthened in your faith, and “renewed by the transforming of your mind” (Romans 12.2) through these books.”

“We have aimed for books that are either timeless classics or particularly relevant to issues of our day. The books cover a range of topics and Kerry has done a wonderful job organizing them.”

“Below is the barest sample of just five of the books that will be in the Greg Russo Library—just a little appetizer! (Each one with its publisher’s summary.)”


How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour

by Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart

Reading the Bible need not be a haphazard journey through strange and bewildering territory. Like an experienced tour guide, How to Read the Bible Book by Book takes you by the hand and walks you through the Scriptures. For each book of the Bible, the authors start with a quick snapshot, then expand the view to help you better understand its key elements and how it fits into the grand narrative of the Bible. Written by two top evangelical scholars, this survey is designed to get you actually reading the Bible knowledgeably and understanding it accurately.

Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life

by Eric Metaxas

What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain? In Miracles, Eric Metaxas offers compelling — sometimes electrifying — evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before. Miracles is also a timely, thoughtful, and civil answer to the books of the “New Atheists” — Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris — who have passionately asserted not just the impossibility of miracles and the supernatural, but the outright harmfulness of belief in them. Metaxas — whom ABC News has called a “witty ambassador for faith” — provides the measured and wide-ranging treatment the subject deserves, from serious discussion of the compatibility between faith and science to astonishing but well-documented stories of actual miracles from people he knows.

Jeremy Taylor Selected Works

by Jeremy Taylor, Thomas K. Carroll (Editor), John Booty (Editor)

Taylor has been called the “Shakespeare of the Divines.” Like his older contemporary Lancelot Andrewes, he drew on the spirit of the Renaissance. Rich classical allusions, ornate symbolism, and flowing cadences enhance his presentation of the sacred truths of holy writ. His own experience of life made him no stranger to suffering, having buried his first wife and all of his five sons. In his best-known work, Holy Dying, we have not only a fine example of a genre of spiritual literature common to the late Middle Ages, but one of the moving meditations on death ever written. In it we see a man proclaiming the truths of Christianity, not with the bold speculative originality of mystics like Eckhart or the systematic precision of Albert the Great, but with a sheer literary brilliance that enabled him to craft words that stood like windows to the unseen world of which they spoke: words that could awaken and stir, that could define and articulate the myriad sentiments and subtleties of the holy life.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

by Meg Meeker, M.D.

In today’s increasingly complicated world, it’s often difficult for parents to connect with their daughters–and especially so for fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years’ experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman’s relationship with her father is far more important than we’ve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father’s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life–and his own–for the better.

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

by Meg Meeker, M.D.

From the moment a mother holds her newborn son, his eyes tell her that she is his world. But often, as he grows up, the boy who needs her simultaneously pushes her away. Calling upon thirty years of experience as a pediatrician, Meg Meeker, M.D., a highly sought after national speaker, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and mother of four, shares the secrets that every mother needs to know in order to strengthen—or rebuild—her relationship with her son.

Boys today face unique challenges and pressures, and the burden on mothers to guide their boys through them can feel overwhelming. This empowering book offers a road map to help mothers find the strength and confidence to raise extraordinary sons by providing encouragement, education, and practical advice.

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