HoP Library
Mary Markes

House of Prayer Library

Supporting the Spiritual and Educational Needs

of our Congregation

The library at House of Prayer Lutheran Church is a source of over one thousand books, videocassettes, DVD’s, audiocassettes, music CD’s and periodicals that members can borrow to enrich their faith, to give comfort and guidance throughout life’s stages, or just to provide both adults and children with some leisure reading with a Christian emphasis.

Our library operates on a self-service basis, so that patrons can check books out and return them at any time. The library card catalog is accessible online at our Library Catalog

Check here each month for some suggested reading:


Some New Books in Our Library!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
The Lost Boy
Out of Solitude
I Am Malala
Muddy Jungle Rivers: A river assault boat cox'n's memory journey of his war in Vietnam
The Hunger Games
Hinds' Feet on High Places
The Bookseller of Kabul
The Kite Runner
Pope Joan: A Novel [Paperback] [2009] Donna Woolfolk Cross
Same Kind of Different as Me
The Secret Life of Bees



We Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas
Everything Must Change: When the World's Biggest Problems and Jesus' Good News  Collide by Brian McLaren
An Inconveneint Sequel: Truth to Power  (DVD and book) by Al Gore
Dear Friend: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer  by Gina L. Mulligan
Raising a Soul Surfer: one family’s epic tale by Cheri Hamilton
Every Woman in the Bible by Sue and Larry Richards
The ABC’s of Financial Freedom by Barry L. Cameron


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
—  Traces the diverging family stories of two sisters from Ghana in the 1700's to America in 1960.
The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus
— A woman cannot forgive God for the deaths of her husband and young son. It takes her new pet Rufus to help her restart her life.
People of the Book series by Geraldine Brooks
— The fascinating history of a Jewish prayer book as it traveled through the centuries from Spain to war-torn Bosnia.
When Lightning Struck by Dankia Cooley
—  A novel about the life of Martin Luther

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
—  A blind French girl and a young German soldier cross paths during World Was ll


Asking for Trouble:(London Confidential)  by Sandra Byrd
— Where British fashion, friendships and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith
A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart: A Teen’s Guide to Friends, Faith, Family, and the Future series by Elizabeth George
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
— Parallel stories of two young teens, one American and the other German, who decide it would be heroic and exciting to join their armies and fight in World War II.

Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill  (former HoP pastor!)

__ Rose is obsessively practicing her cello to win a spot studying with a famous master,  and her twin brother Thomas  is helping a neighbor grow his unusal pumpkin.


We have hundreds of picture books, beginners’ Bibles, Bible story books, chapter books and classics for babies through grade school readers. Come take a look and check some out!

MUSIC CD’s and DVD’s:

Take home some of our growing collection!

CD’s by Augsburg Centennial Singers, Minneapolis Commodores, Gustavus Adolphus choirs and bands, Amy Grant, Tom Tipton, Happiness Emporium, Barbary Coast Band, etc.
DVD’s such as Sicko, An Inconvenient Truth, Fireproof, VeggieTales, etc.

BIBLIOTHERAPY: Reading as a means of promoting emotional growth and health; the therapeutic use of books. Our library has many books that can help you or a loved one in dealing with troubling issues:
Alcoholism/ Addiction, Abuse, Aging/ Eldercare, Anger, Grief/ Loss, Illness, Loneliness, Marriage, Mental health, Parenting, Self-esteem, Stress/ Anxiety

Just use the online card catalog and type in the topic you are seeking. If you choose a book on a sensitive subject, rather than writing your name, feel free to just note Out and the date on the book card. Return the book when you are finished.
If reading does not ease your mind, do not hesitate to ask a a pastor for guidance — and don’t forget the power of prayer!


Since our budget is small, we rely on the generosity of church members to replenish our shelves. We are always grateful for the donation of recently published books or cash gifts in honor or memory of special occasions. Donated items that we cannot use will be passed on to the Goodwill or ARC stores.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact one of the church librarians:

Mary Markes
Mary Johnson
Chris Larson
Ruth Nordholm

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