CornerBooks Library is located on the lower level of CornerBooks at The Loop Campus. We operate primarily from generous donations of gently used Christian resources and through dedications, in honor or memory of loved ones. To make a donation, dedication, or for donation receipts, please contact your library staff at Corner.Books.Library@HoustonsFirst.org.
Below is a list of the grand prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge. You do NOT need to be present to win.
All of these prizes and more will be distributed from 4:30–6:30p on Wednesday, August 23rd in CornerBooks Library. You must be present to choose these prizes.
Christy by Catherine Marshall, submitted by Pat Kaylor — 1st Place
I was about twelve years old when I read Christy which details her life as a teacher to those in the Appalachian Mountains. Although I was a churchgoer, I did not have a clear understanding of the gospel. However, that book created a longing within me to do something similar with my life. Shortly thereafter I did become a Christian and God made His plan even clearer. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a nurse and work on the mission field. That desire stayed strong throughout high school and college. Truly He used a book to plant a seed and brought it to fruition as I went on to spend three years in Swaziland as a nurse.
The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner, submitted by Stephanie Lopez — 2nd Place
Other than the Bible, which has and will continue to shape my life, the book that most impacted and changed the course of my life is The Respect Dare. During the most difficult period of my marriage, I recalled The Love Dare from a movie I had watched a few years earlier, but knowing that God instructs us women to “respect” our husbands, I desperately sought and discovered The Respect Dare. During this 40-day journey, which went past 40 days for me, I drew the closest to God I had ever been in my life. Then, the consequential outcome of this was hearing from my husband, “I know what you were doing…you were winning my heart.” He said this without knowing (to this day) that I was doing “the respect dare” and a few days before he got on his knees and asked for my forgiveness for what he had done. The book veered my marriage from near divorce to a deep relationship with God and with my husband, which has lasted for years after. I wish many women experience the outcome I experienced all because of obedience to God’s word.
The Narrow Road by Brother Andrew, submitted by Hayley Gustafson — 3rd Place
My parents gave me The Narrow Road on my 13th birthday. I loved reading, but my favorite genres were mysteries and science fiction. I would rather read Nancy Drew or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea than Christian missionary biographies, which sounded stale and boring. However, after running out of books to read, I picked up The Narrow Road and was instantly drawn into the life story of Brother Andrew, the Bible Smuggler. What captured my 13-year-old mind most of all was the way that God did miracles again and again in Brother Andrew’s life. I remember crying, overwhelmed, as God did miracles that protected and provided for His children and that furthered the Gospel to places and cultures that seemed without hope. I saw real evidence that God is still doing miracles, now, in my lifetime! This book changed my life because it showed me that God is just as powerful and in control as He was in ancient times and that He can do unfathomable miracles in the lives of ordinary people who are seeking first His kingdom.
The current collection of over 14,000 titles include:
Books — Books on various topics, such as biographies, self-help (dating, marriage, parenting, divorce, abortion, addictions, etc.), church history, Christian life, Christian fiction, cults and world religions, missions and evangelism. Special sections for pre-school students through youth are available, too.
Bible Study Resources — Commentaries and Bibles, surveys and concordances, atlases and dictionaries, lexicons and other tools will help you prepare for a lesson or to simply deepen your own understanding of God’s Word.
Bible Study Kits — DVDs, CDs, student guides and leader manuals for use when leading a group through a study by John Eldredge, Beth Moore, Ben Stuart, Gary Smalley or others.
DVDs and CDs for all ages!
CornerBooks book drop is located to the left of the front of CornerBooks along the brick wall. The book drop is available all hours Houston's First Baptist Church doors are open!
Other Resources — A variety of newspapers, magazines, audio books, and sermons from popular speakers.
Research Assistance — Staff members can assist Bible study leaders with research as they prepare lessons, or find materials that are relevant for your needs.
Logos Bible Software — Computers equipped with this Bible study tool are available for your use—for free! It’s an award-winning program that Pastor Gregg recommends.
LuvYa Reader — LuvYa Reader is an online resource that allows you to select the perfect story for the child you love, then record yourself reading it aloud and email it to them. Within minutes, they will get to hear you read as they see the bright eStorybook unfold on their computer. Share the greatest story ever told, all while creating memories that matter.
Note: In association with CornerBooks Library, you may access these eBooks for free by entering the Promotion Code “legacy” when purchasing your items.
STEP Bible — STEP Bible is a Tyndale House project to build high quality FREE reliable Bible tools available on the comfort of your own electronic device. Please view this brief video explanation to see if this resource is useful for your study.
If you have a great Christian resource that you would like to see added to our collection, please complete a Book Recommendation Form so that we can review the item and add it to our wish list if appropriate.
CornerBooks Library operates primarily by the generosity of donations. Please review our current wish lists and if you have a copy of any of these titles at home that you would be willing to part with, know that your donation will find a happy home with us, circulating to a multitude of First Baptist homes. We also accept monetary donations in honor of a special event (birthday, graduation, anniversary), or in memory of an individual. Book plates will be placed in items that are donated to the library for such special occasions and the memory of this occasion can be shared for generations to come. You can also donate books through our Amazon Wish List.