Franklin and Bessie’s Picks—February 2024

February 1, 2024

Each month, Franklin Graham picks a book based on its inspirational message, while Bessie picks a book for children to enjoy.

Franklin’s Pick: Joe’s Table – A True Story: A Place Where Disabilities Become Gifts by Dr. Stephanie Chung

Hi, my name is Joe.
What is your name?

You will see these words on the wall inside a unique café called Joe’s Table, named after Joseph Chung. Joseph was diagnosed with autism at a young age and was also afflicted with a seizure disorder. Because Joseph loved to socialize in his own loving and harmless way, Dr. Stephanie Chung and her husband envisioned a job where Joseph could experience the joy and self-esteem that come from having meaningful work. Joe had a talent for engaging people by greeting them. A coffee shop seemed like the perfect place for that gift.

In Joe’s Table, Stephanie shares her story of:

  • a son birthed in joy and later diagnosed with autism.
  • a long battle raising an autistic son, and the journey that made her understand God’s providence and compassion.
  • heaven’s comfort for mothers who struggle and grieve because their children are different than they expected.
  • a disability that became a blessing to teach God’s love.

Joseph passed away unexpectedly in September 2012. Stephanie had to face despair and frustration once again as she sent her child to heaven before her. In that moment, she met the heart of God. Joe’s Table continued to evolve and had its grand opening on June 24, 2013. Now it is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop that serves the community and opens employment opportunities for those with different abilities.

Bessie’s Pick: How Much Does God Love You? by Michelle Medlock Adams, Illustrated by Paige Keiser

An endearing board book that celebrates God’s never-ending love for his children. Author Michelle Medlock Adams answers the title question in simple, rhyming verses that relate God’s love to everyday objects familiar to children. Little ones will be comforted as they learn that God loves them with an unconditional, unfailing, and immeasurable love. Sweetly illustrated with a hint of humor, this book will delight children as they learn that God loves them more than the yummiest cookie and more than the sunniest day.

Stop by Ruth’s Attic bookstore in the Billy Graham Library to purchase your copy of these featured books and more. Not in Charlotte? Call (704) 401-3242 or email to place your order. Orders can be shipped within the U.S. or curbside pickup is available in Charlotte, N.C., at the Billy Graham Library.

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