The Library of the Monte Sano United Methodist Church contains over 2400 books and ancillary materials with a concentration in

  • Religion and psychology
  • Religion and education
  • The Bible
  • Christian beliefs and doctrines
  • Prayer and meditation personal religion
  • The minister and the church, and their work
  • Church history
  • Denominations and sects
  • Non-Christian religions
  • The social sciences
  • Family and healing
  • Fine arts
  • Christian fiction
  • Literature and history, and a strong Reference Collection.

For our children and youth, there are books for Easy Readers, Young Readers and Teens. Teaching aids, books on the United Methodist Women reading list, and audio-visual materials support the mission of the Methodist Church. We invite you visit our library and use its Online Public Access Catalog, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and when the church is open to welcome you.

Questions about the Church Library?  Contact Christel McCanless (

Featured Books:

The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French and English by Thoma Jefferson, published by Smithsonian Books, 2011.  Donated by Mike and Ruth Bentley.

From the Introduction:

“Jefferson began assembling this book while he served as president (1801-1809) – finishing in 1820. By removing all references to superstition and the supernatural, he made clear his admiration of Jesus as a great teacher and moral philosopher while, at the same time, reaffirming his belief in and commitment to the power of reason as the basis for understanding life and the natural world.”



Books from the library of Rev. Dale Clem including a copy of his recent publication, 40 Days in the Wilderness: REflections and Prayeres along the Appalachian Trail, 2016, dedicated to Christel McCanless, volunteer church librarian during his tenure as pastor.




A selection of books about the history of Huntsville. Donated by Kay Heckman

Recent gifts added to the Library:

Hamilton, Adam, 1964-, 24 Hours That Changed the World – Angie Kephart

Clem, Dale, 40 Days in the Wilderness: Reflection and Prayers along the Appalachian Trail – Rev. Dale Clem

Gutiérrez, Gustavo, 1928-, A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation – Rev. Dale Clem

A World of Grace: An Introduction to the Themes and Foundations of Karl Rahner’s Theology – Rev. Dale Clem

Chizik, Gene, All In: What it Takes to be the Best – Jan Krell

Webber, Robert, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative – Rev. Dale Clem

Hoffman, Joel M., 1968-, And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning – Rev. Dale CLem

Stickelberger, Emanuel, 1884-, Calvin: A Life – Rev. Dale Clem

May, Gerald G., Care of Mind, Care of Spirit: Psychiatric Dimensions of Spiritual Direction – Rev. Dale Clem

Slaughter, Michael, Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus – Rev. Dale Clem

Gilbert, Roberta M., Cornerstone Concept: In Leadership, in Life – Rev. Dale Clem

Cosmos as Creation: Theology and Science in Consonance – Rev. Dale Clem

Gobbel, A. Roger, 1926-, Creative Designs with Children at Worship – Rev. Dale Clem

Genesis and Exodus: A New English Rendition

Stabins, Ingrid, Give Me Tomorrow: A Young Girl’s Ordeals during WWII Russian Invasion of Easter Germany – Wanda Wilkinson

Brett, Regina, God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours – Rev. Dale Clem

Guideposts Parallel Bible: King James Modern Language Bible, Living Bible, Revsied Standard Version – Juanita Walker in Honor of Nina Walker

Schaper, Donna, Hard Times: Sermons on Hope – Rev. Dale Clem

Penot, Jessica, Haunted North Alabama: [The Phantoms of the South] – Kay Heckman

Stephens, Elise Hopkins, 1937-, Historic Huntsville: A City of New Beginnings – Kay Heckman

Swindoll, Charles R., Hope Again – Rev. Dale Clem

Wright, Alan C., Huntsville in Vintage Postcards – Kay Heckman

Leadingham, Everett, I Believe, Now Tell Me Why – Rev. Dale Clem

Gross, Nancy Lammers, 1956-, If You Cannot Preach Like Paul – Rev. Dale Clem

Lucado, Max, It’s Not About Me: Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy – Rev. Dale Clem

Harrelson, Walter J., Jews & Christians: A Troubled Family           

Weems, Ann, 1934-, Kneeling in Bethlehem – Rev. Dale Clem

Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961, Markings. – Rev. Dale Clem

Holmes, Urban T., III, 1930-1981, Ministry and Imagination – Rev. Dale Clem

United Methodist Church (U.S.) General Board of Global Ministries, Missionaries of the United Methodist Church Through the Camera’s Eyes – Rev. Dale Clem

Larson, Craig Brian, Movie-Based Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching: 101 Clips to Show or Tell – Rev. Dale Clem

Hauser, Richard J., Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action – Rev. Dale Clem

White, Michael (Michael Kingsley), Narrative practice: Continuing the Conversations – Rev. Dale Clem

Gutiérrez, Gustavo, 1928-, On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent – Rev. Dale Clem

Slaughter, Michael, Out on the Edge: A Wake-Up Call for Church Leaders on the Edge of the Media Reformation – Rev. Dale Clem

Photographic Memories: A Scrapbook of Huntsville & Madison County, Alabama – Kay Heckman

Spener, Philipp Jakob, 1635-1705, Pia Desideria – Rev. Dale Clem

Mattingly, Terry, Pop Goes Religion: Faith in Popular Culture – Dale Clem

Mulholland, James, 1960-, Praying like Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer in a Culture of Prosperity – Vic Jiminez

Hilton, C. Thomas (Clifford Thomas), Ripe Life: Sermons on the Fruit of the Spirit – Rev. Dale Clem

Swindoll, Charles R., So, You Want to be Like Christ?: Eight Essentials to get You There – Rev. Dale Clem

Leech, Kenneth, 1939-2015, Soul Friend: The Practice of Christian Spirituality – Rev. Dale Clem

Kuralt, Charles, 1934-1997, Southerners: Portrait of a People – Kay Heckman

Slaughter, Michael, Spiritual Entrepreneurs: 6 Principles for Risking Renewal – Rev. Dale Clem

Barclay, William, 1907-1978, The Acts of the Apostles – Nita West

Thangaraj, M. Thomas (Melchizedec Thomas), The Crucified Guru: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Christology – Rev. Dale Clem

Robinson, Marilynne,            The Givenness of Things: Essays – Rev. Dale Clem

Scott, Steve, 1948-, The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else – Vic Jiminez

Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth – Mike and Ruth Bentley

Cousar            , Charles B., The Letters of Paul – Rev. Dale Clem

Marty, Martin E., 1928-, The Lord’s Supper – Rev. Dale Clem

Mead, Loren B., The Once and Future Church: Reinventing the Congregation for a New Mission Frontier – Revs. Dale and Kelly Clem

Schaller, Lyle E., The Small Church is Different! – Rev. Dale Clem

Capra, Fritjof, The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture – Rev. Dale Clem

Pennel, Joe E., The Whisper of Christmas: Reflections for Advent and Christmas – Rev. Dale Clem

Janney            , Rebecca Price, 1957-, Then Comes Marriage? A Cultural History of the American Family – Rev. Dale Clem

Sellers, Tom, Valley Echoes

Pettepiece, Thomas G., Visions of a World Hungry: Study, Prayer & Action – Rev. Dale Clem

Sadler, W. Herbert, We Can All be Winners! A Book of Thoughts About Values and Virtues – Rev. Dale Clem

Pelikan, Jaroslav, 1923-2006, Whose Bible is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages – Rev. Dale Clem

Coble, Colleen, Without a Trace – Bette Walker

Underhill, Evelyn, 1875-1941, Worship – Rev. Dale Clem