Truett Memorial Library

Truett Memorial Library is a ministry of First Baptist Dallas that serves the members and guests of the church by the lending of faith-based and value-based books, CDs, Audiobooks, DVD, and E-books.

Truett Library is located in the former Ruth Behr Hall under the Historic Sanctuary. It is best accessed through the Sanctuary doors off the Criswell Center, then head down the stairs and take a right. ***** From Ervay, take the outside stairs down, and if the doors are locked, ring the bell located to your left. ***** Truett Library provides everyone in the family with quality entertainment and instruction with over 17,000 books, DVDs and CDs - and new ones every week!

For a delightful and really quick read with the kids, may I suggest the illustrated e-book “The William Hoy Story” by Nancy Churnin. William Hoy became deaf at an early age and attended a deaf school. Because he was considered too small by the coaches, he didn’t make the baseball team. But with diligent practice, you guessed it, he actually became a popular major league player. (This is a true story!) There’s more, and it’s worth your checking it out to learn all about this guy!

One of the nicest things I do for myself most days is to read a story behind a Christian hymn or Christian contemporary song. Knowing the circumstances that inspired such songs increases my faith as I connect with people of the faith who wrote songs of great victory after experiencing a deep sadness. A prime example is the song, “It is Well with My Soul,” which has brought comfort to many. It was written by a grieving father who had, in a short length of time, lost his only little son to an accident, also lost most of his possessions in the Great Chicago Fire, and then lost his 4 daughters in a shipwreck.

You can find the story within many of our 24+ ”Stories-behind-hymns” books we have available in the library…as soon as the Pandemic is over. In the meantime, we have a few such books (and more coming) in our e-book collection.

Of the books we already have available as both a physical book and an e-book, a favorite is “How Firm a Foundation” written by our own Dr. John D Morris, from the Institute of Creation Research (ICR). His account of the story behind “It Is Well with My Soul” is the most thorough and memorable of any I have ever read. Dr. Morris’ application of Scripture and so much of his own story into each song will touch your heart.

While one copy is available on our on-line catalog, it is also on sale at a great bargain price on Kindle.

The “Imagination Station” series will get you OUT OF THE HOUSE and take you to many places and historical events around the world. These books have it all – magic, time-travel, history, geography, and faith all bundled up in a great fiction adventure from the awesome writers of Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey. Choose from 24 stories in our ebook collection! No need to read in order. The basic theme is that in every book, cousins Beth and Patrick visit Whit’s Soda Shoppe and are whisked away to a great adventure in another place/another time. A timely one, during this time we are all stuck at home, is “Escape to the Hiding Place,” which will help our children understand so much better the conditions of World War 2 in Holland, and the example of Corrie ten Boom hiding children for long periods of time in her special Hiding Place. (Age 7 and up) If you need help downloading our ebooks, please call Ruthe Turner at 214-738-2140

If you are ready to escape from today’s news, we highly recommend you flee to Ashton Place, located in a new and wonderful series entitled “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place” by Maryrose Wood.
Reminiscent of Mary Poppins, Miss Penelope Lamley arrives at the grand estate of Ashton to begin her first assignment as governess for three children. She is ready to teach her new charges Latin verbs and etiquette, only to find the children woefully lacking in all social graces, having evidently been raised by wolves. Start with book 1, “The Mysterious Howling.” It’s not evangelical, but it is good for a laugh these days! “A joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22a” We have an ebook copy available, PLUS we have another bonus ebook with the first three books in one . Call Ruthe Turner at 214.738.2140 if you need help setting up your ebook account.

It’s the 1700’s, and 13-year-old Matt is left completely alone “with miles of wilderness stretching out on every side.” He has been left in charge of their family’s new frontier home while Dad goes back to get the rest of the family. “If only it were not so quiet!” and thus begins six harrowing weeks that turn into months of survival. Things turn seriously worse when a drifter steals Matt’s gun – his only protection and means to get meat. Then the Indians come.
As with all of Elizabeth Speare’s books, I was enthralled by the story from page 1, and was impressed with all the information and lessons learned throughout the book.
A few days after my reading it, our world was rocked by the Coronavirus Pandemic, and I thought what a great blessing for me to have read this particular book, and how I wish I could share it with others, especially elementary-aged boys. I’m thrilled Truett Library has copies both on the library shelves (currently locked up) and in our e-book collection. This is a perfect read-aloud for the entire family!

The Pilgrim's Progress

Until recently, “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan was on the top of my Bucket List. I have always been fascinated by the story behind the story – how John Bunyan wrote the book nearly 350 years ago while imprisoned for his participation as a pastor of the Christian faith, and how the book is still considered the most significant religious book ever, next to the Bible.
I can cross it off my bucket list now, since I finally completed an audiobook version. Truthfully, I know there is a lot more I can glean from the book, so it is staying on my list. It is truly fascinating to see how this allegory depicts the struggles and great rewards of the Christian Life.
Truett Library has various forms of the book, including e-book formats. Recently an animated adaptation was released, and it is currently free to watch on the internet. But first a word of caution. The adaptation takes a few liberties and has added some fierce scenes and grotesque characters that I do not remember in the audiobook. It has a PG rating, and I would not recommend it for children under 8. It would also be difficult and confusing for a younger child to understand some of the concepts, for example, why Christian leaves his family behind.
To watch the new animated version of Pilgrim’s Progress, go to . You will need to register with your email, and the video will be made available to you until April 30. Based on John Bunyan's epic masterpiece, THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS is one of the most popular books of all time, and one of the most important stories of our faith!

If your teen or tween loves Christian Fantasy Fiction, you may want to check out Wayne Batson's blog TODAY at TODAY is the last day to purchase some of his books for $0.00! (Or you can go directly to your Kindle or Amazon account to find them. Put the list from lowest to highest price, as only some are free.) We have several of Mr. Batson's books, with 7 of them as ebooks. I personally am not a big fantasy person, so I rely on my moms and their kids to help me out there. Amy Sanderson's four teens are one of my main sources, and they love this author. Thank you, Amy Sanderson, for sharing this information with us!!

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Mrs Minnie Slaughter Veal visited Truett Library today and told all about her daddy Col. CC Slaughter and her own days at FBCD. (yes, amazing how much she looks like me in person.)


I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Two children love to ask their mom silly questions. Does that happen to you? Then one day the son asks a “super-duper, gnormous, humdinger of a question” (I’m just quoting the book.) The question is this, “My friend doesn’t believe in God, so why do we?” The rest of the book is the answer, all told in a simple, fun way and with the cutest illustrations—ever! When you read this to your kids, you’ll be teaching them apologetics! And you’ll be teaching it with Bible truths and reason. That’s pretty hefty for such a cute little storybook for children K-4.

I was intrigued when a library patron and friend donated "Walk On" by Ben Malcomson to our library. The friend emphatically told me to “Read it!!” That’s about all he said, so I read it.

Several things impressed me, and here are my top two:

I was impressed that Ben Malcomson, who quit football during Little League years before, would actually attempt to “walk on” USC’s playing field in 2006, try out, and MAKE THE TEAM!

The other thing that impressed me was how Ben Malcomson lived out his faith daily. Something VERY WONDERFUL happens because of that and….well, all I can say is what my friend told me, “Read It!!” You’ll be thanking me – just like I thanked my friend.

"Walk On" is currently available on the “New Item” shelf in Truett Library. Read it!!

They read .... and know things! And we love their weekly visits to Truett Library!

Max Lucado's new book makes me happy just looking at the cover. But when I looked inside, I REALLY got happy!! This book is a keeper, and truthfully I wanted to read at it again, but both the physical copy and the ebook copy are already checked out to others.. And that REALLY makes me happy! says "In this book Max shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, How Happiness Happens presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out."

If you are looking for a good read for yourself or to read together as a family, look no further than Elizabeth George Speare and her wonderful historical fiction. Truett Library offers 4 of her best titles, in physical books, ebooks and audiobooks. "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" isn't really about a witch, but about accusations and misunderstandings. The wonderful thing is that through this vivid story, we see how much better it is to know and tell the truth, to get to know our neighbors, and to be kind and thoughtful to all.

[01/02/20]   Happy New Year to all! We have taken a small Christmas and New Year's break. Truett Library will re-open Sunday morning on schedule at 8:30 a.m.

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We have a few Fall/Thanksgiving items left to enjoy. We have had a lot of people read Squanto and the MIRACLE of Thanksgiving. That's because people who use Truett Library realize IT'S NOT ABOUT THE INDIAN. IT'S ABOUT GOD'S PROVIDENCE. We want to spread the good news of Squanto. Check out a copy, plus some of the worksheets, and have your family make a Thanksgiving Day activity from it.

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This is what we do in Truett Library: enjoy the play room, read Squanto together in the shelves, sit on Clancy the Bear, and lots more. Come by and visit for yourself!

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So proud of these precious girls and all the boys and girls who are members of the Squanto Honor Roll. More information at Truett Library (it involves a prize) no age limits.

All 35 copies of Squanto are checked out, and that makes me so happy! If you have a copy you have finished, would you please return it ASAP (for the other kids)? THANKS in advance. Also, early birdies get the best choice of prizes.

Here's a good book for older children through adults - A wonderful story set in Galilee during the earthly ministry of Jesus. Daniel, an 18 year Jew, hates the Romans, and for good reason - they destroyed his family. No wonder Daniel's main desire is to overthrow the Romans. He believes it can only be done through weapons of war. Various events and new interesting characters make for a great story. Just when things escalate to desperation, Jesus visits Daniel's home. The reader will learn much about the culture of that time period and location. Even more, the reader will be introduced to the greatest healer of all for both the body and the soul.

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Congratulations to Evangeline and others who have already taken the "Squanto Honor Roll" Challenge. Just read "Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving" by ERIC METAXAS, fill out the question sheet, and return the book and the answer sheet for a prize and a certificate.

It's time to read about the Miracle of Squanto!! Last year, 99 kids read the book and filled in the simple worksheet to earn a small prize. NEW WORKSHEET, NEW PRIZES! Come by and check out your copy today! It is worth your time to read this amazing account, written by Eric Metaxas!

Parents and kids are going to love this book! It's 40 pages of great text and delightful pictures, helping children "get the Big Picture" of God's word. We liked it so much, we ordered more copies for Truett Library.

Here’s a book that will keep your older youth’s attention! And it’s the first book in a whole series of suspense fiction! The Bakers are a family of 6, and they live on a horse ranch. Their rich and uppity cousin Millie from England is coming to visit for the summer, and she is as bothersome as they had imagined she would be. But hold on to your cowboy hat, because things start to get pretty scary when Millie is kidnapped by very dangerous criminals. In addition to the mystery and intrigue, the story is also full of Christian courage, humility, forgiveness and repentance. Available for Youth in Truett Library.

[10/06/19]   YES! WE HAVE ALL OF

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Your librarian is under the weather, and the library hours are reduced this week only.
Closed Monday
Open noon-4 Tuesday
Open 3-6 Wednesday
Open 9-1 Thursday


So excited to offer these and several more TRULY CLASSY BOOKS.

Make sure the little girls near you, including the little girl within you, read this heart-warming story about another little girl. So worth your time.

GREAT little books for you to read and discuss BIG topics with your great little kids.

It's always a pleasure when this family visits Truett Library. We are thrilled to help make all those smiles happen when they read our great library books and earn prizes.

A “million word gap” for children who aren’t read to at home

Truett Library is dedicated to helping parents make great reading choices! Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. This “million word gap” could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development, said Jessica Logan, ...

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This summer, we have been amazed at all the positive comments from our readers after their completion of reading a biography from Truett Library. To read of the trials and triumphs of great leaders of our country and of our faith builds into us character and strength to do great things in our own stories! Kudos to our readers, especially our parents of our young readers, who have caught the vision of reading biographies!!

These two little cuties are thrilled about the prizes they just earned at the Truett Library Summer Reading Club. It is even more thrilling to see the quality of the books their parents chose for them, which included many value-based books and several biographies of people of great character - such as Amy Carmichael and Galileo. Truett Library is dedicated toward helping parents nurture their children's minds and hearts with great resources. Check us out!

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