Let’s face it.  Winter in Massachusetts is LONG and not that easy most years.  Rather than silo in our houses until church on Sunday, we can meet together during the weeks for ongoing book clubs.  There is talk of having several book clubs going on at First Church in tandem.  This way, many different interests will be captured.  We may be reading Women in Waiting by Julia Ogilvy, a story of gender bias at the heart of Church life.

My personal favorite is A Prayer for Owen Meany, which I would love to read again – it has been too long!  Owen Meany begins with this great line (sure sign of a great book, when it begins with a great line, right?):

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was an instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

Books that we choose for First Church book clubs should represent a wide variety of depth & interest levels.  Let us remember that it is good to enjoy reading for the pleasure of reading.  We can balance the intellectual with pure pleasure across a range of choices, something for everyone.  Youth & Adults are invited to supply suggestions.  What books would you like to read, or reread with our church family?  What features on a website do you think would be helpful?

Please leave your ideas comments & suggestions below.

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