Bible and Book Studies
Book Study Group
Christian Book Study Group: Every Tuesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. The group suggests books and makes a decision. We read a chapter or two a week and discuss it for about an hour. Attendance can vary if life gets in the way as it often does. No one is an expert in any aspect of religion or life; we are seekers, who have become friends through our listening and sharing. We would love to get to know you. Participants must have a copy of the book, either purchase or borrow it, and have access to a computer with a camera and audio as we ZOOM meetings. (We can help you get started on ZOOM; we learned ourselves this last spring.)
The group is finishing the book "Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others" by Barbara Brown Taylor using ZOOM. New York times bestselling author is an ordained Episcopal priest who left the pulpit and started teaching Religion 101 at Piedmont College. Through her students and her visits to other temples, mosques, and synagogues, she helps her students and herself find a deeper understanding of faith (whether Christian or another) and its practice. We have enjoyed her journey, the introduction to other faiths, as well as her unique approach to biblical stories that have enriched our understanding of Christianity.
Our next book is going to be an advent study starting December 1, 2020. It is "Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas" by Adam Hamilton.
Our book selection for November is "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Many of us are familiar with Noah and his talent as a comic. Now we get to experience his skill as a writer. His book is described as "the compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set in the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed." Widely acclaimed, Noah's book is the winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the NAACP Image Award. According to Esquire, "Noah's childhood stories are told with all the hilarity and intellect that characterizes his comedy, while illuminating a dark and brutal period in South Africa's history that must never be forgotten."
If "Born a Crime" sounds intriguing to you, please join us on Friday November 13th (yes, that's Friday the 13th), at 7:00 pm on the Zoom platform. This book selection is a good one for busy people - it is well under 300 pages and a fast read. A lively discussion and wonderful digital fellowship are guaranteed! If you'd like to be part of the Born a Crime discussion please send your email address to Wendy so she can include you in the Zoom meeting invitation.
Can't make November's meeting, but would like to read ahead? Our book selection for December 11th is "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Any questions, please contact Wendy Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text 860-478-0685.
Hope to see you on November 13th! Happy Reading!