Book Club Opportunities

If you love to read and discuss books, and are looking for a place to meet others, St. Andrew's Library is the place to gather with others who are like-minded. St. Andrew's hosts two separate book groups where you can connect. The views and opinions expressed in the books do not necessarily reflect those of
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

THE ST. ANDREW'S FAITH BASED BOOK CLUB 

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:00–5:00 pm. Contact Jean O'Hanlon if you have any questions. We are currently reading and discussing the following books: 

December 21, 2017 - God Came Near   by Max Lucado

  • “God Came Near.

“He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty.

“NO SILK. NO IVORY. NO HYPE. NO PARTY. NO HOOPLA. God had come near …for you.

“Travel back in time and relive Christ the Son of God becoming man. Come with Max as he brings to life the most important event in history… when God came near. And as you catch a vision of this incredible moment, let it mark the beginning of a new life for yourself.

“God came near. If he is who he says he is, there is no truth more worthy of your time.”
(W Publishing Group)

January 25, 2018 - Falling Upward  by Richard Rohr

  • “In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity—climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loss of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone. Eventually, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of “falling down”¾ that is in fact moving upward—is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions, including and most especially Christianity.

“In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr¾the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation¾offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on the wisdom from time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and sacred religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right…” (B Joessey-Bass / A Wiley Imprint)

February 22, 2018 - The Undoing of Saint Silvanus  by Beth Moore

  • “In her anticipated fiction debut, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, Beth Moore weaves an introspective, genre bending narrative. Moore, a popular author of Christian nonfiction and founder of Living Proof Ministries, tells the story of Jillian Slater, who travels to New Orleans after receiving news of her alcoholic father’s death….Though it’s a fast-paced story, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus also contains moments of introspection both for Jillian and for the reader that are among its strongest scenes. Moore’s vivid and often delightful descriptions of New Orleans, Saint Silvanus, and the multiple supporting characters add a lively sense of place. The gripping mystery will keep readers engaged till the end, where Jillian finds both answers and a new relationship with God.” (Tyndale House Publishers)

March 22, 2018 - The Lost Letters of Pergammon  by Bruce Longnecker

  • “A Fascinating Glimpse into the World of the New Testament

“Transported two thousand years into the past, readers are introduced to Antipas, a Roman civic leader who has encountered the writings of the biblical author Luke. Luke’s history sparks Antipas’ interest, and they begin corresponding. While the account is fictional, the author is a highly respected New Testament scholar who weaves reliable historical information into a fascinating story, offering a fresh, engaging, and creative way to learn about the New Testament world. The first edition has been widely used in the classroom (over 30,000 copies sold). This updated edition, now with improved readability and narrative flow, will bring the social and political world of Jesus and his first followers to life for many more students of the Bible.”  (Review on Amazon)

 

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THE ST. ANDREW'S WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB

Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00–8:30 pm in the church Library except November and December when we meet earlier because of Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, contact Katrina Lantz at 401-0897 or Katrina Lantz. Here is what we are reading!

December 19, 2017 - A Truck Full of Money  by Tracy Kidder. 

  • “In 2004, Paul English cofounded the global tech company Kayak, then stepped down as CTO in 2014 to become CEO of Blade, a venture-creation company. Kidder, whose honors include a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, tells English's story while pondering how new technologies, new money, and ubiquitous start-ups are redirecting our culture.” (LJ Reviews 2016 April #2)

January 23, 2018 - Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

  • “Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.” (Goodreads Review)

February 27, 2018 – The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

  • “Li-Yan grows up gathering and preparing tea leaves with her family in the Yunnan mountains in China, guided by the traditional beliefs of her Akha tribe. But forced apart from the man she loves and giving up her new-born baby for adoption, she soon questions the validity of her tribes’ traditions. Being one of the few educated in her tribe, she learns the tea business which enables her to leave and look for her daughter who now lives with her American family in the United States. Chinese tea gains international respect and she soon finds herself in the US. Will she find her long-lost daughter and will her daughter accept her? The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is the sixth and latest of Lisa See’s historical fiction novels which put China and its culture into focus. It is Goodreads’ Most Anticipated of 2017 in the historical fiction category.” (Goodreads Review)

March 27, 2018 - Rent Collector by Cameron Wright

  • “Sang Ly struggles to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.” (Review from Pima County Public Library)