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: 

August 24, 2017 - Searching for Sunday  by Rachel Evans

  • From New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part of the Church.

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals—church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

“Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

“A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.”  (Review on Amazon)

September 28, 2017 - When Breath Becomes Air   by Paul Kalanithi

  • An Amazon Best Book of January 2016:When Breath Becomes Air  is a powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon. When Paul Kalanithi is given his diagnosis he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than a doctor—the result of his experience is not just a look at what living is and how it works from a scientific perspective, but the ins and outs of what makes life matter.  This heart-wrenching book will capture you from page one and still have you thinking long after the final sentence.” (Review by Penny Mann / Amazon.com)

October 26, 2017  An Untold Love Story   by Ken Tada with Larry Libby

  • “Tragic circumstances often stretch relationships to their breaking point. But God’s grace is always more than enough. For Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada, enduring quadriplegia, chronic pain, cancer, and depression only made their love more vibrant through thirty years of marriage. Discover a bond that has seen the worst and claimed the best. With sixteen pages of photos, peek into Joni and Ken’s challenges firsthand. Discover God’s immeasurable grace along the way, as their story inspires and enriches your own relationships.”  (Zondervan.com)

November 16, 2017 - Messy:  God Likes It That Way   by A. J. Swoboda

  • “Many people are witty. Many people are wise. Too few people are both. A. J. Swoboda’s book was really humorous and profound at the same time. I really appreciated his thoughts on Christianity. I couldn’t put the book down. 

“I really liked his chapter on theology. Coming from a guy who has a PhD in theology, it was refreshing to read him say that theology is only beneficial when it leads us to Christ.

“The overall message of Swoboda’s book is that life is full of imperfect, hurting, broken people. And, that he believes in a God who is at work in their pain…” (Review by Joshua Tyler Nice on Amazon)

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)

 

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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!

September 26, 2017 - Marriage of Opposites  by Alice Hoffman.

  • "From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro the Father of Impressionism." (Review by Baker & Taylor)

October 24, 2017 - The Rain in Portugal  by Billy Collins. 

  • “From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him America’ s favorite poet.” (from Penquin-Random House)

 November 28, 2017 - March of Foley: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara Tuchman. 

  • “The book is about ‘one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.’ It details four major instances of government folly in human history: the Trojans' decision to move the Greek horse into their city, the failure of the Renaissance popes to address the factors that would lead to the Protestant Reformation in the early sixteenth century, England's policies relating to American colonies under King George III, and the United States' mishandling of the conflict in Vietnam.” (Review from Wikipedia)

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)