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: 

June 22, 2017 - Never Ever Give Up  by Erik Rees with Jenna Glatzer

  • “It started with a simple question: How can we help them?  It became an international movement called NEGU: Never Ever Give UP. When Jessica Joy Rees was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 11, she chose to focus not on herself but on bringing joy and hope to other children suffering from cancer.

“During the ten months she battled cancer, she and her family worked in the “Joy Factory” (originally their garage) making JoyJars®- packages filled with toys, games, and love for other kids with cancer. Jessie first handed them out personally at the hospital where she was being treated, but the effort blossomed quickly and there were soon thousands of JoyJars® being distributed across the United States and to over fifteen countries. Today, more than 100,000 kids have received them and they continue shipping each week to kids in over 200 children’s hospitals and 175 Ronald McDonald Houses. Jessie lost her battle with cancer in January 2012, but her message lives on in the Jessie Rees Foundation, which has become a beacon of hope for families fighting pediatric cancer.” (Zondervan)

July 27, 2017 - Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes  by Kenneth Bailey

  • Beginning with Jesus’ birth, Ken Bailey leads readers on a kaleidoscopic study of Jesus throughout the four Gospels. Bailey examines the life and ministry of Jesus with attention to the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ relationship to women and especially Jesus’ parables. Through it all, Bailey employs his trademark expertise as a master of Middle Eastern culture to lead us into a deeper understanding of the person and significance of Jesus within his own cultural context.  With a sure but gentle hand, Bailey lifts away the obscuring layers of modern Western interpretation to reveal Jesus in the light of his actual historical and cultural setting.” (IVP Academic)

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)

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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!

June 27, 2017 - Before the Fall  by Noah Hawley. 

  • "An Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriter/producer, as well as a novelist (The Good Father), Hawley is also creator of the smashing new TV show Fargo. Here he sends a ferry to the sea bottom off Martha's Vineyard, with a down-and-out painter and a small boy—now the only member left of a powerful media mogul's family—the sole survivors." (Review by LJ December 2015)

July 25, 2017 - A Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles. 

  • Gentleman in Moscow  immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

“Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.” (Review by Penguin Putnam)

August 22, 2017 - Destiny of a Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President  by Candice Millard. 

  • “A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.” (Review from Pima County Library)

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)