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:
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)
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!
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)