book club selections :: 2012-2013
This June marks the beginning of my third year reading together with my book club. The time has passed quickly since it first began and when I think about the past two years, I’m really thankful for the constant reminder and accountability to be reading.
We’ve read a number of different books (two dozen to be exact) and I’ve been challenged in ways that I wasn’t expecting when we first got started. I’ve learned that you can have a really good discussion over a not-so-good book. I’ve been reminded how good it is for Christians to read books from all genres and to learn how to read them well. And I’ve learned that reading together with others is a rich experience, because almost always you will see something more.
We had our book selection last night. We brought our book suggestions and were given twelve votes to cast on what we hoped to read this year. We could use our votes however we liked. This gave us the freedom to vote for twelve different books, or use all twelve votes on a single book if we wanted to ensure that title in our line-up.
Here is this year’s book selections. Have you read any of them? I’m thrilled to get started. And if you aren’t a part of a book club, by all means start one soon!
June: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by: Nathaniel Philbrick
July: 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by: Jenn Hatmaker
August: Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling by: Andy Crouch
September: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by: Amy Chua
October: Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by: Paco Underhill
November: The Hunger Games Trilogy by: Suzanne Collins
December: Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed by: Donald S. Whitney
January: Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by: Kim John Payne
February: The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by: Alan Jacobs
March: The Dog Says How by: Kevin Kling
April: Orthodoxy by: G.K. Chesterton
May: Hannah Coulter by: Wendell Berry
In case you are looking for some good book recommendations, here are reading selections from the previous two years: