SPIRIT FILLED BOOK GROUP

AM & PM GROUPS AVAILABLE

JUNE 2018

Spirit-Filled Book Club has chosen the following books for the Fall season:


September 10th – The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin is the story of single mom , Janie Zimmerman who confronts the possibility that her 4-year old son, Noah is the reincarnated spirit of a murdered child. After attempting to address Noah’s troubling behavior through conventional means, she enlists the help of Dr. Jerome Anderson who has spent many years obsessively studying young children who seem to remember details of past lives. Together, they search for the answers to questions surrounding Noah’s “memories” while at the same time coming to terms with circumstances of their own lives. This debut novel explores the lengths we will go for our children and examines what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between.


October 1st - Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears by Margaret Feinberg – When the author learned she had cancer, she knew she would need great strength to overcome it. She believed that the weapons she chose for the battle would change everything. She decided that her weapon would be joy. Through vulnerable storytelling and a good dose of humor, the author reveals how joy is more than whimsy. It’s the weapon you can use to fight life’s battles. No matter what your circumstances the author believes that you can practice defiant joy. When you do, you will embrace a life that’s richer and fuller than you’ve ever known before—a life radiant with joy.


November 4th – With You Always (Orphan Train #1) by Jody Hedlund is story of Elise Neumann, one of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York who knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. Elise catches the eye of Thornton Quincy, the wealthy heir to a railroad fortune who turns out to be her employer trying to step out from his brother's shadow. Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds, but together they face the hardship of the times the transformation of despair into trust and hope and lost faith into renewed trust in God.


December 3rd - Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi is the story of the author’s journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike. Engaging and thought-provoking, this book tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man's heart---and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.


Everyone is welcome to join us for any or all of these discussions. The AM group meets at 9:30 and the PM group meets at 7:00 at various locations which will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, if you would like to join us and have questions or would like more information, please contact the church office.


MAY 2018

Please join us on Monday, May 7, 2018 to discuss The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. This book chronicles the personal and lifelong journey of a couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is a really hard place?” It sure didn’t seem to work in Somalia. This is a narrative account of the Ripken’s personal pilgrimage combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith they encounter along the way.


Please contact the church office for meeting times and places.


APRIL 2018

Please join us on Monday, April 2, 2018 to - In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols, the story of Miranda DeSpain, a young woman adrift while struggling to recover from a painful adolescent experience. She ends up in Abingdon, Vir-ginia where she meets an array of Christian townfolk, including Eden, a spunky young girl who helps Miranda find a job and a place to live. The story integrates the spiritual themes of forgiveness and redemp-tion into the story with likable characters fighting against adversity and unlikable characters trying their best to change. For more information contact the church office.


MARCH 2018

Please join us on Monday, March 5, 2018 to discuss A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly, the story of his journey to find his birth mother. Saroo was lost on a train in India at the age of five and after surviving on the streets of Kolkata he was taken to an orphanage and ultimately adopted by a couple in Australia. While happy in his adopted home, he yearned to find the home of his youth. As a young man he poured over satellite images of India using Google Earth looking for landmarks that he recognized and after five years of searching he was successful. This book was the basis for the 2016 movie Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.


The morning group will meet at 9:30 and the evening group will meet at 7:00 pm, both groups to be hosted by Gabriele Carll at the Parsonage. For more information contact the church office. Books for 2018 are listed below. All are welcome!


FEBRUARY 2018

Please join us on Monday, February 5, 2018 to discuss Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult in which she tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice and compassion with empathy, intelligence and candor. This book tells the story of Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse who was removed from the care of a newborn because of her race. While alone in the nursery when the child goes into cardiac distress she must make a decision which ultimately finds her accused of a serious crime. At trial she is represented by Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender who advises Ruth that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. As they struggle to trust each other, Ruth and Kennedy come to see that what they have been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.


The morning group will meet at 9:30 and the evening group will meet at 7:00 pm, both groups to be hosted by Gabriele Carll at the Parsonage. For more information contact the church office. Books for 2018 are listed below. All are welcome!


2018 titles have been chosen!

The votes are in and the Spirit Filled Book Group has chosen the books for the Spring session. We would love to have some new members join us in 2018! It is a great opportunity to meet and make new friends through the fellowship of sharing our thoughts and feelings on topics ranging from the ordinary to those that make us challenge our faith. Everyone is welcome to join us for any or all of these discussions. The AM group meets at 9:30 and the PM group meets at 7:00 at various locations which will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, if you would like to join us and have questions or would like more information, please contact Sandy Vogel (PM group), Kris Holstein at (AM group) or Gabriele Carll.


The titles for the Spring of 2018 are:

February 5th – In Small Great Things, Jodi Piccoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice and compassion with empathy, intelligence and candor. This book is the story of Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse who was removed from the care of a newborn because of her race. While alone in the nursery when the child goes into cardiac distress she must make a decision which ultimately finds her accused of a serious crime. At trial she is represented by Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender who advises Ruth that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. As they struggle to trust each other, Ruth and Kennedy come to see that what they have been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.


March 5th - A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly is the story of his journey to find his birth mother. Saroo was lost on a train in India at the age of five and after surviving on the streets of Kolkata he was taken to an orphanage and ultimately adopted by a couple in Australia. While happy in his adopted home, he yearned to find the home of his youth. As a young man he poured over satellite images of India using Google Earth looking for landmarks that he recognized and after years of searching he was successful.


November 7th - In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols is the story of Miranda DeSpain, a young woman adrift while struggling to recover from a painful adolescent experience. She ends up in Abingdon, Virginia where she meets an array of Christian townfolk, including Eden, a spunky young girl who helps Miranda find a job and a place to live. The story integrates the spiritual themes of forgiveness and redemption into the story with likable characters fighting against adversity and unlikable characters trying their best to change.


December 5th - In The Insanity of God by Nil Ripken, is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, “Does the gospel work anywhere when it is a really hard place? It sure didn’t seem to work in Somalia. This is a narrative account of the Ripken’s personal pilgrimage combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith they encounter along the way.