Book club


Dearest readers,

I had good intentions of simplifying my life. I’d just take a year off of the whole Simply Faithful book club thing.

Who needs the hassle of scheduling interviews with authors? The struggle to balance work and home and extra reading? The nervousness of keeping up with Facebook chats?

Apparently, I do.

I’ve missed the Simply Faithful book club, and I’ve missed visiting with you.

Can we try this again? Can we read spiritual books together as a community?

The last time we did this was in 2012, and I picked a non-fiction book by Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts. That summer, we read the novel Rooms by James Rubart, and then in the fall, I chose three books for children.

This time, I’ll announce a fiction book on June 23. Then, we’ll host an online chat with the author in late July or early August.

Now, in the meantime, I’d love to hear your book suggestions. What books do you think we should all read? Are there authors you would love to visit with?

I really enjoy discovering great authors who haven’t had a lot of attention, so feel free to suggest first-time or little-known authors. I also like introducing topics that people of all faiths would be interested in discussing.

My one stipulation is that the author needs to – how do I say this delicately – be alive. It makes interviewing the author and hosting a chat for readers much easier.

Give it some thought. Talk it over with your friends who like to read, and let me know what books you’d recommend. This time I’d like you to have more of say in the book we read, so I’ve started a Facebook photo album of the books you’ve suggested, and my thought is that I’ll open it up for voting June 10-15.

I’m looking forward to reading and learning with you again.


This year we chose the book “Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption” by Jeff Manion as our non-fiction pick and “Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey” by Sharon Garlough Brown for our novel. If you are just now reading them, you can still join the conversation by chatting with us on the Simply Faithful Facebook page. The people who participate in that community are always up for talking about great books!

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4 thoughts on “Book club

  1. It shows that the Enemy is always near….and wears an undistinguished disguise. We have to be wary and listen for the voice of God who may also appear in a disguise. I enjoyed the book…more so than The Shack. It Aldo has insiteful questions at the end.l

  2. I recently read Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brene Brown, and have been telling everyone about it. Dr. Brown is a researcher on shame and vulnerability, and makes the important distinction between “I did something bad” (guilt) and “I AM bad” (shame). As beloved children of God, it is important always to know that we ARE good because God made us good, to remember to live in that grace even when we mess up. While this is not explicitly a religious book, Dr. Brown is a Christian, and her findings can be very compellingly applied to a Christian context and worldview. (I am a pastor and have used her work in sermons!) She has done a couple great TED Talks – just search for her on their site.