SPIRIT FILLED BOOK GROUP

AM & PM GROUPS AVAILABLE

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.