Join us for Cookies and Books! Come enjoy thoughtful discussion, meaningful fellowship and tasty cookies! We meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in various members' homes. Contact Patricia Wells for the location.
Upcoming books and dates:
Sept. 28—And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A story about the many ways families nurture, wound, betray, honor and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us at the times that matter most.
Oct. 26—The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
This book addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture and intellectual reasoning, the author explains how the belief in a Christian God is a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.
Jan. 25--The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The story of two sisters whose relationship and strength are tested during World War II. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with great monstrosities, but also great humanity and courage.
Feb. 22—Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne LaMott
A poignant, funny and bittersweet primer of faith that helps us discover what it means to be fully alive. The author recounts the missteps, detours and roadblocks in her walk of faith.
March 22—My Antonio by Willa Cather
A landmark novel that tells the stories of several immigrant families who move to Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. The novel documents the struggle and courage of the hard-working pioneers that homesteaded America’s prairies.
April 26—The Wounded Women of the Bible by Dena Dyer and Tina Samples
Imploding relationships, incapacitating losses, injurious personal mistakes or spiritual failures--whatever the issue, the wounds are the same. Whether it's a lapse in judgment by Bathsheba or the moral failure of the women's ministry leader in your local church; the spiritual insensitivity of Martha or the compulsive obsessions of your church's care circle chairwoman; the terror of an abandoned single mother like Hagar or the struggling single mother in your prayer group--the time and circumstances are different, but the wounds are equally deep and spiritually devastating. This book delves deep into the shared emotions and injuries that women of all ages have in common--and moves readers toward the recovery and healing that only God can provide.
May 24—A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A grumpy yet loveable man with staunch principles, a strict routine and a short fuse finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
June 28—A Death in the Family by James Agee (winner of the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
A near-perfect work of art, an autobiographical novel that contains one of the most evocative depictions of loss and grief ever written--a tragedy that destroys not only a life, but also the domestic happiness and contentment of a young family
July 26—A Long Way Home by Saroo Brieley
The miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again. At only 5 years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. The movie Lion is based on this memoir.
Aug. 23—Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
This story describes the joys and pains of the ordinary marriage of Ira and Maggie Moran as they travel from Baltimore to attend a funeral and back home again in one day.
Sept. 27—Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Oct. 25—Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
A moving account of what tragedy does to a young man, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. An award-winning unforgettable story about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Contact: PATRICIA WELLS