Summer Book Club 2020
This summer, we are going to be launching into several informal book clubs as a community.
There will be four different books to choose from:
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
by Tish Harrison Warren
In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something―making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys―that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day.
Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate
by Jerry Bridges
Have Christians become so preoccupied with “major” sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Jerry Bridges addresses the “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, including pride and anger. He goes to the heart of the matter, exploring our feelings of shame and grief and opening a new door to God’s forgiveness and grace. Travel down the road of spiritual formation with Jerry and discover your true identity as a loved child of God.
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
by John Mark Comer
“Who am I becoming?”
That was the question nagging pastor and author John Mark Comer. Outwardly, he appeared successful. But inwardly, things weren’t pretty. So he turned to a trusted mentor for guidance and heard these words:
“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life.”
It wasn’t the response he expected, but it was—and continues to be—the answer he needs. Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness, as a root of much evil.
Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.
The Meaning of Marriage
by Timothy Keller
Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.
Research each book and decide which book you want to study this summer. Once decided, email Megan at email@example.com by May 26 to be placed in a group.
We will order the books to the office and distribute them, but you will be responsible for cost. You will be able to e-transfer the cost of the book to firstname.lastname@example.org (to see cost of book, check out the book at amazon.ca). If cost is an issue, include that in the RSVP – we can for sure help out! It’s the group’s responsibility to figure out everything else – how often you want to meet, where, and how much to read for each meeting – these are pretty relaxed groups!
The goal of these book studies is to grow in our faith and grow as a community. It’s also a way to stay connected during the summer and to potentially get to know some new people at Grace Valley.
Since it’s the summer, they will be quite relaxed – don’t worry if you need to miss a week.