Summer Book Club
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:
by Jerry Bridges
Fellowship among believers is more than just talking over coffee after church service. Biblical fellowship in New Testament times―or koinonia―had rich and varied meanings, including covenant relationship, partnership in the gospel, communion with God and others, and the sharing of earthly possessions. In True Community, best-selling author Jerry Bridges guides you through koinonia and its implications for today’s church. With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this book will help you dig deeper into what Christian community in the twenty-first century should look like. You will come away with a new appreciation for fellowship, the church, and what God intended the body of Christ to be.
Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story
by Christopher Yuan
Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality–chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage–in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.
Mindscape: What to Think about Instead of Worrying
by Timothy J Witmer
Mindscape builds a practical action plan for changing your mental landscapeand your lifebased on Pauls rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8. Author Tim Witmer draws from thirty years of experience in helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives to present a clear, biblical, and deeply pastoral guide to replacing worry with a new way of thinking. Mindscape is not a self-help book or an academic tome on behavioral theory. It is a real-world guide to the transformation that Jesus works in us as we go to him in faith and ask for his power to change, to listen, and to think differently. Chapter-by-chapter application questions make Mindscape perfect for personal reflection or small group use.
Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope
by Matthew McCullough
Life-expectancy worldwide is twice what it was a hundred years ago. And because of modern medicine, many of us don’t often see death up close. That makes it easy to live as if death is someone else’s problem. It isn’t.
Ignoring the certainty of death doesn’t protect us from feeling its effects throughout the lives we’re living now. But this avoidance can hold us back from experiencing the powerful, everyday relevance of Jesus’s promises to us. So long as death remains remote and unreal, Jesus’s promises will too.
But honesty about death brings hope to life. That’s the ironic claim at the heart of this book. Cultivating “death-awareness” helps us bring the promises of Jesus from the hazy clouds of some other world into the everyday problems of our world―where they belong.
Research each book and decide which book you want to study this summer. Once decided, email Megan at email@example.com by May 17 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! Groups will launch the week of May 26. 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.
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.