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#1 jkjundt

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 09:04 AM

I help to choose the books for our church's book club and it's almost time to choose a new set. (We choose six months at a time.) I'd love to hear any recommendations you have. Since this is a book club through our church, we need to stick to books written by Christian authors or published by Christian publishers. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction so recommendations for either are appreciated!

Thanks in advance!!
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 09:34 AM

The best book I've ever read is "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith. The version I prefer was revised and updated by Harold J. Chadwick, but I think any would be really good. It's a book that changed my life and I think I need to read it again. It was written in the late 1800s, but it's still so pertinent for today. And Hannah writes like she's talking to you. It's lovely. :) We actually read the short biography in the back before we got to the rest of the book. It helps to know that the author had a very difficult life yet lived what she believed. It even has questions after each chapter. :)

Wish I lived a bit closer. I would LOVE to participate in a book club! :D
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:05 AM

Where is your church/the book group on the spectrum of conservative to liberal Christianity? I have a few more liberal books and authors I could recommend.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:14 AM

That sounds like a great book, Zaz! I'll add it to our list to consider.

I wish you were closer, too. We'd love to have you!!
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:15 AM

Cheri, I would say we fall somewhere in the middle. We're open to books that encourage us to think and discuss so I'd love to hear your recommendations.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 01:14 PM

For fiction, I recently discovered Lisa Wingate. Light, romantic fiction but very well written.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 02:10 PM

We've been reading "The Jesus Chronicles" by LaHaye and Jenkins, who wrote the Left Behind series. We have read Mark's story, John's story and Luke's story. I think Matthew's might not be out yet; at least we haven't seen it. They are fiction, of course, but seem to me to be well researched.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 02:38 PM

I've just read a series of fiction books by Joel Rosenberg. There are five books, beginning with "The Last Jihad", very well-written and, in my opinion, better-written than the Left Behind series. The setting is modern-day Middle East. If you're looking for non-fiction, Joel has also written a book called "Epicenter".

Another great series of historical fiction is done by Brock and Bodie Thoene. They've written a LOT of books, and each leads into the next. Your group could take a year or two to go through the series. You may like their AD Chronicles, which take place in the time of Jesus. Here's a link to their website: Thoene Books FAQ

Let us know what you decide!
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:26 PM

Ok:) With your blessing, on the more liberal end of things there is:
Jesus for the Nonreligious by John Shelby Spong (of all his I've read, this has the best summary of his theology, etc, and in no way is meant only for the nonreligious.)
The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus' Birth and
The Last Week, both books by the team of Marcus J. Borg & John Dominic Crossan.
Religious Literacy by Prothero
And for more recommendations, a man in my church who is a retired physicist/professor and is extremely well-read in the subject of religion has a book review website with scads and scads of books:
What Fred Has Read
Some of these I've studied at our church in my adult Sunday School classes over the last 3 or so years and have really enjoyed the discussions.

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Here's Fred's review of The First Christmas review

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 07:08 PM

I highly recommend the Mitford/Father Tim series by Jan Karon. They are a joy to read.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 08:47 PM

I second Gayle's suggestion. The Mitford collection are wonderful.

How about the Thomas Kinkaid collection?
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:44 PM

I have to second Gayle's suggestion. I love the Mitford books.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:00 AM

I asked my girlfriend about your request (she leads the book club at her church as well). Here are her suggestions:

one of thebest ones was by john macarthur called tale of two sons. nonfiction. we did the shack by william p. young, and 23 minutes in *** by billweise. and another favorite was"the cross; 38,102 miles" by arthur blessitt.


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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:44 PM

Anything by C.S. Lewis is worth reading. Some of them are a little tougher going than others, though.
And I didn't think his adult fiction was as timeless as his Narnia series. But that's just my opinion.
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 09:03 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions! I will take a look at all of them that have been mentioned and figure out if they're a good fit for our group. Feel free to add more suggestions if you think of them!

Thanks again!!
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 10:29 PM

I highly recommend the Mitford/Father Tim series by Jan Karon. They are a joy to read.
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I agree these are awesome books
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:22 PM

I don't know if this is the kind of stuff you are looking for but...We are in the middle of "Hedges" by Jerry Jenkins(I think) in our small group. It is about marriage and is geared towards guys, but has produced a lot of good conversation as couples. The girls in my group are also starting "So Long Insecurity" by Beth Moore, we went to this conference back in April which was a lot of fun and the book, so far, has been great! I am starting to understand why I feel the way I do sometimes. I would highly recommend both of these.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:21 PM

I am just finishing Fr. James Martin's "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything" on incorporating Jesuit spirituality into your life: finding God in EVERYTHING, contemplatives in action, practical, grateful attitude. It is really wonderful, and he doesn't write it only for Catholics, but for all seeking to follow God. I really like it, and the ideas are very helpful.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 09:59 PM

I highly recommend the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Anything by her really but that series is incredible!
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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:08 AM

"Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul" by Stasi and John Eldredge is a wonderful book. There is a study guide available as well. You didn't mention if this was a womens' group. Probably wouldn't work if it is a mixed group.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 07:35 AM

I'm reading So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore. It's her new book. It seems like a topic most everyone can identify with. I am enjoying it.

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 04:46 PM

I'll have to look into Beth's book - sounds interesting!

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