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Hey Bookies! Today we start our spring read of Humble Roots and Scouting the Divine. In both of the intros to the two books (Wonderment in SD, Sowing Seeds in HR), I enjoyed hearing a bit of the back story of what lead the authors to write these books.
This is what I’m looking forward to in Scouting the Divine, “an intentional search for ways to move from reading the Bible to entering stories that can be touched, tasted, heard, seen, smelled, and savored. Scripture is sweetness and sweat, bitterness and blood, tremors and tears. Scripture is life—and we are called to live it.”
In Humble Roots, the idea of humility and “Yes, there is something here. Something rich and restful. Something true and beautiful. Something that will lead us to flourishing and peace.”
What draws you to these books? What are you needing or hoping for at this time? Next week we will read Part 1 about the Good Shepherd in Scouting the Divine.
It is fun to get to know other readers, so let’s get to know Nicole.
Introduce yourself. If you can share . . . where are you living? How long have you been there? What do you give a majority of your time to? What passport country do you hail from?
We moved from the US to South Asia a few months ago! At this point, the majority of our team is settling and we started language school in January. We will also be helping with overseeing projects related to education, community and economic development.
How do you prefer to read your books? Physically or electronically? How has living overseas shaped your preference?
I prefer physical books but am having to learn to love Kindle with the lack of availability of the kinds of books I want to read here (and small luggage allowances).
Do you tend to read one book at a time? Or have multiple books going at once?
I definitely have multiple books open at once. A few months ago I was reading a history of our new country, a fiction set in our new country, a devotional, and a book about the current refugee crises. Now? Since starting language school all I have time to read is language homework :-).
Which Velvet Ashes Book Club books stand out to you? In other words, which do you remember? What do you remember about them?
This is my first time joining the book club. (Amy here . . . welcome!)
In the last year or so, which book or books that you have read would you recommend?
Looming Transitions, Shawn Smucker’s The Day the Angels Fell, Ed Cyzewski’s Flee, Be Silent, Pray, Shelly Miller’s Rhythm of Rest, Johanna Reardon’s No More Fear, Kate McCord’s Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places, and Tahmima Anam’s Bone’s of Grace.
Where do you do most of your reading?
Riding in the car
What book has changed you as a person other than the Bible :)? How did it change you?
Sarah Bessy’s Out of Sorts met me at a time when my faith was shifting and I felt like there was something wrong with me. It gave me permission to question and wrestle with God, to surrender completely to the ways my faith was growing, and open myself up to the reality of a God much bigger than the box I had placed Him in.
What was a favorite book in childhood?
What are you currently reading?
Seeking Refuge (Bauman), The 3D Gospel, The Bones of Grace
Overall, do you tend to read more fiction or non-fiction? Are there any genres you just can’t get into?
What do you have on your “to read” list?
The Rest of God, Making Marriage Beautiful, Sacred Rhythms, Soul Keeping, Soul Bare, Present Over Perfect, Falling Free (to name a few in my kindle queue).
Thanks Nicole. I can see we are interested in some of the same books. And Charlotte’s Web? One of my favs too. I wrote 9 Lessons on friendship from a pig and a spider. I bet other Book Club members also have points on connection with you!
See you, my reading friends, in the comments.
Reading plan for Humble Roots and Scouting the Divine:
March 6—The intros to the two books (Wonderment in SD, Sowing Seeds in HR)
March 13—Part 1 (The Good Shepherd) in SD
March 20— Chapters 1 and 2 in HR
March 27—Chapters 3 and 4 in HR
April 3—Part 3 (Land of Milk and Honey) in SD
April 10—Chapters 5 and 6 in HR
April 17—Part 4 (The Vine) in SD (Retreat this weekend!)
April 24—Last week was retreat so to have time to focus on the retreat, no extra reading his week. We will have a Get to Know and get back to reading this week. Also, I will announce the summer reading!
May 1—Chapter 7 in HR
May 8—Chapters 8 and 9 in HR
May 15—Part 2 (The Harvest) in SD
May 22—Chapters 10 and 11 in HR
May 29—We made it! Two books read in tandem we will review and have a Get to Know