I feel a bit like a kid in a candy shop thinking about the books we will read together. It is fun and daunting to pick books because it can be a bit like introducing one friend to another and hoping they will hit it off. Well, let’s lower the stakes. We can all still be friends even if we don’t like the same books. Amen? Amen.
Two of the beautiful parts of joining a book club are:
- Getting to read in community and discuss what you’ve read.
- Reading books you might not have chosen on your own and then realizing, “Hey, I am glad I read that book. It won’t go down on my Top Ten list, but it was worth reading.”
As I considered what to choose, I used four main criteria: I am personally interested, variety of genres, available in various formats, and cost. On Facebook I had asked for suggestions and so many great suggestions came in! Some were not in ebook format and some were outrageously expensive with no cheaper options.
Here are the next seven books we will read! Leave comment as to which one (or ones) interest you, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of two copies of a book that released today: Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy by Mary DeMuth.
Drum roll please!
May’s book is: Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service by Amy Young — I’m also working on two workbooks I hope to have ready soon. One for individuals and one for families. This book is now on sale so you can get it for $4.99!
“When you go abroad to serve, you’re thinking about the language, the losses, and the excitement. When you return home you’re thinking about your friends and family, the losses, and the relief. Most aren’t thinking about the process of transition—and yet if you do, it can make the difference between a smooth entry and re-entry, or a decidedly bumpy landing. Veteran of serving abroad Amy Young is the perfect companion to guide you through the much-neglected process of transitions. Practical in nature, Looming Transitions places a strong emphasis on • Keeping your soul fertile as you stay grounded in Christ • Looking for the lighter moments • Learning about yourself • Helping others • Making lists • Leaning into grief as you prepare for your transition.”
For June I thought we needed some light hearted reading, so novels it is! Both FREE on Kindle and both relatively short. Bonus :).
June 7 and 14’s book is: Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne $6.99 in paperback or free on Kindle.
In my hunt for our reading material I did a google search on “TCK Novels” and came up with a list of books TCKs should read. This was at the top. I’ll admit I heard the title, but never read it. I’m most of the way through and can’t wait to read it with you. I have fun ideas for maps, photos, and you to update us on your country as we go around the world.
Phileas Fogg takes a bet that he can get around the world in 80 days, the absolute fastest way around the world at that time. Can he? What countries and adventures will he encounter. This book has a delicious feel of another era.
June 21 and 28’s book is: Right Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse $10.39 in paperback or free on Kindle.This one I discovered on my Facebook query. Kay Bruner said, “Anything by PG Wodehouse, he makes me laugh.” I’d never heard of Wodehouse, but I’m a fan of laughing! Turns out he is prodigious, and the reviews on Amazon usually go something like this, “Hilarious! How have I never heard of him?” I’m betting some of you have. I’ve only read a little bit of this one, to get the flavor of it, and am saving it to read together.
Here’s a teaser from Wikipedia: “Bertie returns to London from several weeks in Cannes spent in the company of his Aunt Dahlia Travers and her daughter Angela. In Bertie’s absence, Jeeves has been advising Bertie’s old school friend, Gussie Fink-Nottle, who is in love with a goofy, sentimental, whimsical, childish girl named Madeline Bassett. Gussie, a shy teetotaler with a passion for newts and a face like a fish, is too timid to speak to her. Bertie is annoyed that his friends consider Jeeves more intelligent than Bertie, and he takes Gussie’s case in hand, ordering Jeeves not to offer any more advice.”
July’s book will be: A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by
Good, right?! Lillias Trotter’s life was turned into a movie last year called Many Beautiful Things. Here is the trailer:
August’s book will be: City of Tranquil Light: A Novel by
Amazon says this: “Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow M, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P’ing Ch’eng— City of Tranquil Light, a place they have come to love—and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?
“Told through Will and Katherine’s alternating viewpoints—and inspired by the lives of the author’s maternal grandparents—City of Tranquil Light is a tender and elegiac portrait of a young marriage set against the backdrop of the shifting face of a beautiful but torn nation. A deeply spiritual book, it shows how those who work to teach others often have the most to learn, and is further evidence that Bo Caldwell writes ‘vividly and with great historical perspective’ (San Jose Mercury News).”
Sounds perfect for us, doesn’t it?!
September is FULL, isn’t it? By September—actually the last Tuesday in August—we are in need of something easy and moving.
So, September’s book will be: Wonder by
From Amazon: “The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.”
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. “
“August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”
Finally our Fall book! Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by
From Amazon: “Highlighting 10 birds throughout Scripture, author Debbie Blue explores their significance in both familiar and unfamiliar biblical stories and illustrates how and why they have represented humanity across culture, Christian tradition, art, and contemporary psyche. With these (usually) minor characters at the forefront of human imaginations, poignant life lessons illuminate such qualities as desire and gratitude, power and vulnerability, insignificance and importance—even as readers gain a better understanding that God’s mysterious grace is sometimes most evident in His simplest of creatures.”
What a line-up we have! I wanted to tell you all of them now in case you need/want time to track down physical copies. Don’t forget next week is the first two chapters of Looming Transitions—you don’t need to be in a transition right now to find this book helpful. It has something for everyone.
Leave a comment and you might get drawn to win a copy of Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love for You Makes You Worthy by Mary DeMuth.
With reading and learning joy, Amy
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