Summer 2020 Reading Groups

1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom [Biography]

Description: Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps in World War II. She and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis. Learn about how Corrie and her family trusted God in difficult and seemingly hopeless circumstances.

Suggested Format: One meeting, read the entire book before gathering to discuss

2. Humility by Andrew Murray & The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller [Spiritual Formation]

Description: Dive deep into the theme of humility to understand why and how a humble heart posture should undergird the Christian life to bring ultimate joy and freedom. Many agree, these two books are worth a yearly read.

Suggested Format: Five meetings total, four on Humility (3 chapters each), one on Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (whole book)

3. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer [Spiritual Formation]

Description: With many of us experiencing lightened-up schedules these days, we have a chance to reflect on our schedules and consider carefully how we want to spend our time. In The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, Comer offers a roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive through the spiritual disciplines.

Suggested Format: Six meetings, (1) Part 1; (2) Part 2; (3) Intermission + Silence and Solitude; (4) Sabbath; (5) Simplicity; (6) Slowing + Epilogue

4. How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price [Culture]

Description: With the new social distancing policies in place, we might be on our phones more than ever before. In this helpful and accessible books, journalist Catherine Price rightly recognizes that our life is what we pay attention to. She highlights the problems with being addicted to our phones and how we can use them well.

Suggested Format: Three meetings, roughly five chapters each (alternately: 1-2 meetings for Part I, and weekly meetings for four weeks for accountability on Part II)

5. Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumphower [Parenting]

Description: Designed for kid’s Bible teachers, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn how how to make gospel-connections in everyday life and speech.

Suggested Format: Five to six meetings, two chapters per meeting.

6. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry [Fiction]

Description: This is a book about loving well. In the modern world we have an expectation that we should be somewhere better with better people doing more important things. This book teaches us to see and to build where God has put us.

Suggested Format: One meeting (whole book)

7. Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren [Spiritual Formation]

Description: Christianity Today’s 2018 Spiritual Formation book of the year, this book teaches us to pay attention to what God is doing in our mundane activities. Our “secular” life is saturated by the sacred; God is Lord over every moment.

Suggested Format: Three or four meetings covering 3-4 chapters each

8. Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves [Theology]

Description: Curious about how the Trinity works? This book will give you a foundation to understanding the doctrine of the Trinity and cause you to do exactly what the title says, “delight in the Trinity.”

Suggested Format: Five meetings, one chapter per meeting

9. Worthy by Elise Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher [Theology]

Description: Beginning from Genesis and working all the way through the storyline of the Bible, Worthy demonstrates the significant and even surprising ways that God has used women to accomplish his kingdom goals. God values women—and this book will help you see how.

Suggested Format: Six meetings, two chapters each meeting

10. Becoming Whole by Brian Fikkert and Kelly Kapic [Theology]

Description: A theological prequel to Brian Fikkert’s first book, When Helping Hurts, this book diagnoses some theological problems that motivate misguided attempts to alleviate poverty. This is an immensely helpful theological sketch of ourselves, our world, and the work God is doing in it.

Suggested Format: Four meetings, one each for Parts 1 and 2, two for Part 3

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