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Book Club 2021-2022

Book Club meets on the third Tuesday (one exception) of each month at 7 p.m. We will meet in-person at SPD and via Zoom.

Sept. 21
Why We Live in Community, by Eberhard Arnold with Thomas Merton
Everyone’s talking about “community” these days. Arnold and Merton say it can be lived, too.
Host: Pastor Cheryl Mathison

Oct. 19
This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger
“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land…This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade Magazine
Host: Amanda Berger

Nov. 16
Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
A story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.
Host: Cindy Carlson

Dec. 14 (Note week change)
Becoming a White Antiracist, by Stephen D. Brookfield and Mary Hess
This book will be useful to anyone trying to create conversations around race. We’ll meet with one of the authors, Dr. Mary Hess, professor of educational leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
Host: Kate Sterner

Jan. 18, 2022
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, by Jim DeFede. This book recounts the true story behind the events on 9/11 that inspired Broadway’s smash hit musical Come from Away.
Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11, by Kevin Tuerff, is a beautiful account of how the people of Gander rallied with boundless acts of generosity and compassion for the “plane people,” renewing Kevin’s spirituality and inspiring him to organize an annual and growing Giving Back Day.
Host: Susan Path

Feb. 15
Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans
From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans comes a book that is both a heartfelt ode to the past and hopeful gaze into the future of what it means to be a part   of the Church.
Host: Pastor Mark Schmid

March 15
The Unbroken Thread, by Sohrab Ahmari
“[Ahmari] is a master storyteller. . . . Readers of Sohrab Ahmari’s new book will be grateful to him for reminding us of how serious the loss [of our traditions] could turn out to be.”—First Things
Host: Pastor Tim Westermeyer

April 19
Learning to Pray, by James Martin
A smart, wise, often side-splittingly funny master class in seeking God.
Host: Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson

May 17
Readers’ Recommendation
We will review the book selections from the year and participants will be asked to share a book recommendation or two from recent favorite reads!
Host: Trisha Ragner

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