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Book Club 2022-2023

Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We meet in-person at SPD and via Zoom*.

Sept. 20The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, offers a thrilling journey through the library, revealing how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. Host: Pastor Cheryl Mathison.

Oct. 18Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America From the Culture of Contempt, by Arthur
C. Brooks, presents a strategy for creating a new era of American progress. It hopes to inspire the happiness that comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences. Host: Pastor Tim Westermeyer.

Nov.15Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say, by Adam Hamilton, compares common “Christian” clichés to the actual message and ministry of Jesus.  Host: Pastor Mark Schmid

Jan. 17Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, by Brené Brown, unpacks the complex web of emotion, behavior, and thoughts that are triggered by our experiences, and gives us the nuanced language to fully understand our feelings and express them to others. Host: Susan Path

Feb. 21Love is the Way: Holding onto Hope in Troubling Times, by Bishop Michael Curry, leads readers to discover the gifts they need in order to live the way of love: deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity. Host: Olsen Pancoast

March 21This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation and the Stories that Make Us, by Cole Arthur Riley, who reflects on the stories of her grandmother and father, and how they revealed to her an embodied, dignity-affirming spirituality, not only in what they believed but in the act of living itself. Host: Amanda Berger.

April 18Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons, by Jeremy Denk, is filled with lively, endlessly imaginative prose, that dives deeply into the pieces and composers that have shaped the author—Bach, Mozart, and Brahms, among others—and offers lessons on melody, harmony, and rhythm. How do melodies work? Why is harmony such a mystery to most people? Why are teachers so obsessed with the metronome? Host: Sam Grace

May 16What We Can Expect From God Now: Seven Spiritual Truths for Trusting God in Troubled Times, by Timothy Geoffrion, is written especially for thoughtful people who want to know what they can expect from God in the midst of trouble, doubt, and uncertainty. Host: Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson

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