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Summer Book Groups

Like the summer itself, summer book groups are a little slow in coming this year!  If you’d like to read and discuss one of the books below, take a look at the details below then send me an email  (chiplaird1@gmail.com)  My thought is that the Biblical Literacy group would meet mid-day on Tuesday, and the Naked Spirituality group would meet on Monday evenings at 6 pm.   Both books contain too much to cram into an already short summer, so the groups could continue into the fall.  You can find more information by clicking on the links below, or take a look at copies on the table in the narthex at the church.  As always, we have an extra copy, so let me know if you need it.

 Biblical Literacy:  The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know, by Timothy Beal.    Recent surveys indicate that the Biblical literacy of Americans- whether churchgoers or not- is abysmal.  In his introduction, the author makes a case for knowing the stories of the Bible not only because they allow us to be more culturally literate (we can interpret songs by Bob Dylan, speeches of US Presidents, etc…), but also because the writings contained in the Bible are inspiring.  “The Bible engenders creative thought and action.  It generates new meanings, new ways of seeing ourselves and the world.”  Beals is a religion professor at Case Western Reserve University.   The book is $11.00.

Naked Spirituality:  A Life with God in 12 Simple Words, by Brian D. McLaren.  “At their best, religious and spiritual communities help us discover …pure and naked spiritual encounter.  At their worst, they simply make us more ashamed, pressuring us to further enhance our image with the best designer labels and latest spiritual fads, weighing us down… I hope this book will help you strip away distractions and discover that precious hidden treasure, that primal gift underneath.”  (p. viii.)  McLaren is a prolific writer, pastor, and has been at the forefront in describing the changes in Christianity over the past 20 years.   This book is $15.00.

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