Something New for the Summer: “Summer Reading Club” sponsored by the Adult Education Ministry
The Adult Education Ministry invites you to join us for some summer reading and discussion. Members of the committee have selected some “favorite” books and invite you to gather for discussion and light refreshments on Sundays, June 9, July 14, and August 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Second Hall. Each month will focus on a different book:
June 9: Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
Discussion Leader: Chuck Chappell
In this engaging and delightful novel, set in the fictional small town of Listre, North Carolina you will meet, fall in love with, and share the heart-warming adventure of Mattie Rigsbee. Mattie, age 78, guides her life by the words of Jesus in Matthew 25. Through home-cooked meals, familiar and comfortable hymns, and the decision to adopt a 15 year old survivor of a broken home you will be entertained and moved in the many ways Mattie lives out the directive from Jesus to care for “the least of these.”
July 14: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Discussion Leader: Beth Sigler
In this work the author seeks to fill in the “lost” years of Jesus through the eyes of Jesus’ childhood pal, “Levi bar Alphaeus who is called Biff.” The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years—except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work “reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior’s pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there’s no one who loves Josh more—except maybe “Maggie,” Mary of Magdala—and Biff isn’t about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.
This book was recommended to Beth by our own Robert Lowry.
August 11: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Discussion Leader: Vernon Markham
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior tempter in the service of “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
A few copies of these books will be available in the church office and are all available at Amazon.