SPD Book Club 2016-2017

Book Club meets the third Tuesday each month, September through May, at 7 p.m. in the Nook. Participants can purchase a copy of each book at the upper level hospitality desk (prices vary by book, generally between $15-20), or borrow it from the church library (we will have one of each book), or acquire one on their own.

Sept. 20, 2016

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde    
Facilitated by Pastor Mathison    
August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his nineteen-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip and the bonds that develop between them would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together.

Oct. 18, 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman    
Facilitated by Trisha Ragner    
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. This novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

Nov. 15, 2016

The Big Book by Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson    
Facilitated by Pastor Schmid    
Written by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, this is the story of the twelve step method. Those who follow the 12 steps will find it a life-changing experience. They will not be exactly the same person they were when they started. The principles of the program can and have been applied to just about any addiction.

Dec. 20, 2016

Silence by Shusaku Endo    
Facilitated by Amanda Berger    
Father Rodrigues is a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, where he endures persecution in the time of Kakure Kirishitan—"Hidden Christians." He is discovered, arrested and confronted with an impossible moral choice: to formally renounce his faith or be responsible for the death of several native Christians. He entered Japan proclaiming the Jesus of Easter; in his hardship and torture, he will discover the Jesus of Good Friday.

Jan. 17, 2017

Still Life by Louise Penny    
Facilitated by Pastor Strand    
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

Feb. 21, 2017

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Note: Author is a Faith and Life Speaker March 9, 2017    
Facilitated by Pastor Mathison 
Once in a blue moon a book drops down on your desk that demands to be read. You pick it up and read the first page, and then the second, and you are hooked. Such a book is Ordinary Grace…This is a book that makes the reader feel better just by having been exposed to the delights of the story. It will stay with you for quite some time and you will always remember it with a smile. - Huffington Post

March 21, 2017

Martin Luther and the Called Life by Mark Tranvik
Facilitated by Pastor Mathison    
This book is a catechism on Christian vocation, using Luther's life as an example, and Luther's theology as a foundation. All Christians who want to live faithfully and gracefully, wherever they find themselves placed in the world, should read Martin Luther and the Called Life for both guidance and inspiration. - Mark Schwehn, Valparaiso University

April 18, 2017

Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner
Note: Author is a Faith and Life Speaker May 4, 2017    
Facilitated by Pastor Westermeyer   

After her conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity, Lauren Winner found that her life was indelibly marked by the rich traditions and spiritual practices of Judaism. She set out to discover how she could incorporate some of these practices into her new faith. Winner presents eleven Jewish spiritual practices that can transform the way Christians view the world and God.

May 16, 2017

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave    
Facilitated by Pastor Mathison    
With dazzling prose, sharp wit, and compassion, Cleave paints a powerful portrait of war's effects on those who fight and those left behind. - People Magazine