Offer Christ, Grow in Faith, Touch Lives, and Make a Difference
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Monday, August 20, 2018
Offer Christ, Grow in Faith, Touch Lives, and Make a Difference
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Book Discussion Group

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Prayer Room

Contact:  N. Snell
 

Book Discussion Group Reading List – Sept. 2017-Aug. 2018

2017

9/26Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart. Three teen girls on 3 continents are linked by the rare mineral coltan, also known as “blue gold,” used in technology manufacturing. Sylvie lives in the Congo, where she has fled the conflict over the mineral; the Chinese girl works in a factory building components; and the Canadian girl…uses her cell phone. (UMW Social Action book. Melcat has 10 copies. Amazon: about $9.)

 

10/17  – The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle T. Lemmon. NY Times bestseller about 5 sisters in Afghanistan, one remarkable family, and the woman who risked everything to keep them safe. (UMW Education for Mission book. Melcat has 180 copies! Amazon used: $8. )

 

11/14I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban,  by Malala Yousafzai. (UMW Leadership Development book. Melcat has 5, KPL has 6, and Amazon has many for $10.)

 

12/19No Longer Silent: The Empowerment of Women in the Gospels, by Susan D. Matthews. Women in the Gospels who have been ignored, overlooked, misrepresented or misunderstood find their voices and truth as they encounter the One they called teacher, prophet, brother, friend, and son.

(UMW Spiritual Development book. Amazon used for $7.50)

 

2018

1/16The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking, by Mary Francis Bowley. Every year, over 100,000 children – most between the ages of 9 and 19 – are forced into sexual slavery. In our neighborhoods, towns & cities there are those who come alongside these young victims, holding the white umbrella of protection and purity over them on their road to restoration. (UMW Social Action book. Melcat has 12.  Amazon from $6.-$9.50)

 

2/20Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City, by Dr. Matthew Desmond. This is the Kalamazoo Reading Together book. The author will be speaking at the Chenery on 3/16.  KPL should have many on hand!

 

3/20Miss Brenda and the Love Ladies, by B. Spahn & I. Zutell. The TRUE, heartwarming story of a businesswoman who invited 7 hardened parolees into her home to house them…and grew to love them. Her reluctant decision to serve female prisoners developed into a career, calling, and ministry that has since helped thousands of women leave prison behind for good. (UMW Nurturing for Community book. Melcat has 5. Amazon sells for $10.)

 

4/17 – Sensible Shoes, by SW Michigan author Sharon Garlough Brown. This is a Goodreads top-rated book! It's the inspiring story of four strangers who reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and discover infinitely more than they'd expected.

 

5/15Finding God in a Bag of Groceries by Laura L. Willis. In a tiny food pantry, the author discovers her own hunger for God, and a world of neighbors she never knew: the lonely, unemployed, chronically poor, and middle-class folks surprised to be struggling in a great recession. (UMW Spiritual Growth book. Melcat has one. Amazon has many used for $8.)

 

6/19The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets by Deb Richardson Moore. After 27 years as a journalist in the Deep South, Deb becomes a pastor in an inner-city church where the homeless gather. All are welcomed into a bewildering church family as Deb daily asks “What would Jesus do?…and grows to see Christ in the most unlikely places and faces. (UMW Leadership Development book. Amazon used for $8.50)

 

8/21January First by Michael Schofield. The author takes us on his family’s harrowing journey as they face the severe mental illness of his 6-year daughter – and the perplexing obstacles and challenges of our mental health system. (UMW Nurturing for Community book. Melcat has 4. Amazon used for $8.)

 

 

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