Join us for an evening of great food and talking about books. We start at 6:30, getting the food ready together. We'll do the chicken - please bring accompanying salads/desserts.
Each evening, our host will start off the discussion with a passage and some thoughts about a specific book. Then the conversation is free to go wherever it goes. The opener might remind you of another book. Or we might talk about the opening theme and go into theology and our life experiences. It's a free-for-all that's about good listening, good sharing, and great food.
Our Hosts and their Conversation Starter Books:
July 8: Marie-Camille will introduce Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal. It's a book about forgiveness based on the story Jesus told (Luke 15:11-32). We had a community retreat on forgiveness earlier this year, and we learned how it is hard, necessary, and where God's grace breaks through.Let's review this great theme of a life well-lived.
July 29: Max will introduce Patrick Lane's There is a Season. The author, finally sober after 40 years of alcoholism, re-discovers his senses thanks to the flowers and small creatures of his garden. He reworks the most brutal moments in his life and comes to a place of healing. Let's talk about recovery and healing, about gardens, and about rekindling our capacity for wonder and awe starting from the little things.
August 12: Gary will introduce The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Two teenage participants in a cancer support group fall in love with each other. John Green has a devoted following for his books in the Young Adult genre, and this one, and the movie of the same name, are bona fide tear-jerkers. But the story is beautiful and filled with grace. How do you live the path before you, hard as it might be, with fierce love and finding the blessings in the moment?
September 2: Bernice will introduce the Christian classic, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. The basics of Christian faith are presented in humorous satirical form as the advice between a senior and a junior demon who are trying to seduce someone AWAY from the love of God. We will listen to selections from one of the many recordings made of this story, and then we'll talk about the love of God. Can we push God away. Is there an evil force that tries to pull us away? Or is it just we ourselves: lazy, or rebellious, or full of ego? And how do we come back after we have been away from the love of God?
Wednesdays: July 8 & 29, August 12 and September 2, 6:30 p.m. St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue.